Confidence-boosting IMEX America will be ‘one of biggest ever’

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IMEX America trade show IMEX America show floor Photo Credit: IMEX Group

Organisers of the meetings industry trade show IMEX America have hailed the recruitment of 3,000 buyers as a ‘confidence-boosting’ sign of recovery.

This year’s show, taking place October 10 – 13 at Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, will be one of the largest editions since its launch in 2011, according to IMEX Group.

More than 3,000 exhibitors have also signed up for the bellwether event, which will give a detailed picture of business volumes and pipelines in 2023 and beyond.

New North American exhibitors means this year’s USA section will be the largest ever, with Boston, Detroit, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, and San Diego in show.

Global destinations from across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East make a significant return to the show, many having been unable to attend in 2021.

They include Abu Dhabi, Australia, Bahamas, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey, and New Zealand.

Ras Al Khaimah, in the UAE, is among the destinations exhibiting for the first time.

The show’s learning program has also been simplified and redesigned to complement and enhance show floor meetings. Under the theme ‘Pathways to Clarity’, four streamlined tracks - Respect for People and Planet; Future Self; Innovation and Creativity; Event Planner Toolkit – offer sessions with practical insights and techniques to enhance professional relationships and – ultimately – boost business recovery. The free programme includes more than 100 sessions.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, said: “Our 2021 come-back show was invested with an air of sheer celebration and excitement as the global industry reunited. This year, the business fundamentals are what stand out. If our numbers are anything to go by, then despite strong macro pressures, including inflation and talent shortages, the bounce-back could be even stronger and more robust than forecasts predict.”

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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