IMEX America Announces Dates and Venues Through 2025, Confirms Move to September in 2019 and 2020
The IMEX Group has announced the future dates and locations for IMEX America through 2025, which includes moving its usual October dates to September for two years in 2019 and 2020.
“We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America,” said Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX Group, which owns and runs the hosted buyer trade show and conference for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry.
He continued, “In addition, the fall is a very busy period for the industry. As a result, we felt that it was important to give the industry as much notice as possible with regards to our dates and venues going forward to assist with their own planning.”
Bloom also announced that after a decade at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, IMEX America will be moving to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center starting in 2021.
“The Sands Expo team have been wonderfully supportive partners since well before our inaugural show in 2011 and we are looking forward to four more successful shows working with them, through 2020,” Bloom said.
He continued, “Their contribution in helping us to establish IMEX America in Las Vegas as the event where everyone from our industry, from the U.S. and worldwide, gathers each fall has been invaluable. However, we were not able to lock in space from 2021 onward. Therefore, after celebrating ten years working together and enjoying a fantastic relationship with the Las Vegas Sands team, we shall be moving to Mandalay Bay. We look forward to establishing successful partnerships with the Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts International teams and we know that their world-class facilities will be an equally fitting home for the show.”
The dates and venues for IMEX America for the next eight years will be as follows:
• 2018 October, 16-18 Sands Expo
• 2019 September, 10-12 Sands Expo
• 2020 September, 15-17 Sands Expo
• 2021 November, 9 -11 Mandalay Bay
• 2022 October, 25-27 Mandalay Bay
• 2023 October, 10-12 Mandalay Bay
• 2024 October, 8-10 Mandalay Bay
• 2025 October, 7-9 Mandalay Bay
“As the leader of the meetings and trade show industry, we always felt that Las Vegas Sands was the perfect partner to assist in the launch of IMEX,” said Chandra Allison, senior vice president of sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.
She continued, “It has been a pleasure helping IMEX grow to become one of the most successful annual events for meeting professionals. The show has evolved and so has the industry. We recognize this is the right time for the show to move to its next destination. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support of IMEX America in Las Vegas for many years to come.”
Meanwhile, MGM Resorts International is looking forward to becoming a new home for IMEX America, which attracts more than 5,500 meetings professionals and upwards of 3,200 exhibitors from more than 130 countries throughout the globe.
“We are honored to partner with IMEX America and to keep such a prestigious industry event in Las Vegas,” said Stephanie Glanzer, vice president of sales at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
She added, “As an active supporter of IMEX, MGM Resorts International is excited to create new experiences for attendees at Mandalay Bay. We will continue to showcase the city of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International as the leading meeting and events destination.”
IMEX America will take place Oct. 10-12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo.
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