Exhibitors as varied as Cirque du Soleil and Panama are lining up to take part in IMEX America 2013 in Las Vegas in October.
The list of returning exhibitors includes Canada; the Dominican Republic; Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts; Hawaii; Hyatt Hotels; Orlando/Orange County, Fla.; New Orleans; Panama; San Francisco; Starwood Hotels and Resorts; and Texas. About one-third of these exhibitors are increasing booth size by at least 50 percent.
New booths are confirmed for the Atlanta CVB; Cirque du Soleil; Long Beach (Calif.) Area CVB; Louisville CVB; Le Reve; the Host Group; Mohonk Mountain House in upstate New York; Worldhotels; Viceroy Hotel Group; and Visit Milwaukee.
IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom predicts even more growth from hotels, technology companies and U.S. destinations. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, he said, the event this year moves to new halls in its headquarters, the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo.
IMEX America, now in its third year, combines a three-day appointment-focused trade show (Oct. 15-17) with a pre-show educational day called Smart Monday (Oct. 14). Details HERE.
IMEX America recently scored well at the Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Chicago, winning the grand award for highest growth in exhibitor numbers. Among the top 50 honorees, it ranked eighth in the number of exhibitors, 10th for net square footage and 38th for attendance.