LET'S MAKE A DEAL For the first time since it began eight years ago, the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo had exhibitors outside the Asia Pacific region at its trade show, held in February at the Melbourne Exhibition & Conference Center, Australia. Among the newcomers: Dubai and Alberta, Canada.

The show attracted nearly 3,000 delegates, hosted buyers, and expo visitors--a record. MCMB CEO Gary Grimmer said the bureau hopes to license the staging of AIME next year to a commercial operator. Bids have only recently been sent to potential partners.

Qantas Airlines, a major AIME sponsor, hosted U.S. buyers. The airline is upgrading its cabins and in-flight services. Buyers stayed at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne or Sheraton Towers Southgate.

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