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Economic progress, social prosperity goals of PCMA's first Leadership Summit

Civic and corporate leaders from four continents will gather January 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a unique two-day discourse on how business events can create diversified and sustainable opportunities for economic and social prosperity.

The Jan. 6 and 7, 2019 program was created by Chicago-based PCMA to bring together a core international group of association CEOs, corporate leaders and municipal leaders. Participants include representatives from McDonald’s Corp.; Caesars Entertainment; Melbourne Convention Bureau; Columbus, Ohio Mayor Andrew Ginther and International Association of Public Transport.

“PCMA is a platform for the business events industry and we wanted to create a session where different civic and corporate stakeholders can freely discuss the role of business events in every community and how business events can drive global economic and social transformation”, said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA president and CEO. “The business events industry accounted for $1.03 trillion in 2017 direct spending. If the sector was a country, it would be part of the G20 international forum.”

The Leadership Summit on Jan. 6, 2019 will focus on accelerating success for those organizing and hosting business events by gaining critical knowledge in transformational leadership during disruptive times. Speakers include innovator Peter Sheahan of the Karrikins Group, thought leader and global voice for education Heather McGowan and MyGrowthFund CEO Vusi Thembekwayo. See the program at conveningleaders.org/go/cl19-summit-forum/.

The Forum on Economic and Social Progress on Jan. 7, 2019 will include the expanded participation of influential community stakeholders from economic development, mayors and civic officials to discuss the importance of business events to economic planning, industrial strategy and sector development. Forum sessions include “The fourth industrial revolution”; “How the world and the role of cities are changing”; “Leveraging the power of communities for real progress” and “Driving social and economic progress through business events”.

The Leadership Summit and Forum will precede Convening Leaders, PCMA’s signature annual event, which takes place from Jan. 6-9, 2019 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The “Disrupt & Deliver” themed event brings education sessions and networking opportunities to thousands of professionals in the business events industry. Convening Leaders speakers include tennis legend Billie Jean King, marketing guru Seth Godin, diversity expert Anka Wittenberg, millennial entrepreneur Nadya Okamoto and television personality Karamo Brown.

http://conveningleaders.org

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AIME Visitor Registration Now Open – Networking Packages Available for Purchase

Visit Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event in Melbourne, 18-20 February 2019 and discover a wide range of international exhibitors and connect with key stakeholders in the meetings events industry over three vibrant days. In 2019 we are offering you more flexibility, value and choice with how you attend AIME, ranging from free entry when you register online pre-event to several networking packages to choose from depending on whether you'd like access to more networking opportunities and the Knowledge Exchange program.

It's totally your choice. Register online now, and you can attend AIME for free. $25 entry fee on the door.

https://aime.eventsair.com/aime-2019/visitor/Site/Register

Upgrade Your Registration

Do you want access to more Networking Opportunities and the AIME Knowledge Program?

Once registered, you can choose to upgrade to one of our Networking and Knowledge Program Packages below and benefit from the immersive experience of connecting with the Asia Pacific Business Events industry.

The Whole Package: $515

The AIME Knowledge Exchange, Monday 18 February.
AIME Welcome Event Monday 18 February. Includes catering, networking and entertainment.
Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
Tuesday Networking Evening (catered).
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

Knowledge + Networking: $365

The AIME Knowledge Exchange, Monday 18 February.
AIME Welcome Event Monday 18 February. Includes catering, networking and entertainment.
Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

 

Show Entry + Tuesday Networking Evening: $235

Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
Tuesday Networking Evening (catered).
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

 

Show Entry and Networking: $85

Show Entry Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February.
AIME Ideas Academy Sessions Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tuesday and Wednesday morning and afternoon Networking Breaks. Includes refreshments.

https://aime.eventsair.com/aime-2019/visitor/Site/Register

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IMEX America 2018 show stats reveal seniority and buying power

IMEX has released official figures from IMEX America 2018 shedding light on the hosted buyers, attendees and exhibitors which helped to make it the largest ever show.

The eighth IMEX America, which took place 16 – 18 October at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, attracted a record 13,588 participants including more than 3,327 hosted buyers from 63 countries.

The buyers – both hosted buyers and buyer attendees – were at a senior level with well over 60% (67.5% and 63.5% respectively) having between 11 – 20+ years experience. Nearly half of all hosted buyers (47.5%) were at Chairman, CEO, MD, Director or Senior Manager level.

Attendees brought with them considerable buying power with 65% hosted buyers and 60% buyer attendees managing budgets of between $1m - $10m. Over half of hosted buyers (58%) were from the incentive house/agency sector, 24% from the corporate sector and 10% from the association/ government sector. For buyer attendees the mix was 38% corporate clients, 31% incentive house/ agencies and 12% associations.

Well over 70,000 appointments were made, including 64,500 individual appointments and booth presentations – an increase of 7 per cent. In addition, 70 per cent of appointments had RFPs attached.

The show this year expanded into an additional hall creating space for over 3,500 exhibitors representing 150 countries. A significant factor in this growth was the arrival of more than 60 new booths while 81 booths took larger spaces.

Find IMEX America 2018 show stats are here: www.imexamerica.com/show-stats

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IMEX in Frankfurt 2019 – Sights set on diversity, inclusion, collaboration, ‘new work’ and more

“This show is amazing – going from country to country, hotel to hotel, all in the same space. I’m looking forward to being surprised!” Bianca La Placa from the World Environmental Education Congress Network sums up the energy and excitement of buyers at IMEX in Frankfurt earlier this year.

The worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events returns to Frankfurt from 21 – 23 May 2019, bringing together destinations, venues, tech providers and more. Among the many exhibitors already confirmed are New Zealand, Senses of Cuba, Barcelona Convention Bureau, Visit Brussels, Kempinski Hotels, Melia Hotels and Latvia. During the three days of the trade show, planners can meet with more than 3,500 suppliers from every sector of the global meetings and events industry.

IMEX’s preshow education day, EduMonday, takes place on 20 May and includes She Means Business - a conference celebrating the role of women in the meetings industry. EduMonday begins at lunchtime with a keynote speaker after which the programme offers learning opportunities in both German and English.

Collaboration, co-creation and the circular economy

The 2019 edition of IMEX in Frankfurt will also feature many of the content ideas and feedback received this year. Reflecting current trends within the events industry and the world at large, topics such as diversity and inclusion, collaboration and co-creation plus the circular economy will all be explored.

“We know that the German market has its own business drivers and priorities so we’ll be addressing these in our programming. ‘New Work’ is just one example. It describes the challenge many companies face in adapting established business models to suit today’s new world of work and the expectations of a younger, more purpose-driven workforce. This is a big topic given Germany’s mature economy,” says Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO.

“We’ll also be integrating specialist education streams into the show, with workshops designed for association executives, corporate event planners and live event agency planners taking place on given days so that they can be blended more easily with exhibitor appointments. Experiential continues to be a huge trend so we’re looking to develop our Live Zone offering too.” continues Bauer.

Successful trial establishes demand for Agency Directors Forum

Also returning for 2019, having been successfully trialled this year, is the Agency Directors Forum. This allows a select group of senior planners from small to mid-size meetings and live events agencies to engage in high level peer to peer discussion.

As always, IMEX will also be offering dedicated professional development and networking programmes for association meetings executives plus corporate meetings and events professionals.

IMEX in Frankfurt 2019 will take place at Messe Frankfurt from 21 - 23 May 2019, with EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and insights, on Monday 20 May. Registration is free and opens at the beginning of January 2019.

www.imex-frankfurt.com

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More business meetings and learning than ever at record-breaking IMEX America

The eighth IMEX America set a series of new records.

The largest ever IMEX, expanding into an additional hall, created space for over 3,500 exhibitors representing 150 countries. A significant factor in this growth was the arrival of more than 60 new booths while 81 booths took larger spaces. Extending into a third hall has benefited the show in many ways. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group said; “It’s allowed the investment made by exhibitors in colorful, creative booths to shine through. Many have chosen to immerse IMEX America attendees in their culture, legacy and values.”

“Also, the Inspiration Hub, the Live Zone and the food court are now on the show floor, bringing everything together in one place.”

A record of over 13,000 participants took part in the event, and among them were 6,000 plus attendees including more than 3,300 hosted buyers. Over 70,000 appointments were made, including 64,000 individual appointments and booth presentations – an increase of 7 per cent. In addition, 70 per cent of appointments had RFPs attached.

The show this week also further expanded the range of its features. By offering a remarkably large and diverse range of experiences, it met the growing demand for interactive live experiential activities that are redefining the scope of the industry itself. From C2 International’s Cloud Lab and the wide variety of engaging concepts in the Live Zone to the Zen Space and trying out event technology in the Tech Zone, there were new experiences right across the show floor.

Exhibitors and buyers noticed a vibrancy which Kirstin Gibson, SVP of Spargo captured when observing “there’s great energy coming from the attendees – it’s inspiring.”

Landmark week for the industry

 

“This has also been a landmark week for our industry” said IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom. “Yesterday’s announcement at IMEX America that globally, business events generate over $1 trillion in direct spending, matching the consumer electronics sector in size, puts its economic contribution into clear perspective and places it among the world’s leading business markets.

“The research, the Global Economic Significance of Business Events, reflects great industry co-operation, led by the Events Industry Council.”

The week began with Smart Monday, powered by MPI. Smart Monday’s carnival theme and the Six Star Innovation & Experience Lab, including Sophia the life-like robot, added new interactive elements.

The Association Leadership Forum, created by ASAE, brought together over 120 association CEOs and executives on Monday while the Executive Meeting Forum for corporate meetings strategists attracted 40 senior executives from companies including EY Group, McDonalds and Wells Fargo.

Together with the SITE Young Leaders Conference, these events on Smart Monday drew more than 1,000 meeting professionals to the show for this day dedicated to learning.

At the first MPI keynote Julius Solaris, editor of Event MB shared fascinating and often moving revelations around legacy, with excerpts from “The Power of Events – 29 Inspiring Examples to increase the Impact of Your Events and Create a Long-lasting Legacy” - an extensive IMEX research report produced by Event MB. The new white paper, published in association with ProColombia, is now available to be downloaded at eventmb.com/PowerOfEvents. Interest in this has been remarkable – the report has been downloaded by more than 1,600 people.

Legacy comes to life

The legacy theme, the IMEX Talking Point for this year, was also reflected in education sessions, through many sustainability and CSR initiatives, in the Future Leaders Forum and particularly by the Legacy Wall on the show floor where exhibitors, partners and IMEX staff shared their stories and thoughts about their legacy.

IMEX America maintained its commitment to reducing waste and supporting the local Las Vegas community. The show encouraged participants to avoid single use plastic products, to make use of water refill stations, to donate books to a local literacy project and to build hygiene kits for Clean the World.

The focus on health and wellbeing continued with the annual #IMEXrun, guided meditation sessions led by mindfulness expert Lee Papa and, new this year, through the Caesars Forum Walking Challenge by Heka Health, encouraging attendees to count their steps.

The education program also achieved several new records. 256 education sessions delivered by 150 speakers, equal numbers of men and women, took place during the week, of which 96% were assigned with CEs for CMP certification, the highest ever percentage.

IMEX America is widely known for its networking opportunities. More than 30 IMEX and partner events including Association Evening, Site Nite North America, MPI Foundation Rendezvous, the EIC Hall of Leaders Reception and Shamrock Invitational Golf Classic brought thousands of people together as well as raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for industry foundations.

Ray Bloom added, “I’d like to thank all our industry partners for their continuing support. This has been a tremendous week for business, for the industry and for the future of meetings and events. The worldwide industry has been in Las Vegas this week and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to Sands Expo again in just 11 months - IMEX America will take place on September 10 – 12 in 2019 and in 2020 from September 15 – 17.”

www.imexamerica.com

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