As reports continue to fill the meeting/event industry media and the social media posts of its members, in the wake of the record-breaking IMEX America last week, it’s worth examining the opportunities available to you through hosted buyer programs.
With IMEX America coming up (Oct. 18-20), meeting planners that have participated in the event’s hosted buyer programs share best practices and other essential advice so you can make the most of your time there.
The figures are in from last month’s IMEX America and the news is good: an 8 percent jump in the number of hosted buyers attending; a 4 percent increase in overall attendance (excluding hosted buyers); and an 8 percent rise in the number of exhibitors. The fourth edition of IMEX America, the largest industry trade […]
The IMEX Group’s annual sustainability report shows that the U.S. trade show is getting greener and greener. The 2013 report, compiled and audited by IMEX sustainability partner, MeetGreen, shows that the U.S. trade show’s overall compliance with APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards improved 9 percent. That’s an overall compliance rate of 72 percent for the […]
Registration is now open for IMEX 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The annual trade show for the international meetings, incentive travel and events industry takes place May 20-22. IMEX America in Las Vegas takes place Oct. 14-16. In other IMEX news: Two awards have been added to the roster for the annual IMEX Gala Dinner in […]
this year’s IMEX America nearly a memory — it ends today — officials are already looking toward next year. They’ve announced details for the next IMEX Challenge, scheduled for October 2014 in Sin City. The IMEX Challenge is asking members of the meetings and events industry to help create a new healing garden and children’s […]
As the third edition of IMEX America prepares to open in Las Vegas this week, it seems the mood of America is moving in the right direction — government lockdown or not. The results from the latest IMEX America Index of Optimism survey show a very slight increase of 1 percent (to a total of […]
With the third IMEX America only three months away, organizers are spilling more and more details about the trade show’s specifics. One of these is “Association Focus,” a pre-show conference-within-a-conference dedicated to professional development and “hot-topic” education for association meeting planners and executives. The free educational event is being organized in partnership with ASAE, PCMA […]
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 […]
Is it feasible to expect a U.S. show to meet the same sustainability level as Germany? A case study.
IMEX America‘s latest Index of Optimism shows that many in the meetings and event industry are more upbeat about business today than they were a year ago. The survey, taken in March, polled 400 North Americans — 70 percent buyers, 30 percent suppliers — to see how they felt about the industry’s prospects in the […]
“New” is one of the key words driving IMEX Frankfurt, taking place May 21-23 in the German city. It promises new education formats and topics, a new networking hub and a new research hub. IMEX Frankfurt is the largest global exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, drawing about 9,000 exhibitors, hosted buyers and visitors […]
As IMEX America looks toward its third annual gathering in Las Vegas in October, organizers are reviewing sustainability numbers from the 2012 event — and feeling pretty good. One of their goals was to balance trade-show growth with event quality and environmental responsibility. Audited results from MeetGreen show strong performance in several key areas. Some […]
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has formally endorsed IMEX America, following its successful second edition earlier this month in Las Vegas. IMEX America joins IMEX Frankfurt in Germany, and EIBTM in Barcelona, Spain, as the only meetings industry events with ICCA status. ICCA limits its endorsements to trade shows that are genuinely global […]
As IMEX America powers up for its second-ever trade show, it’s seeing a significant increase in the number of exhibitors and buyers planning to attend the Oct. 9-11 event in Las Vegas. Contracts received so far show that 20 percent of exhibitors from last year’s inaugural event are returning — and requesting bigger booths. At […]
As IMEX America heads toward its second-ever event, officials are sharing key findings about the inaugural trade show’s sustainability efforts. IMEX America is an extension of IMEX in Frankfurt, the worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel. According to sustainability consultants MeetGreen, IMEX America used 66.4 tons of recycled material and avoided a carbon footprint […]
As IMEX looks toward its second American event — in October in Las Vegas — organizers are strategizing ways to improve the experience. At last year’s inaugural event, buyers and buyer-attendees praised the online scheduling system, which let them make their own appointments with exhibitors. This year IMEX America is introducing a personalized inbox that […]
Optimism in the meetings and events industry is on the rise, according the latest IMEX America Index of Optimism.
IMEX in Frankfurt’s Association Day will have an entirely different look this year. The session, on May 21, will double the number of education sessions and arrange them in specialist tracks. It also will feature contributions from 25 speakers, including CEOs and executive directors from some of the largest associations in Europe and the United States […]
As the IMEX group looks toward its second American trade show, in Las Vegas in October, it is still drawing conclusions from what was learned at the inaugural U.S. event in 2011. IMEX, which also produces the giant show for the global meetings industry in Frankfurt, Germany, offers these observations for 2012: Business is looking […]
It’s taken two years from conception to completion, but IMEX America successfully produced a European-style trade show in Las Vegas last week. IMEX Frankfurt — one of the meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition industry’s most important international events — is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary, but this was its first time in America. Originally, […]
Oct. 10 will be known as “Smart Monday” in Las Vegas, thanks to IMEX America, which is partnering with Meetings Professional International (MPI) to offer a bonus day of education for senior-level meeting planners and suppliers. On the day before IMEX America officially opens, the MPI-sponsored MeetDifferent Day of Education & Innovation will feature educational […]
MPI members can download a free iPhone app; versions for Blackberry and Android devices are in development. The application gives users access to membership directories and content. The association is partnering with developer QuickMobile to design mobile apps for IMEX in Frankfurt (May 24-26, 2011) and IMEX America in Las Vegas (Oct. 10-13, 2011).
The first step towards greening meetings and events is establishing a benchmark so all sustainability initiatives can be measured and improved upon. IMEX America, in anticipation of its first North American trade show, has hired MeetGreen to help it take those metrics and develop a sustainability strategy for this and future events. “We will have […]
A recent study conducted by IMEX America hints that the worst of the recession may be over, but recovery is slow. The inaugural Index of Optimism, which surveyed over 250 planners and travel executives (90 percent in the U.S., 10 percent in Canada), shows rising levels of confidence and business expectations. Seventy-one percent of the […]
In a bid to increase awareness of and participation in the first-ever IMEX America trade show, the German-based IMEX Group, which annually hosts a worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events in Frankfurt, will co-locate the event with one of PCMA‘s educational conferences. PCMA’s involvement means that IMEX America will be able to offer […]