Industry out in force at IMEX AmericaBy Staff Reporter
13 Oct 2017
More than 3,200 hosted buyers and an additional 2,500 visitors attended IMEX America in Las Vegas this week.
Undeterred by the tragic Las Vegas shooting that took place only a week before the event, some 3,300 exhibitors representing 150 countries also took part, including 64 new exhibitors.
IMEX Group chairman, Ray Bloom, said: “During the months, even the week, leading up to IMEX America, it has been so very sad to see the devastation caused by natural disasters in the US, the Caribbean, Mexico and the tragic loss of life in one of our second homes, Las Vegas.
“There is also a great willingness to contribute financially to help the victims of these tragedies and many people have asked us how best they can help. We’d like to encourage the industry to join us in contributing to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund and to the American Red Cross."
Bloom added: "Our industry has rallied in extraordinary ways recently. It has an ability to come together with determination and resourcefulness unlike any other. Importantly it also has the power to pull destinations out of crisis; events and meetings are vital sources of regeneration, re-inspiration and renewal."
During the week, 250 education sessions took place, covering ten education tracks, and attracted several hundred participants. Eighty per cent of sessions were also assigned with continuing education credits for CMP certification.
The new Inspiration Hub proved another highlight, which features inflatable domes for seminars, campfires and white space areas for reflection.
The ‘power of live experience’ was a theme that came to life at the Lunchtime Live Zone, interactive live event experiences including instant personalised song writing, the first Virtual Reality Photo Booth and "Sand Selfies”.
Looking to the future, the IMEX Group announced a partnership with Skift that will examine how mid-sized cities leverage their innovation economies to reposition themselves in the meetings landscape. This will result in the publication of a trends report in 2018.
Closing the event on a high, Bloom, said: “This has been a week when the positive outlook of everyone has ensured that doing business, planning meetings and events continues to be a powerful way to regenerate and drive economies forward.”