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 and Planet Hollywood. Among other exhibitors new to IMEX America are Memorable Costa Rica, Viking Cruises 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.

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.

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.


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