Trade Shows icomex, latin america meetings
Buenos Dias! Your intrepid traveling blogger (or blogging traveler) landed in Mexico City this week for the ICOMEX Trade Show for Latin America being held November 6-8 at the World Trade Center. Hosted buyers attended scheduled appointments with more than 200 product and service providers positioned to help them manage and operate their events.
The education portion of the event included more than 30 national and international breakouts with first tier speakers. SITE Mexico’s breakfast and the local MPI Mexico City Chapter luncheon were available for additional networking opportunities.
Officially, ICOMEX is Latin America’s leading event for bringing together MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Congress and Exhibitions) professionals from around the continent.
A three-day tradeshow with more than 200 suppliers, ICOMEX is designed to help buyers select new destinations for their events, diversify options for organizing events large or small, and implement incentive programs or loyalty plans for employees. Unofficially, there are many opportunities to taste excellent tequilas and various culinary delicacies in a myriad of shapes and forms. Guadalajara is the “home” of Jose Cuervo and they scripted an evening event around their tequila. Chihuahua passed out their traditional beverage and Culiacan presented their shrimp ceviche for tasting during the marketplace. Ole!
Tomorrow…tacos and tequila!
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There was so much excitement and activity happening last week at IMEX America that we just had to capture it on camera to share with you!
Associated Luxury Hotels International’s extensive hotel portfolio has been part of ConventionPlanit.com for many years now. It was great to meet new President, Jim Schultenover (left), pictured here with Koleen Roach of the Securian Financial Group, and Dave Gabri, Founder of ALHI.
Minnette Velez-Conty, Neil Mullanaphy, and Mandi Engram from the Puerto Rico CVB pose for a quick photo
The show floor this year was larger than ever before. Here are a few shots of the many ConventionPlanit.com Members represented around the hall:
If you have some great photos from IMEX America, we’d love to see them!
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What other industry has an event that celebrates a “Huggability Award.” Past CP.co supplier member partner Ovation Global DMC sponsors the annual contest in conjunction with each IMEX America. Based on the long held premise that “there is no technology which can replace hugs,” the award points up how important it is to spend quality time with real friends in our amazing industry! Oh…and the award is bestowed on the lucky winner by a pink Bear!
New this year was the IMEX Inspiration Center. Sessions were limited to 30 minutes so as to be slotted neatly in between appointments and included intimate campfires for a maximum of 10 people. For instance, one session highlighted how we could be “cool, calm and in control” by employing techniques used by successful athletes along with research from the Confidence Institute showing you how to bolster your own confidence. Another intriguing title was “My Meeting Smells Better Than Your Meeting.” Intriguing indeed!
ConventionPlanit.com was recognized as a Media Partner in the IMEX America Show Daily. It’s just another indication of the respect that the IMEX organization holds for its partners.
ConventionPlanit.com Co-Founder David Markham was busy at the booth meeting the many meeting planners who scheduled appointments to learn more about our RFP services
ConventionPlanit.com supplier member Delta Air Lines, was excited to be the official airline of IMEX America. Named by Fortune Magazine as the most admired airline in 2013 for the second time in 3 years, Delta’s Meeting Network Program offers a variety of benefits. And, if the Delta network of flights is not large enough to handle your meeting, they’ve combined with SkyTeam are pleased to announce an enhanced SkyTeam Global Meetings product with new self-booking technology allowing meeting attendees to confirm discounted travel on any one of the 19 SkyTeam member airlines.
Ray Bloom, Chief Executive of IMEX, held a final press conference on Oct. 17…the final day of the show. Needless to say, lots of statistics were tossed around verifying the success of the event. However, I’m summing it up with just one sentence that spoke volumes:
“Bloom reported one example of business done on the show floor: a single booking for 10,000 room nights in Austin, Texas.”
ConventionPlanit.com is looking forward to IMEX America 2014. Memo to all our global planning members: pencil in May 14-16, 2014 to join our hosted buyer group!
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“Taking a trip around the world twice” is how one planner described this year’s IMEX America. And all without the glitches usually associated with global travel these days! ConventionPlanit.com hosted buyers had the following comments:
Hosted Buyer and Advisory Council Member Nedra Sneed from Bioactives World Forum, with me (Maureen Pickell) and CP Founder Katherine Markham
“Maureen – a big thanks for including me in your hosted buyer program. I am very excited about getting back into the business and really appreciated the chance to connect with so many old travel friends and colleagues. I also got a lot of potential work done!!!”
Wendy S. Pangburn,Pangburn Partners LLC, Washington, DC USA
Thank you always for your generous and gracious hosting of the hosted buyer group your company sponsored. You handle the program with great ease and had wonderful group appointments for us. Loved the cocktail hour where we could meet specifically with many of your advertisers/partners.
…My team that attended were oh so grateful and learned so much, met many people and just frankly, sparked their desire to continue to be in our industry. It is hard to keep the young ones but a nice event like IMEX that is so helpful in bringing the globe of vendors in one place, is so helpful.
Many thanks, until next time…..”
Katherine Christensen, CMP, DMCP, President, KCA
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Your intrepid blogger and 11 ConventionPlanit.com planners reported for duty this Monday for the start of IMEX America, 2013.
It could be daunting that this year’s show will top 2012’s impressive statistics with opportunities to meet over 2,500 exhibitors from the U.S. and over 150 countries.
Not to be outdone, the buyer group consists of over 2,500 participants from 50+ countries as part of the industry’s largest Hosted buyer Program in America. Proof is in the tens of thousands of appointments scheduled before the show and thousands more every day they are in Las Vegas.
ConventionPlanit.com’s Katherine Markham, CHME, with Kathy Millar of the Edgewater Resort & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada at the ConventionPlanit.com Reception
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that this exhibition is taking place at the newly renovated Sands Expo on the Las Vegas Strip. ConventionPlanit.com supplier hotel member, The Palazzo, is hosting the planners and providing their usual high level of service and gracious hospitality!
Tuesday kicked off on the show floor with appointments, appointments and more appointments. More to come…
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About 25 association meeting professionals and industry partners of the ASAE Convene Green Alliance (CGA) gathered this summer for a “Green Roof Garden Party and Learning Tour” to discover why the numbers of vegetated roofs have grown wildly in popularity in recent years and how they might improve association conferences and events.
The group then toured the blooming 3,000-square-foot green roof of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in downtown Washington, DC.
“An impressive number of hotels and other meeting venues are adding or already maintaining extensive green roofs, including major convention centers such as Chicago, Baltimore, Nashville, and soon Miami Beach,” says CGA Director Kristin Clarke. “With increasing tax incentives and other regulations being crafted by cities and municipalities to encourage green roof construction, as well as the myriad operational, aesthetic, and ecological benefits offered by green roofs, these facilities are sure to become an even more common feature at meeting properties. Planners should monitor this trend and learn how they might take advantage of green roof benefits to add value to their own sustainable meetings.”
Clarke identified a long list of green roof benefits, national and international trends within the soon-to-be $8-million industry, ways that meeting planners might use green roofs creatively to impress and educate attendees, and questions that meeting planners should ask about them on site tours.
ASLA’s green roof expert, Keith Swann, detailed the process his association followed to design, develop, and implement its own award-winning green roof. He then guided the group around the facility, pointing out slope considerations, soil and design features, and the array of blooming cacti, wildflowers, and tough, drought-resistant sedum that cool building temperatures by more than 40 degrees.
While the initial cost of a green roof is greater than that of a traditional roof, according to Swann, ASLA has saved considerable energy costs and benefitted from the roof in other ways, too.
“We have people from all over the world who come to visit our roof,” Swann says.
More than a Pretty Face
Many green roofs are aesthetically pleasing and are used by hotels to provide “garden views” or “artscapes” for guests, but green roofs offer much more substantial benefits.
- Of particular interest to meeting planners is that they are often used by chefs for “hyper-sourcing,” growing local and exotic herbs and produce onsite. Beehives also are commonly installed on green roofs, so chefs can harvest the honey for cooking, selling, and making signature spa products. Hyper-sourcing improves food quality and local “flavor” at a lower cost and with a good story to serve up as well.
- Many properties make their green roofs available to groups, either by private arrangement or because of general public access. However, as Clarke noted, even if a facility’s roof isn’t accessible for events or tours, green roofs send a message of sustainability to any meeting and lower operational costs that affect a planner’s bottom line.
- Green roofs also can offer potential educational opportunities for “spot learning” during breaks or receptions about ecology, herb-growing, honey sampling, architectural design, butterfly identification and gardening, etc.
- They can be places of quiet respite for tired attendees or clients (Health care facilities are among the fast-growing adopters of green roofs, in part, for this reason). Also, studies show that natural environments promote retention of new learning and reduce stress.
- Green roofs help destinations earn coveted LEED designations, the benchmark of sustainable building practices, which makes properties more attractive to meeting planners who want greener destinations and sustainable meeting practices.
- Operationally, green roofs are vital tools for controlling stormwater runoff, a serious problem in major host cities such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Green roofs hold up to 75% of rain that falls on them, slowly filtering and releasing the water as natural irrigation for rooftop plants, evaporation that cools “urban heat islands” caused by nearby concrete buildings and streets, and as cleaner and slower-moving water into sewer systems.
- They improve air quality by sequestering carbon and cleansing pollutants.
- They save dramatic amounts of energy, insulating buildings in the winter and cooling them in the summer.
“As more associations boost the sustainability goals and expectations of their gatherings and as host cities invest in new and upgraded meeting venues that embrace green roofs as key elements of that progress, these facilities are becoming more top of mind for planners—as they should,” said Clarke.
The event also included a Fair Trade chocolate sampling donated by Divine Chocolate, which distributes out of Washington, DC, and supports sustainable meetings.
For more information on ASLA’s roof and green roofs in general, visit http://www.asla.org/ContentDetail.aspx?id=25362, where you can virtually tour the roof and explore related resources. For information about CGA, visit www.convenegreen.com. All association professionals may join CGA for free and are not required to be ASAE members.
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ConventionPlanit.com is gearing up for another year of IMEX America, taking place October 15-17, in Las Vegas. The show is the largest worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events in the United States!
This year, founders Katherine Markham, CHME, and David Markham, along with frequent blogger Maureen Pickell, CTC, Director of Global Accounts and Media Relations, will be in attendance. Katherine and David will be manning the booth (visit them at booth #451) and Maureen will be escorting our fantastic Hosted Buyers.
The show proves to be a great networking experience each year, packed with unique educational opportunities and events. Maureen will be blogging from the road during the show to keep you informed of all the happenings!
Are you going to IMEX America? Have you attended before? We would love to hear from you!
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While at MPISEC last week, it’s never too soon to look to the future!
The South Florida Chapter of MPI will host the 2014 educational conference and kick off. Lunch attendees were greeted by clapping, singing and dancing representatives as well as an everglades themed dinning area and a 13 foot alligator on ice!
2014 MPISEC will be hosted by the South Florida Chapter and held at Bonaventure Resort.
Tubby the alligator was a main attraction. It was unveiled that Bonaventure Resorts, just on the edge of the everglades outside of Fort Lauderdale, will be the host hotel.
Tubby the Alligator
I am already looking forward to next year’s event. I hope to see you there!
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MPI SEC 2013, themed “Tomorrow’s Wave,” was hit by a wave of thunder boomers that knocked off all power to Amelia Island for several hours on Thursday.
Although the agenda was delayed, thanks in part to our great hosts, Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation, the trade show went on just one short hour behind schedule.
This year’s event was well attended and exhibitors spent productive time with meeting planners from around the southeast.
Here are a few photos from day 1 of the conference. Stay tuned for more!
CP assistant Liz Rowland is ready to meet the planners!
St. Augustine Ponte Verde puts on an impressive display.
Cheryl Jelinek proudly displays Saddlebrook ariel photo with CP’s Muzette Randall.
Kym Jones with TPC Sawgrass learns about the offerings of Grand Golf Resorts of Flordia from Stephen Baker.
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ConventionPlanit.com member Delta Air Lines has been busy making headlines!
Your intrepid blogger was honored to be hosted by the Atlanta CVB and co-sponsor Delta Air lines at a delightful dinner during the ASAE Annual Expo last week. The dinner was held at the Kevin Rathburn Steak Restaurant.
Iron chefs, Best Friends and Brothers, Kevin and Kent Rathburn, own and operate some of the best dining establishments in their respective cities, Atlanta and Dallas. After a Meet the Chef reception, a large group of ASAE special guests sat down to a 4 course dinner offering unique presentations of scallops, duck, lamb or beef topped off by a delicious dessert.
Not to be upstaged, Delta had a drawing for 2 Business Class Elite tickets to any European destination and the awarding of this exciting prize was a highlight of the evening. Thanks to Atlanta and Partners for inviting ConventionPlanit.com to participate in this special event.
Later at the conference, Gerry Kingston, Mgr. Meeting, Association & Incentive Sales for Delta Air Lines, Inc. introduced Bob Kupbens, Delta’s Vice President of Marketing & Digital Commerce at a Game Changer session. Bob’s talk addressed technology as the key driver to the customer experience. He went on to demonstrate how Delta strives to simplify this experience across the entire travel spectrum by leveraging digital throughout an entire trip.
Relevancy? A large association audience heard tips on how they can apply both current and evolving digital strategies to reach their membership base and enhance their organization’s value proposition.