When it opens Wednesday, AITBM will be the first large-scale hosted buyer event in the U.S.
|AIBTM show floor under construction|
In the sea of wooden packing crates, stacked furniture, and prefabricated walls and ceilings, there were lots and lots of ladders — of hundreds of booths, many are two-story creations.
Scott Smith, an exhibits technician for Brede Exposition Services, was at work Monday on the Visit Baltimore booth. The company builds booths of all sizes, Smith said, but was taking the elaborate construction surrounding him as a very good sign of the health of the international meetings industry.
Also noted: the record-breaking attendance at the PCMA Education Conference, co-located with AIBTM this year.
In total, approximately 3,000 meeting planners will be in Baltimore this week. Convene will be here, too — follow us on @pcmaconvene. If you are not in Baltimore, attend virtually here.