Show Floor Essentials: Your Guide to IMEX Day 1 with Serena Melancon

IMEX America is the event of the year for event planners and hoteliers. It’s the place where connections are made, innovation is showcased, and the future of the industry takes shape. To make sure you’re fully prepared for your IMEX adventure, we turned to Hosts Global’s VP of Global Sales, Serena Melancon, for her list of essentials for the show floor. Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or a first-time visitor, Serena’s insights will ensure you’re ready to put your best foot forward. 

  1. Cardigan/Sweater/Jacket: Keeping Cozy and Stylish

One thing Serena always brings to IMEX is her Hosts Global cardigan. The show floor can be quite chilly, and having a cozy layer to throw on is not just about comfort; it’s also about looking your best. No one likes to shiver while networking, so a stylish cardigan can keep you warm without sacrificing your professional appearance. 

  1. Comfortable Shoes: Putting Your Best Foot Forward

IMEX America is a vast event with lots to see, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Serena knows that comfortable shoes are a must. While you’re putting your best foot forward professionally, you’ll also appreciate having happy feet as you navigate the show floor and engage in those important conversations. Pro tip: Soak your feet each night before bed, trust us!  

  1. Water Bottle: Hydration and Sustainability Are Key

With long days at IMEX, staying hydrated is vital. Serena recommends bringing a refillable water bottle to help you stay energized and focused. Sustainability is a big focus at the event, so using refill stations across the show floor aligns perfectly with the ethos of IMEX. 

  1. Lip Gloss or Chapstick: Look and Feel Your Best

Serena’s secret weapon for feeling fabulous throughout the day is lip gloss.  A touch of lip gloss not only keeps you looking great but also adds a hint of confidence to your step. The continuous conversations and networking can leave your lips dry. Not one for lipgloss? No worries! ChapStick is 10/10 recommended!  

  1. Notebook: Capture the Moment

With countless conversations and valuable insights, Serena always has a notebook and pen on hand. It’s a place to jot down ideas, take notes, and remember important details from your interactions. It’s an essential tool for making the most of your IMEX experience. 

  1. Business Cards (Digital Ones Too): Connect and Remember

Business cards are a classic must-bring item, but Serena also recommends having digital business cards. These are not only environmentally friendly but also handy for quick sharing. Her pro-tip: If you receive a physical card, jot down a little note to yourself after you meet someone. It will help you remember the context of your interaction when you’re back at your desk, making follow-ups more personal and effective. 

  1. Positive Energy: The Fun Reason Why

Last but not least, Serena brings positive energy to the show floor. Why? Because, as she puts it, IMEX America is a place where the industry’s future takes shape. It’s where connections are made, and big ideas are discussed. So, having a positive attitude can open doors and create opportunities. Plus, with an optimistic outlook, you’ll make the most of every moment at the event.


Armed with these essential items and Serena’s sage advice, you’re fully prepared for the IMEX America show floor to open tomorrow at 9am PST! From looking and feeling your best to maintaining your energy levels and fostering connections, these tips will help you make the most of your IMEX experience. So, pack your essentials and get ready for a remarkable event tomorrow, and be sure to visit Serena and the rest of the Host Global team and members in booth #e2222! 


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