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 purchased your tickets to the October 17 party for the 2018 Best of Northwest Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards? Tickets are $20 but if you plan on attending the Northwest Event Show the day before — making it a two-day industry extravaganza — enter the code #NWEVENTSHOW to save 50%!

The 2018 Best of Northwest Meetings + Events readers’ choice awards will be held:
Wednesday, October 17
6-8:30 p.m.
King Street Ballroom & Perch
255 South King Street
Seattle, WA 98104


The Independent Lodging Congress (ILC) has announced the finalists for the 2018 INDIE Awards and voting for award winners has now opened to the public. 


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.