by Matt Alderton | February 19, 2013
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is now accepting hosted buyer applications for the next Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM), taking place June 11-13 in Chicago.

Although RTE has not released attendance projections for this year’s event, the inaugural AIBTM in 2011 was expected to host 3,000 attendees, including 2,000 hosted buyers receiving complimentary travel, hotel accommodations and transportation in exchange for their commitment to meeting face-to-face with exhibitors.

“AIBTM brings together the world’s leading meetings industry suppliers and allows them to showcase their products to an audience of senior-level buyers,” AIBTM Exhibition Director Michael Lyons said in a statement. “The pre-scheduled one-to-one buyer driven appointment system allows each of these buyers to select meetings with prospective suppliers, which will in turn ensure that they gain the very most out of their time invested at the show. This is the first year that AIBTM will take place in Chicago and we are looking forward to a successful show.”

According to RTE, AIBTM hosted buyer applications are reviewed and accepted based on several criteria, including: the number and size of meetings, events, incentives and annual conferences the applicant organizes annually; the applicant’s individual purchasing authority; the applicant’s annual budgets for meetings, events and incentives; the amount of business conducted by the applicant; and the applicant’s potential for future business in the meetings and business travel industries.

For more information, or to submit an application, visit