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AT IMEX AMERICA – TODAY: Tuesday, October 13

October 14, 2015

AT IMEX AMERICA

TODAY: Tuesday, October 13
AND TOMORROW: Wednesday, October 14

HIGHLIGHTS
Issued at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TODAY
New exhibitors: When the show floor opened, there were more than 80 new booths with exhibitors from all corners of the world, including Guam and Taiwan from Asia, Hungary and Zagreb from Europe, Paraguay and Ecuador from Latin America, plus Cincinnati, Oklahoma and Wisconsin from the U.S., to name just a few.

How was today at IMEX America for you?
Charlene Lopez, National Account Manager for Atlanta, said, “It has been a terrific start, with not only good appointments but also quite a few unexpected visitors with real business to place.”

Pilar Laguana, Marketing Manager of the Guam Visitors Bureau, a first time exhibitor, said, “This is awesome. We’ve already achieved two of our objectives because we have met two major MICE organizations from China that are arranging inspection visits and we also made a good contact in Brazil. We’re really pleased that we are here.”

New education features: The MPI keynote speaker, sponsored by Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, was magician Tim David who talked about Human Connection – A Lost Art in a Noisy World.

Karla Rodriguez-Ruiz, group sales manager, The Luxury Collection, Los Angeles, said, “Tim’s keynote was amazing. I can now identify what I can do to develop relationships and have some tips to put into practice, particularly in my own presentation today.

Every day in the tech area on the show floor, a new resource, TECH Nexus, is providing buyers with hands-on experience of the latest technologies.

Kimberly Corbin, CPM, CDS, Conference Direct, said: “The TECH Nexus session I participated in was very helpful. The type of technology and information shared here will help me as a planner and the CFOs of my clients. This is my fourth IMEX America: I get all of my RFPs done for the year here.

The #IMEXpitch Event Technology Startup competition took place at the Inspiration Hub. Five short-listed companies pitched their ideas to industry experts. The winner was loopd.

TOMORROW
IMEXrun Las Vegas: New for this year, early on Wednesday morning, is the IMEXrun Las Vegas – inspired by Rio de Janeiro – a 5K street circuit taking in part of the famous Las Vegas Strip, starting at 6:30 a.m. from the Venetian Bridge.

Education: At the Inspiration Hub, the MPI keynote speaker, sponsored by Visit Florida, will be Josh Tickell explaining all about Managing and Marketing to the Future of Generation Y.

IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum: More than 100 conference and event industry students from across the USA, Canada and Mexico will learn about the industry from experienced professionals and enjoy numerous networking opportunities.

The renowned Euro Party begins at 4:00 p.m. in the European section of the show floor.

MPI Foundation Rendezvous takes place in the evening at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub with spectacular panoramic views of the Strip.

PRESS CENTER – sponsored by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
The onsite Press Center is located on Level 1 – Casanova Room 501 – The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center.

It offers: free WiFi, laptops and work stations, latest news from the show, its exhibitors and partners, mobile phone charging point, complimentary refreshments.

You can reach the PR team during the show at the Press Center or on the following numbers:
Press Center Onsite – (702) 691-8608
Emma Ward – (214) 883-7586
Jen McNeil – (214) 587-3819
Chris Lewis – (469) 404-6690

IBTM AFRICA CONFIRMS A STRONG LINE UP OF INTERNATIONAL MICE INDUSTRY BUYERS

February 20, 2014

IBTM AFRICA CONFIRMS A STRONG LINE UP OF INTERNATIONAL MICE INDUSTRY BUYERS
http://www.ibtmevents.com/ibtmafrica

IBTM Africa, part of Africa Travel Week, is gearing up for major business with MICE industry buyers from leading global agency, corporate and association companies qualified to attend the event, which is and takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28th – 30th April 2014.

Major names including Widex India PVT, W&O Events, Capital Travel & Events, Capita Travel & Events, IIMC, Conference Direct and HelmsBriscoe Middle East have also been accepted onto the highly sought after Hosted Buyer Programme.

Bettina Wiethoff, Manager Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe Middle East, commented, “With great flight connections from Dubai to South Africa we have seen an increased interest in the destination, for incentives and MEA regional conferences. Being an international venue finder, we always strive towards suggesting special venues, which guarantee a memorable experience for the delegates. I highly appreciate the efforts in arranging IBTM Africa, which allows the hosted buyers to meet many potential partners at the same time, not only from South Africa, but from other African countries as well. The possible activities and venues Africa has to offer are a perfect fit with the current Meeting Trends, attendees looking for an experience, a sense of place, being in nature. I am very excited to learn more about Africa and introducing its countries to my clients.”

The Hosted Buyer mix for IBTM Africa reflects the main traditional inbound markets for the continent, as well as accommodating a proportion of buyers from the emerging markets including Middle East, Asia and South America.

Exhibiting at IBTM Africa will provide African and Indian Ocean suppliers with the opportunity to conduct mutually matched business appointments with qualified international buyers that have proven budget and business to place in Africa, facilitating fast market penetration through the power of face-to-face meetings. Exhibitors will also be able to gain international exposure and obtain competitive intelligence whilst establishing their company as a key player in the meetings and events industry.

Leading exhibitors who have already signed up to attend IBTM Africa 2014 include: City Lodge Group, One & Only Cape Town, CSIR International, Salute Africa, That’s Africa Travel & Incentives, Private Safaris Destination Management, Shades of Green Safaris Tanzania and SA Reynolds Travel.

Heather Beadle, Groups & Incentives Manage, SA Reynolds Travel, commented, “We believe IBTM Africa is an excellent platform to bring together buyers and suppliers with focus on the inbound market which is an area we are developing and are focusing on in our MICE department. We feel we will be put in touch with the right people who are planning MICE events in South Africa and they will use us as their suppliers. It will create some good business opportunities and offer excellent networking possibilities as well.”

For further information, please see http://www.ibtmevents.com/ibtmafrica.

For further Africa Travel Week information, please see http://www.africatravelweek.com.


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