Recognising excellence in stand design and presentation, the 2013 winners of the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Awards included the winner of the inaugural “best innovative stand” award, Business Events Sunshine Coast.
Adi Ben-Nesher, md of Event Skills, who judged the category, said he was looking for exhibitors that included originality, efficiency and effective use of space.
“Business Events Sunshine Coast really created engagement and interaction with their effective use of the space. It felt intimate and visually appealing, they really used the area in a smart way,” Ben-Nesher said.
Other awards presented included Best Stand over and under 36sqm, Best New Exhibitor Stand and Best Environmentally Sustainable Stand, as well as a new award for Best Innovative Stand.
The Best Stand 36sqm and Under was awarded to Spicers Retreats Hotels & Lodges – with the team dressing in delightfully fluffy robes; India Tourism took out the Best Stand Over 36sqm Award, while Best New Exhibitor Stand went to City of Sydney.
AIME also recognised exhibitors who have gone the extra mile to make their stand environmentally friendly.
For the second year in a row, the award for Best Environmentally Sustainable Stand was presented to Accor Asia-Pacific for their efforts in creating a stand with limited impact on the environment.