American Motorcycle Expo: Tale of Two Cities

2013 American International Motorcycle Expo

Although the fall of 2013 is well over a year away, the folks the Marketplace Events team has been scouring the country, searching for the ideal venue for the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIME).

The team, consisting of Larry Little, Cinnamon Kernes and Mike Webster, began with a list of more than 10 cities, visiting each one in search of the perfect location to host the AIME that's scheduled for Fall 2013.

And the Marketplace Team has dwindled the choices down to two cities, which will be announced within the coming weeks.

Larry Little (Vice President & General Manager, Motorcycle Group) says: "The search has taken us far and wide in our mission of finding the perfect destination for AIME, and it's become a ‘Tale of Two Cities.'"

"AIME's aspiration is to become the single-most-important show of its kind in North America, with industry, press, retailers, and consumers in one place at one time, so an ideal location is one of our highest priorities."

Following 30 years of trade- and consumer-show production, Mike Webster, the President of Trade Show Division of Marketplace Events, says "while there are plenty of quality venues to host the show, we're balancing a number of key considerations which have narrowed the field.

"A great venue needs to have a welcoming climate for retailers, and be accessible and motorcycle-friendly to a large base of motorcycle consumers, while offering the best overall cost efficiencies for exhibitors."

In February, the marketplace hosted over 300 members of the motorcycle industry in at the American International Motorcycle Expo in Indianapolis, and are looking forward to revealing the cities for 2013.

Cinnamon Kernes says: "We know the industry is anxious to learn the specific date and city. We are just as anxious to be sure that we get it right for all participants in AIME. We're very close and look to make a formal announcement by month's end."

In the days leading up to the announcement, AIME will offer hints and sneak peeks as to which city and venue will serve as the home of the show in Fall 2013. Keep up to date on these tidbits by visiting the expo's social media pages on Facebook and Twitter.


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