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IMEX America hailed as positive and unifying week for industry

The Tuesday and Wednesday of the show were the busiest days ever at IMEX America

Pictured: IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom

IMEX chairman Ray Bloom has hailed this year’s IMEX America in Las Vegas as a positive, unifying week for the industry.

More than 12,000 exhibitors, hosted buyers and attendees came to Las Vegas, with the Tuesday and Wednesday of the show the busiest days ever at IMEX America.

Ray Bloom said: “This has been a week when the positive outlook of everyone has ensured that doing business, planning meetings and events continues to be a powerful way to regenerate and drive economies forward.”

With more than 70,000 appointments were made - including 60,000 individual appointments and booth presentations - Bloom said: “For exhibitors and buyers this simply means that we’ve created more opportunities than ever to do business.”

He also drew attention to the 150th IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum, which took place at the show.

He said: “We’ve always been committed to actively encouraging students from around the world to make careers in the meeting and incentive travel industry. Over the years more than 7,500 young people have taken part in this program and many have since gone on to positions in the industry. It’s very pleasing to see how far they’ve progressed.”

Looking to the future, the IMEX Group announced that it has formed a partnership with Skift with its new Skift Cities platform that will examine how mid-sized cities are leveraging their innovation economies to reposition themselves in the meetings industry as catalysts and collision spaces for new ideas. This will result in the publication of a trends report in 2018.

Bloom added: “I’d like to thank all our industry partners for their continuing support and to congratulate them on the many fantastic networking events that they have arranged to take place here at IMEX America. The worldwide industry has been in Las Vegas this week and I look forward to seeing everyone next year.”

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