Liz Carroll | Oct 10, 2012
Las Vegas‘ IMEX America 2012, the “worldwide exhibition for meetings, travel, incentives, and events,” reported that its second annual conference has aggregated by a record breaking 28%. Taking place now at the Palazzo Congress Center at the Venetian Hotel, the show has increased with 77 booths and now features 2,413 exhibiting companies.
Inside the IMEX Sustainability Hub, chef Steven Ward of DoubleTree Hotel and Kevin Terrell of Delmonico Steakhouse jointly hosted a seminar entitled “New Twist on an Old Classic.” During the session the speakers separately expounded on their sustainable methods such as lowering gas use and employing local produce, which both agreed has led to an increase in client consumption as well as business efficiency.
The Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCeb) is launching a campaign called “Malaysia-Asia liked never before,” which intends to increase international corporate interest and investment in the area. MyCeb will initiate further networking for its new campaign on October 10th through a “Spice Market” cocktail reception where visitors can learn more about Malaysian culture and opportunity.
On October 8, the MPI Foundation launched their first interactive Future of Meetings session. Presented by Jackie Mulligan, the conference session allowed attendees to speak directly with conference industry investors and researchers to learn more about the foundation’s technological strategies and breakthroughs, which are based on the MPI’s latest research and trends .
Tourism Australia and 20 of its partners exuberantly attended IMEX America this week. Australia‘s aim was to express its enthusiasm in contributing to business conferences and events, and will be hosting the G20 2014 Summit in Brisbane, the 2018 Commonwealth Games, and the 2014 AIDS Congress.
At a press conference, the Mexican Tourism Board boasted the sophistication of Mexican hotel and event infrastructure and how it is increasingly conducive to major international meetings. Mexico cited their 25% increase over the past two years in successfully hosting events such as the G20 in Los Cabos, and the World Congress of Chambers of Commerce in Mexico City to prove their future hosting capabilities.
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