AIBTM attracts top association leaders for Education Day roundtable


AMERICAS – Reed Travel Exhibitons’ Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (AIBTM), which takes place at Chicago’s McCormick Place, 11–13 June, will feature a roundtable of meetings association leaders from around the world to debate future industry trends and challenges, including the future of face-to-face meetings and the impact of technology.

Other topics for discussion during the panel session on Education Day, 11 June, include the current evolution and innovation for trade shows, the increasing need to tie meeting outcomes and content to business goals and the continued importance of education and sharing best practices and value drivers.

The panel will feature association leaders, including host/moderator Christine Duffy, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association; Paul Van Deventer, President and CEO of Meeting Professionals International; David DuBois, CEO of International Association of Exhibitions and Events; Martin Sirk, CEO of International Congress and Convention Association (pictured); Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of Professional Convention Management Association; John Graham, CEO of American Society of Association Executives; Allison Summers, Chief Staff Officer and MD of Society for Incentive and Travel Executives.

“Our theme ‘defining the future of meetings together’ prompted us to gather all the top industry association leaders to discuss the impending issues of our industry,” said Exhibition Director of AIBTM, Michael Lyons.

In addition to the top leaders taking a stance on these industry focal points, the audience will be asked for their input as well. Using Evenium Relationship Technology to crowd source the audience’s input, moderator Christine Duffy will gather the views of delegates on key issues and share their responses.

“It’s equally as important for us to hear what front line meeting planners think about industry challenges. We’re all in this together as the industry rapidly changes from one moment to the next in this global business landscape,” said Duffy.

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