More than 3,000 global buyers have confirmed their participation in IMEX America 2022, taking place October 10-13 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Supplier demand has also been strong for the show, with international exhibitors returning in force. This includes all the major hotel groups such as Associated Luxury Hotels International, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton, IHF Hotels & Resorts, and Marriott International.
Joining them are a host of major global destinations, including Abu Dhabi, Australia, The Bahamas, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey and New Zealand. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the destinations exhibiting at the show for the first time.
North and South America are also strongly represented. Atlantic City, Los Cabos, Mexico, Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando and The Palm Beaches are some of the destinations returning with bigger booths. They will sit alongside new and returning exhibitors such as Ecuador, Experience Columbus, Lexington, Napa Valley, Park City, Pasadena, Salt Lake City, Uruguay and Wisconsin.
Simplified education program
The show’s complimentary education program has been simplified so the global buyers attending can easily identify sessions that meet their current needs, allowing them more time for show floor meetings.
Under the theme “Pathways to Clarity,” the IMEX team has streamlined the number of education tracks from 10 to four: Respect for People and Planet; Future Self; Innovation and Creativity; and Event Planner Toolkit. A global roster of speakers will offer honest conversation and fresh thinking on today’s challenges, as well as provide the tools to enhance show floor meetings and – ultimately – boost business recovery.
Show floor education takes place at the expanded Inspiration Hub with sessions addressing topics such as how to manage supply chains, volunteer burnout and venue contracts. Digital dragons, cryptocurrencies and the metaverse will be explained and explored, while sessions on divergent thinking and the language of diversity recognize new workplace demands.
There are tailor-made opportunities for corporate and association planners to meet, connect and learn throughout the show, beginning with Smart Monday on October 10, powered by MPI. There are also sessions from IAEE, EIC and MPI, plus She Means Business, a joint event by IMEX and tw magazine, supported by MPI.
“We know that face-to-face events are where the best, most nuanced conversations take place and IMEX America has been designed around facilitating and supporting these meetings,” explains Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group. “We’ve ensured the show offers buyers the chance to tailor their experiences to suit their current needs as well as accomplish multiple goals. The wide range of international suppliers, re-designed learning program and extensive opportunities to connect are set to support buyers’ business requirements now and in the year ahead.”