Organisers of IMEX America which runs at Sands Expo in Las Vegas until 16 October, have announced that the fourth edition of the trade show for the international meetings, incentive travel and events industry is the biggest yet.
With 2,900 companies exhibiting representing 150+ countries (2013: 2,694 from 150 countries), organisers say exhibitor numbers have risen by eight per cent.
By the time the show wraps up organisers expect the number of hosted buyers and other attendees to be higher than previous years.
The show floor has also enlarged by 13 per cent, with space taken by the hotel groups up by 26 per cent and by technology suppliers 20 per cent, according to the organisers.
IMEX Group Chairman, Ray Bloom says: “We are delighted with the industry’s continued strong response to IMEX America. Every year we set out to add more value, fresh ideas, new partnerships and more choice while maintaining a sharp focus on high quality all round – and that covers the quality of hosted buyers attending as well as the education and networking events on offer. We want every single participant to leave in no doubt that IMEX America provided them with an unparalleled business experience.”
Buyers pre-arranged 53,000 one-to-one appointments and booth presentations prior to the show opening, with an additional 1,200 group appointments also scheduled.
Smart Monday – powered by MPI – kicked off the week of IMEX America and included the first ever PCMA Business School plus the show’s annual Association Focus for association executives.
A dozen other industry events took place before the show opened, including several sets of industry certification programmes, the CIC Hall of Leaders Gala, Association Evening, Site Nite North America, the first ever CEIR IMEX America Golf Classic, the Site Young Leaders Conference and the IMEX Challenge.
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