Hosted buyer program: AIME 2024 REVEALED

11 September 2023 • ,

Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) is the region’s leading business event.  Its Hosted Buyer Program brings together decision makers, meeting and events suppliers and service providers to create meaningful business connections. 

The Hosted Buyer Program connects senior event professionals from the global business events industry with more than 400 destinations, venues and event suppliers from around the world.

Event professionals who take part in AIME’s Hosted Buyer Program learn about the latest products and trends to enhance events and give their business an edge. 

In 2023, $200 million in business was booked as a result of AIME. Senior event professionals simply can’t afford not to be at AIME 2024.  

Flexibility is key, that’s why participants can attend AIME their way. Whether as a fully hosted buyer, a semi-hosted buyer or hosted day buyer attendees can experience AIME the way that’s best for their business and their busy schedules. More information on each hosted buyer category can be found on the AIME website

Fully hosted buyer benefits

For many years buyers have been able to attend AIME in a fully hosted capacity – which means a VIP experience including return flights, transfers, accommodation etc. in return for completing 32 Pre-scheduled Appointments (PSAs).


In 2021, we introduced two new categories to the hosted buyer program:

  • Semi-hosted buyers – you pay for flights, we provide accommodation plus more great benefits, and you only need to complete 20 PSAs
  • Hosted day buyer – you complete 10 PSAs on the Wednesday and you can attend the Knowledge Program and Welcome Event on Monday


A full breakdown on our hosted categories can be seen here 


AIME 2024 officially kicks off with MCB’s Uncover Melbourne Experience on Sunday, 18 February – which showcases hidden gems and unique event experiences in and around Melbourne and regional Victoria. Whilst the Uncover Melbourne Experience is mandatory for international buyers, for the first-time at AIME, domestic buyers can elect to skip Sunday activities and fly in on Monday morning instead, providing more flexibility with your time at AIME.


Our Hosted Buyer Program is designed to help buyers find high-quality suppliers in the meetings and events industry. We do this through our unique AI-powered meeting platform that pre-schedules appointments with leading suppliers from around the world. This bespoke software matches hosted buyers with exhibitors that best meet their needs. Everyone leaves AIME knowing they have met with the best of the best.


Like to mix with the best of APAC’s event planners, venues and experience providers?  Join me at AIME 2024 as a hosted buyer. Need more information? Read on!

Hosted buyer program elevates expertise

As a senior event professional, you’ve already achieved a high level of expertise in the field. However, the event industry is constantly evolving. AIME 2024 is the gateway to staying at the forefront of these changes. Engaging with exhibitors and attending workshops provides insights into latest trends, technologies, and strategies. These will take your event planning skills to the next level.

Expand a network of business event professionals

Networking is a cornerstone of professional growth. AIME 2024 brings together a diverse community of event professionals from around the world. By participating in the Hosted Buyer Program, you gain exclusive access to VIP networking events. Here you can build connections with industry leaders, potential partners and like-minded peers.

These connections can open doors to new opportunities and collaborations.

Discover innovative solutions

The event industry is a hub of innovation. By attending AIME 2024 as part of the Hosted Buyer Program, you’ll have the chance to explore cutting-edge event solutions offered by exhibitors. Whether it’s event technology, sustainable practices, or creative event design, you’ll gain valuable insights to enhance your event planning toolkit.

Hosted Buyer Program highlights the best of Melbourne 

Melbourne, dubbed the cultural capital of Australia, is a city bursting with creativity, diversity, and energy. MCB’s Uncover Melbourne Experience allows you to explore this vibrant city in a way that goes beyond the typical tourist experience. It’s a chance to draw inspiration from Melbourne’s unique character and infuse it into your event planning.

Win a Canadian adventure!

Imagine unwinding in a picturesque Canadian setting, enjoying thrilling skiing adventures, and creating memories that will last a lifetime. 

For Australian and New Zealand-based event professionals who apply for the 2024 Hosted Buyer Program before 31 October 2023, and are accepted into the program, there’s an extra incentive that’s too good to resist. The prospect of winning the Canadian Experience is the icing on the cake for the Hosted Buyer Program for AIME 2024. 

Thanks to the generous support of Club Med and Air Canada, one lucky hosted buyer (and their plus 1) will have the chance to embark on an unforgettable Canadian adventure. This prize includes:

  • Return flights x 2 thanks to Air Canada.
  • Seven nights’ accommodation for two at Club Med Quebec Charlevoix, complete with all meals, drinks, entertainment and activities, including complimentary ski lift passes and lessons.

The Hosted Buyer Program at AIME 2024 is a remarkable opportunity for senior event professionals. Here they can enhance expertise, expand their network, discover innovative solutions and embark on unforgettable adventures. And now there’s the added incentive of a Canadian experience!  

Don’t miss your chance to be part of AIME 2024’s Hosted Buyer Program. Apply before 31 October, 2023, to secure your spot and be in the draw to win the Canadian adventure of a lifetime. 

Elevate your event expertise, explore Melbourne and let AIME 2024 be the catalyst for your professional growth and personal enrichment. Seize the opportunity and take your business events career to new heights.


By Jackie Caldwell, AIME Hosted Buyer Manager



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