A gathering of the global marketplace
Likewise, there has been strong demand from suppliers from the offset, with international exhibitors returning to the show in force, including all the major hotel groups. Accor, Hilton, IHG Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International – are already confirmed as are a host of major global destinations: Abu Dhabi, Australia, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Ireland, Switzerland, Turkey and New Zealand among others. North and South America are strongly represented at the show including Atlanta, Banff, Boston, Canada, Florida, LA, Marina Del Rey, San Francisco and Toronto as well as first time exhibitors Huntington Beach and California’s Riverside CVB. Brazil is returning this year bringing with them new exhibitors from Latin America including Chile and Uruguay. Dozens of suppliers from Asia and Europe who were unable to take part in 2021 are returning this October. These include Portugal, Tokyo, Malaysia and Egypt.
Education sessions power business conversations
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; Event Planner Toolkit. The remodelled programme builds on IMEX’s strong educational legacy and aims to deliver a fresh twist on old problems while also facing the business realities of Q4 2022 head on. This radical simplification also fits better with post-pandemic business needs. The programme goes live online September 1, which is also when buyers can start making appointments with exhibitors.
There are over 200 educational events over four days, beginning with Smart Monday on October 10, powered by MPI. The free day of learning offers tailor-made opportunities for corporate and association planners to meet, connect and learn at the Executive Meeting Forum, Corporate Focus and Association Leadership Forum. There are also sessions from IAEE, EIC and MPI, plus She Means Business a joint event by IMEX and tw magazine, supported by MPI.
The expanded Inspiration Hub is once again home to show floor education. It now offers a choice of ‘E’ for everyone sessions or learning tailored for agency, corporates or association professionals.
Sessions will address topical challenges, such as how to manage supply chains (where’s the chicken?!) to contract clauses and pricing fluidity. Digital dragons, cryptocurrencies and the metaverse will all be explained and explored, while sessions on building creative and communication skills recognise new workplace demands.
In a world where planet-friendly practices and carbon costs are more important than ever, IMEX America will champion sustainability, diversity and social impact throughout the education and across show floor activity with the IMEX-EIC People and Planet Village a focal point. The Village, which returns following its launch at IMEX America last year, will feature a shared campfire area dedicated to sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusion as well as the chance to take part in activities that support the local Las Vegas community. Wellbeing also figures highly with a dedicated Be Well Lounge offering mediation and mindful moments as well as wellness-focused show floor education or events.