IMEX America 2019: 7 Reasons Why You Should Attend

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Ignite your imagination. Hold your breath. It's time for IMEX America 2019.

And no matter if you're a first time visitor or a seasoned veteran, IMEX America is the ultimate show for event professionals to meet, network, make business & have fun.

Here's the lowdown on the hottest #IMEX19 events, educational sessions & activities happening this September and 7 reasons why you should attend.

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Photographer: Thought Catalog | Source: Unsplash

What's IMEX America?

It's pretty much the largest exhibition targeted at Event Professionals from all over the world. It's where the "Who is Who" of the events world come together to exchange ideas, do business, network & party.

Excited? Watch this 70 seconds video to get you even more hyped up:

IMEX 2019 Las Vegas

Fancy some numbers?

Last year IMEX has brought in:

  • 12,389 total participants including exhibitors
  • 3,390 exhibiting companies representing 150 countries
  • 60,000 prescheduled appointments
  • 3,286 hosted buyers from 61 countries
  • 2,566 trade attendees from 62 countries

Pretty astonishing.

What does IMEX Stand For?

IMEX stands for Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events.

What about IMEX America 2019 location & dates?

IMEX America is taking place one month earlier than in previous years, from 10 - 12 September. That's perfect timing and right before busy event season for most event professionals.

And where does it take place?

At the humongous Sands Expo in Las Vegas right off the Strip. When you step onto the show floor for the first time, you'll feel the energy & the buzz of people connecting and exchanging ideas.

Trust us, it's a wonderful experience.

IMEX Las Vegas 2019 - Sands Expo
IMEX Las Vegas 2019 at Sands Expo

But besides being one of the largest trade show in the Meetings & Events industry, IMEX is known for its outstanding educational content from some of the thought-leaders in our industry giving you new ideas and inspiration.

Read on to see what's in it for you.

What's The IMEX America 2019 Theme?

The IMEX Group is championing the power of imagination as its Talking Point for 2019.

As Carina Bauer explains in an interview for IMEX:

"Absolutely everything – and everyone – is connected or capable of becoming connected and the driving force behind all the positive changes we’re witnessing is the power of the human imagination – a uniquely human quality. So, we’re exploring and celebrating this aspect of being human – one that we frequently take for granted. Think of it as a human superpower; our instinct to ask, without judgement or limitation, “What if…”.

IMAGINATION. We love it.

It's big. It's bold. It's incredibly exciting.

Why You Should Attend IMEX America 2019?

Hosted Buyer Meetings

IMEX is a pioneer in hosted buyer meetings. In fact, the concept was 'invented' by IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, back in the 80s.

What does it mean? Well, it means that IMEX selects and qualifies high quality buyers, and allows exhibitors the chance to reach those buyers through the online appointment system.

Here's a video how the IMEX Hosted Buyer Program works:

IMEX America 2019 - Hosted Buyer Meetings

Book Your Meetings Today!

Level Up Your Skills With The Event Innovation Lab

Event Manager Blog and Trainer Julius Solaris, Karen Hartline & Jeff Hurt will lead a half-day, event planning training session for key event agencies and corporate planners.

The free event will give you a decade of proven growth strategies, tactics and real life examples over half a day.

Event Innovation Lab 2018

Here's what you can expect to learn:

  • Learn several key ideas, case studies and discussions focused on saving you money on your next event
  • Explore case studies, best practices and a course of action to make event sponsorship propositions more relevant
  • Understand how to make your events more engaging with practical examples from the most successful conferences, trade shows and activations

The Event Innovation Lab takes place on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 1.30pm to 5pm at The Venetian | The Palazzo Congress Center.

Attendance to the Event Innovation Lab is free and by application only.

Challenge Your Inner Mo Farah

The IMEXRun is an all-time IMEX classic. It's open to all participants and the best way to kick-off your day.

IMEX America 2019 - IMEXRun

But don't worry, you don't actually need to have the Mo Farah mindset. The #IMEXrun is a fun run for all levels and all capabilities.

Whether you're planing to walk, jog or hit the sub 20 for the 5k towards the finish line, everyone is welcome.

Register for the IMEXrun

Raise Your Awareness About Sustainability

One thing that IMEX does pretty well is bringing attention to the issues of sustainability in events.

Photographer: Boxed Water Is Better | Source: Unsplash

The Sustainability Hub at IMEX provides attendees and exhibitors the opportunity to increase their awareness and knowledge of both environmental and social responsibility.

You'll get expert advice, tool kits & case studies and the stand itself is built from environmentally responsible materials.

Thank you, IMEX. We love you for that.

Celebrate Women In Events

Don’t forget to join the inspiring She Means Business keynotes and lessons in business.

She Means Business During IMEX America 2019

She Means Business is about diversity, gender equality and female empowerment and your chance to collaborate with and learn from inspiring speakers on crucial issues facing women today.

Check out the She Means Business Program

Practice Laughter Yoga

Laughter is the best medicine, they say.

IMEX is all set to bring smiles on all attendee’s faces with laughter yoga at the new Laughter Lab. This is how imagination & creativity is redefined.

Laughter yoga kick starts with making the attendee’s giggling intentionally which then becomes spontaneous. This induces an immense amount of positive energy.

We should definitely try this, shouldn't we?

Check out the laughter events during IMEX America

Meet The Tribe

Don't forget to meet with the Tribe. Yes, us that is.

We'll be at IMEX America for the second time and continue to strengthen our vision to provide event professionals with technology that's easy to deal with.

Meet the creators, the founders, the leaders & the reps of all Tribe companies. We can't wait to meet you in person and get to know you a little better.

The Event Tech Tribe at IMEX America

We'll be present in Las Vegas on all three days of the show. Come to say Hi, get a demo of our tools or talk all things Event Tech.

IMEX America is your chance to meet the Tribers face-to-face.

Our schedules are finally live and are getting full.

Hurry up.

Schedule your one-one meeting now

Wrapping Up

We can't wait to make our way to Vegas this year and finally meet you in person at the Sands Expo. You'll feel the energy & the buzz and after three days of meeting like-minded event professionals, you'll leave home with new ideas and inspiration.

You have to make it to IMEX Las Vegas, no excuses!

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