IMEX America is approaching fast and we know you will benefit from being a hosted buyer in Las Vegas. ConventionPlanit.com colleagues, Susan Sarfati and Liz Jackson, are offering participation in their hosted buyer group. Here’s what you need to know now:
- IMEX will cover the cost of air fare to Las Vegas, hotel and airport shuttles to bring you to this global meeting, incentive, convention, exhibition trade show and education program. Expand your meeting industry knowledge and contacts plus attend education programs and earn certification points.
- Dates are October 15-17, 2018. Mark your calendar!
- Requirement is booking meetings outside the US or book a minimum of 1,000 attendees annually to US destinations. They can register up to two hosted buyers per organization. Bring a colleague or pass this invitation on to qualified staff members.
- Want to invite a qualifying friend, colleague or client? It will be done!
- ConventionPlanit.com will be exhibiting at IMEX America and we look forward to meeting you there.
RSVP now to Liz Jackson email@example.com
In addition to a great IMEX learning experience, enjoying being with new friends and colleagues, our group will be dinner guests of Caesars Palace’s new restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen. It’s the world’s first Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen restaurant drawing inspiration from the global hit reality television show starring world-renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay and we will feel like we are on his studio set. Many thanks to our long-time Caesars Entertainment sponsor, Shelley Williams, for this wonderful invitation.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Amplifying Engagement” and outgoing PCMA President and CEO, Deborah Sexton made sure that all participants were positioned to learn how to “electrify their experiences, elevate their conference’s brand and truly engage with their audience.” Interspersed throughout the Center’s standard meeting rooms were a Media Studio Stage housing the Video Capture Lounge, a Future of FACE2FACE area featuring a TECHBAR, (RE)ALITY ALLEY and The Mix – a 65-foot-by-18-foot video wall where delegates could tune into a session, get live breaking news or access prepared content. Add to this already heady combination of engagement opportunities the Braindates knowledge transfer opportunities as well as the Networking Luncheons and you have a potpourri of audio and visual stimulation that will no doubt become the standard for future conferences!
I was pleased to encounter the following CP.com supplier partners in attendance: Angeline van den Broecke from the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre; Gerry Kingston of Delta Air Lines; Marie McKowan, Meet In Ireland; Andrea Schmidt, Visit Anchorage and Sandra Reed, Meetings Alliance. Also seen were CP.com Advisory Council members Leslie Zeck and David Williams. There may have been more of our colleagues in the hall, but I was lucky to find these few among the 4,500 of our closest friends! Hope to see them again (and you) at next year’s Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh!
Greetings from your CP.com intrepid blogger reporting on the recent PCMA Convening Leaders Conference held in Nashville, TN Jan. 7-10.
Known throughout the industry as THE premier opportunity to “jump-start” the year professionally, the 2018 version did not disappoint. Music City welcomed approximately 4,500 delegates with a strategically planned program that combined efficiency with southern hospitality.
Some of my favorite features were conference registration at baggage claim, complimentary souvenirs of hometown delicacies such as Goo Goo clusters (taste like they sound!) and Belle Meade Bourbon, bus transfers to the various hotels from the airport, hand lotion and mouth wash available in the Music City Center ladies rooms and frequent seating therein to break up the miles between meeting areas.
Just to give you an idea of the importance of this last attribute, the high-performance convention center is located on a 16-acre site! And, the grand ballroom for the general sessions was cavernous enough to provide for the world’s largest “air guitar” outlined in red lighting and anchored to the ceiling.
IMEX America is consistent in its attempts to reduce their environmental footprint resulting from hosting 12,000 attendees, 3,250 exhibitors and occupying 19,575 room nights in local hotels.
This was actioned by initiatives that ranged from encouraging attendees to donate books to a local literacy program to helping to build hygiene kits for the Clean the World project.
Recyclable carpet was used in the aisles and some of the booths and only an abbreviated version of the show catalogue made it into print. Ray Bloom, IMEX Group Chairman is one of the best at having his organization lead by example!
Representatives from CP.com supplier partners had a good showing in the hall. Among them were:
- Martina Fundaro – The Prague Convention Bureau
- Marie McKown – Meet in Ireland
- Angeline van den Broecke and Alan Pryor – Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
- Julie Dodds and Jim Henderson – Visit Anchorage
- Laura St. Germain – United Airlines
Malaysia’s Colorful Booth
Ireland’s Booth featured an authentic looking sheep!
Dan O’Neil, vice president strategy and sales for the Bloomington CVB, headed up a press conference announcing a new “Under One Roof” meeting experience. This program packages together unique luxury meeting space in partnership with the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America, Radisson Blu Mall of America and the Mall of America itself.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Ray Bloom talked about breaking records for the sixth year in a row! Here are a few of the more impressive stats:
- 12,000+ exhibitors, hosted buyers and attendees
- 70,000 individual and group appointments along with stand presentations took place
- 72% of appointments were based on RFP’s
- 250 educational sessions took place covering 10 tracks
- 450 exhibitors and buyers participated in the IMEXrun Las Vegas routed along the famous Strip
Congratulations to the IMEX Team for a great show. ConventionPlanit loved participating!
The ‘power of live experience’ was a theme that resonated throughout this year’s IMEX America held in Las Vegas October 9-12. Through the participants coming together as one, the exhibition reinforced its role as a celebration of all that is positive, regenerative, empathetic and optimistic about the meetings and events industry.
Employing our own special antidote to the unfathomable disaster of the previous week, the hugs were more heartfelt, the conversations more optimistic and the overall energy focused on supporting Las Vegas…#VegasStrong. Again it was proven that there is no better industry for promoting solidarity in the face of turmoil and tragedy than the hospitality marketplace.
Your intrepid blogger was on site to bring you the “show buzz” for this annual extravaganza’s seventh edition. The event boasted more than 3,300 exhibitors representing 150 countries interacting with 3,200 buyers who participated in 70,000 individual appointments and booth presentations. Participating buyers had the opportunity to:
- Conduct up to a year’s worth of global business in only 2-3 days… without needing a passport
- Learning from the extensive Education sessions and Inspiration Hub interaction
- Enjoy both professional and personal networking
At the ConventionPlanit.com booth, David Markham was kept busy introducing new planners to RFP Organization as well as the amusing cartoon strip starring Misty and Happy.
Interactive experiences were augmenting the standard educational formats with opportunities for the planners to sample dynamic activities such as:
- Instant personalized song writing
- Enjoying lunch from food trucks
- Experiencing virtual reality of Ski Jumping (some advice – do this before lunch!)
- Instruction from a (hotel) master florist on arranging flowers at home
- Mixing it up with a champion Sumo Wrestler (don’t try this at home!)
Next up – IMEX America’s green efforts!
Update from IMEX America:
We are shocked and saddened at the events that have taken place in Las Vegas over the past 24 hours.
We can confirm that IMEX America will be going ahead at the Sands Expo next week from Oct 10 – 12 (Smart Monday, Oct. 9).
Both IMEX America and the Sands have very strong security in place, with both visible and plain clothes security teams in the venue and at the tradeshow. Over the coming days we will be working closely with the Sands, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Las Vegas authorities to assess any additional security measures that are needed at this time. We will take their full advice in ensuring the best possible security and safety of our guests.
We will send you further information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact us and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the industry to IMEX America next week.
With Best Regards,
Ray Bloom, Chairman and Carina Bauer, CEO IMEX Group.
As usual, the ASAE Exposition trade show floor buzzed with activity Sunday and Monday with both Association planners and exhibitors interacting face to face to build business relationships (luckily this timeless format is still alive and well:)) Along with putt-putting to win a stuffed animal, strapping on VR goggles to participate in a horse race and scoring an adorable camel from Dubai and/or a black bear from Anchorage, planners who over extended themselves could stop by the Puerto Rico booth for a relaxing massage!
Pictured are a few of the ConventionPlanit.com supplier members in attendance.
Maureen Pickell visiting Kyle VanAlstine and Rebekah Biddle at the Delta Air Lines booth
Paul Astleford, President & CEO, Visit Jacksonville and The Beaches, has a cheery smile for planners.
Also we noticed Team San Jose, Memphis CVB, Experience Columbus and Hargrove Inc., busy educating planners on their destinations and services. And Visit Anchorage won 1st Place for Inline Booths…AGAIN!
Look for the ASAE Annual to head back to the lower 48 next year…see you all in Chicago (no passport necessary!)
On our industry calendar, “A” is for August and the ASAE Annual. So, out came the passport and off went your intrepid blogger to report on the 2017 Conference & Exposition held Aug. 12-15 in Toronto.
ASAE’s opening nights are always epic, but the reception this year was a fabulous kick-off party at the Royal Ontario Museum. Rated one of the 15 most beautiful museums in the world last year by Conde Nast Traveler, the Royal Ontario Museum opened its doors inviting attendees to discover ancient dinos, mysterious artifacts, and glittering gems while networking and exploring a variety of unique food and beverage stations.
Pictured is the Futalognkosaurus Dinosaur who was front and center to welcome us to the celebration.
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre hosted the annual meeting and exposition and the opening general session set the tone for this year’s theme, “Inspire.” Also high on the list of relevant topics were Diversity and Inclusion. With more than half of the city’s population born in another country, diversity and inclusivity—are an integral part of Toronto’s make-up. It was a perfect stage for John Graham to reiterate that “as an industry, we stand for a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.”
Incentive Travel Exchange
As the MICE industry continues to enjoy monumental growth, more and more events seem to clutter the marketplace, making it difficult to know which may be the most beneficial to you. But don’t worry – the BEST event to network with the largest selection of travel suppliers is still to come in 2017!
Join us for Incentive Travel Exchange, April 23-26 at The Delano Las Vegas for two days of focused meetings and exciting networking activities, while making lasting relationships with industry colleagues and suppliers.
If you organize, influence, plan or recommend MICE travel program purchases, you are invited to apply for one of the fully hosted buyer positions.
Hosted buyer participation includes:
- Complimentary airfare to/from Las Vegas from home airport
- Three nights’ accommodations in a suite at the Delano Las Vegas
- Transfers to/from McCarran International and The Delano Las Vegas
- Two days of pre-arranged meetings with leading incentive travel suppliers of your choice
- Event meals and receptions
- Networking activities including Brooklyn Bowl, dining at Smith & Wollensky, and a show!
Apply now for a fully hosted buyer position or visit IncentiveTravelExchange.com for more information.
Wanted: a convention center that incorporates 10,000 years of human history, and has Wi-Fi capabilities for up to 4,000 simultaneous users. Anchorage’s Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center successfully combines the rich traditions of Alaska with a modern meeting facility.
Artwork and room names in the Dena’ina Center tell the story of the Dena’ina Athabascan people in the centuries before Anchorage was established. For example, a stained glass mural depicts scenes of traditional life in the region.
The Dena’ina Center may tell a story thousands of years old, but it is also loaded up with enough technology to keep the proceedings firmly in the 21st century. The center’s wireless network can handle thousands of concurrent devices; there’s no searching on the tradeshow floor for a signal, even on a busy day.
The largest convention center in the state, the Dena’ina Center is ideal for national conventions and tradeshows and has all the elements expected in a world-class convention center.
The 2015 GLACIER conference was a prime example of Anchorage’s world-class standing. Foreign ministers joined President Obama for an Arctic issues conference. Anchorage met the demanding security, communications and conferencing needs for world leaders and is ready to serve you.
Learn more about Anchorage.