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!