Onsite at IMEX America: Your Ultimate Guide to Maximizing Your Experience with Hosts Global’s Karen Christensen, CMP

IMEX America is the pinnacle event for event planners and hoteliers, offering unparalleled networking opportunities, educational sessions, and access to the latest event technologies. To ensure you make the most of your time onsite, Karen has put together this comprehensive guide. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a first timer, discover tips that will help you navigate the event with confidence and make valuable connections. 

  1. Explore the Show Floor: As soon as you arrive, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the show floor. The IMEX America venue can be vast, so understanding its layout will help you plan your meetings and visits to exhibitors effectively. Note the larger booths and zones that interest you the most.
  2. Visit the Hosted Buyer Lounge: If you’re a registered hosted buyer, take advantage of the dedicated Hosted Buyer Lounge. It’s a perfect spot to take a break, refresh, and connect with fellow attendees. Even if you’re not a hosted buyer, there are plenty of other lounge-type areas around the show floor for your comfort.
  3. Attend Educational Sessions: IMEX America offers a wealth of educational content. Be sure to attend sessions that align with your interests and industry trends. The Inspiration Hub is the main area for education, offering a variety of sessions, including campfires for small group engagement with experts.
  4. Get Tech-Savvy: With the rapidly evolving event tech landscape, it’s essential to stay informed. IMEX America offers Tech Tours, providing group exploration of event tech exhibitors. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover the latest tools and solutions to enhance your events.
  5. Embrace Sustainability: IMEX is committed to sustainability, and this is reflected onsite. Visit the IMEX-EIC People and Planet Village to learn about sustainability efforts within the industry. Taking a few minutes to explore this space can inspire you to incorporate eco-friendly practices into your events.
  6. Connect Genuinely: Networking is a cornerstone of IMEX America. Approach networking with authenticity and focus on building meaningful connections rather than collecting business cards. Be open to meeting new vendors, partners, and potential collaborators.
  7. Practice Self-Care: IMEX days can be long and intense. Ensure you stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle. Take intentional breaks to recharge, either by visiting the Be Well Lounge for guided meditation or simply finding a quiet spot to relax.
  8. Enjoy Las Vegas: While IMEX America is the main focus, don’t forget to experience the vibrant city of Las Vegas. Take a break from the show floor to enjoy world-class shows, iconic attractions like the Bellagio fountains, the High Roller observation wheel, and indulge in top-notch dining experiences.
  9. Participate in IMEX Activities: IMEX cares about your well-being and offers opportunities to stay active. Join the Move your mind, body, and soul Live workout program in the mornings or take part in the IMEX run, a fun 5K throughout Las Vegas.
  10. Make the Last Day Count: The final day of IMEX America is often less crowded, allowing for more relaxed conversations with exhibitors and fellow attendees. Take advantage of this opportunity to solidify connections and explore any last-minute opportunities.

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IMEX America is a hub of innovation, networking, and inspiration for event planners and hoteliers. By following these onsite tips, you’ll not only make the most of your time at the event but also leave with a treasure trove of knowledge, valuable connections, and a renewed sense of purpose in the events industry. Enjoy your IMEX America experience to the fullest and when on the show floor, #LETUSBEYOURHOSTS – stop by our booth #e2222 to discover more about our amazing destinations worldwide.  

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