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PlanetIMEX Evolves With a Splash of Fun

The IMEX Group’s virtual experience returns 12 – 16 October

Business event professionals can dive into a full week of learning, networking and a splash of fun when PlanetIMEX returns on 12 – 16 October.  The playful interactive experience, launched by the IMEX Group in May, has been redesigned with a whole new look and feel, plus new functionality and features inspired by audience feedback following the launch edition.

Renowned explorer brings the outdoors online 

The October edition of PlanetIMEX offers a full week of creative content with a series of headliners delivering education sessions across two days: 

  • Monday 12 October: PlanetIMEX launches with a full day of creative virtual experiences. Ever wanted to improve your knowledge of wines, take a dance class or try your hand at cooking a new dish? This is a day for exploring, being curious and meeting new people who share the same values.
  • Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 October: Two days of engaging education delivered by experts from around the planet. A series of headliners share their own experiences to shed light on new ways of working, connecting and experiencing the world.  Primary will be explorer, author and photographer Daniel Fox. Fox is an ambassador for LEXUS, ARC’TERYX, SANDISK, and MANFROTTO and has been described as a “modern Henry David Thoreau with the eye of an Ansel Adams”.  Expanding on Nature, IMEX’s Talking Point for 2020 and 2021, the aptly-named Fox will demonstrate how nature has the power to transform both the individual and collective human experience. He explains: “Nature is resilient and a source of priceless teachings. It reminds us that life is not about us, and that there is something far bigger.”
  • Thursday 15 October: A day of specialist education, designed so that event professionals from various disciplines can delve deeper into bespoke learning and dialogue. The Association Leadership Forum is created by ASAE for association leadership, the Executive Meeting Forum is for corporate executives and the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum is for budding event professionals
  • Friday 16 October: PlanetIMEX week is rounded off on with Community Day, an opportunity for connections and content from a range of IMEX Group’s association and other partners including MPI, Site and EventMB.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “We’ve evolved PlanetIMEX so that it continues to deliver really strong content – information that’s vital for the here and now – along with an element of surprise. PlanetIMEX has a whole new look and feel this time around and we can’t wait for business event and meetings industry professionals to dive into our wonderful new world.”

PlanetIMEX returns 12 – 16 October – www.planetimex.com

PlanetIMEX – Powering Back Into Orbit with New October Edition

PlanetIMEX comes back into orbit on 12 – 16 October. The virtual experience by the IMEX Group, launched earlier this year, is set to deliver more learning, networking and fun.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “The October edition of PlanetIMEX will have a distinct IMEX America ‘flavour’ but without trying to emulate our annual live show in Las Vegas. Rather we will focus on using this online experience to unite the global business events community in learning, laughing and leaning into a new tomorrow.  With October starting to look like a busy month for the events industry, our rallying cry right now is ‘save these dates – you won’t want to miss this’.” 

The October edition of PlanetIMEX will be directly shaped by business events professionals. The IMEX Group is currently surveying the global meetings, incentive travel and business events community in order to deliver relevant and timely content that supports the sector.

Carina continues: “We originally launched PlanetIMEX as a gift to the industry, one that was designed to deliver high value – be that education, business or social opportunities – against the backdrop of an interrupted global economy. Now we’re in a place to ask the widest possible community ‘how can we serve you better’ – we know how much our industry has been disrupted and dislocated and our wish is to respond sensitively but positively.”

Fresh and timely content will launch on PlanetIMEX, 12 – 16 October 2020.

Dive into the hub of the business events community on PlanetIMEX’s new Networking Island

Connect and do business with IMEX Introductions

Business event professionals can do business, network and find out the latest industry news – all on a desert island. Sounds too good to be true? Not when you’re on PlanetIMEX!

Networking Island, the third island on PlanetIMEX, goes live today and is the virtual hub of the business events community – the place to connect, network and keep up with the latest industry news. 

A core element of Networking Island is IMEX Introductions, which also launches today. Planners and suppliers can register – for free – to be part of IMEX Introductions which gives them access to a wide industry network with which to do business. 

This new offering is a virtual extension of IMEX’s live in-person appointment system which forms the bedrock of the shows and has already seen over 1,000 people register.  Networking Island explorers are advised to head for the Introductions Lodge to sign up. They can rest assured the island’s wildlife – this time a roadrunner – is both friendly and static. 

SITE’s Got Talent and isn’t afraid to show it

The launch of Networking Island today is rounded off with a fresh take on SITE Nite Europe. This free celebration enables incentive professionals to catch up with SITE friends, build new connections and take to the virtual stage for the new SITE’s Got Talent. Expect entertainment and fun from across the incentive industry, whether it’s magicians, ventriloquists, musicians, comedians, dancers or singers, all under the tagline – SITE’s Got Talent….and we’re not afraid to show it!

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group and President of the SITE Foundation, explains: “Building business connections and supporting the community are core IMEX values which are brought to life perfectly in our new Networking Island on PlanetIMEX. 

“We’re inviting planners and suppliers from across the globe to join those already registered for IMEX Introductions and have some really valuable business conversations. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial that our industry comes together – to do business, to reconnect with friends and have fun. 

With that in mind, we are delighted to round off the day with SITE’s Got Talent – a fantastic way to bring the community together at the same time as raising funds for the SITE Foundation to benefit the incentive travel community.”

‘Watercooler conversations’ coming soon

The hive of activity on Networking Island continues with Brella, offering informal person-to-person networking. Registration is now live for Brella which is open to all and offers a virtual opportunity to enjoy casual, creative or more formal business conversations on a one-to-one basis. Think of it as a series of virtual ‘watercooler’ moments! More details will follow soon.

Networking Island is now open to explorers! Visit PlanetIMEX.

How to register for IMEX Introductions is clearly signposted and explained at Networking Island’s Introductions Lodge. 

For further information about SITE Nite Europe and to register for free to join the celebrations click here.