American International Motorcycle Expo Narrows Search to 2 Potential Host Cities

_American International Motorcycle Expo Press Release

CAPISTRANO BEACH, Calif. (April 4, 2012) - Starting with an initial list of more than 10 cities, the search for the ideal venue for the American International Motorcycle Expo, set for Fall 2013, has been pared to two locations. Spanning a number of months, the Marketplace Events team of Larry Little, Cinnamon Kernes, and Mike Webster have traveled extensively throughout the country in search of the perfect venue and city. Their perseverance will result in a forthcoming announcement in the weeks ahead.

"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'" said Little, Vice President & General Manager, Motorcycle Group. "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."

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

Since hosting over 300 members of the motorcycle industry in Indianapolis just over a month ago, the marketplace has been eagerly awaiting the expo's next big announcement.

"We know the industry is anxious to learn the specific date and city," said Show Manger Cinnamon Kernes. "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. "Like" the American International Motorcycle Expo on Facebook by visiting the AIMExpo page, and "Follow" on Twitter @AIMExpo.

About American International Motorcycle Expo
The American International Motorcycle Expo's purpose is to serve as the catalyst to bring together industry, press, dealers and consumers in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America, and delivers an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry. AIME is the single most important show of its type in the North American market and will have international impact within the motorcycling community.
About Marketplace Events**
Marketplace Events creates uniquely vibrant marketplaces that connect enthusiasts with experts, products and services in dynamic face-to-face environments. The company produces 31 consumer shows annually in 21 markets that collectively attract 14,000 exhibitors, 1 million attendees and another 1 million unique web visitors annually. From 14 offices, the 100-person staff produces some of the most successful and longest-running consumer shows in North America, including market leading home shows in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver - some of which have endured for more than 50 years - as well as more recent launches and acquisitions in markets such as Denver, Cleveland and Dallas, which is produced in partnership with Dallas Cowboys Stadium. In 2012, Marketplace Events will launch WIRED Live, a consumer technology event to be held in Washington, D.C., in partnership with WIRED magazine, a Conde Nast Publication.