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United. Resilient. Proud.

The IMEX Group has launched a campaign to inspire some positivity during these uncertain times. Here is the message that accompanies the above graphic:

To the global business events industry, our extended family…

Remember who you are and what you represent.

We are an industry that contributes $1.5 trillion of GDP to the global economy. As we’ve demonstrated many times before, we will be part of the solution to drive recovery, growth and social impact that will transform the world.

Ray Bloom & Carina Bauer


You’re Invited to Join our Hosted Buyer Group of VIPs for IMEX America

ConventionPlanit invites you to join our partners’ hosted buyer group to attend the learning experience of IMEX America in Las Vegas.  September 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of IMEX America in Las Vegas.

Every year the exhibition and education programs grow larger and learning expands for global meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions.  Book events outside the USA or large attendance at US events?  Join our hosted buyer group for a deep dive into the global events marketplace and knowledge base.  

Make professional networking connections with exhibitors and grow your professional certification points.   As a hosted buyer, IMEX will reimburse your air fare and cover the cost of our group hotel plus provide Las Vegas airport shuttles and hotel shuttles to the exhibition.  Our hosted buyer group will be treated to sponsored meals with business partners you will want to know better! 

Don’t delay and RSVP today

Confirm your interest with us and we promise to make IMEX America a wonderful experience for you.  Are you with us?  Waiting to hear from you at

“A” is for ASAE and August

Up, up and away at ASAE!
Maureen Pickell (aka your intrepid blogger) helps promote ConventionPlanit’s participation in IMEX America 2019

On our industry calendar, “A” is for August and the annual meeting and exposition of the American Society of Association Executives.  So off went your intrepid blogger to be counted in with the nearly 5,500 people, including 2,625 association executives, who descended on the Greater Columbus Convention Center in central Ohio from August 10 through 13.

Experience Columbus, the city’s CVB, recruited more than 600 local volunteers to assist with the event, easily the largest number of smiling faces that ASAE has ever recruited. And, even considering the “too many to count” ASAE annuals that I have attended, I didn’t realize that this event launched its 100th year! In recognition, ASAE offered more than 100 educational sessions along with two half-days of exhibit-hall time, where more than 700 destinations, hotels, tech companies, and other vendors networked with attendees.

As you may have noticed, this reporter is always on the lookout for something innovative which adds to the event. This year it was the addition (to the routine layout of a standard convention center) of a “Smart Farm” growing fresh herbs and produce. Located between exhibit halls, this concept is the first indoor, vertical, LED-lit hydroponic garden in a convention center. Attendees got to experience “farm to table” by adding a snippet of parsley, mint, kale or thyme to their bottled water for a flavor-infused drink!

This year the ASAE Exposition was busy as Association Executives and exhibitors interacted face to face to build business relationships. New energy was added to the trade show component through the 20-minute Express Talks presenting a single idea and offering practical tips through storytelling. These “quick bites” of learning accompanied the more traditional tasty quick bites being offered for lunch on the show floor., already known as a class act, had our very own Jeeves the Butler back again this year inviting planners to tour the website. Portrayed by Al Rickard of Association Vision, Al was a “vision” himself in an elegant tuxedo highlighting the ConventionPlanit trademarked RFP Valet service which helps planners simplify the tedious RFP process.

In attendance with me were a few of the Sales Managers.  Jo Ann Hoffman, Regional Director of Sales, Maryland joined Mara Hill Buckner, Regional Director of Sales, Chicago in staffing the booth.  Also, we noticed supplier members Visit Vail Valley, Boise Convention & Visitor Bureau and Tulalip Resort Casino along with Visit Anchorage and Memphis Tourism busy educating planners on their destinations and services.

Look for the ASAE’s centennial celebration at next year’s annual event in Las Vegas…see you all there!!

We’re Back!

Dear friends,

After a longer than expected hiatus from the blogging world for a big refresh, we are finally back!

When a website has been around for 17 years like, a major face lift was a necessity to keep the website running smoothly. Thanks for your patience while we underwent these changes! We hope you enjoy the faster speed the website now enjoys as you are conducting research for venues or destinations for your next meeting or event.

As for this space, we hope you will find relevant meetings articles and tips as well as a community to connect with.

If you have ideas for articles or questions meeting pros or suppliers can answer, please comment below!