IMEX America to "go ahead as planned" following Las Vegas shootingBy Lauren Arena
03 Oct 2017
IMEX chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer (pictured) have confirmed IMEX America will proceed as planned following the overnight mass shooting incident on the Las Vegas strip.
A 64-year-old man unleashed a barrage of gunfire from the Mandalay Bay hotel onto an outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, killing at least 59 people and injuring more than 500—making this the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Organisers have confirmed that IMEX America will "go ahead as planned" next week (Oct 10-12) at Sands Expo Las Vegas with reinforced safety and security measures.
“We are shocked and saddened at the events that have taken place in Las Vegas over the past 24 hours,” IMEX organisers said in an official statement.
“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.”
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) CEO, Paul Van Deventer, also issued a statement following the incident, stressing the increased importance of risk management for events.
“Our events planned for IMEX America next week in Las Vegas will continue as scheduled. We will work closely with our partners to ensure the safety and security of attendees, staff, volunteers, vendors and partners.
“A heightened focus on safety, security and risk management within our industry is paramount. This incident reinforces that we must all exercise vigilance for the meetings and events we plan, and MPI is focused on raising awareness, education and preparedness across our industry.”