IMEX America offers the largest Hosted Buyer Program in North America, providing travel and accommodation for qualifying buyers. This has been specifically designed to encourage high-calibre buyers from the U.S. and around the world to visit the exhibition. Air Partner successfully operated the same program at IMEX 2016 in Frankfurt, which took place in April.
Air Partner’s Travel division, which specializes in providing scheduled airline travel for groups of all sizes, has arranged over 12,000 scheduled flights for hosted buyers to the IMEX exhibitions since 2011.
Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group said: “We have worked with Air Partner for a number of years and rely on their professionalism and high quality service to help us administrate the thousands of flights we book each year for our hosted buyers. It is a pressured role, but we know that they are always there to assist and they regularly go beyond the call of duty to ensure that our buyers have the best possible experience.”
Air Partner’s Commercial Jets division, which arranges global group air charter flights, will also be exhibiting at IMEX America (Stand 2318). The Commercial Jets team will be available to meet with hosted buyers arranging group travel for meeting and incentive events. In support of the exhibition’s Wellbeing theme, the team will also be holding a Spafinder gift-card giveaway, so visitors to the stand can take advantage of this while also finding out more about Air Partner’s air charter services, scheduled tickets and inflight services.
Air Partner’s Commercial Jet and Travel divisions have been significant players in the MICE industry for over 50 years and understand that when organizing a conference or promotional event, getting guests there in style is critically important. Air Partner has worked with event planners in every part of the world for all imaginable types of event, operating as a one-stop shop for flights, transfers and accommodation.
The benefits of aircraft charter for the MICE market are numerous. Clients are able to fly large numbers of passengers directly to destinations that might otherwise not be served by scheduled service, and on a schedule tailored to their needs. For larger groups, airport check-in can be arranged at the hotel to make the process as efficient and stress-free as possible. Clients may also choose to combine scheduled service with air charter by having passengers travel on scheduled airlines from several locations to one central point where they can board the same chartered aircraft. Through its Commercial Jet and Travel divisions, Air Partner is able to seamlessly coordinate air charter programs with scheduled flights.
Air Partner is also able to provide a personalised experience both at the airport and on-board, enabling travel time to become part of the overall brand experience, including the use or display of a client’s products and logo all the way through to live in-flight entertainment. Branded headrests are the most popular request as they provide an instant ‘wow’ factor for everyone boarding the plane, although Air Partner can arrange any small touch a client wishes. Requests previously fulfilled include, amenity kits personalised with the passengers’ names and the playing of disco music throughout a client’s flight to create a “party” atmosphere.