The IMEX Group, organizers of IMEX America, have announced the dates and locations for the Las Vegas-based show through 2025. Key changes are a shift to September dates for two years and a move to a new venue in 2021.
“We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America. In addition, the fall is a very busy period for the industry. As a result, we felt that it was important to give the industry as much notice as possible with regards to our dates and venues going forward to assist with their own planning,” said Ray Bloom, chairman of the IMEX Group.
In 2019 and 2020, the show will move to September dates from its usual October time frame. In 2021, after ten years at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, it will move to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
The dates and venues for IMEX America for the next eight years will be:
- 2018 – October 16-18 (Sands Expo)
- 2019 – September 10-12 (Sands Expo)
- 2020 – September 15-17 (Sands Expo)
- 2021 – November 9 -11 (Mandalay Bay)
- 2022 – October 25-27 (Mandalay Bay)
- 2023 – October 10-12 (Mandalay Bay)
- 2024 – October 8-10 (Mandalay Bay)
- 2025 – October 7-9 (Mandalay Bay)
“The Sands Expo team have been wonderfully supportive partners since well before our inaugural show in 2011 and we are looking forward to four more successful shows working with them, through 2020. Their contribution in helping us to establish IMEX America in Las Vegas as the event where everyone from our industry, from the USA and worldwide, gathers each fall has been invaluable. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership and are looking forward to continuing that partnership for many years into the future,” explained Bloom. “However, we were not able to lock in space from 2021 onward. Therefore, after celebrating ten years working together and enjoying a fantastic relationship with the Las Vegas Sands team, we shall be moving to Mandalay Bay. We look forward to establishing successful partnerships with the Mandalay Bay and MGM Resorts International teams and we know that their world-class facilities will be an equally fitting home for the show.”
Long standing IMEX partner, the Sands Expo, commented, “As the leader of the meetings and tradeshow industry, we always felt that Las Vegas Sands was the perfect partner to assist in the launch of IMEX,” said Chandra Allison, senior vice president of sales for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “It has been a pleasure helping IMEX grow to become one of the most successful annual events for meeting professionals. The show has evolved, and so has the industry. We recognize this is the right time for the show to move to its next destination. We look forward to continuing our partnership and support of IMEX America in Las Vegas for many years to come.”
MGM Resorts International and Mandalay Bay commented, “We are honored to partner with IMEX America and to keep such a prestigious industry event in Las Vegas. As an active supporter of IMEX, MGM Resorts International is excited to create new experiences for attendees at Mandalay Bay. We will continue to showcase the city of Las Vegas and MGM Resorts International as the leading meeting and events destination” said Stephanie Glanzer, CMP, Vice President Sales of Mandalay Bay.
IMEX America 2017 will take place from October 10 – 12, 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo. It is preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on October 9.