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IMEX America Stats and Show Floor

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!

 

 

ConventionPlanit Attends IMEX America

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.

conventionplanit at imex america

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

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.

IMEX America Stats

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Ray Bloom talked about breaking records for the fifth year in a row! Here are a few stats:

14,250 participants including buyers, visitors and exhibitors

70,000 individual and group appointments along with stand presentations took place

69% or more of appointments included a profile or RFP

269 educational sessions

800 exhibitors and buyers participated in the IMEXrun Las Vegas routed along the famous Strip

As always, all attendees fortunate enough to attend IMEX America were exposed to high levels of business and networking.

Along with the record number of appointments and packed-out education events, some of the novel ideas to encourage mingling in the various stands included toe-tapping to an Irish fiddler, an oxygen station to boost energy levels (VERY popular), a chance to “monkey around” with a really cute orangutan and a sugar jolt provided by the winner of the “best ice cream in the world contest”.

Leave it to IMEX America to always deliver professionalism with a light touch!

IMEX America Hustling and Bustling

IMEX America is consistent in its attempts to reduce their environmental footprint resulting from hosting 11,000 attendees, 3,250 exhibitors and occupying 14,000 room nights in participating hotels.

This was actioned by initiatives that ranged from encouraging attendees (prior to the show) to pack a reusable travel cup for coffee/tea to sponsoring a group of “Garbage Grabbers” (not a lyrical title but states the obvious) to clean up a local park.  Ray Bloom, IMEX Group Chairman is one of the best at having his organization lead by example!

Liz Duxbury of the CP.com Hosted Buyer Group is waylaid in the aisle by a representative of Indonesia. At this event, the world truly comes to you!

Liz Duxbury of the CP.com Hosted Buyer Group is waylaid in the aisle by a representative of Indonesia. At this event, the world truly comes to you!

Representatives from CP.com supplier partners had a good showing in the hall. Among them were:

Roman Muska – The Prague Convention Bureau

Marie McKown – Meet in Ireland

Anette Palm and Alice Lem – Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Julie Dodds & Jim Henderson – Visit Anchorage

Susan Hennig – United Airlines

Sarah Calhoon – World Marketing Group

IMEX America Sets New Records

The 3rd Presidential Debate held in Las Vegas last week took a back seat as IMEX America set new records all around the show!

CP.com Hosted Buyer Group and escort, Maureen Pickell, ready to learn about Malaysia!

CP.com Hosted Buyer Group and escort, Maureen Pickell, ready to learn about Malaysia!

Your intrepid blogger is happy to bring you the “show buzz” for this annual extravaganza’s sixth edition.  The “largest ever IMEX America” boasted more than 3,250 exhibitors representing 139 countries interacting with 3,000 buyers who participated in 60,000 individual appointments.

And, once again ConventionPlanit.com sponsored a group of Hosted Buyers to participate in the shows’ innovative agenda enabling them to:

  • Conduct up to a year’s worth of global business in only 2-3 days… without needing a passport
  • Learn from the best minds in the business during the Education sessions
  • Enjoy both professional and personal networking

Our corporate and association planners also participated in Group Appointments with CP.com supplier partners from the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism.

One of Las Vegas’ Most Sought-After Destinations

The Palms Casino Resort is heralded as one of Las Vegas’ most sought-after destinations. Plus, it is where the ConventionPlanit Team stays when we visited Las Vegas for IMEX America each year!

The one-stop boutique property boasts three distinct towers, a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino, more than 60,000 square feet of prime conference space and is also home to some of the world’s most unique luxury suites and villas.

Check out more about The Palms Casino Resort here.

IMEX America Proves Strength of Meetings Industry

Representatives from CP.com supplier partners had a good showing in the hall. Among them were:

  • Dave Gabri – Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI was celebrating 30 years in the industry!)

ALHI celebrated 30 years in the industry at this year’s IMEX America

  • Martina Fundaro – The Prague Convention Bureau
  • Marie McKown – Meet in Ireland (newest member!)
  • Cat Puccino – Visit Santa Barbara
  • Angeline Liu/Alan Pryor/Anette Palm – Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
  • Patricia Beaudoux – Cotai Strip Macau
  • Julie Dodds – Visit Anchorage
  • Dan O’Neil/Bonnie Carlson – Bloomington CVB

Ray Bloom, Chairman of IMEX, addresses the media at the IMEX America closing press conference

The closing press conference had Ray Bloom, Chairman of IMEX giving us the rundown on this year’s event. For those judging success “by the numbers”, here are a few stats:

  • 10,600 participants including buyers, visitors and exhibitors
  • 66,000 individual and group appointments along with stand presentations took place
  • 51% or more of appointments included a profile or RFP
  • 80 new booths with 56 returning exhibitors increasing their space
  • 412 exhibitors and buyers participated in the IMEX run Las Vegas routed along the famous Strip

However, the biggest success was not measured in numbers but in the upbeat mood of nearly everyone on the show floor as the economy strengthens and companies expand meeting budgets.

In fact, this has generated a big problem for IMEX America going forward.

With so many new exhibitors and expanded booths this year, the trade show has maxed out its hall in the Sands Expo and will not have room for exhibitors to expand until it can move into a larger space in 2018. Not a bad problem for our industry to have!!

As always, all attendees fortunate enough to attend IMEX America were exposed to high levels of business and networking. Along with the record number of appointments and packed-out education events, some of the novel ideas to encourage mingling in the various stands included viewing a live Sumo Demonstration and applauding the winner of this year’s Huggability Award…fortunately not taking place in the same stand!

Along with Wayne Newton and Celine Dion, Las Vegas is getting famous for hosting IMEX America! So new planners, to see what all this fuss is about, sign up to participate as a ConventionPlanit.com Hosted Buyer next year when the show will take place October 18-20, 2016.

IMEX America Showbuzz

The month of October is known for cooler weather, falling leaves and IMEX America in Las Vegas.

Your intrepid blogger is happy to bring you the “showbuzz” for the fifth edition of the largest meetings industry trade show in the U.S.!

Even the Democratic Debates took a back seat to this show, boasting more than 3,100 exhibitors representing 150 countries interacting with 3,000 buyers from 54 countries.

Your intrepid blogger with two of our hosted buyers

And, once again, ConventionPlanit.com sponsored a group of Hosted Buyers to participate in the shows’ innovative agenda enabling them to:

  • Conduct up to a year’s worth of global business in only 2-3 days… without needing a passport
  • Learn from the best minds in the business during the Education sessions
  • Enjoy both professional and personal networking

Our corporate and association planners also participated in Group Appointments with CP.com supplier partners from the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and the Philippine Department of Tourism.

It was hard to believe that along with all the rushing around amid the super charged atmosphere of IMEX America (i.e. if I’d been wearing a FitBit, I would have blown out the mileage calculator!), there was actually a “Wellness” theme infusing the entire show.

Along with the health and well-being track that ran through the education program, participants were encouraged to stop by certain booths that were dispensing everything from green energy shots to fruit boosts and granola bars.

Needless to say, it was more difficult to find these healthy options that it was to locate Louisville Bourbon, Bailey’s Irish Cream and wine from just about any destination on the show floor! Yours truly felt very healthy early on but must admit to enjoying a “wee dram” of Scotland’s best whiskey to end a challenging day.

Are you attending IMEX America?

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