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!


Have you let your favorite vendor, event planner or venue know how much you appreciate them by voting for them in Northwest Meetings + Events Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Show them some well-deserved love!


One of my first official duties as editor of Northwest Meetings + Events waaaaaaaaay back when was serving as a judge for the Emerald City Applause Awards. I remember being incredibly impressed by all of the talent in our region. I still am. Come celebrate that ingenuity at the (nearly sold out) 2018 Emerald City Applause Awards (ECAAs). Guests are encouraged to dress in accordance with the event’s theme: Seas the Night.


You’ll soon have another venue option when you’re looking to get away for a business retreat in Washington. Choice Hotels International, Inc. has signed an agreement with Sound West Group to develop a Cambria hotel in Bremerton, Washington. The five-story, 121-room hotel will be part of a mixed-use waterfront development on Marina Square, adjacent to the Bremerton Marina and the Kitsap Conference Center.