November 30, 2010
The Americas Meetings & Events Exhibition, AIBTM, is set to attract thousands of meeting planners (including 2,000 hosted buyers) to Baltimore next June to connect with tourism and hospitality exhibitors from all over the globe. For planners that still haven’t found what they’re looking for, legendary rock band U2 is joining the bill. The band will be in town on June 22, and as a special “feature” of the inaugural AIBTM, more than 1,000 tickets to the live concert will be available to both exhibitors and hosted buyers. 

“We believe this exciting announcement is a first for the meetings industry, it takes our networking events to a new level, and of course it also gives our stakeholders a chance to see an extraordinary live concert created at the stadium in downtown Baltimore," says Steve Knight, AIBTM's project manager. "Using theatrical stage creations that include a cylindrical video system of interlocking LED panels, a steel structure rising 150 feet from the floor over a massive stage with rotating bridges—for a 360-degree event experience—this concert really will give all those involved in staging live events a firsthand experience of a lifetime.” 

The U2 performance will include special guests Florence and The Machine. 

AIBTM, June 21-23, will be the first large-scale exhibition to bring together the world’s meetings and events industry in one U.S. location. The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) will co-locate its annual education conference, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will release the findings of a new study on the value of meetings, and the Convention Industry Council will hold its Hall of Leaders gala, a black-tie event honoring innovators and leaders in the meetings and convention industry.