A joint statement has been issued by the Melbourne Convention Bureau and Reed Travel Exhibitions on an incident involving a bus carrying AIME delegates on their way to a showcase tour, in which several of those on board were hospitalised.
The statement read: “The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) has confirmed that the bus involved in the incident on Monday [22 February] at 10.30am on Montague Street, Melbourne was carrying a tour guide and 13 delegates on their way to a showcase tour.
“All on board were assessed by emergency services on site and those requiring treatment were transported to hospital. Several delegates received cuts and abrasions and were discharged from hospital in the afternoon; some remain in hospital and are receiving further medical treatment.
“The primary concern of both the owners of AIME, the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the operators of AIME, Reed Travel Exhibitions is the well-being and safety of all those on board.
“Organisers of the show have visited each of those delegates who remain in hospital undergoing treatment. Family and friends are with those who remain under medical care. Support and assistance is being provided wherever possible to delegates, friends and families affected by this incident.
“Management teams have been in close contact with emergency services and the transport company and are assisting in ongoing enquiries.
“As a close knit community of over 4,000 business event professionals, delegates attending AIME functions today were concerned about their colleagues and friends and have been provided updates by both Karen Bolinger, CEO, Melbourne Convention Bureau and Sallie Coventry, portfolio director, AIME throughout the day.”
The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME), has been taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and closes 24 February 2016.
AIME is managed by Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE.