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New IMEX America co-located events tailored for business school lovers, Gen Y Planners & Golfers

Always looking to deliver fresh value each fall at IMEX America, this year’s show week (Smart Monday Oct. 13, Tradeshow Oct. 14 – 16) will build on the show’s reputation for delivering high quality, co-located events with the addition of several new partner events together with new locations for some annual favorites.

Delivering additional learning power to Gen Y show attendees, The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence will host a new SITE Young Leaders Conference (Oct. 12 and 13) focused on building the next generation of incentive travel leaders and is open to industry professionals under 35 years or with less than 5 years’ experience. The program complements the cross-discipline IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum (Oct. 15 and 16), which is open to students.

For those attendees who want to really “bring their game” and support meetings industry research, there’s a chance to participate in the new CEIR (The Center for Exhibition Industry Research) IMEX America Golf Classic at the Rio Secco Golf Club (Oct. 13).

Adding further educational punch to Smart Monday, powered by MPI, will be programming from a range of partners including ISES, Site, GMIC and GBTA. MeetingCentric tours, certification programs, deep-dives and a track dedicated to association executives – Association Focus – complement the range of concurrent sessions and MPI’s signature morning keynote.

In addition, PCMA bring their Business School to IMEX America for the first time. This deep-dive afternoon with Dr Jerry Jellison of the University of Southern California, will be open to both senior level suppliers and buyers. Adding further choice to the sessions available for senior planners will be a new track delivered by SPIN (Senior Planners Industry Network) whose members have a minimum of 10 years’ planning experience. The track is open to all and runs throughout the show.


In addition to the new offerings, a number of the popular, annual co-located events will also get new venues but deliver the same excitement and networking power.

The Convention Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders Gala takes place at The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Sunday Oct. 12) this year, while SITE Nite North America -- which is expecting over 1000 guests -- will raise the roof on a new location at LIGHT Nightclub at the Mandalay Bay® Resort & Casino on Monday Oct. 13. The DMC Network and Ovation Global DMC Talent Search presents another opportunity for social networking but this year takes place on Tuesday Oct. 14 at the Bank NiteClub.  

Rounding off the week’s hallmark evening events will be the MPI Foundation Rendezvous, which comes back in full force with an expected 1,500+ participants invited to party and network at Las Vegas’s hottest new nightclub, Drai’s at The Cromwell on Wednesday Oct. 15.

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