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AEO International Organiser Group


group The International Organiser Group provides a platform for AEO members operating internationally, to come together, discuss common challenges and exchange information to help grow their businesses and the industry globally. 

A statement from the group chairs

Seeing in 2022 with our annual International CEO Summit was a great way to kick off the year, even though we were coming out of a tricky Christmas period with Omicron tearing through the globe, it was comforting to hear that our peers were experiencing similar challenges to all of us.

The UK appears to be leading the way, with business feeling as usual as it has done in some time, but this isn’t the case when we shine a spotlight on what is taking place globally, and that is where our role as the AEO International Group comes into play.

With this at the forefront of our minds, we will continue to look at remerging markets across the world and run events and content that will facilitate the sharing of knowledge, pioneering and supporting any initiatives that can rebuild the industry.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Understanding how to currently manage a business living with COVID-19 and moving to an endemic, discussing the regional challenges that come with it.
  • Look at the definition of reopen, using their collective knowledge and power to influence regional decisions on travel boarders, restrictions and other barriers that will prevent shows from running.
  • Exploring the Development Boards work on identifying the skills gap and attracting relevant talent to the industry.
  • Using events and relationships with international associations to build the foundations to grow events in undeveloped territories.

Communicating these findings with the wider membership is a priority for the group and we will look to continue some of our more popular virtual activity, like the AEO Talks series, whilst welcoming back our international dinners and the second year of the joint association ASEAN Summit.



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Who is it for?

Core membership of this group is by invitation only for members at senior level (CEO and or MD), speakers  from industry or other associations may be invited at the request of the group.
The group extends its reach to the wider membership to attend any virtual learning discussions, events and face to face meetings that are deemed appropriate.

To find out more about the International Organiser Group's strategy for 2022;

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2022 Diary Dates

  • 15th March
  • 13th July
  • 26th October
  • "Broadway Events joined the AEO on the Enterprise Membership. We’ve already taken advantage of the many benefits including the excellent FaceTime Masterclasses and training guides for exhibitors."
    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
  • "We are a member of the AEO because it is a proactive association for the events industry. As an organiser it provides us with high value ideas, networking, guidance and information."
    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
  • "I genuinely believe that if you’re involved in organising events you should become a member of the AEO."
    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
  • "Our membership of the AEO represents real and tangible value for UBM - it provides fantastic networking opportunities, practical training for our team as well as valuable insight into the state of our industry."
    Simon Parker
    Informa Markets
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
  • "AEO’s networking and member meetings are valuable for individuals at all levels within our organisation. The promotion of our sector to the outside world, to government, authorities and business at large is another vital aspect of the AEO’s purpose for members, many of whom, like my company, work on events throughout the world."
    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
  • “Knowledge is power and the AEO dinners are certainly powerful, there is always a wealth of knowledge at the table. Insightful presentations make for a constructive and extremely social way to learn from the experts who’ve done it before. I attended the Japanese evening and gained really valuable insight about the culture and how best to communicate with a local audience.”
    John Whitaker
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
  • "We have the opportunity to contribute positively to the industry as well as gaining valuable insight and advice. There’s no need to spend valuable time and money reinventing the wheel when you have so many experienced professionals in AEO membership to learn from”
    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
  • "JOINING THE AEO HAS BEEN FANTASTIC! Being able to gift our customers with free places at the FaceTime masterclasses, learn alongside industry peers and seek advice to common challenges is invaluable”
    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications
  • I just wanted to send my most sincere thanks for everything that you and the AEO team are doing to help navigate the events industry through the pandemic. The working groups and communication from the AEO have been excellent and I’m really appreciative of being part of such a wonderful organisation.
    Simon Burns
    ICHF Events
  • I think what the AEO has been doing during this tough time has been exceptional.
    Greg Cherry
    QD Events LTD
  • It is so useful to hear from your peers at this time. Please pass my thanks to Ruth and the BTIG panel
    Dan Assor
    CloserStill Media
  • Just wanted to thank you and Ruth this morning for the Zoom meeting - it was really interesting to hear how things are moving along in the virtual/hybrid meeting/exhibitions. All very new to me, so a lot to digest.
    Maureen Wright
    Optic UK
  • The session this morning was fantastic. We are right in the midst of this and the information was so useful. We can apply it immediately
    Claire Adams
  • The AEO provides an opportunity to make a difference, to work with other companies for the good of the industry as a whole, but beyond that, it provides it’s members with valuable insight and tangible benefits to grow your business, upskill and engage your teams. For those reasons, our membership is in indelible ink on the each annual budget. In short, if you aren’t a member, you are missing out.
    Ed Tranter
    73 Media




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