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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.

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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.


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 has 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.

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


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.


IMEX America: Prepare your sneakers for the IMEXrun on October 11th

Now in its 6th edition following successful events in Frankfurt and Las Vegas since 2015, the IMEXrun will be once again the stage to accelerate business opportunities business via networking in a fun run at the Fabulous Las Vegas.

As usual the IMEXrun, will take place early in the morning of the second day of IMEX. The run is developed and organised by events by tlc an experienced events agency, driven by its strong belief in the unique ability that sports and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle have, to enhance corporate responsibility and personal development.

New for this edition is the addition of team sponsors Hilton and GES along with Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau. The run takes place on October 11th, 2017 at 06:30 and the run is open to all IMEX participants.

“We are excited to be working with events by tlc once again to organise the IMEXrun. The IMEXrun has become an important part of the IMEX experience for hundreds of our exhibitors and attendees. It’s a great way to kick off the middle day of IMEX, shake off the cobwebs and get energised before a busy day on the show floor. I’m always so impressed by the amazing, positive atmosphere at the run and encourage those who haven’t tried it before to get up early and get down there. Even if you’re not a runner, you won’t regret it!” says Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group.

Steve Holst from GES, states: “The IMEXrun is always an event highlight for the GES team. Getting outdoors and taking in the sights while running with others in the industry is a terrific change of pace during a very productive and busy week.”

Toni Zoblotsky, Hilton Sales Director, states: “At Hilton we understand the importance of sustainable, impactful and healthy choices in everyday life, and the need to incorporate those choices into one's schedule even when traveling for a meeting or convention. We are pleased to sponsor this year's IMEX 5K Fun Run as a reminder to IMEX attendees of the importance of nurturing the mind, body and soul even while away from home.”

The IMEXrun is an important part of IMEX’s “Be Well at IMEX” initiatives. These include a selection of health & wellbeing education sessions.