Take a Cleansing Breath for Yourself, Our Communities and the Earth at IMEX America 2018

Take a Cleansing Breath for Yourself, Our Communities and the Earth at IMEX America 2018

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Show’s Wellness & Sustainability Programs Focus on Feeling Good and Spreading Goodness

IMEX America is always a key time in the industry calendar to gear up for high energy networking and power business, but it’s also an opportunity to take a deep breath and set aside time to be kind to ourselves, the communities around us, and the Earth.

Sustainability in Action~ Rethinking Burgers to Bottles

From its earliest days IMEX America has been tirelessly dedicated to running the show with strong sustainability standards in mind – part of the positive legacy IMEX is continually working to build.   This means not only pursuing big goals such as recycling and energy conservation rates but also thinking the show through to the smallest of details. For example in 2017 after informing attendees about water-wise menu options, 26% of burgers purchased at the show were turkey, black bean, or beef/mushroom. Or how about the red show carpet, which most don’t give a second thought to but IMEX ensures is made from recycled materials and reused as much as possible from one year to the next.

In line with these levels of caring, for the first time at IMEX America this year, the Sands will collect paper recycling from booths separately and increase the supply of 4-stream recycling bins in communal areas. This will be just part of what will push IMEX America towards its 2018 waste diversion goal of 90%. Additionally, a new Water Bottle Refill Movement will encourage exhibitors to have water dispensers on their booths (to supplement those already in the halls), and attendees are urged to bring a reusable water bottle to the show.

Designed to raise awareness and foster action, sustainability education sessions will feature throughout the show including “Traveling Towards Sustainable Development Goals”, with Sustained Impact and Astrapto LLC on Wednesday,  “Taking the Sustainability Pledge,” taught by Freeman on Thursday, and daily Sands back-of-house tours (check out www.imexamerica.comin mid-August for a full education schedule).

Spread Goodness & Be Well

 As part of its holistic sustainability approach, IMEX Americawill continue to beat the drum on the positive impact of giving back to the communities we touch, as well as the importance of taking care of ourselves and our own health.

Clean the World: getting involved, making recycled toiletry kits

A new Giving Back Booth (formerly the CSR & Sustainability Showcase) will feature ideas and activities on getting involved such as making recycled toiletry kits with Clean the World, donating a book to Spread the Word Nevada, or being aware of the Badge Back program to benefit the Teacher’s Exchange.  IMEX will again make monetary donations to The Shade Tree shelter and Opportunity Village as part of its long standing relationship with the two local charities.

Last but not least, as we must take good care of ourselves to have the energy to help others and up-level to greener meetings, so our zen, wellness space will be back by popular demand. The Be Well Lounge brought to you by Lee PapaTM, Inspired by Mindful Makeovers, is sponsored by Imprint Events Group and will feature guided meditation and mindfulness classes. Also in this space comfy couches, yoga mats, relaxing music, and chill lighting await participants that just need to take some quiet time away from the show floor.

To stimulate hearts and minds in a different way, the fun, 5K #IMEXrun will again take place early Wednesday morning down the Strip and a new Caesars Forum Walking Challenge by Heka Health will launch. The Walking Challenge will foster friendly competition by offering prizes for meeting step goals. For those that sign up, step counts will be gathered via their FitBit, Jawbone, Apple Watch, Garmin, or cell phones with AppleFit or Google Health, and a Challenge leaderboard will show who’s high stepping. To pre-register click here: https://www.hekahealth.com/caesarsforum

Attendees can stay hydrated and healthy thanks to hydration stations throughout the show along with plenty of healthy food and beverage choices on hand as with past IMEX America’s.

‘Puppy Petting’… irresistible!

Finally, speaking of hands-on, how about petting a dog to lower blood pressure and bring big smiles to people’s faces?  MPI will once again bring in a puppy petting station on Smart Monday to get the week up and running with a happy wag!

“Our people, and the communities and places around the world where we are lucky enough to meet and work are the greatest gifts we have as an industry,” said Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group. “Our sustainability, CSR and Wellness programs in Las Vegas are all about celebrating, fostering and caring for these gifts in new and interesting ways. We encourage all to chip in and get involved.”

IMEX America takes place October 16 – 18 at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian®| The Palazzo® in Las Vegas, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on October 15.

Registration is open – and free. 

Innovative thinking at the heart of IBTM World 2018

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IBTM today announced Duncan Wardle, one of the primary creative forces behind The Walt Disney Company, as the first of three exciting keynote speakers lined up for IBTM World 2018, taking place in Barcelona from 27-29 November.

Duncan’s session leads the ‘innovation, technology and creativity stream’ of the KnowledgeProgramme and will kick-off the schedule on Day 2. Titled ‘Think Different the Disney Way’,Duncan will draw on his 25-year career with The Walt Disney Company, and his experience leading a team of creative ideation consultants, to show how leveraging creative thinking can generate far reaching and unexpected business results.

Duncan was part of the team that led the delivery of EuroDisney and Disney cruises and held several roles in the company before being appointed Vice President of Innovation and Creativity. Duncan is now an independent Innovation Consultant, working with companies such as Coca Cola, Ford and Johnson & Johnson.

The full programme of 63 sessions that form this year’s Knowledge Programme cover seven topical content themes all aimed at inspiring and educating on the latest industry issues and hot topics so that delegates leave motivated to apply learnings to their own exciting events. As well as innovation, technology and creativity, content falls under the following streams; industry trends; engagement and experiences; safety and security; sustainability and CSR; professional development, recruitment and wellbeing; and business development and strategy.

Shane Hannam, Portfolio Director, IBTM, comments: “We’re delighted to announce our firstkeynote speaker for IBTM World 2018. We look to inspire people with fresh-thinking from outside of the industry, and Duncan really epitomises this. He will give real life examples from his time at Disney, including sharing a toolkit to inspire and different way of thinking to drive change in the culture of a business – something that will be of direct benefit to our customers.”

IBTM World’s 2018 edition is set to be another unmissable event, with new exhibitors including Tourism New Zealand; Plus DMC Group, Standard International Management hotel group and creative technology company Codemodeon, which develops fun experiences by utilising breakthrough technology in virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality. Returning brands include Hyatt Hotel Group, Hilton, Kempinski Hotels, Germany Convention Bureau, Switzerland Convention & Incentive Bureau, Slovenia Meetings, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, VisitScotland and partners Barcelona Convention Bureau amongst many others.

Shane continued: “We’ve got a really exciting programme lined up for IBTM World this year.The event is centred around the theme of technology and how it can enhance every aspect of producing great events – from enabling creativity to analysing and understanding industry trends to helping us to create better, more useful connections. We’re looking forward to announcing more updates in due course.”

IBTM’s flagship show at Fira Gran Via Barcelona, IBTM World 2017 saw almost 3,000 exhibiting companies from over 150 countries joined by 3,463 buyers and thousands of visitors for a packed schedule of meetings, networking and educational sessions. Over 74,000 pre- scheduled meetings were arranged over the three days.

Cvent CONNECT Europe 2018 to Double in Size

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Event technology conference moves to larger venue after sell-out success last year  

LONDON – Cvent, Inc., a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, is set to welcome hundreds of industry professionals to the second annual Cvent CONNECT Europe conference. Following the sell-out success of the inaugural event in 2017, the conference will nearly double in size and will be hosted at the Business Design Centre in London, 1st – 2nd October 2018. Cvent also announced that Laura Schwartz, former Director of Events at the White House during the Clinton administration, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s event.

Cvent CONNECT Europe will provide attendees with more than 50 educational sessions covering the latest industry trends and best practices in addition to offering a hands-on experience in the Innovation Pavilion where Cvent’s latest product enhancements and innovations will be showcased in a live-demonstration setting.

The Power of Live

The theme of this year’s conference is “The Power of Live” which will focus in on the positive impact that live events have on the business world. The conference will offer joint sessions for both event and hospitality professionals to enable further networking opportunities among attendees and will also feature a Supplier Showcase to connect event organisers with top venues and destinations.

Laura Schwartz

As the former White House Director of Events, Laura Schwartz created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. At just 19, she arrived at the White House with no political connections and volunteered answering phones in the press office, quickly climbing her way up the ranks as a Staff Assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television and ultimately the White House Director of Events. As the keynote speaker, Laura Schwartz will share the secrets to building powerful, effective partnerships through live events.


“We had very powerful positive feedback on the quality of content and networking that took place at the inaugural Cvent CONNECT Europe last year,” said David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director, Cvent Europe.  “As a result, we are taking our event to the next level with more industry expert speakers, enhanced networking opportunities, and additional sessions dedicated to hands-on training across the Cvent platform. We are looking forward to another incredible conference in October.”

“Last year, more than 450 meetings, events and hospitality professionals gathered at Cvent CONNECT Europe, and now we are planning an event for nearly double that number,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “The increase in attendance speaks to the value that Cvent CONNECT delivers.   It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for our attendees to learn how to harness the true power of events to meet their organizational goals.”

To register or to learn more about Cvent CONNECT Europe, please visit the Cvent CONNECT Europe website.


Five things you’ll learn at Confex Future Focus

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There’s just one week until the doors open on the inaugural Confex Future Focus at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. The programme is filled with high-profile speakers from some of the UK’s top brands including ITV, Auto Trader and Pernod Ricard, as well as leading experts from across the industry. Make sure you register to attend. You’ll leave armed with the knowledge, insight and ideas to positively impact your future events. Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn at Confex Future Focus:

  1. How to introduce the latest technology into your events

With sessions on immersive technology, apps, tech trends and gamification there’s plenty to fuel your imagination.

  1. What brands want from their event partners

We’ll be putting brands on the spot to find out just what corporate planners really want from their agency and supplier partners to achieve their event goals.

  1. How to engage with event attendees more successfully

Our experts will share insights from the latest research to uncover what makes attendees tick.

  1. What the venue of the future will look like

Discover how technology is enhancing the visitor experience at venues.

  1. How event agencies are evolving

We’ll reveal how event businesses are overcoming the challenge of operating in an increasingly crowded marketplace and how they are adapting for the future.

Kate Thornton announced as Confex Future Focus keynote

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Mash Media, organiser of the inaugural Confex Future Focus, has announced TV presenter Kate Thornton as the keynote speaker for the trade event.

Thornton, who has presented high profile programmes including The X Factor, Top of the Pops, Loose Women and The Brit Awards, will take to the stage on Thursday 5 July, day two of the show.

“We are thrilled to announce that Kate Thornton will be our keynote speaker at Confex Future Focus. Kate is powerful addition to an already thought-provoking line up at our new event Confex Future Focus at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. She will give her experienced insight into how you can make it right even when it’s all going wrong.” commented Simon Farnfield, event director.

Thornton joins an impressive lineup of event industry speakers at the show, from companies including tech giant Cvent, creative engagement group WRG and broadcaster ITV.

Taking its namesake from International Confex, which returns to Olympia London in February 2019, Confex Future Focus aims to highlight the tech, features, topics and trends that will come to define the future of events – from VR and facial recognition to sustainability, security and mental health.

Confex Future Focus will take place on 4-5 July at Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. To find out more about the show or to register to attend visit the Confex Future Focus website.

Register here www.confexfuturefocus.com

The Meetings Show to use EventReference by RefTech Event App

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The Meetings Show has announced that it will be using the EventReference by RefTech event app for the 2018 event, which takes place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June at Olympia London. The app is an extension of EventReference – the powerful cloud-based event management platform which is used to handle the diary system and registration for the show.

The app was created last year and trialled at the 2017 event. Following overwhelmingly positive feedback, the app will be available this year for all visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors to use.

Benefits at a glance:

  • Diary access for exhibitors and hosted buyers to see and change appointments.
  • Interactive floor plan and exhibitor list that allows easy movement from floor plan to exhibitor descriptions and vice versa.
  • Fully searchable speaker programme with locations and timings.

David Chapple, group event director for The Meetings Show said: “We want to ensure all visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors get the most out of attending The Meetings Show, and maximise their productive time out of the office –  downloading the show’s official app created by RefTech will help greatly with this. The EventReference app shows all the essential show information in one place. It is intuitive, easy to use and doesn’t take up much memory.”

Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer RefTech said: “EventReference has powered The Meetings Show since day one, so when we developed the app last year, it made sense for them to trial it as it seamlessly links with the systems they already use. The EventReference app is simple, easy to use but very powerful – it’s been built to offer an easy and intuitive way to access the essentials that everyone needs when visiting the show.”

Rose Padmore of Opening Doors and Venues visited the show and trialled the app in 2017, she said: “I used the app to access my diary and find speaker sessions. It was simple and easy to use and I could see my whole diary in one screen. It was very useful to have all the essential show information in one place.”

Search for ‘EventReference’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play and chose events code ‘TMS18’.

RefTech will be exhibiting at The Meetings Show on Stand TS26

IMEX America 2018 – the ‘cascade of cool’ continues

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A ‘cascade of cool’ is how one observer described IMEX in Frankfurt, which took place in May. The IMEX Group values – quality, inspiration and collaboration – really shone throughout the show thanks to the new experiences and developments introduced as well as the sheer amount of business and networking evident on the show floor.

IMEX America, taking place this October, will also offer an enormous range of opportunities to do business, discover new destinations, hotels, services and technologies, learn about the latest ideas and trends and make connections.

The show, taking place October 16 – 18 at the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas, is expanding into larger halls this year, giving IMEX partners and exhibitors plenty of room to demonstrate their inventiveness and flex their marketing muscles.

IMEX America is preceded on October 15 by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, when a vast number of meetings professionals arrive in Las Vegas for a day full of professional development events. Association Evening, the Executive Meetings Forum, PCMA Business School and the Association Leadership Forum (created by ASAE) are among the activities which, along with an extensive program of learning arranged by IMEX strategic partner MPI, will provide educational sessions to suit many needs and specific interests.

Registration is free.


HelmsBriscoe Expands UK Autism Awareness Fundraising Event

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HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meetings procurement and site selection services, recently announced the expansion of their annual United Kingdom autism awareness fundraising event. The event is part of HelmsBriscoe’s corporate social responsibility initiative, “HB Cares”, and aims to raise funds to help young adults with autism gain work experience in the hospitality industry.

The event will be held next month at the iconic Macdonald Manchester Hotel in partnership with Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall community engagement programme, Bridgewater For All. It will bring together HelmsBriscoe Associates and their clients from across the UK and will give suppliers the opportunity to showcase what Northern England has to offer for meetings groups. All donations collected during the event will go to the HB Cares autism work experience project.

This project was founded in 2012 with support from the MPI Foundation. The goal is to provide participants with confidence in the workplace and to educate employers about the benefits of employing someone on the autistic spectrum. So far this year, HB Cares has raised more than £30,000 through supplier donations for this project, which has enabled young people to gain valuable work experience – primarily in the South of the UK. By expanding the project, HB hopes to engage more youth with autism in the North, as well.

“This project has been truly rewarding to support,” said HelmsBriscoe Managing Director, Northern Europe, Carole McKellar. “We are very excited to be able to expand this project geographically to reach a broader range of youth and continue to raise awareness about autism.”

If you are interested in attending this fantastic event, please email Caroline Slater on cslater@helmsbriscoe.com for more information.

MPI at The Meetings Show 2018

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MPI Foundation Cocktails for Charity @ The Meetings Show UK 2018

MPI Foundation are delighted to be putting on a networking event/after party once again at The Meetings Show 2018.

Cocktails for Charity’ will take place immediately after the show, on 27th June in the Pillar Room, Olympia from 5.30pm until 8.00pm.

Hosted buyers, visitors and exhibitors alike are welcome to attend the party which will be priced from £20 per ticket with proceeds going to MPI Foundation.

Click here to book your tickets

More than 700 Event & Hospitality Professionals Set to Attend Cvent CONNECT Europe 2018 Sell-out success from last year sees event move to Business Design Centre

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More than 700 professionals from across the meetings, events, hospitality and travel world are set to attend the second Cvent CONNECT Europe conference this year. Following the sell-out success of the inaugural event held last year, the conference is set to double in size and is moving to a bigger venue; the Business Design Centre in London, running from 1st – 2nd October 2018.

The theme of this year’s Cvent CONNECT Europe is: “The Power of Live” which will focus in on the positive impact that meetings, events, and hospitality have on the business world. Unlike previous years, the conference will have overlapping sessions for both planners and suppliers in order to enable further networking among attendees.

Registration is now live and individuals can sign up to attend via the Cvent CONNECT Europe website.

Cvent CONNECT Europe will provide industry professionals with the opportunity to attend more than 30 educational sessions and learn best practice and live demo experiences of the latest industry technology at the Innovation Pavilion.

“We had such powerful positive feedback from our first Cvent CONNECT Europe. As a result, we are taking our event to the next level in every way and we look forward to welcoming our planner delegates once again.” Says David Chalmers, Senior Marketing Director, Cvent Europe.

“Last year, more than 490 events professionals gathered at Cvent CONNECT Europe, and now we are planning an event for double this number. The increase in attendance speaks to the value that Cvent CONNECT delivers: It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for our attendees to experience the power of live events, network, and learn the latest advancements in our industry,” said Patrick Smith, Chief Marketing Officer of Cvent. “We power some of the largest meetings and events in the world and hold hundreds of our own each year, with Cvent CONNECT as the crown jewel. It demonstrates our passion and mission to create the technology to power human connection.”