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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.

#IMEX17

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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.

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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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#IMEX17#ShareAPositiveImpact

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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], Chris Lewis [email protected]