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Association Focus & Evening offer superb education

September 8, 2015

Association Focus & Evening offer superb education and networking opportunities at IMEX America 2015

Increasing revenues, designing better meetings and using mobile technologies in meetings are among the engaging subjects to be explored at Association Focus, a key part of IMEX America’s Smart Monday education program on 12 October 2015 in Las Vegas.

This special educational event, designed by IMEX together with ASAE and ICCA, is packed with fascinating discussions and insightful presentations led by an inspiring group of engaging speakers including industry professionals and independent specialists.

Taking place at the Venetian®| The Palazzo® Congress Center, the free event is exclusively for association executives. More than 180 association professionals from over 15 countries are expected to attend.

The day will be packed with motivating sessions where delegates can boost their knowledge and gather valuable insights and advice from peers and experts that will be helpful both in running associations as well as their events. The event also offers superb opportunities for association executives to network with peers and experts from across the globe.

After a networking lunch, delegates will first have a choice of three tracks. The ICCA session is ‘What’s Your Story?’ Led by Betsy Bair of Penton Media, Lisa Astorga, CMP of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA, it starts from the premise that every association meeting is a chance to tell a great story – so how can associations make the most of these stories and opportunities?

At the same time, Willis Turner, CEO of Sales & Marketing Executives International Inc and Shelly Alcorn, Principal of Alcorn Associates will explore the potential role and opportunities to use gaming to increase loyalty and engagement.

Dedicated Executive Track
The dedicated ASAE Executive Track will open with ‘The Journey to Great Governance’, presented by Susan Robertson, CAE, Executive Vice President, ASAE, highlighting best practice in how non-profit boards of directors can fulfil their roles in living up to public and stakeholder expectations. This will be followed by Amy Hissrich, VP Web Strategies & Communications at ASAE explaining how mobile technologies can be used to maximise results from meetings.

Meanwhile delegates can also choose to learn about increasing non-due revenues in international markets from Faris Abouhamad of the International Advertising Association and Steen Jakobsen of Dubai Business Events. Alternatively, they can hear from John Folks and Katie Callahan-Giobbi of Mindingyourbusiness on measuring the attendee experience – and how different approaches can help to design a better meeting.

A packed day of education will be followed by a superb social event – Association Evening – which will feature Cocktails and Canapés at the stunning ‘indoor-outdoor’ Foxtail Nightclub, SLS Las Vegas; a fantastic opportunity to network with peers and invited exhibitors in a relaxed environment.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says: “Association Focus is a unique event in North America – bringing together association executives from around the US and the world to network and learn with each other in a private environment. We work hard with the market to ensure that the education sessions are highly relevant and delivered by first class educators. The Association Evening is a great culmination to the day and we are excited this year to be at a beautiful new poolside venue – it promises to be spectacular.”

For more details about IMEX America’s Association Focus and Evening and to register

Please click here to download the Association Focus & Evening Brochure and to apply.

To attend Association Focus, delegates must first be registered as either a Hosted Buyer or a Visitor for the IMEX America trade show taking place on 13 – 15th October at Sands Expo® and The Venetian®| The Palazzo® Las Vegas. The Association Evening is also open to exhibitors who are members of one of the supporting industry associations – ICCA, ASAE, AIPC, IAEE, IACC, DMAI, PCMA, IAPCO. More information on the evening can be found at:

The education providers for Association Focus are ASAE and ICCA. SLS Las Vegas is the evening host sponsor.

IMEX America in Las Vegas: Ein voller Erfolg in jeder Hinsicht

November 21, 2012

IMEX America in Las Vegas: Ein voller Erfolg in jeder Hinsicht
Drei spannende Tage geprägt von Internationalität und Wachstum, viele bereits auf der Messe getätigte Geschäftsabschlüsse, begeisterte Besucher und rundum zufriedene Aussteller – so lautet die Erfolgsbilanz der zweiten IMEX America, die vom 09. bis zum 11. Oktober 2012 in Las Vegas statt fand.

Die Zahlen sprechen für sich. So konnte das IMEX Team mit insgesamt 2400 Hosted Buyern aus Nordamerika und 43 weiteren internationalen Märkten über 20% Wachstum im diesjährigen Hosted Buyer-Programm verzeichnen. Und auch die Ausstellerseite befindet sich mit 2413 einzelnen Ausstellern auf Wachstumskurs. Zusätzlich dazu konnte die Messe 1700 Fachbesucher zählen, die das neue „Benefits & Facility-Package“ mit großem Interesse angenommen haben. Dieses „Paket“ beinhaltet u.a. die kostenlose Nutzung aller Shuttle-Tranfers sowie die freie Teilnahme an sämtlichen Aus- und Weiterbildungsangeboten.

Das neue „Online Appointment System“ war bereits im Vorfeld der Messe rege genutzt worden: So wurden bereits vor Messebeginn von den Hosted Buyern und Besuchern über 38.000 Termine mit Ausstellern vereinbart – eine Steigerung von 60% gegenüber der ersten IMEX America.

Ray Bloom, Chairman der IMEX Group dankte auf der Abschluss-Pressekonferenz zunächst den wichtigsten Partnern der Messe – Cathy Tull, VP of Marketing der „Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority“; Cindy D’Aoust COO und interim CEO von „Meeting Professionals International“ sowie Robert Rippee, SVP of Marketing vom „The Venetian® | The Palazzo®“.

Der Chairman weiter: „Wir freuen uns sehr, dass unsere zweite Ausgabe der IMEX America ein so großer Erfolg war und danken vor allem auch allen Ausstellern, Hosted Buyern und Besuchern, ohne die dies nicht möglich gewesen wäre.“

Bloom sprach außerdem vom großen Erfolg des „U.S Travel Political Advocacy Forum“, welches am Dienstag, den 09. Oktober stattfand und an dem die Bürgermeisterin von Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman sowie Roger Dow, CEO der „U.S. Travel Association“ teilnahmen. Herr Bloom dankte der Bürgermeisterin für ihr außerordentliches Engagement und ihre Unterstützung beim Ausbau der IMEX America und damit der gesamten MICE-Industrie.

Highlights in Las Vegas: Messe-Events und Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten
Die diesjährige IMEX America konnte mit vielen Highlights aufwarten, darunter die „Site Nite North America” und der “Association Focus and Evening”, die am Montag, den 08. Oktober stattfanden.

Ein weiteres Highlight war die “Euro Party” am 10. Oktober, bei der 22 Europäische Aussteller die Messehallen in eine große “Europäische Party” umwandelten – natürlich durften dabei auch Europäische Köstlichkeiten und die richtige Musik nicht fehlen. Ein voller Erfolg war auch der „MPI-Smart Monday“ – ein kostenfreier Aus- und Weiterbildungs-Tag, dicht gepackt mit spannenden und informativen Workshops und Seminaren, an dem über 1000 Personen teilnahmen. Die MPI`s Foundation „PURE Rendezvous Night“ war gut besucht von über 2000 Partygängern.

Ausblick für 2013 – IMEX America auf weiterem Wachstumskurs
Weiterhin gab Bloom in einem Ausblick für 2013 bekannt, dass das rasante Wachstum der Messe einen Umzug in eine größere Messehalle des Messezentrums mit sich bringt. Ebenso wird das Hosted Buyer Programm weiter ausgebaut.

Die Termine für die nächsten IMEX America Messen im Sands Expo® Center stehen bereits fest:
– 15 -17 Oktober 2013
– 14 -16 Oktober 2014
– 13 -15 Oktober 2015

IMEX America

April 4, 2012

IMEX America | IMEX America wins Best International Launch Award
Organizers of worldwide meetings, incentive travel and events trade show, IMEX America, came away from the Exhibition News Awards in London last Thursday proud winners of the Best International Launch Award.

Explaining why IMEX America triumphed over some stiff competition, the judging panel summarized their decision as: “IMEX America ‘nailed it’ as a show concept. It was a clear winner in terms of development of the brand and its success with its chosen industry – as well as against its competitors.”

Judges declared this year’s competition “incredibly tough” and said “competition across our 20 categories this year, including 10 company and 10 people awards, reflected the diversity and significant achievements made in the past year.”  The judging panel comprised organizers, venue and supplier representatives.

The Awards, which are run annually by Mash Media, publishers of magazines and directories for the event, exhibition, meetings and conference sectors, saw 850 guests gathered for dinner and presentations in the newly renovated West Hall at London’s Olympia.

The Best International Launch category was new for 2012 and intended to recognize the achievement of one UK-based organizer who successfully launched an existing brand or new product in a market outside of the UK.

IMEX America debuted on October 11, 2011, at the Venetian Palazzo/Sands Expo in Las Vegas. It combined a three day trade show with one day dedicated to professional education – Smart Monday – immediately prior to opening. An exit survey of IMEX America hosted buyers revealed that total orders placed onsite amounted to $281 million with an expected $1.9 billion worth of orders to be placed with exhibitors in the nine months that followed.

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said, “We are honored to have been voted as the Best International Launch Exhibition at the Exhibition News Awards. We would like to thank our industry colleagues from across the world for helping to ensure that our inaugural show was so successful. We are looking forward to building on this success for 2012 and beyond.”

The other finalists in the Best International Launch Award category were: Aidex – Centaur Exhibitions; Grand Designs Live Australia – Media 10 and Diversified Exhibitions Australia; IFSEC Arabia and OSH Expo Arabia – UBM; IFSEC West Africa – UBM Montgomery and Occupational Safety and Health Expo Africa – UBM Montgomery.

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About IMEX America
IMEX America is the new trade show for the worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel industry. The second edition will take place at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas, (which is connected to the show’s Headquarters Hotel, The Venetian®|The Palazzo®), Oct 9 – 11, 2012.

The show’s strategic partner and premier educational provider is MPI, whose Meet Different Day of Education and Innovation takes place on “Smart Monday”, the day before the trade show opens.

IMEX also has an exclusive partnership with the US Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $704 billion US travel industry; is endorsed by DMAI and Site and has an Industry Partnership with PCMA. Other supporting associations include: ACTE Global, ADME, AIPC, AMCI, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, Association Forum of Chicagoland, CIC, CSAE, ECM, FICP, GMIC, IAEE, IAPCO, ICCA, ISES, JMIC, PATA, SKAL, Spin. A list of industry and media partners can be found here.

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