Less than one week after the tragic shooting in Las Vegas, the meetings and events industry came out in full force at IMEX America to show their support for the city, one of our country’s top meeting destinations. Billboards and signs throughout the city, displayed the hashtag, #Vegasstrong as a sobering reminder of the shooting and the resilience of its residents. At IMEX’s opening event, Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International said “We are heart broken but not broken….People here have a job because of you. Meetings and conventions are the backbone of this city. Without them, everything else falls away.”

IMEX welcomed 12,000-plus exhibitors, hosted buyers and attendees, including the editorial and publishing teams from Meetings + Events magazines across the country. While exploring the exhibit floor, we found some of our local favorites, too!


Under the management of Spire Hospitality, Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle-North/Lynwood introduced a completely renovated property. The 240-suite Embassy Suites reveals two-room suites modernized with a sophisticated design, new facilities for guests to experience, and a redesigned meeting area for events. “This renovation has been a rewarding journey,” says Rachel Blake, general manager, Embassy Suites by Hilton Seattle-North/ Lynwood.


Food trucks may be mobile, but they aren’t going anywhere, since their popularity only seems to grow with each season. A New Jersey hotel is getting in on the fun! Along with over 18,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, Embassy Suites by Hilton in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, offers the Grain & Cane “Gastro Truck” as a fun option for a mid-meeting break or post-event dining option.


As I write this, I’m sitting in the Indiana Convention Center for MPI’s 2018 World Education Congress. What an amazing experience. My hometown is definitely putting on a good show for everyone, complete with perfect weather and a warm, Hoosier hospitality welcome!