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October 12, 2017 - IMEX America brings a positive outlook and more business opportunities than ever

As 12,000 plus exhibitors, hosted buyers and attendees at this year’s IMEX America said “Farewell,” IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom reflected upon the achievements of the show and a positive, unifying week for the meetings industry.

Over 3,200 hosted buyers and an additional 2,500 plus attendees came to Las Vegas, and Tuesday and Wednesday were the busiest days ever at IMEX America.

With more than 3,300 exhibitors representing 150 countries and a major expansion of the Inspiration Hub, the show’s education area, the seventh IMEX America was the largest ever. 

A significant factor in this growth was that 58 booths - 20 per cent of returning exhibitors - had booked larger spaces and the show welcomed 64 new booths.

An RFP gives a strong business focus to appointments at the show. The fact that 72 per cent of appointments were based on RFPs, an increase by 4 per cent, is a powerful measure of how buyers are ready to discuss real business prospects at IMEX America. 

As more than 70,000 appointments were made including 60,000 individual appointments and booth presentations, Ray Bloom said, “For exhibitors and buyers this simply means that we’ve created more opportunities than ever to do business.”

“We’re really happy with the quality of the IMEX buyers and we’ve gotten very strong prospects for short and long-term business,” said Darren K. Green, Senior Vice President, Sales for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. 

Ray Bloom also drew attention to an important milestone; the 150th IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum took place at the show. “We’ve always been committed to actively encouraging students from around the world to make careers in the meeting and incentive travel industry. Over the years more than 7,500 young people have taken part in this program and many have since gone on to positions in the industry. It’s very pleasing to see how far they’ve progressed.”

Discussing the show’s extensive education program, Ray Bloom highlighted the new Event Design Certificate course and the Association Leadership Forum, created by ASAE, a new special education program which had brought together 85 association CEOs and executives on Monday. He also said that the Executive Meeting Forum for meetings strategists working in the corporate sector had attracted 30 senior executives from companies including BP, Allianz AG, McDonald’s, PwC and Toyota with an annual buying power in excess of $2.5bn.

The program started with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, which brought over 1,000 event professionals to engage in a wide variety of learning events. At the first MPI keynote Janet Sperstad provided fascinating insights when presenting key findings newly published in a white paper about the IMEX Group’s Talking Point for this year, Purposeful Meetings. This is now available to download.

During the week, 250 education sessions took place, covering ten education tracks, and attracted several hundred participants. 80% of the sessions were assigned with CEs for CMP certification. Adding to the overall show experience was the new Inspiration Hub which used inflatable domes for the seminars, campfires and white space areas for the first time.

The "power of live experience" was a theme that came to life at the Lunchtime Live Zone, interactive live event experiences including instant personalized song writing, the first Virtual Reality Photo Booth and "Sand Selfies”.

The new CSR & Sustainability initiatives this year by IMEX America included using recyclable carpet in the aisles and in some of the booths and not printing a Show Catalog. The show was also supporting "Spread the Word Nevada" by encouraging participants to donate books to a local literacy scheme. For those taking particular care of their health there was the #IMEXrun which this year attracted over 450 runners.

IMEX America is widely known for its networking opportunities. More than 6,000 peer-to peer introductions were made in advance of the show via the Zenvoy connections software, while a wide range of social activities such as SITE Nite North America, the EIC Hall of Leaders Reception, Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic and MPI Foundation Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night brought thousands of people together. 

Ray Bloom added, “It’s not just the associations with their major events. Many exhibitors have also been investing in creating major hospitality events, taking over restaurants and bars across the city. It all adds to the overall value and experience for both buyers and suppliers. 

“I’d like to thank all our industry partners for their continuing support and to congratulate them on the many fantastic networking events that they have arranged to take place here at IMEX America. The worldwide industry has been in Las Vegas this week and I look forward to seeing everyone next year.” 

Looking to the future, the IMEX Group announced that it has formed a partnership with Skift with its new Skift Cities platform that will examine how mid-sized cities are leveraging their innovation economies to reposition themselves in the meetings industry as catalysts and collision spaces for new ideas. This will result in the publication of a trends report in 2018.

Ray Bloom concluded, saying, “This has been a week when the positive outlook of everyone has ensured that doing business, planning meetings and events continues to be a powerful way to regenerate and drive economies forward.” 

Ray Bloom was joined on stage at the show closing press conference by show partner executives Paul Van Deventer, President & CEO at MPI; Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the LVCVA and Chandra Allison, Senior Vice President of Sales for The Venetian® | The Palazzo® | Sands Expo®.

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A picture of Ray Bloom is available to download here.

Notes to editors

Many people have asked how best they can help. Please join IMEX in contributing to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund and to the American Red Cross.

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 12 - Creativity is the sizzle of an event – planners discover why creativity is crucial from insightful keynote and immersive new features at IMEX America

Brent Bushnell, self-confessed nerd and CEO of Two Bit Circus, an experiential entertainment company, is a firm believer in the power of events to foster creativity and bring people together. He explains: “Nothing beats the live experience and there’s an increasing appetite for creative events that are interactive and experiential. The key here is to involve attendees. They shouldn’t just be passive observers, but need to actively engage. Hands on projects require decision making and engage more of a person’s brain, leading to embedded learning.” 

In his MPI keynote at IMEX America, currently taking place in Las Vegas, he detailed the latest approaches to creating fresh and exciting events supported by technology, innovative thinking and a dose of creativity. He explains: “Creativity – often delivered through games and entertainment – is the real sizzle of an event. It instantly blasts away the barriers and delivers a fresh perspective, leaving attendees open to new ideas.”

Alejandro Moreno from Mussica Live Productions in Mexico, explains why creativity is crucial: “I work in the entertainment sector and creativity is a powerful tool for delivering impactful and immersive live shows.”

Live entertainment acts, designed to inspire creativity and fun, were at the new Lunchtime Live Zone at the show’s Inspiration Hub. Planners could experience first-hand ways to add excitement and innovation with solutions ranging from slow motion and virtual reality photo booths, SongDivision musicians, live painting and virtual games. Many of the activities at the lively new zone transcend all countries and cultures, as they do not require translation, and are highly responsive – tailored in real time to developing content and attendee requirements. Stephanie Centrone, National Meeting Planner at EY, a hosted buyer at the show, explains: “This is one of the main reasons I’ve come to IMEX America – to discover creative new ways to engage attendees and encourage connections.”

Danielle Jardim from Zodiac Produtos Farmaceuticos in Brazil, a hosted buyer at the show, adds: “I work in the pharmaceutical sector, organizing meetings and incentive trips for staff around the world. Fresh ideas that foster the feel good factor and create memorable moments are crucial to the success of my events.”

“Flash learning mobs” were one of the techniques explored at the Play Room, the creative hotbed of the show. Interactive sessions and creative corners including Enigma, an escape room, and a day dreaming wall, enabled planners to get hands on with tools, techniques and resources to develop new ideas and make meetings more interactive. 

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Download images of the Lunchtime Live Zone and MPI keynote speaker Brent Bushnell.

Notes to editors

IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information.

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 11, 2017 - The IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum celebrates its 150th edition

The IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum celebrates its 150th edition. At IMEX America 2017, currently taking place in Las Vegas, 110 students from 25 universities and colleges from US and Mexico have gathered for two days of industry insights, learning and connecting with experts and their peers. Since its launch in 2003, over 7,500 students have attended the Forum, many going on to enjoy successful and enjoyable careers around the world.

An image from the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum can be downloaded from here.

Notes to editors

IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information.

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 11, 2017 - Insight into innovation – planners discover the latest developments at IMEX America

There’s much talk about the latest hot meeting trends, but how can planners apply these trends practically in planning their meetings to create an engaging experience?  The answer, according to experts featured in an innovation tour at IMEX America, is teamwork.

The innovation tour - How tech, innovation and trends can be implemented into your general sessions – introduced event strategists to the experts behind the latest innovations, showing how they can work together to support their event and boost engagement. Planners met exhibitors offering various technological support tools including multi hub meetings and event apps. Kerry Plowman from QuickMobile explained how event apps are the "Swiss army knife" for events – they can be created to contain all the relevant tools and features to meet the event’s exact objectives. He continues: “Content can be added to the app throughout the year, boosting ongoing engagement and community and, ultimately, creating a legacy for the show.” 

Marguerite Michels from Double M Events, who attended the tour, explains: “A tour such as this is crucial for my business. I need to be aware of the latest developments and innovations so I can advise my clients on which new technology would work best for them. This tour – and the show as a whole – has really helped my fact finding mission.”

Planners had a glimpse of some of the innovative technology set to make waves in the industry at the #IMEXpitch. Event technology start-ups had the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals at the show.

The five finalists delivered fast paced presentations about their innovations to a live audience, with companies Mixtroz, Sciensio, AtlasRTX, Bizly and Snöball competing to win free exhibition space. Sciensio was crowned the winner by an expert judging panel for their product Concierge EventBot - a chatbot specifically developed for events. 

Founding partner Bob Caldwell explains “The future of event space is Artificial Intelligence – it’s a powerful tool to save event planners time and money as well as boosting delegate engagement. With messaging apps now the most widely and frequently used apps on a smartphone, event planners can tap into these existing channels using a chatbot to provide attendees with event information and resources quickly, conveying the brand and voice of the event.”

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An image of the #IMEXpitch is can be downloaded from here.

Notes to editors

IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information.

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 11, 2017 - Early risers at IMEX - ready for the IMEXrun

Ready, set, #IMEXrun! More than 450 participants from 50 destinations start their day with a 5K run along the Las Vegas Strip, which was developed by events by tlc and sponsored by GES, Hilton and Switzerland Convention and Incentive Bureau.

An image of the IMEXrun can be downloaded from here.

Notes to editors

IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information.

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 10, 2017 - Seventh IMEX America marked by #VegasStrong start and undaunted business focus

The seventh edition of IMEX America opened earlier today at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. Although the preshow week was marked by tragedy in the city, from the moment the doors opened on the leading trade show for the US and global meetings industry, it was clear that North American and international planners, executives and suppliers had turned out in force. 

With a record 3,300 exhibiting companies the IMEX show floor represents a truly global showcase of suppliers, including all of the world’s largest hotel groups, mature and mid-sized cities from across North America, Europe, South America, Russia, India, China and Africa, destination marketing companies, convention bureaus and agencies. The number of incentive travel and promotional incentive exhibitors has also increased.

As the show opened, pre-booked appointments between buyers and exhibitors were tracking slightly higher than in previous years. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said: “Appointment numbers are an important measure for us and our appointment-led business model is an asset for both buyers and suppliers. By arranging appointments in advance, frequently based on an RFP or event specification, we can see how much business is conducted across the week. And we know from experience that appointments at IMEX frequently lead to big deals, sometime two and even three years down the line.”

Michael Unanue of the Stein Eriksen Collection of hotels said: “Today has been phenomenal. I’ve already got 10 RFPs. We’re meeting decision-makers ready to place business. The quality of buyers here is superb.”

Hosted buyer Chris Brown of the National Association for Law Placement, based in Washington DC, came to meet shortlisted venues for the 2023 convention and look out for destinations for future meetings. “This is the perfect place to progress event projects, having face to face meetings with everyone I want to see all under one roof. I can also arrange my appointments around interesting education sessions. It’s ideal.” 

Andrew Lavelle of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine said: “There are many new technology ideas here that I didn’t know about and it helps to talk them over one to one and have them demonstrated to me. It’s been a really good day.” 

Record-breaking 250 education sessions

With a record-breaking 250 education sessions on offer all week, the majority of which count towards CMP Certification, IMEX attendees were not short of choice or opportunity on day one. 

Education highlights included the MPI Academy’s “How meeting planners can change the world” and “Act like a planner, think like a hotel” with Jasmine Eldeen of HelmsBriscoe. The first day was also strong on technology. Tahira Endean, Event Producer for BC Innovation Council offered planners detailed insights into current event tech plus guided Tech Tours. Other tech sessions included “Event networking 21st century style” with Laura Welsh, CEO of Conference Scheduling Solutions and “Why are you still not snapchatting?” with Tara Thomas, CEO of The Meeting Pool, who also presented “How to host a tech bar.” 

The #IMEXpitch rounded off the day’s technology focus with finalists Mixtroz, Sciensio, AtlasRTX, Bizly and Snöball competing for judges’ votes, free exhibition space and audience praise. The competition was ultimately won by EventBots by Sciensio. Meanwhile at the TechTribe booth dozens of women in events gathered for an end of day happy hour. 

Earlier in the day an audience of over 500 gathered in the Sands Showroom to hear meetings industry leaders speak about #VegasStrong, the campaign created following the tragic events of October 1st. Ray Bloom, IMEX Chairman, was joined on stage by Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, Roger Dow, President and CEO of the US Travel Association, Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the LVCVA and David Peckinpaugh, President Maritz Global Events. Murren told the audience “We are heart-broken but not broken” and reminded them that “People here have a job because of you. Meetings and conventions are the backbone of this city. Without them everything else falls away.” Ralenkotter spoke movingly about changing the way he describes the 43 million visitors who come to the city each year as “43 million friends” due to the huge outpouring of support the city had experienced over the past week. 

“Strength is our promise for tomorrow”

Echoing the words of the #VegasStrong campaign – “Strength is our promise for tomorrow” – IMEX America will open tomorrow with the #IMEXrun at 6 am followed by the 150th IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum and important news announcements from several exhibitors, including SMG World, Royal Lancaster Hotel London, the Department of Sport and Tourism Moscow, Event Mobi, Ovation Global DMC and Tourism New Zealand.  

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An image of #VegasStrong can be downloaded from here.

IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information.

Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 10, 2017 - A productive pause – focus on well-being to deliver a business boost

Planners learn ways to invest in their business, in their community and in themselves at IMEX America

‘‘The golden keys to your company’s success’’ this is how Juliet Funt, MPI keynote speaker at IMEX America 2017 explains the power of White Space.

With 204 million emails sent per minute, the relentlessly reactive nature of our daily work squeezes out time for strategic, creative thinking and Juliet wants people to reclaim this. She helps business leaders and their staff carve out valuable time for consideration and insight - called White Space - leading ultimately to a boost in business productivity. 

Juliet revealed her strategies during her session "Activity is not Productivity" which launched the first day of IMEX America, currently taking place in Las Vegas. She shared simple practices for planners to implement, designed to boost productivity and creativity. 

These were well received as Garland Preddy, director of training and education at the Society of Government Meeting Professionals, explains: “I feel like I’m on a hamster wheel and really need, along with other meeting planners, to slow down and reassess what’s really important.”

Building on this, new White Space areas on the show floor and at the Inspiration Hub give attendees the opportunity to pause and reflect as well as explore further together some of the education sessions. 

Weaving well-being into professional & personal life

Attendees can also enjoy a daily dose of well-being at the Be Well Lounge, sponsored by Hilton. Mindfulness trainer Lee Papa and her expert team believe ‘business and mindfulness go hand in hand’ and offer regular sessions on mindfulness and meditation every day. ‘’I’m a firm believer in the reviving power of meditation and its increasing role within meetings and events,’’ explains Stephanie Seefried from Team Seefried Group. On Wednesday the popular #IMEXrun returns, with hundreds of individuals and teams expected to take on the 5km route along the famous Las Vegas Strip.

Making an impact – nurturing the environment & community

In a session organized by MPI, there were opportunities for planners to benchmark their activities against others through the Global Destinations Sustainability Index, and also to look "behind the scenes" at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® to see how the hotel and venue minimize waste and maximize recycling. Planners learnt how Sands, host to some of the largest conventions in the world, recycles 50% - 60% of all waste as part of its sustainability program, Sands Eco 360. ‘‘A finely tuned process delivered on a vast scale’’ is how one planner, Tracy Stuckrath, founder and chief connecting officer of Thrive! Meetings & Events, described it.

IMEX America is again reinforcing its strong commitment to CSR and sustainability. This year for the first time it is partnering with “Spread the Word Nevada”, a literacy non-profit organization. Attendees are bringing their favorite book to the CSR and Sustainability Showcase at the show to donate to the local charity which will pass them on to children and adults across Southern Nevada.

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An image of MPI keynote speaker Juliet Funt can be downloaded here

Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, please contact the PR team at the on-site Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or                                                                                     
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 9, 2017 - Purpose, Customization and Hands-On Experiences at the Heart of Smart Monday 

This year’s installment another Powerful Meeting of Minds

1,000 meeting pros jumped right into the IMEX week today with a stronger-than ever Smart Monday line-up.

Powered by MPI, Smart Monday offered attendees the ability to customize their learning experience, do peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, and gain hands-on insights.

Once again, the sessions were offered for free with over 43 sessions contributing credit towards CE hour tallies, and 15 classes being ILEA approved.

Purpose is Paramount & Other Hot Topics

As an overarching thought for the day, the show’s talking point of Purposeful Meetings was front and center with MPI Keynote Janet Sperstad, CMP of Madison College revealing the results of the IMEX and PSAV sponsored Purposeful Meetings white paper. Purposeful Meetings are meetings that are thoughtfully designed as human-centric experiences to deliver lasting impact and insights by tapping into behavioral science, meeting design, technology, health & well-being and CSR in new and interesting ways.

Other hot conversation and learning topics included: safety and security, leadership skills, travel bans and boycotts, cyber safety, F&B and more.

PCMA’s Business School also took place, featuring Cleveland Justis, Executive Director, Institute for Innovation, UC Davis who helped industry pros wrap their heads around how to weave innovation into their everyday work.

Tina-Marie Wassmann, principal of TNC Events shared her thoughts on this always-energizing part of the day, “This is really enjoyable, interesting and fun. I’m learning new ideas and he’s taking me out of my comfort zone. He’s easy to listen to and very engaging. It’s been a great afternoon.” 

Zeroing-in to Expand Thinking 

Helping Smart Monday participants do peer to peer knowledge sharing, the IMEX Executive Meeting Forum welcomed planners from corporate powerhouses like EY (formerly Ernst & Young), DHL, Allianz AG, BP, Toyota, PwC, McDonald’s, Wells Fargo and Cisco Systems.

Peggy Fritz, Meeting Services Supervisor for Toyota North America had this to say about the value of the top-level forum, “Talking with professionals in the same position as me means I get to benchmark - see how others approach challenges. Networking and developing these relationships is important - it’s reassuring to know we’re not on an island by ourselves.”

On the association front, the day’s new Association Leadership Forum - created in association with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership - didn’t disappoint providing a strategic look at senior-suitable topics such as governance, talent management, strategic planning, M&A and  global management and leveraging technology to increase member engagement.

“The speakers and thinking are at a much higher level here today - at a big picture level,” said Frank Gainer Director of Conferences for the American Occupational Therapy Association. “It gets you thinking and I have a list of ideas and questions to discuss with my team - and my boss - when I get back.” 

For delegates focused on incentives or event design, or for those working towards their CMP or CEM certifications there was also a SITE CIS deep dive with Growmark and Tepper Inc.; Event Design Certificate Program Level 1 of Mastery headed by the Event Design Collective; a CMP Master Class led by Destination Nashville and The Ordinary Success Project plus an IAEE CEM Course. 

Strike a Pose & The Power of Pets, Play and Tours

Switching gears, those wanting to find their “chi” from within and understand the benefits of building in performance-boosting chill-out time had a wide variety of guided meditation sessions to choose from with Lee Papa. Petting a “pup” returned as well with Paws For a Break sponsored by Visit Norfolk raising smiles and lowering blood pressures.

Play was also alive and well with Gary Bordman the Chief Interactive Designer of Amusement, Exhibit and Event Services hosting creative sessions in the new Live Zone. Lego furniture and life-sized PAC-MAN and Etch-a-Sketch all featured, as well as a class called "Enigma" on how to use escape rooms for cocktail hours or team building, led by Play with a Purpose. 

A variety of other activities gave attendees first-hand perspectives including: Back-of-House tours of the Sands Expo/Venetian/Palazzo; an IMEX America CSR and Sustainability Showcase sponsored by Costa Rica and supported by Allied PRA and GES; and a Volun-Tour: Mobile Hygiene Unit tour with Clean the World. 

Networking Nirvana

Finally, from morning thru night Smart Monday participants had more chances to mix, mingle and connect.  The day began by teeing off at the 25th annual Shamrock Shootout Golf Tournament making its IMEX America debut at Cascata, and a Smart Monday luncheon hosted by Marriott.

At the end of the day the industry came together for the ever-popular Association Evening, and a new North Texas Reception organized by MPI, the Arlington CVB and the Irving CVB. SITE Nite North America also give back to the SITE Foundation at the Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq.

All week long IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information.

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A photograph of Smart Monday in action can be downloaded here.

Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press  
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 9, 2017 - Calling All Hearts and Minds at IMEX America… New Purposeful Meetings Whitepaper, Keynote & Edu Sessions Aimed at Adding More Meaning to Meetings

What separates a “wow” meeting, conference or event from just an ok or average one? And what is that special “something” that gives a meeting gravitas - that extra edge that creates experiences, memories and ah-ha's (or magical) moments that stick around long after the fact? 

Some of us might say it’s the people and networking, others engaging content and learning. An immersive design or fresh format may jazz some. Still many like cool technology or a unique hands-on activity.

IMEX believes it’s all these things, plus shifting the way we approach planning meetings by understanding and employing Purposeful Meetings thinking.

IMEX’s Talking Point (annual theme) for 2017 is Purposeful Meetings, meetings that are satisfying, engaging, have lasting positive value and create a common, authentic experience. One of the key tenants behind Purposeful Meetings is to focus on our attendees as human beings first and how human beings learn, think, connect and perform.

To bring that concept to life and offer practical advice, a keynote with Janet Sperstad, CMP and Program Director at Madison College in Wisconsin kicked off the IMEX week at Smart Monday with energy, insights and brainy tips. 

Centering on a new industry whitepaper she led called “Purposeful Meetings: How to Plan with Deeper Meaning, Innovation and Insight in Mind,” Janet majored on the five pillars of Purposeful Meetings and how to leverage them - Behavioral Science, Health & Well-being, Event Design, CSR & Legacy and Technology.

She urged the crowd (linked in via real time polls on Sli.do) “To think beyond T-shirts, lanyards, places and spaces to people.” 

And they got it... “The brain is the most amazing thing but we’re not always educated on what makes our attendees or sales prospects tick. This session gave me a lot of new ideas,” Melanie Hoover, CTA Assistant Vice President of Marketing & Sales for the Fort Worth Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Cool Tips with Purpose

All sounds good right but how do we do that? Janet’s remarks and the whitepaper - sponsored by IMEX and PSAV and now available on the IMEX App and following the show on the IMEX America website - connect the dots with tangible tactics. 

Some of these include:

  • Add in cognitive breaks to refresh the mind - be it for quiet time, fresh air or even natural light

  • Put the most complex content and thinking in the morning, and (surprisingly) after lunch provided it’s a content-free zone 

  • Use audio-scaping, lighting or guided-meditation to get moods and brains relaxed and more receptive to learning

  • Create nooks in quiet corners for people to unplug, or even take short power naps (gasp!) 

  • Give attendees a sense of belonging and meaning through hands on CSR & sustainability programs 

  • Transport people to a different place with invigorating or chill-worthy images or virtual reality

Other attendees at the keynote connected to the message too, “So much budget is invested in meetings and it’s really smart to understand how engagement and experience is effected by our minds and bodies,” said John Leinen Vice President of Sales for Visit Madison. “I’ll be thinking about how I structure the next agenda for my team from this talk today.”

Can’t Get Enough of Purposeful Meetings? 

Extending the Purposeful Meetings mantra beyond the Monday keynote, Janet also moderated a Purposeful Meetings panel with meeting industry movers and shakers including: Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED Event Producer at BC Innovation Council; Inspirational futurist, strategist, event architect and MCI Sustainability Services head Guy Bigwood; Claire Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the Vancouver Convention Centre; and Dr. Amanda Cecil from Indiana University’s Tourism, Convention and Event Management faculty and co-author on the new Purposeful Meetings whitepaper.

Then during show time, Janet and Dr. Cecil will lead Purposeful Meetings sessions at the Inspiration Hub Tuesday and Wednesday, and Janet and IMEX’s own Dale Hudson, Director of Knowledge and Events, will host a Thursday Inspiration Hub session, “Purposeful Meetings and white space - what does it mean to you?” 

Purpose Through Giving Back     

IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information.

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A photo of this morning’s keynote is found here.

Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press  
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

October 9, 2017 - The industry is together at IMEX America this week for business, fellowship and renewal

The global meetings and events industry is coming together in Las Vegas for the opening of IMEX America 2017 tomorrow (Tuesday October 10).

As well as uniting to discuss business, share ideas and renew friendships as it has done every year for seven years, this year it has come together with a spirit of unity in the face of many serious challenges that several communities are facing around the world, most recently in Las Vegas itself.

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said; “During the months, even the week, leading up to IMEX America, it has been so very sad to see the devastation caused by natural disasters in the US, the Caribbean, Mexico and the tragic loss of life in one of our second homes, Las Vegas.

“At the same time, it has been inspiring to see the resilience of those communities and the supportive fellowship of the industry’s response to those whose regions and cities are now faced with rebuilding - both physically and emotionally.

“There is also a great willingness to contribute financially to help the victims of these tragedies and many people have asked us how best they can help. We’d like to encourage the industry to join us in contributing to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund and to the American Red Cross.

“Our industry has rallied in extraordinary ways recently. It has an ability to come together with determination and resourcefulness unlike any other. Importantly it also has the power to pull destinations out of crisis; events and meetings are vital sources of regeneration, re-inspiration and renewal.” 

As a mark of respect, there was a moment of silence observed by hundreds of members of the industry before the first MPI keynote this morning.

Largest ever IMEX America

With over 3,300 exhibitors from more than 150 countries and a major expansion of the Inspiration Hub – the center for education during the show, this year is the largest ever IMEX America, offering more opportunities than ever to do business and learn about the latest ideas and trends in the industry.

Energizing this expansion is a continuing demand for more space from new and existing exhibitors. This year 58 booths - 20 per cent of returning exhibitors - have booked larger spaces while there are also 500 new exhibiting companies and 64 new booths.

Africa and the Middle East have both grown significantly this year, (31 per cent), as a result of Abu Dhabi and Rwanda Convention Bureau exhibiting for the first time. Four new exhibitors including Viking Cruises and three expanded booths have resulted in the Cruise Lines area increasing by 28 per cent. The Technology area is 12 per cent larger mainly due to six new exhibitors including Groups360, PigeonLab Pte, Events Ready and Lead Interaction, and both new and larger booths have led to the USA/Canada and the hotel area of the show each growing by 8 per cent.

Among the other new exhibitors driving the overall growth are Memorable Costa Rica, Global Incentive DMC, Hanoi, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, Havana Strategies, Prince Hotels, and Moscow.

Those who have taken larger booths also include Hungary, Long Beach CVB, Panama, the Philippines, Visit England, Tommy Bahama, Evenium, 3D Cruise Partners, IHG, Marriott International and the Greek National Tourism Organization.

The determination to do business is already apparent in the very high number of one-to-one and group meetings that have been set up through the unique IMEX appointments system.

The power of live

Over 1,000 people are expected to attend Smart Monday (today), powered by MPI. The day opened with Janet Sperstad, the first of the daily MPI keynotes, revealing insights into Purposeful Meetings, this year’s IMEX talking point.

These are now available within a newly published white paper that will be available in print at the show and to be downloaded from the IMEX America website from Thursday October 12.  

As well as the extensive MPI program, the ever-growing Monday audience have come for the new Association Leadership Forum created by ASAE, the new Event Design Certificate course, the renowned PCMA Business School and the Executive Meeting Forum for senior corporate planners. 

The “power of live experience” is a theme running through the show this week and it has come to life on Smart Monday at the new Live Zone. This is a brand new opportunity to sample interactive live event experiences including instant personalized song writing, the first Virtual Reality Photo Booth and "Sand Selfies". 

There is still time to experience these dynamic activities each day during the Lunchtime Live Zone, supported by Michael Cerbelli, which is located next to the Food Court and the Inspiration Hub (Hall G). The "live experience" theme continues in Thursday morning’s MPI keynote by Brent Bushnell, a master of interactive experiences and immersive entertainment. 

This year’s Inspiration Hub, sponsored by Maritz Global Events, is making use of new inflatable domes for some seminars and workshops. The 10-track education program with 200 plus sessions (250 including Smart Monday) features topics to match every need and level of experience. 

Also new is White Space, a place for attendees to chill out, take time to purposefully absorb their experience and to meet with speakers. Tuesday’s MPI keynote speaker Juliet Funt, CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, will be explaining this unique concept in detail. To look after the mind there are meditation sessions led by Lee Papa of Mindful Makeovers™ at the Be Well Lounge, sponsored by Hilton, and to care for the body there is the IMEXrun along the famous Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday (early) morning.

The industry will once again be making new contacts and catching up with friends at many co-located and other events throughout the week from the new Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic, Association Evening, MPI Foundation Rendezvous and SITE Nite North America to the EIC Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards. 

IMEX America continues to support the local Las Vegas community through activities such as Clean the World, the Badge-Back program and, new this year, Spread the Word Nevada by donating books to a local literacy scheme.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says; “This week is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to demonstrate the practical application of that spirit of togetherness and unity by doing our what our industry does best; driving innovation, business integration and growth through meetings, events and incentive travel.”

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A picture of Ray Bloom is available to download here.  

Notes to editors

All week long IMEX America is providing updated information on its website about how people can help Las Vegas in light of recent events. See www.imexamerica.com/show-information

IMEX America 2017 is currently taking place October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9. www.imexamerica.com

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located in Room 202, Level 1 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. T: (001) 702 691 8608

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Blake: [email protected] or 
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

Latest press releases and photography: www.imexamerica.com/press  
Social media: #IMEX17

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020
For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

September 28, 2017 - More than just a buzzword – gain an insight into innovation at PCMA Business School, IMEX America 2017

Innovation: it’s more attainable than you think - This is the subject of a session Cleveland Justis, from the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UC Davis School of Management, will deliver at PCMA Business School taking place at IMEX America, October 10 – 12 in Las Vegas.

As a leading innovation expert, Cleveland will show meeting and event strategists how to incorporate innovation principles into their work during the high-level professional development day held on Smart Monday, a free program of education taking place on October 9, the day before IMEX America begins.

Cleveland explains: “Innovation is one of the many buzzwords used in this ever-changing industry, and it’s more important than ever because society and business are both changing so rapidly. Technology is changing everything about how we live our lives and millennials, as core adopters of technology, are changing expectations about work, society, and commerce. As a result, business leaders must be willing to continually adapt and change or risk being left behind.

“I’m interested in exploring ways in which innovators can foster personal connections that give them access to new ways of thinking. Once people do this they realize that innovation is less about discovering a brand new idea than it is about using existing ideas, processes, and products in new ways.”

PCMA's MBA-quality program is a free high-level professional development program led by inspiring business experts and academics from outside the meetings industry. The Business School enables meeting and event strategists to connect with their peers and sharpen their business skills, and forms part of the wider education program of over 250 sessions taking place on Smart Monday and throughout the show.

Registration is free and required in advance for PCMA Business School.

Download the image of networking at PCMA Business School.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.
www.imexamerica.com

For press releases, show photos and headshots see: www.imexamerica.com/press

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020

For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

September 21, 2017 - The essential questions about sustainability, CSR and meetings; a visit to IMEX America will provide all the answers - and plenty of great ideas!

What is best practice in sustainability in the meetings industry? What’s the easy way to introduce best practice? How can I articulate the business case for sustainability? How can we eliminate waste at meetings?

These are among the important questions that venue and event managers now frequently face.

They can find the answers to these and many more questions about sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) all under one roof by visiting IMEX America in Las Vegas, October 10-12.

Sustainability will be one of the ten tracks that are covered by the 180 plus sessions in the vast education program at the show’s Inspiration Hub.

World class expert speakers and one-to-one consultations

From Smart Monday, October 9 until Thursday afternoon, world class experts will be leading more than a dozen workshops and campfires on all aspects of this key topic. Experts will be also available for one-to-one consultations. During Smart Monday, in a session organized by MPI, there will be opportunities to benchmark their activities against others through The Global Destinations Sustainability Index, also to look "behind the scenes" at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® to see how the hotel and venue minimize waste and maximize recycling.
 
Recent research by the IMEX Group and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) reveals how far the industry has gone in progressing its approach to this issue. Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of event strategists have increased their efforts in the last five years to put sustainability best practice into action, including 21 per cent who declare they have "significantly increased" their efforts.
 
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, said; “As shown by our research, sustainability continues to be a key issue for meeting planners and venues alike. Attendees at all events want to know that the organizers are planning those events in a responsible way – minimizing waste and the impact on both the local and global environment. We always seek to tackle the key industry issues through our education program, as well as providing innovative ideas and solutions.”

IMEX America is again reinforcing its strong commitment to CSR and sustainability. This year for the first time it is partnering with Spread the Word Nevada, a literacy non-profit organization. Attendees are invited to bring their favorite book to the show to donate to the local charity which will pass them on to children and adults across Southern Nevada.

No printed catalog - saving paper

This year IMEX America has added several more sustainability initiatives. 20 metric tonnes of paper will be saved by no longer printing a show catalog, and badges will be printed on paper rather than card. For the first time also, the carpet in the aisles and in some of the booths will be made from 25 per cent recycled materials and is 100 per cent recyclable.

These new developments are in addition to the already well-established sustainability and CSR programs and best practices at the show that include waste recycling and diversion of exhibitors’ unused materials, energy use, Clean the World® hygiene kit making, Waterwise Wednesday food and drink offerings, the Badge Back program and the #greencaffeine initiative.

CSR and Sustainability Showcase

These activities will be brought together at the show at the CSR and Sustainability Showcase which is sponsored by Costa Rica and supported by AlliedPRA and GES. This will be beside the entrance to the show floor from Tuesday October 10.

For exhibitors IMEX produces a comprehensive Sustainable Exhibiting Guide, which offers tips on how to make small changes that make a big difference. The IMEX Group is also sponsoring Positive Impact's campaign to tell the story of the power of events during the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, commented: “We have always been committed to sustainability, not only in sharing knowledge and encouraging best practice within the industry but also demonstrating our commitment through our own activities. We work closely with our partners including GMIC, MeetGreen® and The Venetian® | The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® to comply with APEX/ASTM standards as far as possible and, with their help, make good progress each year.

“The Venetian® | The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® has a program to donate unserved food from conventions to local food banks. In October, it is expected to reach a substantial milestone - 300,000 meals donated since the program began - a terrific achievement.”

“If every exhibitor and every attendee at IMEX America takes just one more practical step to help reduce waste or operate more sustainably at our show then the entire industry’s contribution to greater sustainability, its legacy, will increase immensely.”

www.imexexhibitions.com/our-sustainability

#IMEXcsr

Download the image of a campfire education session.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.
www.imexamerica.com

For press releases, show photos and headshots see: www.imexamerica.com/press

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020

For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

September 19, 2017 - The "golden key to your company’s success" – white space and well-being explored through events, experts and education at IMEX America 2017

White space, "unplugging", nutrition and mindfulness are all elements of well-being, a topic that is increasingly topping the to-do list for event strategists and meeting planners, and one that is explored in detail at IMEX America this year.

The show, taking place October 10 – 12 in Las Vegas, shines a light on all aspects of well-being with events, expert advice, activities and dedicated education sessions.

The importance of setting aside time for deliberation and insight is explored by Juliet Funt, CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, in her MPI keynote Activity is Not Productivity. According to Juliet, white space - uncommitted, flexible time with no agenda - is the "golden key to your company’s success."

Building on this, a dedicated new white space area gives attendees the opportunity to sit and reflect on education sessions, with the chance to explore them further.

Further insights into health and well-being are delivered through the comprehensive education program which has a dedicated health and well-being track with sessions on food trends, stress, meditation and mindfulness. Author and presenter Kathy Gruver delivers a session on Navigating nutrition: what to addand subtract for better health, and Debra Zabloudil, founder of the Learning Studio, will discuss Mayhem or mindfulness: increase your emotional intelligence and balance.

All attendees can also enjoy a daily dose of well-being at the Be Well Lounge, sponsored by Hilton. Mindfulness trainer Lee Papa and her expert team at Mindful Makeovers™ believe "business and mindfulness go hand in hand" and will offer regular sessions on mindfulness and meditation every day.

On Wednesday October 11 the popular #IMEXrun returns, with hundreds of individuals and teams expected to take on the 5km route along the Strip.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, explains: “It’s widely recognized that physical activity contributes to well-being in both our business and personal lives. We’re finding that, increasingly, meeting professionals are keen to maintain healthy habits when traveling - as well as wanting to better understand how and what to incorporate into their own events and meetings.

“The wide range of well-being innovations at IMEX America this year support this by enabling attendees to energize and recharge so they’re on top form to make the most of and enjoy their time at the show – they’re also a valuable source of ideas for their own events.”

A survey carried out by MPI for IMEX focused on stress at work. MPI surveyed a number of meetings professionals on their ability to unplug and found that while only 5% of the meetings professionals surveyed admit to feeling no stress at work, a huge 95% struggle to separate work life from personal life.

Carina Bauer concludes: “There are many ways in which event organizers can integrate health and well-being into their activities, and they don’t have to blow the budget or completely overhaul their program. Small, simple changes such as providing healthier snacks, opportunities for physical activity and time out for reflection are all that’s required – and, we believe, the various well-being initiatives at the show will be inspiring.”

#IMEX17

To attend IMEX America as an attendee buyer, please register here.

Download the image on the IMEXrun.
 
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Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.
www.imexamerica.com

For press releases, show photos and headshots see: www.imexamerica.com/press

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020

For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

September 15, 2017 - Think hot business, inflatable rooms and Live Zone education…IMEX America 2017 to major on the power of experience

• Exhibitor diversity stronger than ever – to date almost 50 new booths and over 44 expanded booths

• Innovation attractions include inflatable domes and white space

• Brand new concept – Live Zone – brings ‘experiential’ front and center

Raising the experiential power of the 7th annual IMEX America, October 10–12 in Las Vegas, meeting pros from the US and around the world can expect to see and feel hundreds of fresh learning and design approaches they can “take back to the ranch”. They can also expect to meet even more exhibitors to connect and do business with, plus exposure to latest industry trends and issues.

The World of Meetings All in Vegas

During the IMEX week – which many buyers call one of the most productive of the year – over 3,200 organizations will highlight products, services, and destinations hailing from across North America and around the world and spanning all major meeting and event industry sectors, including incentive travel.

Pumping up the business value again this year, to date over 44 expanded booths and almost 50 entirely new booths are expected, with more to come before show time.

Those taking bigger booths for the 2017 edition include Hungary, Long Beach CVB, Panama, the Philippines, Tommy Bahama, Evenium, 3D Cruise Partners, IHG and the Greek National Tourism Organization to name a few.

Brand new to IMEX America this year are everyone from the Global Incentive DMC, Viking Cruises, the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau, Havana Strategies, Prince Hotels, Rwanda Convention Bureau, Moscow and Groups360 … to a wide range of tech players. They include PigeonLab Pte, Events Ready and Lead Interaction who will all be exhibiting in the show’s dedicated Tech Pavilion. 

Several companies are also hosting their own booths for 2017 after having been booth partners in the past including: Ray Ban Events, the Mob Museum, Turkish Airlines, Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Diplomat Beach Resort.

Inflatable Rooms, White Space and brand new ‘Live Zone’

Equally dynamic as the business conducted at the show is the learning scene, and this year won’t disappoint in terms of new features and ideas.

Inflatable domes will be used for seminars and workshops at the Maritz sponsored Inspiration Hub - giving planners a vivid sense of potential meeting rooms of the future.

As a result, the Inspiration Hub is expanding in a new area next to the food court - Hall G. Alongside the growing Hub, IMEX is also launching a brand-new concept – the Live Zone. On Smart Monday, October 9, Gary Bordman, Chief Interactive Designer and founder of AE & EC will aim to spark creativity in a Live Zone Open House by showcasing LEGO furniture, games and more, all intended to inspire planners to step up their understanding and use of dynamic, interactive meeting and event experiences.

Then Tuesday – Thursday a number of performers and experiential artists will be showcased during Lunchtime Live Zone sessions from 11.30 am – 2.30 pm. These “free tasters” will allow planners to see, touch, hear and feel new-to-the-show products and services, each focused on creating lasting memories and deeper engagement. Sand Man, Joe Castillo, Heidi Schwartz of Paint Your Event plus the song-writing team from Song Division will be among those demonstrating their unique skills and abilities. BYOL (bring your own lunch.)

Complimenting this emphasis on ‘the power of live’ is Thursday morning’s MPI keynote by Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus. As a master of interactive experiences and immersive entertainment, Bushnell’s presentation offers a chance to delve further into all aspects of this powerful trend. 

True to its talking point theme for 2017 - Purposeful Meetings - the IMEX team is offering a white space area close to the Inspiration Hub. ‘White space’ is the intentional design of time and space to allow people to chill out, clear their minds or take time to purposefully digest information. At IMEX attendees are also invited to use the IMEX white space to brainstorm with speakers.

Addressing this emerging topic in Tuesday’s MPI keynote will be Juliet Funt, CEO of WhiteSpace at Work. Funt is on a mission to embed the benefits of white space culture into organizations the world over. Her keynote will explain this unique, sanity-saving concept in detail; a rallying cry that super-stressed meeting planners are sure to respond to.

PCMA Business School urges ‘innovation more obtainable than you think’

Last but not least - and before the show floor even opens - Smart Monday, October 9, will encourage attendees to flex their innovation muscles at the ever popular PCMA Business School with Cleveland Justis, Executive Director of the UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As an expert in getting ideas from the lab into the real world, Cleveland’s Business School session entitled “Innovation: It’s More Obtainable Than You Think” will focus on how to incorporate and increase innovation in day-to-day work.

Over 1,000 attendees traditionally take part in Smart Monday, powered by MPI. This unique pre-show education day features a diverse, high quality learning and development program, the majority of which is accredited.

Further details of what’s on at IMEX America 2017 can be found here.

Entry to IMEX America is free of charge and the education program is also free. Register online in advance or at the show on the day. https://www.imexamerica.com/register

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Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.
www.imexamerica.com

For press releases, show photos and headshots see: www.imexamerica.com/press

Future dates:
October 16 – 18, 2018
September 10 – 12, 2019
September 15 – 17, 2020

For all dates until 2025 visit www.imexamerica.com/show-information

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or Chris Lewis: [email protected]

September 13, 2017 - IMEX America announces dates and venues up to 2025, confirming move to September in 2019 and 2020

The IMEX Group – organizers of IMEX America – have announced the dates and locations for their industry-leading Las Vegas show through 2025.

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said, “We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America. In addition, the fall is a very busy period for the industry. As a result, we felt that it was important to give the industry as much notice as possible with regards to our dates and venues going forward to assist with their own planning.

“In particular, we wanted to remind the industry that we will be moving from our usual October dates to September for two (2) years in 2019 and 2020.”

In addition to confirming the dates, the IMEX Group have also announced that from 2021, after ten successful years at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, IMEX America will move to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

Ray went on to explain, “The Sands Expo team have been wonderfully supportive partners since well before our inaugural show in 2011 and we are looking forward to four more successful shows working with them, through 2020. Their contribution in helping us to establish IMEX America in Las Vegas as the event where everyone from our industry, from the USA and worldwide, gathers each fall has been invaluable. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership and are looking forward to continuing that partnership for many years into the future.

“However, we were not able to lock in space from 2021 onward. Therefore, after celebrating ten years working together and enjoying a fantastic relationship with the Las Vegas Sands team, we shall be moving to Mandalay Bay. We look forward to establishing successful partnerships with the Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts International teams and we know that their world-class facilities will be an equally fitting home for the show.”
 
Long standing IMEX partner, the Sands Expo, commented, “As the leader of the meetings and tradeshow industry, we always felt that Las Vegas Sands was the perfect partner to assist in the launch of IMEX,” said Chandra Allison, senior vice president of sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “It has been a pleasure helping IMEX grow to become one of the most successful annual events for meeting professionals. The show has evolved, and so has the industry. We recognize this is the right time for the show to move to its next destination. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support of IMEX America in Las Vegas for many years to come.”

Talking about their excitement in hosting the show in the future, MGM Resorts International and Mandalay Bay commented, “We are honored to partner with IMEX America and to keep such a prestigious industry event in Las Vegas. As an active supporter of IMEX, MGM Resorts International is excited to create new experiences for attendees at Mandalay Bay. We will continue to showcase the city of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International as the leading meeting and events destination” said Stephanie Glanzer, CMP, Vice President Sales of Mandalay Bay.

Dates and Location Summary

The dates and venues for IMEX America for the next eight years will be:

2018   October,16-18   Sands Expo
2019   September,10-12  Sands Expo
2020   September,15-17  Sands Expo
2021   November,9 -11  Mandalay Bay
2022   October,25-27   Mandalay Bay
2023   October,10-12   Mandalay Bay
2024   October,8-10   Mandalay Bay
2025   October,7-9   Mandalay Bay

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12, 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.

Download the headshot of Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group.

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Notes to editors

https://www.imexamerica.com/press

For further press information, please contact:

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

August 14, 2017 - Innovation, white space culture and purposeful meetings - just some of the themes in IMEX America’s wide-ranging education program this year

New insights into innovation, "white space culture" and purposeful meetings are among the striking themes that feature in the wide-ranging education program at IMEX America 2017, taking place in Las Vegas from October 10-12.

The program for four days of free first-class education is now live. It gives details of the 180-plus engaging education sessions covering 10 very different tracks that will provide outstanding learning opportunities - and valuable clock hours – for the thousands of industry professionals at the show.

The schedule reveals sessions to suit highly experienced senior professionals looking for new ideas and to update their knowledge as well as for those relatively new to the industry. It is not only wide ranging but also eye-opening with intriguing session titles such as; Fishbowl: solutions to what’s keeping you up at night, Neuroscaping™- applying science to improve event ROI and Cyber safety – is your head in the cloud?

Revelations about Purposeful Meetings

It all begins on the Monday before the show opens. Monday October 9 is Smart Monday, powered by MPI and supported by other association partners, and the day starts with fascinating revelations when Janet Sperstad presents industry research on Purposeful meetings – driving deeper meaning and insights during the opening keynote.

This is the first of more than 30 inspiring sessions during a day dedicated to learning that includes a packed program created for everyone in the industry. There are also special education programs for senior association executives – the new Association Leaders Forum – and the Executive Meeting Forum for meetings strategists working in the corporate sector, as well as the ever popular PCMA Business School.

Wider perspectives on Purposeful Meetings, the IMEX Talking Point for 2017, emerge from the program throughout the week with Understand why you don’t understand – and be understood, Make a movement - the hierarchy of human gatherings and many more.

Learn about white space culture

The IMEX trade show and business appointments get fully underway on Tuesday after Juliet Funt’s morning keynote – Activity is not productivity. This delves into the relatively new sphere of white space culture and introduces new thinking on increasing creativity, productivity and engagement.

Recognising the influence of the economic and political trends in the world, former White House director of economic policy Todd Buchholz will be sharing his knowledge and views in his morning keynote on Wednesday: Prosperity ahead – or not?

Plenty of innovation and technology education

Innovation and inventive approaches to ongoing challenges are prominent throughout the week, with innovation tours twice a day and sessions such as Building a culture of innovation in your in-house team and Innovate or die – revitalization strategies for your events before culminating in Thursday morning’s keynote by Brent Bushnell, From relatable to down the rabbit hole. Win with surprise and delight.

The importance and influence of technology in the industry guarantees it a place in the program. New technology for impactful, decisive meetings, ‘sing augmented reality to enhance participants’ experiences, and Using event tech to manage teams like a boss are among more than 40 tech sessions and tours to help buyers gain a better grasp of the latest technology developments.

From technology and business skills to health and well-being, and sustainability, the key topics in the industry today will all be illuminated by expert speakers, thought-provoking presentations, workshops and campfires at the Inspiration Hub, now located in Hall G next to the show’s popular Food Court.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.
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July 24, 2017 - Enjoy a business boost, fresh thinking and new contacts at IMEX America 2017

This is the one show a year that’s on my must-do list. It’s a no-brainer – I invest a few days and from that I gain relationships, new ideas and inspiration to take me through the next year!” Michael Morris, TriMega.

A must-attend event, IMEX America enables meeting and event strategists from across the world to share innovation, business opportunities and knowledge when it takes place October 10 – 12 in Las Vegas.

Professionals who organize meetings, events and conferences can meet with international destinations, major hotel groups, DMCs, technology and incentives all under one roof.

As well as packing in a huge amount of global business, attendees can also network, discover the latest industry thinking and enhance their skills in a comprehensive free education program, the day before the show on Smart Monday powered by MPI – October 9.

More exhibitors and opportunities to do global business

There will be new exhibitors from across the US and around the world including Memorable Costa Rica, Boston Convention Marketing Center, COMO Hotels - New York, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Global Incentive Management DMC, Viking Cruises, Live Nation Special Events and Hotel Xcaret Mexico.  In the Tech Pavilion EventsCase and CadmiumCD will also be at the show for the first time.

Exhibitors represent all areas of the industry and those with expanded booths this year include the Bahamas, Hungary, Ireland, Accor, IHG, Sonesta Collection, Marriott International, Evenium, 3D Cruise Partners, Allied PRA, multiple exhibitors from California (Long Beach, Anaheim, LA, Monterey County & Santa Barbara), Nashville and Memphis, the Czech Tourist Authority and Visit England.

Exhibitors from all regions of the US, Canada, South America, the Middle East and Europe will bring even more variety and chances to connect and do business as Vanessa Montana, a hosted buyer from Venezuela, who visited the show last year, explains:

“I’ve had business meetings with several existing and new contacts and made good progress with negotiations because it’s so much better to do them face-to-face. I can smile at them!”

IMEX America 2017 will also welcome 10 new hosted buyer groups from all over the world including: Best Cities, Double Dutch, Event Mobi, Westjet, ROOTS MICE – USA/Canada, Event Experiences by Incentive Concepts, Incenta Rewards, Hosts Global, Site South America and Kenes.

Bespoke learning to suit all

Education is a key focus of IMEX America and this year is no exception with opportunities to discover fresh thinking, share ideas and source inspiration. Smart Monday, powered by MPI, takes place the day before the show on Monday October 9 and launches the show’s renowned free education program.

New for Smart Monday is an Event Design Certificate Programme Level 1 of Mastery - a full day workshop in which where the Event Design Collective will introduce the Event Canvas Model, a strategic event management model for customer-centric events.

Another new addition is the Association Leadership Forum, exclusively for association leaders, it will address the multiple challenges of association management and development in a bespoke program created by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.

The Executive Meeting Forum, dedicated to high-level corporate executives, combines informal closed networking with an outstanding education program. There’s also the opportunity to experience MBA-level education from inspirational academics at leading universities at the popular PCMA Business School.

Planners can discover global experts, themed tours and hands-on activities during the three days of the show on the Inspiration Hub. Expanded for this year, the Inspiration Hub is set to host over 180 sessions.

Going green

IMEX’s commitment to CSR remains strong and has led to organizers partnering with “Spread the Word Nevada”, a literacy non-profit, for the first time. Attendees are invited to bring a book to the show to donate to the local charity which will pass them on to children and adults across Southern Nevada.

This new initiative is in addition to the already robust Sustainability and CSR programs and best practices at the show that include waste recycling and diversion, energy use, Clean the World® hygiene kit making, Waterwise Wednesday food and drink offerings, the Badgeback program and the #greencaffeine initiative.

Further details of what’s on at IMEX America 2017 can be found here.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.

For further press information, please contact:

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or  Chris Lewis: [email protected]

July 20, 2017 - How to ditch the daily to do list and think strategic – high level learning for association and event professionals at IMEX America 2017

Association and corporate event and travel professionals are invited to set aside their daily to-do lists and focus on strategic development and sharing knowledge with their peers at dedicated new sessions as part of IMEX America, taking place October 10 – 12 in Las Vegas.

“In a rapidly evolving business environment, strong leadership and effective strategic planning has never been more important. Senior industry professionals within associations and corporations obviously occupy unique and powerful positions within the meetings industry, and we know they value high quality opportunities to spend dedicated, focused time together,”explains Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

The result? Two events dedicated to senior meeting and event professionals working in different sectors of the industry.

Peer to peer learning & networking at new Association Leadership Forum

Designed exclusively for association leaders and aspiring association leaders from all corners of the world, the new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America on Monday October 9. The education and networking program is open to those working at senior leadership level within associations and covers multiple challenges of association management and development. The free program is being created in association with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Through a mix of presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel, the Association Leadership Forum will address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams.

There will also be a series of dedicated education sessions for association meeting buyers and planners, curated by ICCA. Open to all, these will take place as part of Smart Monday – the renowned day of complimentary, cutting-edge professional development powered by MPI. Association professionals will also be able to take part in Smart Monday’s wider education program which includes sessions on purposeful meetings, latest industry trends and personal development. 

All association professionals can end their day and toast the start of IMEX America at Association Evening, taking place at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center. “It’s always a lovely chance to unwind with your peers, reconnect with old friends and forge new connections. Our Association Evening is a great networking opportunity that really ‘starts the week strong’”, adds Carina.

Exclusively for high-level event strategists and Strategic Meetings Management Program owners - Executive Meeting Forum

‘The best and most professionally rewarding day of my year. Sharing knowledge with my peers is priceless.’ This is how Shannon Wayt Sessoms of EY Group (Ernst & Young) described the Executive Meeting Forum which she attended in 2016.

Hosted at Caesar’s Palace, the IMEX Executive Meeting Forum, a staple of IMEX America’s knowledge sharing, will once again gather directors, senior managers, and VP level in-house executives for bespoke education, networking and discussions. Exclusively for high-level event strategists from across the globe, the Forum combines informal closed networking with an outstanding education program.

More than 40 managers, directors and SMMP program owners from corporate America, including BP, E&Y and Office Depot attended the Forum last year.  Having run the event for the last six years, the IMEX Group now has a close understanding of the issues, challenges and support these individuals face in their organizations.

Carina Bauer comments: “The Executive Meeting Forum, Association Leadership Forum - and IMEX America as a whole – are all about bringing together industry professionals to foster relationships and share knowledge, both to advance their own career success and also to support their organizational goals. We know from our feedback that giving these senior groups high quality, facilitated learning and networking opportunities is invaluable. These unhurried settings allow them to build relationships and cement partnerships in a very personal way that offsets the risk of being out of touch or ill-informed.”

Registration for the Executive Meeting Forum and Association Leadership Forum is free but criteria apply. Further details can be found here.

Further details about IMEX America can be found on the new-look website.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America 2017, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 10 – 12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or
Chris Lewis: [email protected]                                                                    

June 14, 2017 - IMEX powers out of Frankfurt and into registrations for IMEX America

Hot on the heels of a big success with the 15th edition of IMEX in Frankfurt last month, global and US event industry professionals are now being invited to register for IMEX America 2017 in Las Vegas this fall.

With ‘boost business’, ‘increase knowledge’ and ‘expand network’ often featuring at the top of many planners’ to-do lists, IMEX America offers the opportunity to do all of this and more under one roof. Meetings and events industry professionals can meet and do business with destinations and venues from across the world at the show which takes place 10 – 12 October in Las Vegas, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, 9 October.

Hosted Buyer and attendee registration is now open for the show which includes many first-time exhibitors from across the world, the US and from all sectors of the meetings and events industry. They will be among over 3,200 organisations exhibiting at the show this year.

New booths include many North American destinations, namely Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau, Boston Convention Marketing Center, COMO Hotels New York, Visit Dana Point, Viking Cruises and Planet Hollywood. Among other exhibitors new to IMEX America are Memorable Costa Rica and Velas Resorts, with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority returning to the show.

Exhibitors with larger booths than in previous years include Bahamas, Hungary, Ireland, Accor, IHG, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville CVB and Visit Santa Barbara.

As well as discovering and meeting with venues and destinations, planners can enhance their industry knowledge as part of IMEX America’s renowned education program, beginning with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on 9 October.

Speaker applications now open
The IMEX team is inviting speakers and topic experts to submit session proposals for the professional education program. Sessions should tie in with the show’s 10 tracks: Business skills, Diversity, Health and wellbeing, Personal development, Technology, Creative learning, General education, Marketing/social media, Sustainability, Trends and research. All applications are blind-reviewed by the IMEX knowledge team to ensure that content is relevant, engaging and of high quality.

The final IMEX America education program (published in August) will also highlight aspects of Purposeful Meetings, IMEX’s Talking Point for 2017. As described by keynote, Janet Sperstad, at IMEX in Frankfurt recently, “Purposeful Meetings is a conversation, not a trend”. As a buzzword, ‘Purposeful Meetings’ means the intentional delivery of deeper meaning, insight and value for attendees as well as tangible business growth for the planner or client.

New Association Leadership Forum
Alongside general education are specific learning and networking features designed for particular groups of meetings industry professionals. The new Association Leadership Forum (formerly Association Focus) is aimed at those working at leadership level within associations. A staple of IMEX America’s knowledge sharing, the Executive Meeting Forum, will once again gather director, senior manager, and VP level inhouse executives for exclusive education, networking and discussions. PCMA Business School will deliver MBA-level education from academic leaders at top universities.

Registration for IMEX America is free of charge and can be completed in advance here.

Further details about the show can be found on the new-look website.

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Notes to editors
IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 10 – 12 October 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 9 October.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected] or
Chris Lewis: [email protected]

June 1, 2017 - Helping to save the world – majority of meetings planners are now putting more sustainability practices into action

New research by IMEX Group highlights rise of positive action within the meetings and events industry

  • Sustainability survey
  • Supporting World Environment Day
  • New IMEX Waste Watcher program 
  • New IMEX-GMIC Green Award
  • IMEX America APEX/ASTM score
  • United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism
  • ‘Analogue moments in a digital world’
  • Call to take ‘just one more step’

Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) of meeting planners have increased their efforts in the last five years to put sustainability best practice into action, including 21 per cent who declare they have ‘significantly increased’ their efforts.

This positive news comes on the eve of World Environment Day (5 June) from research carried out in advance of IMEX America by the IMEX Group and Meeting Professionals International (MPI).

The survey also asked, when planning and running meetings, which sustainability measures make the biggest positive impact. The result was decisive. Almost half (48 per cent) said ‘reducing waste’ and a further third (33 per cent) selected ‘recycling or donating unwanted or waste materials’.*

These findings are in line with practice and experience at the recent IMEX in Frankfurt. There the IMEX team introduced a new initiative - Waste Watcher - in partnership with local community group ShoutOutLoud. The IMEX team aimed to reduce waste by providing opportunities for everyone at the show (but chiefly exhibitors) to re-use and recycle leftover food, furniture, stand graphics, flowers and stationery that would usually go to waste.

Speaking about partners ShoutOutLoud, Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said: “It’s taken us many years and a lot of effort to find a local organisation with the same values and mindset as IMEX, as well as the network and willingness to work with us. It’s also been important to understand changing legislation, especially around food-handling, for instance. So it was just great that so many visitors and especially our exhibitors were interested in and supportive of our new Waste Watcher program. We learned – and they helped – a lot this year. It was a great start but we already have bigger ambitions for 2018.

“By organizing projects such as this, which make waste reduction more visible and accessible on the show floor, we aim to make the greening of big meetings and events more acceptable,” Bauer said. “And behind the scenes, we also produce a comprehensive Sustainable Exhibiting Guide for all our exhibitors, which offers great tips on how to make small changes that make a big difference.”

Saving paper – and trees – and making a different energy choice
This year IMEX in Frankfurt added several more sustainability initiatives. 2.7 tons of paper were saved by no longer printing a show catalog, badges were printed on paper rather than card and hydroelectricity was used across the whole show.

Sustainability education was also a hot topic, with sessions from experts such as Guy Bigwood of MCI who shared findings from the first ever Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index white paper.

IMEX in Frankfurt also introduced a new IMEX-GMIC Green Award - the Innovation in Sustainability Award - to highlight the role that individual event professionals or whole businesses can play in changing behavior across the meetings and events supply chain. The new award recognizes the need to drive sustainability forwards through innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. The inaugural winner, presented with the trophy at the IMEX in Frankfurt Gala Dinner, was Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group in recognition of its Blu Planet water conservation project.

At IMEX America 2016, the show’s APEX/ASTM score increased for the 5th consecutive year and now stands at 90 per cent of level 1 standards. Energy use per participant was down by 13 per cent and there was an 18 per cent decrease in total carbon emissions. Meanwhile at the IMEX Group’s UK offices recycling saved the equivalent of 34 trees and 5,790kg of CO2 in 2016. IMEX Group is also sponsoring Positive Impact's campaign to tell the story of the power of events during the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

‘Analogue moments in a digital world’
CEO Carina Bauer adds: “As a global show powered by a passionate global community we identify closely with the sentiment of World Environment Day, particularly as its theme this year is ‘Connecting people with nature’ while our new Group strapline is ‘We are all connected.’

“In her Purposeful Meetings research keynote, Janet Sperstad pointed out that, ‘Nature is a tonic for humans. Even a picture of nature revives a tired mind. The experience of nature doesn’t have to be real for it to have a calming, relaxing effect on us.’ She talked very passionately about meeting planners needing to encourage and allow their attendees to connect with elements of nature, describing them as ‘analogue moments in a digital world’.”

Take just one step
Bauer continues: “If every exhibitor and every attendee at both IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America took just one more practical step to help reduce waste or operate more sustainably at our shows then the entire industry’s contribution to greater sustainability, its legacy, would increase immensely. If they don’t know how, just ask. We’re here to help and cheer them on.” The IMEX Group works closely with partners including GMIC, Messe Frankfurt, Meet Green and The Venetian®| The Palazzo® and the Sands Expo® in Las Vegas.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Positive Impact Events and the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism
Global Destination Sustainability Index Whitepaper
IMEX Online Inspiration Hub – Sustainability stories
About ShoutOutLoud
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* see paragraph 3 above

Which of the following sustainability measures do you think make the biggest positive impact when planning and running meetings?

 

Reducing waste

48%

Recycling or donating unwanted or waste materials

33%

Offsetting carbon emissions

5%

Reducing energy usage

4%

Reducing food miles

4%

Reducing water usage

4%

Offering sustainability education

3%

Notes to editors

IMEX America took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from October 18 to 20 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on October 17.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and SITE, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organizations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please click here.

Email contacts: Emma Ward [email protected], Chris Lewis [email protected]

January 24, 2017 - IMEX Group launches ‘Talking Point’ strategy, adds extra focus and edge to education and content

‘Purposeful Meetings’ is the IMEX Talking Point for 2017

The IMEX Group is taking a new approach to its education and content strategies from 2017 by introducing an annual ‘talking point’.

The single, headline theme will allow the company to plan and respond more dynamically to rising trends and issues within the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry.

The new IMEX Talking Point is also a tangible reflection of the company’s new mission: “To unite and advance the meetings industry – doing everything we can to educate, innovate and help our clients make powerful connections with the right people.”

The 2017 IMEX Talking Point is ‘Purposeful Meetings: How to plan with deeper meaning, innovation and insight in mind’. It will feature explicitly through a range of new initiatives and implicitly within the programs for both IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America 2017.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group explains the thinking behind the new move: “We’re committed to continually adding to the value of the learning and networking opportunities we provide through our trade shows. That means we have to keep ahead of industry trends and keep talking to all our visitors and exhibitors to discover their problems and needs and decide how we can help solve them.

“Having an annual talking point allows us to listen and respond quicker and with more intention to those needs. Our chief focus is always going to be on bringing buyers and sellers together, face to face, in the most efficient and enjoyable way possible. But the IMEX Talking Points will inject more immediacy, stronger direction and a clearer distinction between each show year to year.

“That said, each annual talking point won’t dominate education content or industry debate. We’ll continue to deliver education and training under our 10 tracks as we have done for many years now.”

IMEX Talking Point 2017 - Purposeful Meetings
The IMEX team consulted widely with partners and researched industry trends extensively before identifying and choosing ‘Purposeful Meetings’ with the strapline ‘How to plan with deeper meaning, innovation and insight in mind’ as the talking point for 2017.

‘Purposeful Meetings’ reflects an imperative which meetings planners and event marketers are already being asked to address. Bauer sums it up as: “There is a shift towards the intentional planning and creation of ‘memorable moments’ not meetings, and ‘experiences’ not events. ‘Purposeful Meetings’ are engaging, inspiring and enjoyable with long-lasting positive outcomes. They are successful and satisfying because they’ve been planned with specific outcomes and behaviors in mind, and they achieve these outcomes and behaviors by taking into account five key elements: Behavioral Science, Meeting Design, Health & Wellbeing, CSR Legacy and, of course, Technology.”

She explains: “Being a ‘purposeful’ planner (or a purposeful company or brand, for that matter) requires a change in thinking, a fresh approach plus new skills and knowledge. This is part of a bigger trend towards meeting planners and event marketers becoming much more strategic.”

New research and training certifications
To back up its commitment to ‘Purposeful Meetings’, the IMEX Group has already formed two partnerships with leading industry specialists. IMEX is partnering with PSAV, a leading global event technology services company, to support a major piece of research and industry white paper. Dr Amanda Cecil of Indiana University and Janet Sperstad of Madison College, USA, will release their first findings at IMEX in Frankfurt in May when Sperstad will present a keynote ahead of further developments planned for IMEX America.

The IMEX Group has also entered into a three-year agreement with EventCanvas.org Foundation which allows IMEX to offer Event Design Certification at both of its shows as part of its pre-show education programs on Monday. The certification training will be offered free of charge to around 20 English and 20 German planners.

There is much more about the Purposeful Meetings Talking Point here and hand-picked resources that support Purposeful Meetings here.

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Notes to editors
IMEX America took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from October 18 to 20 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on October 17.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and SITE, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organizations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please click here.

Email contacts: Emma Ward [email protected], Chris Lewis [email protected]

December 7, 2016 - The IMEX A to Z of 2017: 5 trends to watch as the year unfolds

2016 was no slouch of a year for the meetings industry nor, indeed, for the world at large. Dramatic forces were at play and many of us shared a sense that, even if we wanted to grasp the pace or nature of change taking place, we barely had the time or the head space to do so. 2016 was pivotal – and it felt like it.

Looking ahead to 2017, IMEX has identified five trends which, starting at A and ending at Z, are anything but simple or linear in the impact they’ll have on the meetings and events industry. In fact, we already predict that by 2018 ‘clarity’ will be the watchword of the moment.

AI & VR

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) used to be the future. Then, over the last two years, the first VR headsets started to appear at IMEX (Frankfurt and America), with destinations and venues as the ‘early adopters’. By the end of 2016, both technologies had made the final transition from fringe to freely available. The future had arrived.

Grip, the world’s first artificial intelligence (AI) event networking solution won the #IMEXpitch at IMEX America in Las Vegas. Elsewhere, at IBM’s World of Watson conference, AI was the ‘driver’ of a 3D-printed, driverless minibus that toured the show floor, giving passengers restaurant recommendations.

In the world of virtual reality, WorldViz, a behind-the-scenes VR company that's been working on large-scale, enterprise solutions, launched its new platform for business communication. The project, codenamed "Skofield", allows remote users to make cross-platform presentations in VR.

Both AI and VR offer exciting new frontiers for suppliers in the meetings and events industry. Expect AI, and especially VR (not forgetting Augmented Reality), to capture both the imagination and the headlines in 2017.

Tech-connecting

One of the challenges of being at a large business event is the lingering sense that there are potential (and great) new contacts all around. But do we all identify, locate and then meet those new contacts? The rise of social media but, more importantly, of networking technologies and apps is fast changing our ability to satisfy that need. This urge to find and connect with ‘the right kind’ of each other at live events is what IMEX calls ‘finding your tribe.’

This trend is about both targeting and personalisation. Witness Loopd, winners of the 2015 IMEXpitch and (once again) Grip, the 2016 IMEXpitch winners. Equally, Zenvoy, partnered with IMEX to provide a pre, during and post-show ‘match-making’ service for buyers/attendees to meet or work with each other; a natural add-on to the show’s core appointment system, which enables buyers to meet with exhibitors.

Witness too the rise of snapchat and private messaging. Many of the big conversations at shows, conferences and other events are now happening online - and in private. Where social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram bring the immediate show experience – and audience feedback - to life in a dynamic way (especially with the advent of Facebook Live), Snapchat and private messaging services allow sub-groups and ‘tribes’ to find each other, talk and make plans in private.

As many of these tech-connecting services race to become the favourite, go-to brand of the moment, expect to see some triumph and scale up to great acclaim, while others simply don’t - or can’t - keep pace.

Disruption

‘Are PCOs and hotels prepared to manage the increasing disruption and challenges in accommodation services for international meetings?’ was the title of a hot-topic discussion at ICCA’s recent Conference in Kuching, Malaysia.

‘Increasing disruption’ aptly sums up the prevalence of disruptive forces not only in the meetings and events industry but also all around us. The ICCA discussion focussed on the impact of booking portals and event scammers with fake websites but Airbnb has similar potential to disrupt the traditional meetings space market.

‘Disruption’ could easily lay claim to being THE word of 2016. Dr Kaihan Krippendorff’s PCMA Business School session at IMEX in Frankfurt - ‘The Outthinker Playbook – Devising Disruptive Strategies’ drew a large and eager audience, as did Jay Samit’s presentation ‘Disrupt You!’ at IMEX America 2016. ‘Disruption’ also describes the impact of unexpected political results in 2016 – namely Brexit and the U.S. Presidential election. Even though the fallout has so far been short-term, most organisations (in all industries worldwide) are on alert for the long-term consequences. Harking back to a favoured phrase from five or six years ago, 2017 heralds a sense that ‘disruption’ is set to be the ‘new normal’.

Unsubscribing

Last year at the British Psychological Society's annual conference, Professor Sir Cary Cooper said a compulsion to deal with messages caused UK employees to become less productive than many of their international counterparts.

"For people to be working at night, weekends and holiday on emails is not good for the health of our country," he told the BBC. "We need to ban emails [sent and received] within the same building," he said, advocating instead for face-to-face meetings and phone calls.

Independent research by Atos Origin highlighted that the average employee spends 40% of their working week dealing with internal emails which add no value to the business.

Add to that newsletters, social media notifications and e-shots and it’s clear to see why many people are eager to seize back their time. In effect, this trend is a flight towards more authentic and meaningful productivity.

Expect unsubscribes and opt-outs to rise as individuals reclaim their inboxes, their sanity and their time.

In turn, the purposeful creation and appreciation of ‘no-thing’ time (using planning approaches such as White Space) will win more and more fans in 2017.

Zs

Workplace demographic shifts really gathered pace in 2016, with Generation Z now heading over the horizon. By the end of this decade Zs will account for around 20 per cent of the work force.

Born in the late 1990s onwards, Zs were the first to grow up with the Internet and portable technology at their fingertips, virtually from birth! According to various research reports, compared with those born in the 15 or so years before them – Generation Y, the Millennials - they are distinctly different (hence their disparaging, alternative label, ‘Generation Snowflake’…because every little snowflake is unique).

From a communications and meetings perspective, Zs are tech-intuitive, tech-based multi-taskers and good at online collaboration but tend to have weaker face-to-face and social skills, are liable to be distracted easily and have a short attention span.

According to the 2015 Way to Work survey by Adecco Staffing USA, as employees Zs want financial stability (a result of living through recession and the burden of student debt), a dream job, entrepreneurial opportunities, a flexible work-life balance, regular face-to-face mentoring and plenty of feedback from the boss. In pursuit of this they’re likely to job-hop in their early years.

As an event or meetings audience Zs are set to place strong, new demands on planners, venues and brands. Whether they prove to be high value or just high maintenance, 2017 should reveal all.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from October 18 to 20 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on October 17.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and SITE, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organizations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please click here.

Email contacts: Emma Ward [email protected], Chris Lewis [email protected]

November 2, 2016 - Final Figures Confirm New Records at IMEX America 2016

Final figures published for the sixth IMEX America confirm that the trade show broke many significant records.

The latest statistics released for IMEX America, which took place 18 – 20 October, confirm that 12,227 meetings, events and incentive travel industry professionals were at the show in Las Vegas, an increase of 14 per cent from the previous year.

There was a six per cent increase in the amount of hosted buyers who attended – 3,216 from 60 countries. Three quarters of these (73 per cent) were from the US and Canada. Long haul buyers came from China, India, Australia, Japan, Russia and the UK.

Prescheduled appointments numbered 60,000 – more than in 2015 - and 10,000 buyers also took part in group appointments.

Commenting on her experience this year, Claudia Cavariani, a hosted buyer from Dafing Group in Argentina, said: “One of the many things IMEX does well is the appointment system – it works out so well for both exhibitors and hosted buyers. It’s flexible and efficient – the exhibitors have prepared information for you so you spend your time well. It’s a show where I do serious business.”

IMEX America 2016 also welcomed a record number of exhibiting companies – 3,250, a 4.8% increase on 2015 - representing 139 countries. These included 69 new booths and another 69 exhibitors who increased their booth space. Together they created the largest ever IMEX America.

Stephanie Mynett from Meet Birmingham, one of the exhibitors, explained: “I’ve talked with a good mixture of association and corporate buyers. In the space of one hour I received four enquiries which has justified my participation.”

The IMEX America 2016 show stats can be downloaded here.

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Notes to editors
IMEX America took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from October 18 to 20 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on October 17.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and SITE, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organizations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please click here.

Email contacts: Emma Ward [email protected], Chris Lewis [email protected]

 

October 20, 2016 - Innovation and energy drive business at IMEX America

The sixth IMEX America set new records all around the show, reported IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom as this year’s event drew to a close.

There was a record number of exhibiting companies – 3,250, a 4.8% increase on 2015 - representing 139 countries. They included 69 new booths and another 69 booths had expanded year on year. Together they created the largest ever IMEX America.

Well over 3,000 hosted buyers attended the show this year, also a new record.

An important new pinnacle was reached in the number of appointments. More than 60,000 individual appointments and booth presentations were made, while there were 10,000 attendances by buyers at group appointments. This represented a 5% increase in appointments on 2015.

This year IMEX America introduced a new feature to its appointment scheduling system – appointment types. When making an appointment buyers were asked to specify the reason for the meeting; as well as being invited to attach a profile or mini-RFP to their appointment.

The result was that the proportion of appointments with RFPs attached increased significantly from 51% of appointments in 2015 to 69% this year.

Ray Bloom commented: “This is an important innovation enabling both buyers and exhibitors to be better prepared for their meetings. It has made a great impact on the appointments taking place on the show floor.”

Michelle Romein, Director of Corporate Events, Americas for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts validated Bloom’s observation. “The new appointment profiles and types have been valuable to us, particularly in helping us to allocate the most appropriate person to the meeting.”

Important initiatives and innovation

The Exhibition and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI) was launched at the show, attended by Bruce Davidson, director of the U.S Office of SAFETY Act Implementation. Ray Bloom said; “There is no greater issue facing our industry and to start the process of agreeing a comprehensive set of nationally recognized event security guidelines and standards is an extremely important and valuable step for everyone.”

A series of event tech, innovation and sustainability tours were among the many new initiatives in the show floor education program which this year offered a record 269 sessions. 86% of these sessions were assigned with CEs for CMP certification, more than ever before. A new Senior Planner Open Forum was successfully introduced for those with 10 years plus experience and the daily MPI keynotes attracted great interest and gathered strong positive feedback.

Ray Bloom reported that more than 1,000 delegates attended educational events on Smart Monday, powered by MPI, and supported by association partners, IAPCO, ICCA, ASAE, PCMA, HSMAI, DMAI, SITE, GBTA, GMIC and ECM. The new programs for Association Focus and the Executive Meeting Forum and this year’s PCMA Business School were all notable successes that day.

More than 40 leading buyers from the corporate sector who control annual meetings budgets in excess of $3.4billion attended the annual Executive Meetings Forum. The group included senior executives from Cisco Systems, EY Group, Wells Fargo and BP.

The introduction of the Zenvoy business networking software to help participants make connections had generated more than 3,000 introductions so far and more are expected over the coming months.

In addition, IMEX America is now a magnet for the industry. Ray Bloom says “Many people say to me ‘everyone in the industry is here this week.’ There is great camaraderie here, not only around the show floor but also at key events such as SITE Nite North America, at the CIC Hall of Leaders Reception, CEIR Golf Classic and last night’s superb MPI Foundation Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night.’

IMEX America continued to develop its CSR & Sustainability activities, introducing Garbage Grabbers-Clean Up Las Vegas on Monday, a #GreenCaffeine campaign as well as a CSR & Sustainability Showcase at the show entrance. All these initiatives had a great impact while this year’s IMEXrun attracted over 800 runners.

To further enhance the buyer experience, the IMEX Group has appointed DoubleDutch as the new mobile solution provider for IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America. DoubleDutch is the global leading provider of event apps and the Live Engagement Platform that allows attendees to engage and participate in conversations real-time via the digital channel.

Before concluding Ray Bloom said; “This has been an exciting week for doing business, learning and networking. But also the high quality of the booths and the tremendous energy of the exhibitors and buyers has made an enormous contribution. They have created a great atmosphere around the show.’

Bloom also announced the dates for IMEX America in 2019 (10 – 12 September) and 2020 (15 – 17 September).

Ray Bloom was joined on stage by show partner executives Matthew Marcial, VP of Education and Events at MPI, Chris Meyer, VP of Global Business Sales for the LVCVA and Chandra Allison, Vice President of Sales for The Venetian®|The Palazzo®.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America took place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from October 18 to 20 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on October 17.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and SITE, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organizations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please click here.

Email contacts: Emma Ward [email protected]exexhibitions.com, Chris Lewis [email protected]

October 20, 2016 - Fresh thinking and future thinking: creativity and trends explored at IMEX America

 

A shot of creativity goes a long way to remaining competitive and addressing future trends. This is the view of Susan Robertson whose mission is to ‘sharpen strategic creativity to produce real results.’

In her Play Room session at IMEX America, Are you solving the wrong problem? , she showed attendees how to approach a challenge from a new perspective in order to come up with new ideas and innovate. Susan, who delivers a creative thinking course at Harvard University, explains, “Einstein said ‘If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spent 55 minutes thinking about the problem and five minutes thinking about solutions’”.

Susan’s was one of many innovative session in the Play Room, the creative hotbed of the show, enabling planners to get hands on with tools, techniques and resources to develop new ideas and make meetings more interactive. It includes a dedicated innovation corner for out of the box thinking and an engagement corner for tricks on how to create a deeper and richer audience experience. There’s even the chance to set a Guinness World Record by tackling the ‘Beer Coaster challenge’!

Creativity and future thinking go hand in hand, as fresh thinking ensures planners can address forthcoming trends and incorporate them into their business. The German Convention Bureau gave an insight into the future of meetings in Research and innovation: See the future of meetings today. Attendees discovered trends in knowledge sharing, tech and meeting design from the Future Meeting Space – a project by the German Convention Bureau (GCB), European Association of Event Centres (EVVC) and The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. The GCB team, including Claudia the avatar, ran through future meeting scenarios and examples of how these have already been put into practice in Nuremburg, Leipzig and Munich.

From future meeting scenarios to future meeting attendees. Shawna Suckow, founder of SPIN: the Senior Planners Industry Network, delivered a session on Suppliers: how to connect better with today's planners. Shawnaexplained how to ‘break through the clutter’ and build relationships through client testimonials and face to face networking as well as best practice tips for social media communication.

Communication and fostering relationships formed the core of MPI keynote speaker Tami Evans. She encouraged attendees to embrace their ‘inner dork’ as a way of truly connecting with people and increasing engagement and productivity. Self-confessed ‘perpetual optimist’, Tami advised delegates to ‘put perfection on pause’ in favour of embracing personality and passion in her energetic keynote Half full of it: activating optimism and other hard-core soft skills. Her glass half full approach encouraged planners to be happier and healthier in both their professional and personal lives.

She left delegates feeling energised ahead of the final day of the show as Joanna Dennison from The Ordinary Success Project, who attended the keynote, explains:

‘Tami rocked it! She showed people how to transfer her positive messages to their work on the show floor. She was certainly an energising speaker – perfect for our last day here at IMEX.’

 

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

Almost all education sessions at IMEX America are industry accredited (CEs for CMP certification).

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

October 19, 2016 - Supporting yourself and supporting others: wellbeing and sustainability go hand in hand at IMEX America

“During busy business days at the show, wellbeing should not take a back seat. Our Be Well programme is designed to ensure all attendees feel refreshed and revived during their time at IMEX – as well as giving them ideas on incorporating wellbeing into their own meetings and events. We want to showcase options for planners looking for ways to boost the attendee experience in a way that’s more sustainable and healthier.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains the philosophy behind a series of wellbeing and CSR activities at IMEX America currently taking place in Las Vegas. Wellbeing took centre stage this morning at the second edition of the IMEXrun – an energetic way to ‘sweat work’! Around 800 planners and exhibitors took part in fully booked fun run along the iconic Las Vegas strip. Also back by popular demand is the Be Well Lounge, sponsored by Hilton, a relaxing retreat led by the inspirational Lee Papa. Each day begins with yoga and continues with meditation and relaxation classes, all designed to ensure attendees stay ‘show-fresh’.

Wellbeing is explored further through the comprehensive education programme on the show floor with sessions showcasing both new and proven health and wellbeing concepts - inspiring meetings and events planners with ideas they can include in their own events.

‘Our morning meditation has been really popular and my team and I have noticed a visible difference in people before and after each session - they leave feeling energised and invigorated. Plus, the bite size sessions enable people to build in important relaxation around their busy days at the show,’ explains Lee Papa.

Planners experienced ways to ‘fit fitness’ into both conferences and their own busy lives in Sitting is the new smoking delivered by Kim Bercovitz, president of X bytes. In today’s session, Why you should include wellness in your conferences, Kim got attendees up and moving, running through a series of easy yet effective exercises that can be carried out as part of meetings and events.

Boosting your wellbeing and giving back to the local community? It’s a walk in the park! That’s according to over a group of volunteers who enjoyed a spot of ‘netwalking’ and supported IMEX America’s host city by joining a new initiative launched this year - Garbage Grabbers. They headed to Sunset Park, a jewel in the Las Vegas Valley, to help repair flood damage, pick up trash, clean the children's play and picnic areas, and revive the volleyball courts. Garbage Grabbers took place on Smart Monday and was organised by the Outside Las Vegas Foundation.

Smart Monday attendees were encouraged to ‘Paws for a Break’ and enjoy some relaxing time with four legged friends. MPI teamed up with a local animal therapy training organisation to bring dogs to the show for the first time this year. It’s official - time spent stroking a household pet improves emotional health and helps reduce stress, and ‘Paws for a Break’ proved a hit with canines and humans alike!

As IMEX America ends tomorrow, attendees leaving the show are encouraged to drop their badges in a badge back bin. These will then be donated to the Teachers Exchange, a local organisation which collects office supplies and other surplus materials originally headed for landfills and distributes them to local teachers for use in the classroom.

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Notes to editors

• The Be Well Lounge is sponsored by Hilton. Be Well Guide has been developed to ensure visitors take full advantage of all well-being initiatives available at IMEX America.

• CSR projects at IMEX America this year are sponsored by Costa Rica Tourism Board and supported by AlliedPRA, Exclusive Destinations & 3D Cruise Partners and GES. http://www.imexamerica.com/about-us/sustainability/legacy-projects/#GarbageGrabbers

• The IMEXrun concept is developed by events by tlc / Case Imagine and sponsored by Brazil and supported by AWG, Experient, GES and Holland.

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

Almost all education sessions at IMEX America are industry accredited (CEs for CMP certification).

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

• Onsite Press Center telephone: 001 (702) 691-8601

• Email - Emma Ward [email protected]; Chris Lewis [email protected]

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16 IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

15:00|10/19/2016

 

October 19, 2016 - New EventTech tours help buyers learn about technology at IMEX America

It’s no secret that the best way to understand and learn to use new technology is to see it in action.

Meeting planners at IMEX America, currently taking place in Las Vegas, have been finding out about event technology and meeting the experts behind the latest innovations in a new series of EventTech Tours running throughout the show. Led by Tahira Endean, one of the "Top Five Women in EventTech", the tours feature several companies who are leading the way in technology for the meetings and event sector. 

‘The exhibitors have been very helpful in putting the technology into context. We’ve also had great feedback from the buyers who’ve been on the tours.’

Carrie Drummond of Ansible by Red Hat, who took part in one of the tours said; ‘I’m really happy I came on this tour. It’s given me a short taste and insight into several types of technologies that I only know a little about and which are not on my appointment schedule.’

techknowledge

Planners can also sample the latest tech solutions for event planning, budgeting and sourcing at the TECHknowledge Area. Experts are on hand to deliver targeted technology sessions, TECHbytes, answering questions on hot topics such as Snapchat, Slack, OneNote and wearable technology, and guiding visitors through the latest tech in the Gadget Lab.

In addition to the EventTech Tours, almost 40 education sessions covering various aspects of technology are taking place in the Inspiration Hub during the show and are attracting great interest.

In the run up to the show, buyers have also had the chance to use Zenvoy, a new networking technology.  IMEX has introduced this one-to-one business introduction service for professionals, groups & events

As well as experiencing the latest technology developments, planners also had a glimpse of some of the technology set to make waves in the industry at the #IMEXpitch. Event technology start-ups had the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals at the show. The five finalists presented their products to a live audience. London based Grip, the world’s first artificial intelligence powered event networking solution, was crowned the winner by an expert judging panel.

Grip will receive a free space on the Technology Pavilion at next year’s show in addition to press and marketing exposure.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

 

 

October 19, 2016 - How trends and innovation will fuel the future of meetings and events: IMEX America begins packed programme of expert education

“Invention should be celebrated,” declares Pablos Holman, this morning’s MPI keynote at IMEX America.

How meeting planners can innovate in order to meet future developments and trends is a key theme at IMEX America, currently taking place in Las Vegas.

This key theme is being explored through the daily MPI keynotes as well as throughout the comprehensive education programme and showfloor activities.

The importance of innovation via technology as a route to addressing global issues formed the core of today’s keynote, Innovate or die trying—from the mind of a world-renown hacker. World-renowned hacker Pablos Holman, who delivered the session, sponsored by Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, is one of the rare technologists who can both understand and explain new technologies and their potential.

Inventions which address some of the world’s biggest problems form the core of the projects at the Intellectual Ventures Lab where Pablos’ team has taken on problems ranging from hurricane suppression to brain surgery and disease eradication to nuclear energy. As Holman explains, ‘the people who have the problems are not the people who have the solutions – the two need to join together.

The power of innovation struck a chord with many of the attendees at the interactive session. Monika Radicevic from Intercontinental Hotels Toronto confirms ‘I constantly innovate in my work – it’s crucial for business. If you don’t innovate – you lag behind!’

Katherine Fox Ehlert from Santa Fe Community College adds: ‘I teach my students to constantly question and challenge in order to learn. I love Pablos’ approach – using invention to tackle the major problems in our world.’

In the current evolving business landscape, adaptability and creativity are more crucial than ever according to keynote and ‘change agent’ Jay Samit in his address, Disrupt you! Strategies for billion dollar success in this era of endless innovation. In yesterday’s session, sponsored by Visit Milwaukee, Visit Pittsburgh, and Travel Portland, he stressed that business leaders must anticipate change to create opportunities for professional success and personal satisfaction. ‘You’ll never discover the next big idea sitting at your desk. Disruption comes from exploring outside your comfort zone,’ he explains.’

Sam Torgerson from Viceroy Snowmass, who attended the session agrees: ‘It’s important to look at the long term, not just the short term, and in order to remain relevant and competitive, innovation is key – not just for my business, but also for me. I see my visit to IMEX as a valuable investment for my long term objectives as well as meeting my short term needs.’

‘Millennials are increasingly impacting our world and the way in which we live. Professionals from across the generations need to embrace this and adopt a flexible attitude as Jay explains. In fact change and flexibility are the two words I use most in my work life,’ adds Sandie Holley, North Carolina Association of Pharmacists.

Innovation is also being explored across the show floor. New for this year is a series of show floor tours enabling planners to gain the advice of experts on how to use how tech, innovation and trends to create compelling experiences. Led by Glenn Thayer of Emcee Squared, the group met exhibitors such as Quick Mobile who advised on using technology to turn delegates from attendees to participants in order to boost engagement. CNTV explained how video can be used all year round as part of an event’s marketing campaign of customised content and the trend towards live video.

How shifting trends will impact meetings and hotels in 2017 was the hot topic debated by a panel of five meetings and hospitality leaders led by Dan Berger from social tables. Experts from Maritz Global Events, Accor, Hyatt and MGM Resorts International discussed how meetings will change and what will drive growing demand in the year ahead. This covered delegates’ expectations for personalisation, right down to food and beverage, as well as keeping up with evolving technology and addressing security needs. Experts also discussed the trend towards increasing collaboration between venue and planners as delegates’ appetite for as customised experience grows, as well as the need for ‘white space’ in between sessions for relaxation and networking.

Karen Ruiz, from Au Courant events who attended the session, comments: ‘This session covered ways in which we, as planners, can balance an increasing work load with the need to deliver an innovative and personal experience for delegates at every one of our events.’

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

Onsite Press Center telephone: 001 (702) 691-8601
Email - Emma Ward [email protected]; Chris Lewis [email protected]
Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

October 18, 2016 - ‘The perfect start to the week’

“The perfect start to the week” - although Camila Pelaes, a Hosted Buyer from Colombia, was speaking about Jon Bradshaw’s opening MPI keynote session on Monday, she captured the thoughts of many of the 1,000+ meeting professionals who were in Las Vegas for Smart Monday--powered by MPI before IMEX America opens on Tuesday.

With 66 sessions arranged by MPI, plus the PCMA Business School, Association Focus, Executive Meeting Forum, the Playroom and a new Sharing Economy panel discussion, there was something for everyone at every level of seniority and experience – and plenty of opportunities to acquire CE credits.

After Jon Bradshaw shared insights and advice from behavioral psychology to help people interact more effectively, Carol Gaughan, a meeting planner from Connecticut said: “It made me feel energized, really upbeat and positive.”

Rebecca Lovelace of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, sponsor of Monday’s MPI Keynote said. “This was a great start to Smart Monday. It will help to keep in mind the power of interpersonal communication throughout the week.”

Rewarding

Shannon Wayt Sessions of EY Group (Ernst & Young) was one of over 40 senior corporate meeting executives from major corporations at the Executive Meeting Forum, an exclusive day of discussion, learning and networking with industry colleagues.

“This is the best and most professionally rewarding day of my year. Sharing knowledge with my peers is priceless” was Shannon’s opinion on the event. Kelly Curry of Office Depot said, “It’s been incredible. The program has been great and sharing experience with my peers stimulating.”

The Playroom brought creativity to Smart Monday. Participants bounced around ideas and tried out new creative play techniques. Kim Estep and Shari Melillo of Convention Nation thought “This is a wonderful idea, a great break from the classroom, it’s personal and hands-on. We love it.”

Creating even more customization, Association Focus had a new, highly tailored program including a new C-level learning stream led by John Graham, President and CEO of ASAE.

PCMA Business School attracted a lively audience to learn persuasive presentation skills facilitated by Richard Cox from Stanford University. Cathrine Seidel Tvede of Copenhagen CVB said “It was great to have someone from outside the industry sharing his insights. He made me realize that using emotion achieves so much more than details. It was really informative.”

The MPI sessions throughout Smart Monday are designed to help with key skills that meeting professionals need to move onward and upward in their careers. Many exhibitors including Roman Muska of the Prague Convention Bureau also took the opportunity to update their knowledge before the exhibition opens. “There’s plenty that is really valuable for exhibitors to learn as well as buyers. I’d warmly recommend it.”

Suzanne Arteaga, a Hosted Buyer from the National Fisheries Institute said. “Paws for a Break is a lovely new feature. Being able to interact with dogs during the show makes me happy.’’

Finally, Ramon Bocarro of State Farm Insurance said: ‘’IMEX delivers the best ROI of any conference! The education today is superb.’’

Download image from Smart Monday.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

• Onsite Press Center telephone: 001 (702) 691-8601

• Email - Emma Ward [email protected]; Chris Lewis [email protected]

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

09:00|10/18/2016

 

October 18, 2016 - How to convince a resistant audience – PCMA Business School at IMEX America suggests emotion is the key

Meeting professionals from across the US and the globe learned how to fine-tune their business relationship skills today, and went home inspired to practice on their children, friends and even the family dog.

In the course of a single afternoon at the third PCMA Business School (held as part of IMEX America’s Smart Monday) attendees learned just how much human instinct and animal behaviour govern our reaction to the world and people around us.

Facing a sceptical audience who are reluctant to listen, let alone consider the ideas being explained to them, is a challenge familiar for presenters. So PCMA’s latest MBA-level education course “Make your ideas stick with persuasive presentation skills”, sponsored by Synchronicities, proved to be a magnetic prospect.

The speaker, highly acclaimed expert Richard Cox, lecturer in organizational behavior at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and founder of People Rocket, captured his audience, urging them to ‘risk becoming human’. Time and again Cox demonstrated the power of emotion and well-crafted storytelling to achieve stronger connections and build more meaningful relationships, be it with colleagues or clients.

He revealed a number of useful engagement tricks, such as how to use drama, where and when to introduce suspense or surprise and, importantly, mystery. Cox urged his audience to practice their newly discovered tools with their children, in the car and even in a single minute before entering a meeting room. He explained: “We all know how to tell good stories…it’s innate. I started my career as a computer technical engineer and learned how to hone my own communication skills through years of improv. If I can do it, anyone can.”

Later on he talked about the differences between power, status and authority – and how dangerous it can be for those who confuse one with the other. “We all know people who have authority – the title – but not the status to perform effectively. To develop really sound, satisfying relationships we need to respect each other. True success isn’t about power play. Good leaders, for example, love their organisations and their employees. They are authentic and know that having an attitude of service widens their range of influence - and their performance,” he explained.

Sherrif Karamat, COO of PCMA said: “Business events are a key driver of any organization’s business objectives, and PCMA’s Business School at IMEX America is intended to equip today’s business event strategists, and meeting professionals with the knowledge and insights they require to ensure that they are achieving success through events.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “The PCMA Business School has quickly become an important element of Smart Monday at IMEX America. It is one of the higher level educational sessions that meet the needs of both buyers and suppliers in the industry and we are proud to be able to deliver this in partnership with PCMA. Once more it has proved to be a really engaging and thought-provoking session. Good business relationships are all about influence, communication and connection – and I know Richard’s audience today were inspired and empowered on all of these fronts.”

The next PCMA Business School will take place at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017. More information will be released shortly.

The PCMA Business School was founded on the belief that business events require both strategy and a high level of business acumen. PCMA Business School programs help to hone the business skills of event strategists by delivering a high level of interactive education sessions, delivered by some of the best business education professionals in the world.

An image from the event can be downloaded here.

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

• Onsite Press Center telephone: 001 (702) 691-8601

• Email - Emma Ward [email protected]; Chris Lewis [email protected]

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

09:00|10/18/2016

 

October 18, 2016 - Busy first day of business and learning at IMEX America

Thousands of buyers arrived from across the globe ready to do business and to update their knowledge when the sixth IMEX America opened on Tuesday morning.

Between them they had booked thousands of appointments with the 3250 exhibiting companies taking part in the show while many spontaneous business meetings were also taking place.

At the end of the first morning exhibitors were reporting meeting buyers ready to discuss strong business prospects. Jeff Baryenbruch of Milwaukee said; ‘It’s been amazing. We’ve had back to back high quality group and individual appointments, several of them with interesting RFPs.’

Emora Franco of the Argentina National Institute of Tourism said ‘we’ve had a really good day. We’ve had a very positive response from buyers and many have been discussing serious business opportunities. We’re very pleased.’

Appointments

Buyer Tania Beladures from BCD Meetings & Events ‘had appointments to discuss contracts with possible partners from all over the world. It’s been really valuable to work on so many projects all in one place.’  Leonie Davies from Pulse Event Management in England ‘had a successful morning progressing existing business with current contacts and discussing specific new projects with potential suppliers.’

The day started with an inspiring MPI key note address by serial entrepreneur Jay Samit. Cynnamon Spain and Cristina Crowson from the Directed Energy Professional Society said; ‘What a motivating talk! Jay gave a great insight into how different generations are responding to changes in our world and how embracing change enables businesses to thrive.’

Many participants had been making the most of the 129 education sessions at the Media Café and Inspiration Hub, sponsored by Maritz Global Events. Tryna Cooper of Meetings & Events LLC took in 4 education sessions. ‘Today has been great. I’ve got some really good ideas, particularly about inspiring creativity and encouraging networking – exactly what I wanted.’

Yoga, yoghurt and meditation were available in the Be Well Lounge which is sponsored by Hilton to help everyone at the show look after their mind and body. Cari Weinberg of These Dusty Shoes, a group travel organizer, said: ‘This is a refreshing addition to the show. The pace in the hall is frenetic and exciting. This was a chance to clear my head and resharpen my focus. It was very effective.’

Summing up, Alejandro Cortes of the Costa Rica Tourism Board ‘had a very good time. It’s been busy all day, good appointments all on time. I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow.’

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

Almost all education sessions at IMEX America are industry accredited (CEs for CMP certification).

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

 

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

 

 

October 18, 2016 - Call it circular, collaborative or networked - the sharing economy is here to stay, say IMEX America attendees

An eager crowd of around 70 meetings industry professionals gathered to hear a cosmopolitan line-up of business executives talk about the disruptive possibilities of the sharing economy at IMEX America, yesterday, October 18. 

In a session facilitated by SoolNua’s Padraic Gilligan, five company directors each described their respective business models, their history, challenges and opportunities. Each then closed their 6-minutes in the spotlight by posing a question to the audience.

Setting the scene for the session, which was designed to reveal how US buyers and suppliers view sharing economy services, Gilligan explained, “Be it space, goods, health, food or experiences, the fact is we could choose to live our whole lives in the world of the so-called sharing economy if we wanted to.”

Taking the floor first, Ciaran Delaney, founder of Meetingsbooker.com told the story of how his company was born. “Back in 2009 I needed to book a meeting for 20 people, and I had a lead time of two weeks. I thought it would be a breeze. I was wrong! It ended up taking me three days and 34 emails, most with hefty menu and contract attachments. In one case the contract was 15 pages long! I knew there had to be a better, faster, simpler way – and Meetingsbooker.com became that solution.”    

Birth of a new economy

Following on, Damian Jon Oracki, CEO of Showslice UK ltd, reminded the audience that “cheap smartphones have changed everything. The internet has gone through many phases since it launched and the phase we’re currently in is one where we can easily share assets, thanks to a device we all own and hold in one hand.” Oracki’s view is that even the words ‘sharing economy’ don’t aid understanding or open mindedness, especially in the B2B sector. “I call this new economy, just that - a new economy….it’s a type of incoherent innovation, and part of the issue is that it’s hard to label. ‘New economy’ works for me.”

Throughout the one and a half hour discussion some startling statistics were revealed, not least that Airbnb predicts it will be handling one billion room nights per year by 2025.

Audience responses to the speaker questions varied, although generally IMEX America attendees were more trusting and receptive to the potential of sharing economy services than those who attended a similar discussion at IMEX in Frankfurt earlier this year.

Reservations still revolve around trusting these new service providers and issues of risk, compliance and individual safety.

Also sharing their stories and advocating for a shift in thinking and, potentially, buying behaviour among meeting professionals were Nancy Branka, Chief Content Officer at Bizly and Gary Schirmacher, SVP of Maritz Global Events.

Jean Michel-Petit, Co-Founder and CEO of VizEat summed up the spirit of the debate, and of the opportunities available to meetings planners by saying, “Take the original social network, the one where people come face to face to share, meet and connect…and it’s a table. We’ve taken that ‘network’ – sharing food around a table - and provided a way for travellers, be they leisure or business, to enjoy unique experiences with local people. With over 20,000 hosts in 110 countries we’ve rapidly become Europe’s leading immersive food experience. I know this is something that meetings and event planners can easily relate to. They’re in the business of experiences.”

In his reaction to VizEat’s proposition, Sean Lynch, Executive Vice President of NHS Global Events voiced the opinion of many delegates in the room. “That’s kinda cool,” he said.

Lynch, who has attended every IMEX America since it started, was intrigued and excited by the day’s debate. “This was innovative, creative and entrepreneurial. It’s a mind-bending new approach to business that’s certainly got my attention.”

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

 

October 18, 2016 - Creativity and leadership drive revamped Association Focus at IMEX America

‘I’ve listened to some of the best speakers in the meetings industry today and have come away with new ideas that are directly relevant to me.’

Fran Rickenbach from the Association of Destination Management Executives International was one of the many association professionals who enjoyed an entirely new learning experience at Association Focus, held yesterday during Smart Monday at IMEX America.

For the first time this year, IMEX America, in conjunction with ASAE, hosted a dedicated Leadership stream for senior management, to address the challenges facing association leaders including governance, volunteer management, cyber security, membership engagement and growth.

John Graham, FASAE, CAE, President and CEO, ASAE, introduced a packed afternoon of sessions focusing on different aspects of leadership, designed to help association CEOs and senior executives to empower and motivate their boards, volunteers and staff to achieve growth and to achieve their strategic mission.

‘The Leadership stream really fits the bill as I sit on the board of my organisation and the facts and figures gathered today will help inform and support my activities. Essentially, it’s free fact finding from some of the best in the business that also offers a fresh perspective’, explained Esther Banike from the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations.

Planning and organising association meetings and events involves numerous challenges involving clever negotiation, a sensitive approach to cultural differences, and a creative flair to keep formats fresh and engaging for members. Case studies and examples of best practice were shared in the Meetings & Events stream of Association Focus. Martin Sirk, CEO, ICCA introduced a series of in-depth and interactive 40 minute sessions covering sponsorship, creativity and innovation and building relationships with convention bureaus.

‘The interactive element of the Meetings & Events stream enabled me to share challenges with my peers. Even though our experiences are different, there is plenty of common ground and I made some useful connections. The topics discussed in the sessions have been very relevant to my business,’ said Bruce Smith from the World Organisation of Martial Arts Athletes.

Attendees and exhibitors could relax and network after the day’s education at the Association Evening cocktail reception which took place at the glamorous Foxtail outdoor nightclub (SLS, Las Vegas).

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Notes to editors                                                                                                                                                

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

• Onsite Press Center telephone: 001 (702) 691-8601

• Email - Emma Ward [email protected]; Chris Lewis [email protected]

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

12:30|10/18/2016

 

October 17, 2016 - More innovations than ever and record business opportunities at IMEX America

The sixth and largest ever IMEX America opens on Tuesday morning. The show features a wide range of innovations, new initiatives and improvements throughout the show that have helped to create more opportunities to do business, learn and meet new contacts than ever and enhance the experience for all attendees. Many of these have been introduced in response to research, delegate feedback and market trends.

Strong demand from both new and existing exhibitors from around the world and every market sector has fueled growth. Among the 3,250 exhibiting companies who represent over 139 countries are 69 new booths, while 69 previous exhibitors (24%) have this year chosen to book larger space at the show. Together they are increasing choice and opportunities for buyers to do business.

Many areas of the show have grown year on year including Asia Pacific (increased by 7%), hotels (also up 7%), USA (14% bigger) and Incentive Products (also up 14%). First time exhibitors contributing to this expansion include Taiwan, Slovenia Tourist Board, Visit Flanders, Destination Michigan, Albuquerque CVB, Global Gifting, Boomset and glh hotels.

Among those who have taken larger stands are Tourism New Zealand, Thailand CEB, Carnival Cruises Lines, NYC & Company, Panama Tourist Authority, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Demand from hosted buyers has been unprecedented so more are expected to attend than ever before. This has contributed to an increasing number of one-to-one meetings and group appointments being set up through the unique IMEX appointments system.

Innovations

From education and networking to hosted buyer facilities, the IMEX Group has been investing in new initiatives, innovations and improvements in every area. For instance, a series of guided tours covering Eventtech, Sustainability and Innovation has been introduced to give attendees greater insight into these topics. There are 269 education sessions, more than ever, with more for every level of seniority including a new Senior Planner Open Forum. The content of the Executive Meeting Forum and Association Focus programs is completely new in response to feedback from delegates. A record 86 per cent of sessions are now assigned with CES for CMP certification.

Two new innovations to help buyers to network better with their peers are the Zenvoy app and the Networking Hub, while new facilities include a new food court.

The new Be Well Lounge offers yoga as well as meditation to extend the health and wellbeing opportunities while a new CSR initiative on Monday, Garbage Grabbers - Clean Up Las Vegas, will give volunteers the chance to support the local community. A new CSR and Sustainability Showcase offers attendees the chance to make Clean the World hygiene kits for charities and the innovative #GreenCaffeine campaign encourages everyone to refill reusable travel cups rather than using disposable ones.

Partners

IMEX America has become established as the catalyst that brings the global industry together in Las Vegas. Many co-located partner events are taking place in the city, day and night, including the Site Young Leaders Conference, the CIC Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards, Site Nite North America, the CEIR Golf Classic, the DMC Network and Ovation Talent Search and the MPI Foundation Rendezvous.

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said: “We have brought the global industry together here to do business, to update their knowledge of industry developments and to make new contacts. So we have been investing our resources in creating innovations and improvements in every area of the show to enable everyone to make the most of the immeasurable opportunities for business and networking here this week.

“With the superb support of our many partners through the industry and here in Las Vegas, we are set for an exciting, busy week that has all the components to be stimulating and successful for everyone.”

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Notes to editors

IMEX America is currently taking place at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016, preceded by Smart Monday on 17 October.

IMEX America’s Strategic Partner and Premier Education Provider is MPI; the show is also endorsed by DMAI, ICCA and Site, is an Industry Partner of PCMA and has major industry partnerships with organisations including ASAE, US Travel Association, IAPCO and ILEA. For a full list of partners please visit the website.

Association Focus is presented by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership and ICCA. The Be Well Lounge is sponsored by Hilton and the CSR and Sustainability Showcase is sponsored by Costa Rica Tourism Board and supported by AlliedPRA, Exclusive Destinations & 3D Cruise Partners and GES.

During the show, please contact the PR team at the onsite Press Center located on Level 1, Room 202 - The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

• Onsite Press Center telephone: 001 (702) 691-8601

• Email: Emma Ward [email protected]; Chris Lewis [email protected]

Follow the conversation on Twitter via our main hashtag: #IMEX16

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 will take place May 16 – 18 2017 at Messe Frankfurt.

IMEX America 2017 will take place October 10 – 12 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

10:00|10/17/2016

 

October 10, 2016 - ‘More reasons than ever for joining us at IMEX America’

“This year we’re providing more reasons for buyers to come and join us at IMEX America than ever before,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group before IMEX America takes place in Las Vegas on 18 – 20 October.

“There are not only many new exhibitors, a wider variety of education sessions and more networking and social events, we’ve also added new zones, innovations and improvements to enhance the experience for all our attendees. Many of these we’ve introduced in response to research, delegate feedback and market trends. It all means we’re offering more opportunities to do business, learn and meet new contacts than ever.”

“At IMEX America there’s always that sense that something exciting and new is in the air – much of it planned but much of it down to the magic that happens when thousands of industry professionals come together in one place. This year’s no different. Several significant industry announcements are scheduled this year, which also adds to the sense of anticipation and authority at the show.

“Among the innovations and improvements are two that will provide better networking opportunities for buyers – the introduction of the innovative new Zenvoy match making service and the new Networking Hub in the hosted buyer lounge.

“To help give attendees greater insight into developing areas of the show and to give them an intuitive way to explore the show floor, we now have a series of guided tours - Eventtech, Sustainability and Innovation.

New topical education themes
“In terms of education we have two guiding themes: the sharing economy and ‘when personal meets professional’, addressing highly topical and important business and career issues and, what’s more, 86 per cent of education sessions are now assigned with CEs for CMP certification. Smart Monday will offer even more education sessions, training courses and events than previously and this year’s daily MPI keynote speakers are especially fascinating and engaging.

“In response to feedback from delegates, both the Executive Meeting Forum and Association Focus programs are completely new, with Association Focus now offering two streams, Leadership and Association Meetings & Events. We’ve also introduced a new Senior Planner Open Forum that will crowdsource its discussion topics, creating a new opportunity for those with 10 years plus experience to meet and learn from their peers.

“This year we’ve also focused on adding new facilities that make the overall show experience even better including a new food court, more ‘grab and go’ stops and new registration desks. And we’re offering even more to help buyers and exhibitors look after themselves with the new Be Well Lounge sponsored by Hilton and, for hosted buyers, the Recharge Zone by Hyatt including massage and manicure services.

“And of course, there are all the well-established features that already bring the industry together in Las Vegas each October – the chance to meet face to face and do business with 3000 plus exhibitors, many co-located industry meetings, major networking events and the vast education program.”

“We’ve listened, responded and I believe, created what should be the best IMEX America yet,” Carina Bauer concludes.
IMEX America 2016 takes place from 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. For more information about the show please visit
www.imexamerica.com

Useful links:
Education
How to register for IMEX America 2016
2016 Exhibitor Directory
SMART Monday
Sustainability and CSR

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October. #IMEX16

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil:
[email protected] or
Emma Ward:
[email protected] or
Chris Lewis:
[email protected]

15:00|10/10/2016

 

October 4, 2016 - IMEX America research reveals the untapped potential for event technology

61.3 per cent of meeting professionals agreed that currently available event technology makes event management much easier and that it will develop and change dramatically in the next 10 years, but 92 per cent admit that meeting planners are not making the most of such technology solutions.

These were among the key findings of new research carried out for IMEX America by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) providing fascinating insight into the views of meeting professionals on event technology.

It also revealed that when buying event technology products and services, only 21.2 per cent of those surveyed approached the project with confidence.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said: “Event technology is a fast growing sector that offers vast untapped potential to help with the planning and efficient operation of events.

“We believe that having technology demonstrated by experts face to face is a highly effective way for buyers to get to grips with technology and discover how it could help them. At IMEX America we have facilitated this through guided tours and demonstrated such technology in dedicated educational areas. In addition, the many event technology suppliers at the show will be happy to explain the capabilities and benefits of what they offer at their booths.”

Among the initiatives that IMEX America has introduced to meet this need is the EventTechTours. Taking place throughout the show, they will be led by Tahira Endean, who was recognized in 2015 as one of the Top Five Women in EventTech and who now specialises in explaining the integration of technology into our lives, businesses and events.

Innovation Tours are also planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, led by Glenn Thayer of Emcee Squared. They will demonstrate how tech, innovation and trends can be implemented into general sessions, as well as examining the future of meeting experiences.

IMEX America also features the TECHknowledge Area, powered by The Meeting Pool, where experts will deliver targeted technology sessions, TECHbytes, answering questions on hot topics such as Snapchat, Slack, OneNote and wearable technology, and guide buyers through the latest tech in the Gadget Lab. More information available here.

The survey also asked “what problems do you face in your day-to-day work that you would like technology to solve for you, that isn’t currently covered?” The responses revealed a strong widespread demand for ’consolidation, integration, ‘one-stop’ complete solutions and consistency.’

Typical of these views were requests for ‘the compilation of information from various sources/modules into a single flexibly formatted report;’ ‘a one-stop, affordable complete event management solution, from exhibitor management to budget reconciliation’; and ‘one SMMP system consolidating everything including event management and procurement’.

Carina Bauer concludes by adding “The industry is clearly seeing the tip of the iceberg in event technology at present. We expect there to be much more to come and we believe that by visiting the event technology area at the show and making the most of our Tours and TECHknowledge Area, buyers can learn so much that will be valuable to them in planning and running their events more effectively now and in future.”

IMEX America 2016 takes place from 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. For more information about the show please visit www.imexamerica.com

Useful links:
How to register for IMEX America 2016
2016 Exhibitor Directory
SMART Monday
Sustainability and CSR

Ends

Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October. #IMEX16

For further press information, please contact:

Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward:
[email protected] or
Chris Lewis:
[email protected]

15:00|10/04/2016

September 29, 2016 - Executive Learning Opportunities at IMEX America Major on Knowledge Sharing, Peer-to-Peer Networking and the Business of Meetings

Senior meetings planners and professionals will find even more valuable knowledge and advice specifically geared for them as a result of innovations in IMEX America’s hallmark education program -- increasing even further the range of learning at the show for higher level executives. Each tailored program or session will offer new ways to solve issues, provide opportunities to share best practices, and network with peers in similar roles.

Growth with New Senior Planners Open Forum

The new Senior Planners Open Forum has been created for professionals with 10+ years planning experience.  These sessions will focus on the business of meetings with insights into team leadership, managing up and relationship development.

Participants are the driving force here, with topics chosen at an opening group brainstorm and learners have the freedom to immerse themselves in one topic or move between multiple discussions at a pace they choose.

Terri Breining of the Breining Group Inc. will facilitate this learning and growth opportunity, leading Forums at 4pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Here are further details of the Forum. https://portal.imexamerica.com/events.php?f=1&s=293319

Stanford MBA Education at PCMA Business School

For the third consecutive year at IMEX America, PCMA Business School will deliver MBA-level education from academic leaders at top universities.  Persuasive presentation skills -- critical for both career and personal advancement -- will be the focus of the class led by Richard Cox, a lecturer in organizational behaviour at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the founder of People Rocket. 

During this extended session, students will have ample time to learn from Cox and from one another on how to find their authentic voice, help their organizations become more resilient, and bring disruptive elegance to the business of meetings.

The class, from 1:30 to 5pm on Smart Monday, October 17th should prove to be another lively edition of this highly popular IMEX higher-level education feature.  Pre-registration is required.

C-Suite Knowledge Exchange at Executive Meeting Forum

A staple of IMEX America’s knowledge sharing, the Executive Meeting Forum will once again gather director, senior manager, and VP level meeting experts for exclusive networking and discussions.   

During the full day program, executives from companies like Cisco, Ernst & Young, Novartis, Toyota and Wells Fargo will challenge and explore industry norms and discuss best practice in corporate meetings and events. The goal - to take their organizations and the meetings industry towards new heights and innovations.   

Led by recognized industry experts Kimberly Meyer, co-founder of Meeting Analytics, and Terri Breining, the event, with its venue and lunch sponsored by Caesars Palace, will take place on Smart Monday from 8am -5 pm followed by a reception. This event is by invitation only.

Finally, John Graham, President and CEO of ASAE, will chair a new Leadership stream at Association Focus, also on Smart Monday, adding additional senior learning for Association meeting experts.  More at http://www.imexamerica.com/events/education/association-focus/.

“We believe that everyone in this industry, no matter how many years they have been working in it, is keen to keep up to date with the latest thinking and ideas so they can continually carry out their role more effectively,” said IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer. “So we have invested again in our education program, particularly to meet the needs of these higher level executives. The result is a series of what I’m sure will be fascinating and rewarding sessions.”

Registration for IMEX America is free of charge and is best completed online in advance (registration is also available at the show) https://portal.imexamerica.com/register.php.

Useful links:

How to register for IMEX America 2016

Education Directory

2016 Exhibitor Directory

Smart Monday

Sustainability and CSR

Ends

Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October. #IMEX16

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or
Emma Ward: [email protected]or                                                                        Chris Lewis: [email protected]

September 20, 2016 - New exhibitors, new education streams and new networking opportunities will enhance the IMEX America experience

Even more business, networking and education opportunities, backed by new CSR initiatives, await the thousands of meetings professionals arriving in Las Vegas for the sixth IMEX America on October 18-20th.

First time exhibitors from across the world, the US and from all sectors of the industry will be among more than 3000 organisations exhibiting at the Las Vegas show this year.

They include many North American destinations, namely Alabama, Albuquerque, Destination Michigan, Oklahoma, Reno-Sparks CVB, Rochester, Travel Tacoma and Pierce County and Visit Spokane.

Other exhibitors new to IMEX America are Global Gifting, Hanoi Department of Tourism, HB Hospitality, Legends Attractions, Slovenian Tourist Board, and World Experts DMC.

As the meeting market’s appetite for technology grows, so does the variety of tech companies exhibiting.This year Bizly, EventBank, Event Collab, Loopd Inc. (winner of last year’s #IMEXpitch tech start-up competition), MeetingHand and Scout20 are all new. They add to the wealth of technology solutions on show for meetings planners, which cover event apps, registration systems, social media, software, video and more. This provides the opportunity to see and experience a whole range of tech solutions in one place.

Other exhibitors stepping up their show floor presence with bigger booths include the Nashville CVB, NYC & Company, San Francisco and Travel Portland together with a bevy of hotels including Commune Hotels & Resorts, FRI Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Hotel Group, and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.

New Senior Level Professional Development

IMEX America’s renowned education program runs all week after its usual intensive professional development start on Oct 17, Smart Monday, powered by MPI.  The first of the daily MPI keynotes along with a new Association Focus program, PCMA’s Business School and the extended Executive Meetings Forum are among Smart Monday’s big learning opportunities.  

A new Senior Planners Open Forum has just been confirmed to run throughout the show for planners with 10+ years’ experience. These facilitated, crowd-sourced sessions will provide senior planners with an opportunity to exchange ideas and challenges on a range of topics from leading a team to proving the value of the meeting department.

Hosted buyer services at the show have been extended with the introduction of three new zones within the hosted buyer lounge. Each zone is supported by an exhibiting sponsor. The Hyatt Regency Recharge Zone will offer massages, manicures and cell phone recharging while Atlantis is offering a Relax Zone and Turkish Airlines are supporting the reception area and concierge services. Together the zones enhance the quality of the show experience for hosted buyers, allowing them to rest, recharge and refuel before heading off for their next appointment.

Appointment schedule

Online schedules are now open. These give all pre-registered hosted buyers and buyer attendees full access to the show’s appointment system, which provides them with a personal online schedule through which to make exhibitor appointments. The schedules are often booked up quickly, so buyers are being encouraged to confirm key appointments as soon as possible and send RFPs in good time. This will enable them to make the most of their time by arranging all their business meetings and schedule in all the education sessions they want to attend.

Zenvoy’s new ‘buyer to buyer’ networking service which facilitates introductions between buyers who share common attributes is also free for all hosted buyers and buyer attendees. In addition, the hosted buyer lounge will feature a new Networking Hub with the IMEX hosted buyer team facilitating networking sessions at key times throughout the show.

The show’s hallmark hosted buyer program is boosted this year by the addition of 17 new hosted buyer groups, brought to the show by Accor UK & France, ESA Latin America, HB Hospitality, Marriott Canada, Melia Hotels International - Southeast, Sandals, Signature Boston, SmithBucklin and Visit Park City.

First Ever CSR sponsor

CSR has also come of age with the Costa Rica Tourism Board confirmed as the show’s first ever main CSR sponsor, supported by four contributing sponsors: AlliedPRA, Exclusive Destinations & 3D Cruise Partners and GES. Their engagement helps support the show’s CSR & Sustainability Showcase, including a Clean the World Station, the recycled ‘Badge-Back’ program and Garbage Grabbers. This new Monday afternoon volunteer program invites attendees to help clean up Sunset Park.

 

Finally returning by popular demand -- but always bringing fresh energy and learnings -- are the Play Room (presented by Play with a Purpose) and the Be Well Lounge (sponsored by Hilton). Industry ‘giving back’ continues to be a major theme of the week with the MPI Foundation Rendezvous, Site Nite North America and the CEIR Golf Tournament all returning to the show. Other timeliness favorites during the week include Association Evening, CIC Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards, the DMC Network and Ovation Talent Search, the IMEXrun and #IMEXpitch.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented; “We continually research and monitor buyers’ changing requirements and endeavour to respond to them. The online schedules, the enhanced networking opportunities and the new senior education formats are designed to meet their needs, while giving them control over their time at the show. The opportunities to do business, learn and make connections as well as to give back to the local community are greater than ever.”

Registration for IMEX America is free of charge and is best completed online in advance (registration is also available at the show) https://portal.imexamerica.com/register.php.

Useful links:

How to register for IMEX America 2016

2016 Exhibitor Directory

Smart Monday

Sustainability and CSR

Ends

Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected]or

Emma Ward: [email protected]or

Chris Lewis: [email protected]

September 6, 2016 - Meeting professionals confirm healthy habits are top priority: wealth of wellbeing initiatives at IMEX America

With the benefits of healthy habits in and out of the office increasingly recognised, a survey by IMEX confirms that wellbeing remains a high priority for many meeting professionals. Over three quarters confirmed the importance of wellbeing during business travel - 79.5% of hosted buyers, 78% visitors and 83% exhibitors all stated that this was important to them in a survey of nearly 1200 people.

A series of wellbeing initiatives will be available for meeting professionals at IMEX America this year to ensure they recharge and make the most of their busy days at the show which takes place 18 -20 October in Las Vegas.

At the popular IMEXrun, participants can start their day on the right foot with a 5km route along the Strip as dawn breaks over Vegas. Developed by sports by tlc and inspired by Rio, the IMEXrun takes place on Wednesday 19 October.

Following its launch last year, the Be Well Lounge returns, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide. Mindfulness trainer Lee Papa and her expert team believe ‘business and mindfulness go hand in hand’ and will offer regular sessions on yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Wellbeing education sessions on the show floor include Why you should include wellness in your conferences by Dr Kim Bercovitz and The road warrior: staying healthy on the road, detailing ways to fit healthy eating and fitness into busy travel schedules.

Delegates at IMEX America can enjoy some ‘netwalking’ and engage with the local community by taking part in Garbage Grabbers-Clean Up in Las Vegas, a new hands-on community programme for the 2016 show. Volunteers can join IMEX staff and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to help clean up the city’s walking trails and parks. Part of IMEX’s overall commitment to CSR and legacy programs, sponsored by Costa Rica Tourism Board and supported by AlliedPRA, MeetGreen and E-destinations[EW1] , the event will take place on Smart Monday, 17 October and will be a great way to give back and ‘netwalk’ through the city’s green spaces with other meeting professionals.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, concludes: “It’s widely recognised that physical activity contributes to wellbeing in both our business and personal lives and many meeting professionals are keen to maintain healthy habits despite packed schedules. Our wide range of wellbeing initiatives will help them do this by enabling attendees to energise and recharge so they’re in top form to make the most of and enjoy their time at IMEX America.”

 

For details of how to take part in the IMEXrun visit: www.imexamerica.com/imexrun.

For the Be Well Lounge schedule visit: www.imexamerica.com/about-us/vision-initiatives/be-well-at-imex/be-well-lounge

For details of how to take part in Garbage Grabbers visit: www.imexamerica.com/about-us/sustainability/legacy-projects/#GarbageGrabbers

IMEX America 2016 takes place 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. For more information about the show please visit: http://www.imexamerica.com

 

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or

Emma Ward: [email protected]or

Chris Lewis: [email protected]

August 22, 2016 - Technology and business grow together at IMEX America

Budding technology companies to compete for business boost

Meetings industry professionals at IMEX America this year can discover the latest innovations set to impact the way they do business. Many of these innovations will come from the technology sector according to nearly 40 per cent of meeting professionals.

The survey of nearly 1200 respondents by the IMEX Group revealed that 40 per cent of hosted buyers, 34.5 per cent of visitors and 37.5 per cent of exhibitors thought technology would deliver the next big innovation. New apps, virtual meetings and meeting room technology were all cited as examples of how event technology innovation is making an impact across the industry.

Meeting professionals can preview some of the technology set to make waves in the industry at the #IMEXpitch taking place 18 October at IMEX America. Event technology start-ups have the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals at the show, which is held 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. Applications are now open for the #IMEXpitch, culminating in five finalists competing in a live head-to-head pitch competition.

Each company has five minutes to put forward its product, including the concept, features and unique selling points, to a live audience. The winner, chosen by an expert judging panel, will receive a free space on the Technology Pavilion at next year’s show in addition to press and marketing exposure.

The independent expert judging panel all work with event technology on a daily basis and are always looking out for the latest developments as one of the judges, Tara Thomas, co-founder of The Meeting Pool, explains:

“IMEX has a long history of being at the forefront of showcasing event tech. The competition is truly where the industry looks for the latest innovations changing the game for event professionals and is also an amazing opportunity for startups to attract significant attention and buzz around their products. I’m excited to be involved this year, and to see what I know will be an incredible lineup of companies.”

The Meeting Pool is also powering the TECHknowledge Area at IMEX America where experts will deliver targeted technology sessions, TECHbytes, answering questions on hot topics such as Snapchat, Slack, OneNote and wearable technology, and guiding visitors through the latest tech in the Gadget Lab.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, commented:

“Technology has long led the way in innovation, particularly in the meetings sector. This innovation often comes from start-ups entering the industry and we see many interesting ideas from new businesses through our #IMEXpitch competition and across the showfloor.”

Buyers at IMEX America can meet the experts behind the latest innovations in a series of TechTours running throughout the show. By meeting with selected exhibitors on the show floor, they can discover some of the companies who are leading the way in technology impacting the meetings and event sector.

For more information about the #IMEXpitch and to submit an application please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/events/imexpitch/

For more information about the TECHknowledge Area at IMEX America, please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/events/education/show-floor-education/techknowledge-area/

IMEX America 2016 takes place 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas. For more information about the show please visit http://www.imexamerica.com

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Notes to editors
IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil:[email protected] or
Emma Ward:[email protected] or
Chris Lewis:[email protected]

14:00|08/22/2016

 

August 18, 2016 - ‘Worth its weight in gold’ – IMEX America 2016 applies a touch of alchemy to Association Focus program

IMEX America has completely reimagined the 2016 program and format of Association Focus, its unique education and networking event for association professionals.

The new approach follows extensive feedback gleaned from IMEX attendees, and research conducted over the last nine months with North American Association partners and the wider meetings industry by an independent consultant who specializes in association-tailored, trends- driven education.

As a result, Association Focus 2016 will be an entirely new learning experience for the association professionals taking part.

Gone are the concurrent afternoon sessions and round table discussions -- replaced by two independent learning streams, each chaired and directed by a senior association executive.

John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE, CEO and president of ASAE, chairs the new Leadership Stream, which is set to tackle the long-term strategic issues currently dominating the minds and plans of the association C-suite. Topics will include: the impact of strategic governance on profitability and planning; how to ready a membership organization for possible cyber attack, and how to engage with a generationally and geographically diverse membership base.

Commenting on the value of the program and his involvement Graham said, “I’m very pleased to be involved with IMEX’s Association Focus this year. Providing high-level learning as well as peer-to-peer knowledge sharing for meeting professionals at the C-suite level is critical for the continued success of our industry.”  He added, “The track I’m chairing highlights the challenges and opportunities our industry is facing. It's vital for association meeting leaders to participate in this highly customized, powerful day.”

 

Additionally, Martin Sirk, CEO at International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), will lead the new Association Meetings and Events stream, where the spotlight falls on the tactical and managerial challenges facing association meeting and event planners. This stream will explore the power of building strong relationships with CVBs; how to negotiate hotel contracts for maximum value, and the very latest approaches on how to leverage sponsorships.

“Associations face more challenges yet more opportunities then even before in a global meetings marketplace,” said Sirk. “IMEX’s Association Focus is a first-rate learning day where association meeting professionals can really dig in together and look to innovate and adopt best practices. I’m very happy to be a part of it and to be leading a track.”

 

“We’ve taken an entirely fresh approach and invested strongly in this year’s program,” says Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO.   “We knew the content needed to evolve to truly satisfy the unique education and networking needs of a diverse set of association meeting experts. For the c-suite, we want to reward their investment of time with level-appropriate learning and connections. For professionals and planners, we want them to feel we’re fighting in their corner…helping them stay ahead of the game, both personally and professionally. Last year one delegate described Association Focus as ‘worth its weight in gold’. That set the bar high but we’re determined to reach beyond it this year,” said Bauer.

Association Focus takes place on the afternoon of Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on October, 17th2016.  The program will be punctuated by a networking lunch, networking breaks and a wrap-up Association Evening cocktail reception from 5:30pm at the stunning Foxtail outdoor nightclub (SLS, Las Vegas).

How to Take Part

Participation in Association Focus is free and open to association professionals only. Association Evening is also free and open to both association professionals and exhibitors.  Pre-registration is required for both.

For more information and to register please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/events/education/association-focus/ or email[email protected].

 

On social media

#IMEX16

 

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or

Emma Ward: [email protected]or

Chris Lewis: [email protected]

August 11, 2016 - Harnessing the power of the present and looking forward to the future: IMEX America launches comprehensive education programme

Harnessing the moment and preparing for the future are themes running throughout the comprehensive education programme at IMEX America this year.

How to communicate and develop a personal brand delivering immediate impact as well as how to anticipate and prepare for the future are challenges facing many industry professionals both in and out of the office. Educations sessions at IMEX America, taking place 18 – 20 October in Las Vegas, have been tailored to help meet those challenges. Planners can benefit from an extensive education programme taking place throughout the show, beginning with a dedicated day of education on Smart Monday (17 October), powered by MPI and supported by other association partners.

With three days of business meetings and networking, IMEX offers an unparalleled opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals from across the world. Education sessions at the show are designed to help visitors to make the most of these valuable opportunities, including sessions covering communication and networking skills which can be used both in and out of work. One of the themes running throughout the programme is Where personal meets professional which explores various elements of self-development, including building a personal brand, in order to address and cope with the rapid pace of change in the sector.

The importance of a personal brand and its power to expand networks is covered in one of the education sessions, What’s your competitive edge? The three steps to a personal brand that creates career stability (Monday 17 October). Sales and marketing expert Jodi Holler is set to explain how ‘an understanding of why your personal brand is the best job security on the planet.’

Using the power of positivity and laughter to build a personal brand will be covered by MPI keynote and self-confessed ‘perpetual optimist’ Tami Evans. Tami will encourage delegates to ‘put perfection on pause’ in favour of personality and passion in her keynote Half full of it: activating optimism and other hard-core soft skills (Thursday 20 October).

When it comes to interacting with others, first impressions count and in the Meetology guide to connecting with others in an instant, Jon Bradshaw will share the important ingredient needed for connectivity as well as tips on body language and perception. His MPI Keynote delves into the science behind our ability to connect, interact and communicate effectively, Meetology®: The fascinating science powering interpersonal communication (Monday 17 October).

Other education sessions at IMEX America focus on how anticipating future change can create opportunities for professional success and personal satisfaction. In his MPI keynote Disrupt you!Strategies for billion dollar success in this era of endless innovation (Tuesday 18 October), serial entrepreneur and digital guru Jay Samit shows how the forward-looking strategies that help the world's fastest growing companies flourish can be applied at an individual level. His later Q&A exploreshow recognising disruption and anticipating change can positively impact meetings and events.

The future of business, attendance and budgets will be previewed by Jessie States from MPI based on MPI's recent Meetings Outlook research in Meetings outlook: deep dive into the industry’s business trends (Monday 17 October).

Yma Sherry, Vice President of American Express Meetings & Events, North America, also look to the future, exploring the trends likely to impact next year in Be proactive to 2017—meetings trends! (Tuesday 18 October).

These are some of the hundreds of education sessions at IMEX America this year, enabling meeting professionals to gain from the best minds in the business and profit from up-to-the-minute trends and technologies from experts with sharp instincts about what’s coming in the future. MPI will present daily keynote speakers each morning during IMEX America, and all show floor education takes place at the Inspiration Hub, sponsored by Maritz Global Events, covering 10 tracks of specialist interest.

For more information about registering to be a hosted buyer at IMEX America please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/hosted-buyers/hosted-buyer-program/how-to-qualify-apply/

For more information on IMEX America 2016 visit http://www.imexamerica.com

 

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or

Emma Ward: [email protected]or

Chris Lewis: [email protected]

August 9, 2016 - How exhibitors can enhance their event presence via social media – valuable advice to be shared in etouches webinar

With social media allowing exhibitors to expand their reach greatly at any type of event, it is important for exhibitors to make the most of the opportunities.

One of the leading event social media experts, Miguel Neves, Digital Content and Community Manager of the IMEX Group will be sharing valuable advice during a webinar organised by etouches entitled ‘Enhancing exhibitor exposure with social media’ on Thursday August 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time.

Miguel says: “Social media allows the connecting of the low friction online world with high value face-to-face connections. Using social media organizations can connect the best of both worlds in a truly engaging experience.”

In particular Miguel will offer insight into how various organizations promote their brand and create business opportunities with examples from IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America. This will include ideas of how to make use of social media platforms before, during and after the exhibitions.

Miguel Neves, a former President of the MPI UK & Ireland Chapter and a previous MPI Rise Award winner, was recently nominated by Bizzabo as 7th in "60 Most Influential Event Professionals to Follow Backed by Science."

Further details about the webinar and registration can be found at - http://bit.ly/2aABu5u

www.imexamerica.com
www.etouches.com

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 18 – 20 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 17.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil:
[email protected] or
Emma Ward:
[email protected] or
Chris Lewis:
[email protected]

14:00|08/09/2016

 

August 4, 2016 - IMEX America satisfies attendee desire to ‘help me find my tribe’

As part of a consistent effort to provide added-value services that benefit all its trade show attendees, IMEX America has turned its sights on helping buyers to ‘match and meet’ other buyers.

A new service, which will be provided by networking specialists Zenvoy, will use intelligent data profiling to facilitate face-to-face introductions between pre-registered IMEX America hosted buyers and buyer attendees.

The move follows feedback from IMEX America 2015 which revealed how hungry buyers are to connect directly with each other and expand their networks of potential professional support.

The new introduction service will not affect appointment time between buyers and exhibitors on the show floor as users will be guided to meet each other during coffee and rest breaks, or outside show hours at dozens of social events. They can also choose to connect online at any time.

The service launches in August when confirmed buyers will be invited to register with Zenvoy and complete a confidential online profile. Zenvoy will then match buyers who share business profiles. Matching factors include job title, nature of business, decision-making authority, geographical remit and number of years in the industry.

The service and the data are entirely private meaning attendees are assured of complete discretion. The service is also event-specific to ensure introductions only occur between those attending IMEX America between 18-20 October in Las Vegas.

Leo Gestetner, Co-Founder and CEO of Zenvoy commented: “Zenvoy has proved highly effective in bringing people together not only at large events but even internally within major organisations. It’s a real icebreaker. We’re delighted to be helping IMEX and its attendees satisfy their express desire for help to ‘find their tribe’ during the show.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group explained: “Meeting, connecting and building on relationships with industry peers is a key element of IMEX America and IMEX in Frankfurt. We see this new initiative as a valuable way to make it easier for people meet others with whom they have the most in common. In a show that’s as large and busy as IMEX America we’re clear that it’s our duty – and also our pleasure – to bring people closer together for long-term mutual gain.”

In addition to the new Zenvoy service, IMEX be offering personally facilitated introductions in the Hosted Buyer lounge. A dedicated area called the ‘Networking Hub’ will be the focal point for hosted buyers interested in making new professional contacts, comparing career challenges or simply sharing stories, triumphs and expertise.

Sessions are scheduled especially for first-timers and for corporate buyers on Tuesday Oct 18 and Wednesday Oct 19 from 8.30 – 10.00 and separately for Executive Meeting Forum and Association Focus participants. All introductions will be made personally by senior, knowledgeable members of the IMEX team.

How to attend IMEX America

Major networking events (by invitation or ticket)

www.imexamerica.com

www.zenvoy.com/imex

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 18 – 20 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 17.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil:
[email protected] or
Emma Ward:
[email protected] or
Chris Lewis:
[email protected]

June 23, 2016 - More than 40 percent of meetings professionals use laptops & devices to capture content realtime, according to research for IMEX America by MPI

Emphasizing the growing role that technology plays in the meetings world, key findings of new research carried out for IMEX America by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) show that more than 40 percent of the MPI Research Panel members surveyed use laptops or mobile devices to capture content realtime.

Of that group 10.5 percent of these professionals always use them for note taking and 31.6 percent use them sometimes. Handwritten notes continue to be the choice of the majority (57.1 percent) while just 0.8 percent record their observations.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group observed: “In an era when capturing live content on laptops, tablets and smartphones is intrinsic to our working lives, it is interesting to quantify the extent to which they are being used in conferences and meetings at present. With millennials “keyboarding” virtually everything from an early age, usage is only likely to increase in the near future.”

In this same research conducted in May, IMEX America also asked MPI members what the ideal length of a traditional conference presentation by a single speaker should be, excluding Q&A. 43.6 percent thought 30 minutes, 40.6 percent chose 20 minutes, 15 percent said it should be 15 minutes and only 0.8 percent selected 10 minutes.

Carina Bauer commented: “When I entered the industry 14 years ago, the usual conference speech was 45 to 60 minutes. This snapshot study shows that over 80 percent of attendees favour a 20 to 30 minute speech and I would not be surprised if this trend continues to reduce with the advance of TED-style programming and the desire for people to spend time exchanging ideas with their peers, as much as hearing from talking heads. MPI's recent World Education Congress (WEC) in Atlantic City showcased this trend well by having a great range of formats and lengths for sessions. One size fits all no longer works for the average conference attendee."

www.imexamerica.com

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 18 – 20 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 17.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil:
[email protected] or
Emma Ward:
[email protected] or
Chris Lewis:
[email protected]

June 2, 2016 - IMEX America launches new CSR project in sync with World Environment Day

Just before the United Nations’ World Environment Day 2016 – Sunday June 5, the IMEX Group has revealed a new volunteer CSR initiative that’s set to take place in Las Vegas the day before IMEX America 2016 opens.

The MeetGreen® Sustainability Report for IMEX America 2015 shows that concerted sustainability actions by hosted buyers, visitors, exhibitors and the organizing team continue to make a difference, reducing both waste and the environmental footprint of the show, and this latest CSR IMEX initiative is on lock step with that and the goals of the UN’s World Environment Day.

World Environment Day is marked by the UN to continue to bring global awareness to green interests like sustainable cities, the importance of bees in our world, wildlife preservation and much more. It also continues to drive forward the historic 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit.

In the spirit of this global movement, Garbage Grabbers – Clean Up in Las Vegas is a new project in which IMEX America is working with the Outside Las Vegas Foundation, the premier volunteer coordination group for nature and the outdoors in southern Nevada. On Monday October 17 , volunteers attending the IMEX week will be invited to join IMEX America staff and Las Vegas residents in an organized clean-up of walking trails and parks. Everyone who would like to join the Garbage Grabbers should email [email protected]

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “We’re thrilled to be launching this new project, which gives a fresh dimension to our legacy work in Las Vegas. It naturally complements our existing partnerships with The Shade Tree and Opportunity Village and gives industry volunteers a brand new way to show their love of the environment while, hopefully, making lifelong friends and new business connections.”

MeetGreen® Sustainability Report Highlights

Driving IMEX’s interest in helping to mitigate waste and build cleaner spaces were results from the MeetGreen® Sustainability Report from IMEX America 2015 where waste per participant was reduced by a substantial 13 per cent year-over-year. Energy use was also cut by 5 per cent, while paper use was down 12 per cent. According to the MeetGreen® Calculator of Overall Event Sustainability, IMEX America’s current score of 76.5 per cent [2011: 49.8 per cent] puts the trade show in the top 6 of 33 comparable events monitored by MeetGreen®.

The main results of the report are summarized in an infographic at http://www.imexamerica.com/about-us/sustainability/2015-sustainability-infograph/

Environmental sustainability has always been a key value for the IMEX Group, which is committed to encouraging best practice and educating the global meetings and events industry through a range of activities and programmes at both IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America.

These include:-

Badge Back – at the end of the show, buyers and exhibitors can place their badge in one of two boxes. Each box represents a local charity – The Shade Tree, a shelter for homeless and abused women and children; and Opportunity Village, Nevada’s largest not-for-profit organization providing vocational training, employment and arts-based programs for citizens with intellectual disabilities. Every recycled badge triggers a financial donation. In addition, 1,407 badges were collected last year and donated to the Teacher’s Exchange.

Clean the World – show participants are invited to recycle toiletries gathered from participating hotels. At the booth, attendees gather to build hygiene kits to be donated to The Shade Tree shelter.

Inspiration Hub – education on the show floor’s Inspiration Hub will again feature a variety of sessions addressing sustainability practices in the meetings and events industry.

For further details about sustainable activities at IMEX America and to download the 2015
Sustainability Report, please visit
http://www.imexamerica.com/about-us/sustainability/

The IMEX Group also reflects its commitment to sustainability at IMEX in Frankfurt. For details visit http://www.imex-frankfurt.com/about-us/sustainability/

Along with the International Congress and Convention Association, the IMEX Group is also a partner of the new Global Destination Sustainability Index, the first ever sustainability ranking for event destinations world worldwide, initiated by ICCA’s Scandinavian Chapter and MCI. http://gds-index.com/

For further information about World Environment Day please visit http://wed2016.com/

Hosted buyer application for IMEX America opens on June 6. To find out more please visit: http://www.imexamerica.com/hosted-buyers/hosted-buyer-program/how-to-qualify-apply/

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from October 18 – 20 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 17.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil:
[email protected]or
Emma Ward:
[email protected]or
Chris Lewis:
[email protected]

14:00|06/02/2016

 

May 27, 2016 - Strong demand for IMEX America 2016

Strong demand for space from first time and established exhibitors is characterizing IMEX America 2016 which returns to the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian®| The Palazzo® in Las Vegas from 18 to 20 October 2016.

Several organizations have already booked to exhibit for the first time, whilst many established exhibitors have invested in larger booths. Among the new booths will be Munich, Bulova Corporation, Reno-Sparks CVB, LEO Events, Luxury Brands, Hunt & Palmer Air Charter and World Experts DMC. Well-known names taking extra space include Nashville and NYC & Company – both of whom have doubled their stand size – El Salvador, Monaco, San Francisco, San Diego, Texas, Memphis, St Petersburg / Clearwater, Carnival Cruises, Ritz-Carlton, Preferred Hotel Group, Hyatt Hotels and Evenium - Event Planning technology.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “IMEX America 2016 is already shaping up to be another strong year with extremely high demand for space from industry suppliers.

Hosted Buyer registration opens on June 6 and we know that our intermediaries already have strong interest from buyers across the US and around the world. This year, in line with the improvements we made at IMEX in Frankfurt, we will be ensuring that flexibility is at the heart of the program.”

Smart Monday, powered by MPI, will again provide a day full of free learning experiences, including keynotes and professional development events including Association Focus and the third PCMA Business School. Certification Programs including IAEE’s CEM program, the Site CIS and MPI’s Healthcare Certification will also be offered during the day. New this year, IMEX’s Executive Meetings Forum – exclusively for the most senior corporate executives - will move to Monday to give them more time to learn with their peers and develop connections.

Education during the show will again be a major focus, with themes and sessions to be announced over the coming months.

IMEX America is also renowned for vast array of networking opportunities with popular co-located events like the CEIR Golf Classic, Site Nite North America, the CIC Hall of Leaders and Pacesetters Awards and MPI Foundation Rendezvous all taking place throughout the week.

Carina Bauer concluded by adding “IMEX America will once again provide an unrivalled opportunity for buyers and suppliers to come together to do business, develop personally and professionally and to make connections. The coming together of the industry from across the world together with the numerous co-located partner events makes IMEX America a very special and packed week of industry activities.”

 

For more information about registering to be a hosted buyer at IMEX America please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/hosted-buyers/hosted-buyer-program/how-to-qualify-apply/

For more information on IMEX America 2016 please visit http://www.imexamerica.com

 

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Notes to editors

IMEX America, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 18 – 20 October 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 17 October.

For further press information, please contact:
Jennifer McNeil: [email protected] or

Emma Ward: [email protected]or

Chris Lewis; [email protected]