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IMEX 2021 Returns to Vegas

Judy Williams, News Editor 

LAS VEGAS — The Events Industry Council (EIC), the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards, has opened applications for its Hosted Buyer Programme for IMEX America 2021 — an event that is expected to attract more than 3,500 exhibitors including destinations, venues and suppliers from 155 countries. More than 180 education sessions will focus on the IMEX America show themes: nature, event tech, wellbeing, live and experiential, and CSR and sustainability.

After more than a year, IMEX America 2021 has confirmed that its Hosted Buyer Programme for IMEX America will return to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay luxury resort and casino, November 9-11, 2021, and applications are open.

“After more than a year away from IMEX we are excited to open our Hosted Buyer programme,” Amy Calvert, Chief Executive Officer, Events Industry Council, said. “It has been a difficult year for the entire industry, and we are certainly looking forward to attending the show and rekindling with our colleagues and forming new relationships.”

Related. IMEX America 2021 Is a Go

Approximately 300 of EIC’s exhibitors will invite their key clients to attend IMEX America as hosted buyers, but anyone who regularly plans events for more than 10 people around the world and outside their home state is eligible. If your application doesn’t meet the qualifying criteria you’ll be invited to register as a buyer attendee. You can register your interest in being part of the program here.

EIC Hosted Buyers will experience select content and sessions personally delivered by EIC, networking prospects and full entry to IMEX America. Successful applicants will also receive complimentary flights (within the U.S.); accommodation and support services before, during and after the event; and, perhaps best of all, access to a selection of exclusive sessions to rack up Certified Meeting Profession (CMP) continuing education clock hours.

Health and Safety Protocols

As of June 1, social distancing is no longer a requirement in Nevada booths because exhibitors will have their own dedicated entrance with a noticeable reception desk. Traffic flow in and out of the show will be carefully managed, wider aisles will be added wherever possible, and there will be additional seating areas in the exhibit hall to reduce crowding and improve traffic flow.

Attendees will receive their badges for printing in advance to avoid lines, and badge-holders and/or lanyards will be available at show entrances.

For food and beverage, the venue will adhere to all appropriate Covid health and safety standards and provide a wide range of individually packaged food items and digital ordering to minimize waiting times and lines.

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