AIME Hosted Buyer - Why You Want To Be One In 2020

Whether you’ve been a hosted buyer in the past or you have no idea what that even means, we’re here to tell you that in 2020 you’ll want to be on that coveted list to attend AIME.

Attending AIME is one of the key highlights in the events industry calendar. In 2019 we were extremely impressed with how Talk2 Media & Events refreshed the event for their inaugural year as organisers. The feedback from most exhibitors, hosted buyers, attendees and partners was glowing (you can read all about what we thought of AIME2019 here). As Talk2 Media & Events approach AIME2020 they’re not slowing down and have taken on feedback from all to refine and improve on the experience even more.

So, what does it mean to be a “hosted buyer” at AIME? Is it a big fat jolly? Time wasted out of the office? Absolutely not!

Yes, attending AIME as a hosted buyer can be fun. Yes, attending AIME as a hosted buyer gets you out of the office for a couple of days. And, yes, you’re going to enjoy the experience. But more importantly, attending AIME as a hosted buyer is going to be exceptionally worthwhile for your productivity, your personal & career growth and reviving what you love about your role in the events industry. And, what’s not to love about that?!

Here are five reasons you will want to apply to be a Hosted Buyer at AIME2020 – and don’t dilly dally, applications close 15 November 2019.

1. Learn and Grow | AIME’s Knowledge Program

The birth of AIME’s Knowledge Program has been a welcomed and valued addition to the program and as a Hosted Buyer, you get full access!

Comprising of the Knowledge Exchange (a full day of education sessions held on the Monday), plus additional sessions throughout the main event, you are guaranteed to leave AIME with new knowledge, skills and insight to help you personally and professionally.

Knowledge programs

2. Do Business Face-to-Face all in one place | AIME’s Meeting Schedule

A large component of the AIME experience is the dedicated appointments with exhibitors. The pre-scheduled appointments are your chance to meet potential venues and suppliers face-to-face and discuss your requirements for future events all under one roof. The opportunity to meet representatives from destinations all over the world will save you a load of leg work – bonus!

As a Hosted Buyer, you are committed to 32 pre-scheduled appointments over two days. The appointment system matches buyers and exhibitors to ensure you get value out of every connection you make. Doing business face-to-face in this environment is brilliant – come prepared with your event briefs and you’ll be back in the office by the end of the week with venues and suppliers sourced for the year.

AIME Meetings

3. Network and Make Long-lasting Connections | AIME’s Industry

Once you join the Hosted Buyer program you become part of the AIME family – which means it’s time to meet and network with lots of other people just like you. The Hosted Buyer program is curated to encourage networking amongst the buyers themselves, as well as the exhibitors and media attending.

There are up to eight scheduled networking events throughout the program including networking breaks, destination hosted breakfasts and lunches and of course, the evening functions (which are always a highlight of the AIME experience).

Attending AIME not only provides you with an opportunity to catch up with people you already know (which, let’s face it, is difficult when you’re a busy event professional) but also to make new, long-lasting connections with your peers. And, if you don’t know a soul when you arrive, don’t worry – event professionals are notoriously friendly and you’ll be skipping around AIME with new friends by the end of day one.

AIME Networking Events Pictures from 2019

4. Be inspired by real experiences | AIME’s Social Events

In addition to the networking opportunities, the hosted events and social functions in the AIME program are notoriously good. It’s your chance to experience events from a guests’ perspective and see new venues, new designs and event trends in action. Be inspired by the experiences and return to the office with even more ideas on how to make your next event even better!

5. Be treated like a VIP | AIME’s Hosted Buyer Experience

Once you’re accepted as an AIME Hosted Buyer, you’re in for a treat. Your flights to Melbourne (if applicable), your accommodation for the duration of the event and access to all elements of the AIME experience are included.

The Talk2 Media & Events team go above and beyond with personal touches including;
  • AIME staff meet Hosted Buyers at the Airport
  • Hosted Buyers are placed in hotels that match their needs
  • AIME staff get to know the Hosted Buyers on a personal level to leave little personal touches in their hotels to make them feel welcomed during their stay

You will get access to the meeting scheduler ahead of time, and the Talk2 Media & Events team are on hand to help you select your appointments, facilitate connections, and ensure you get the most from the event.

The Hosted Buyer portal and event app are fabulous, and you’ll have all the information you need to ensure your AIME experience is seamless.

Feedback from those that attended AIME 2019

“I had so many wonderful meetings, met some incredible people and left feeling super inspired but very grateful for the opportunity. I have already set up some sites with potential venues and this wouldn’t have been possible without AIME.”
Kate Lindsey. Event Manager – Seek


“I appreciate the hard work in making AIME an excellent experience, I had such a good time, made great connections and set up several pieces of business for my coming years.”
Ellen Fraser. Event Manager – Australian College of Mental Health Nurses


“Thank you for the opportunity to attend AIME, I can see how it will be beneficial to our business and assist in a variety of aspects for our events, meetings and incentives we run. I wanted to especially commend the quality of the knowledge sessions and the calibre of exhibitors, many of whom I am already in contact with.”
Kim Henretty. Brand Manager – Hunter Douglas

Final note

Being accepted as an AIME Hosted Buyer provides you with a fantastic opportunity to do business, learn more and network with industry peers. It’s also a chance to get out of the office to experience the best of our industry in one place at one time. Held in February it’s the perfect way to kick-start your year and nail those productivity goals.

So, if you’re an event professional responsible for planning events and booking venues and suppliers register now to attend AIME 2020 as a Hosted Buyer:
Hurry, registration closes on 15 November 2019.

The details:
What: AIME 2020
When: 17-19 February 2020
Where: Melbourne, Australia