The Hon Tim Pallas MP, Minister for Major Projects and
Minister for Roads and Ports officially opened AIME 09 this morning (17
Feb.) in Melbourne.
During his opening remarks the Minister drew
attention to the recent bushfires in Victoria that caused a
disaster for the State on a scale never believed possible.
“Since this tragedy unfolded, Australians have
banded together to do what they do best - dig deep and support the
victims affected by the Bushfires,” said the Minister. “The
generosity displayed by Australians and others demonstrate the
great spirit and generosity of our country.”
Chief Executive of the Melbourne Convention +
Visitors Bureau, Sandra Chipchase also called on exhibitors and
media at AIME to support the Bushfire victims by making a gold
coin donation at the Melbourne and Victoria exhibition stands.
“On behalf of the Chairman and the Board of
MCVB, Reed Travel Exhibitions and the Regional Victoria Conference
Group, I ask you to support our Bushfire Appeal in support of the
work of the Red Cross,” she said.
In declaring AIME 2009 open, the Minister said
that the Business Events industry had an important role to play in
the Victorian economy.
“With government support, the city
continues to attract a growing number and size of business events,
particularly in the high profile areas of medicine and science,”
the Minister said. “Melbourne's reputation as a world leader in
this industry continues to increase as a result of the city's
superior infrastructure such as the new Convention Centre which is
due to open in July.”
AIME 09 has set a new record with
exhibitor numbers totaling 868 representing 55 countries. More
than 200 of these were new to AIME this year.
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