AIME 2009, 17th Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings
Expo is to be held as scheduled on 17 and 18 February despite the
devastating bushfires that have occurred in the State of Victoria over
the past few days.
While the fires have caused massive loss of life
and impacted towns across Victoria’s
regions including particular areas of the Yarra Valley, Gippsland
and Victoria’s High Country, Melbourne - the city - has not been
directly affected. Many of
the bushfires that are currently impacting Victoria are on the
north east rural fringe of Melbourne, over an hour from the
central business district.
There are no interruptions to transport links to
Melbourne. Melbourne Airport is fully operational and airline
services in and out of Melbourne have not been impacted.
“The safety of hosted buyers, media and
exhibitors is paramount. At this stage all pre tours will go ahead
as planned. Should anything change we will make alternative
arrangements,” said Sandra Chipchase, CEO, Melbourne Convention +
Visitors Bureau (MCVB).
“While part of Victoria’s tourism industry has
been impacted by the bushfires, many of the State’s natural assets
still offer unforgettable tourism experiences. These include
tourism offerings along the iconic Great Ocean Road, Phillip
Island, the Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Bellarine
Peninsula and the Murray,” Ms Chipchase added.
MCVB and Reed Travel Exhibitions are
coordinating an AIME Bushfire Appeal. Money can be donated to
assist people affected by the bushfires at collection bins on the
MCVB Stand Registration Desk during AIME 09. All monies collected
at AIME will be donated to the Red Cross bushfire appeal.
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