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Aimia, a Global Leader in Loyalty Management, Named to 6th Annual "CMI 25" List by Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine

Monday, September 17, 2012

Aimia, a Global Leader in Loyalty Management, Named to 6th Annual "CMI 25" List by Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine10:00 EDT Monday, September 17, 2012MONTREAL, Sept. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aimia has been named to the 2012 "CMI 25" list, the annual directory of the largest and most influential full-service meeting and incentive travel management companies focused on the corporate meetings and events industry. The list has been compiled by Penton Media's Corporate Meetings & Incentives® magazine since 2007, and Aimia and the company's predecessor Carlson Marketing have received the honor since its inception. "Aimia understands what motivates the individual, and understands that companies need to apply that thinking to employee incentive and motivation programs," said Fay Beauchine, President, Business Loyalty. "As evidenced by this award, and by our recent acquisition of Excellence in Motivation, Aimia is focused on strengthening and expanding our employee engagement and loyalty offerings, particularly in the U.S., a fast-growing market for employee incentive programs."As a global leader in loyalty management services, Aimia helps clients get closer to their employees, channel partners and customers.  Through data-driven insight, Aimia designs, develops and deploys innovative strategies, communications, training, events, and rewards & recognition programs for some of the world's best known brands. In 2011, Aimia developed 102 incentive travel programs for its clients and helped produce 710 corporate meetings. According to Corporate Meetings & Incentives, as meetings and incentive programs climb to pre-recession levels, many companies are looking for outside help. "The $145 billion corporate meetings and events industry relies on independent meeting and incentive companies for their experience and creativity, and, increasingly, their understanding of the processes and technology tools to implement strategic meetings management programs," said Sue Hatch, executive editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives. The CMI 25 list will be published in the September 2012 issue of Corporate Meetings & Incentives and appears on www.meetingsnet.com.The magazine's editors selected CMI 25 companies based on several factors, including the number of meetings and incentive travel programs managed in 2011 and the total number of room nights represented by those meetings and incentives. They also evaluated the number of full-time employees at each company, as well as the percentage of the company's revenues that came from organizing corporate meetings and incentives, versus association meetings or other sources.About Aimia Aimia Inc. ("Aimia") is a global leader in loyalty management. Aimia's unique capabilities include proven expertise in delivering proprietary loyalty services, launching and managing coalition loyalty programs, creating value through loyalty analytics and driving innovation in the emerging digital and mobile spaces. Aimia owns and operates Aeroplan, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program and Nectar, the United Kingdom's largest coalition loyalty program. In addition, Aimia has majority equity positions in Air Miles Middle East and Nectar Italia as well as a minority position in Club Premier, Mexico's leading coalition loyalty program and Cardlytics, a U.S.-based private company operating in merchant-funded transaction-driven marketing for electronic banking. Aimia is a Canadian public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: AIM) and has over 3,400 employees in more than 20 countries around the world. For more information about Aimia, please visit www.aimia.com. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/aimiainc. Contact:John Vignolo Phone: (212) 277-3742E-mail: John.Vignolo@edelman.com  SOURCE Aimia Inc.