IMEX America to shift to Mandalay Bay from 2021

The IMEX Group has announced that it is to move its IMEX America show in Las Vegas from the Sands Expo following the 2020 edition.

IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom, announced the move to Mandalay Bay from 2021 in an announcement of the annual show’s dates and locations through to 2025.

“We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America. In addition, the fall is a very busy period for the industry. As a result, we felt that it was important to give the industry as much notice as possible with regards to our dates and venues going forward to assist with their own planning.

“In particular, we wanted to remind the industry that we will be moving from our usual October dates to September for two (2) years in 2019 and 2020.”

Bloom acknowledged the support The Sands Expo team had given the show since well before its launchin 2011 and said he was looking forward to four more successful shows working with venue, through to 2020.

“Their contribution in helping us to establish IMEX America in Las Vegas as the event where everyone from our industry, from the USA and worldwide, gathers each fall has been invaluable. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership and are looking forward to continuing that partnership for many years.

“However, we were not able to lock in space from 2021 onward. Therefore, after celebrating 10 years working together and enjoying a fantastic relationship with the Las Vegas Sands team, we shall be moving to Mandalay Bay. We look forward to establishing successful partnerships with the Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts International teams and we know that their world-class facilities will be an equally fitting home for the show.”

Chandra Allison, senior vice-president of sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo said: “It has been a pleasure helping IMEX grow to become one of the most successful annual events for meeting professionals. The show has evolved, and so has the industry. We recognise this is the right time for the show to move to its next destination. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support of IMEX America in Las Vegas for many years to come.”

Stephanie Glanzer, CMP, vice-president sales of Mandalay Bay MGM Resorts International added: “We are honoured to partner with IMEX America and to keep such a prestigious industry event in Las Vegas. As an active supporter of IMEX, MGM Resorts International is excited to create new experiences for attendees at Mandalay Bay. We will continue to showcase the city of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International as the leading meeting and events destination.”

The dates and venues for IMEX America for the next eight years in Las Vegas will be: 

2018   October, 16-18   Sands Expo

2019   September, 10-12  Sands Expo

2020   September, 15-17  Sands Expo

2021   November, 9 -11  Mandalay Bay

2022   October, 25-27   Mandalay Bay

2023   October, 10-12   Mandalay Bay

2024   October, 8-10   Mandalay Bay

2025   October, 7-9   Mandalay Bay

IMEX America will take place from 10–12 October, 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 9 October.

Further details about the show can be found on the new-look website.

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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