For the fifth consecutive year, IMEX America will take over Sands Expo and Convention Center in mid-October—and the 2015 incarnation of the event will utilize more of the convention center’s space than ever before. In addition to a whopping 1.2 million sq. ft. of flexible exhibition and meeting space, the Sands has a new look with improvements made just in time for IMEX America.
New features include a total remodel and redesign of all lobbies and common spaces, a 60-foot central atrium with a three-dimensional, 30,000-square-foot articulated ceiling, aesthetic upgrades in the exhibition halls and reconstructed meeting rooms, executive offices and business center.
And if that isn’t enough to satisfy the intense demands of IMEX America 2015, quick access to adjacent The Venetian Las Vegas and The Palazzo Las Vegas adds more than 1 million sq. ft. of available event space.
The connection with the hotels also makes for easy accommodations for exhibitors and attendees, with more than 7,000 guest rooms and suites available under one roof. And with more than 10,000 people expected to enter Sands during the three days of IMEX America, the central location of the expo center near even more hotels along the illustrious Vegas Strip makes more than 40,000 guest rooms available within a 10-minute walk.
The astounding convenience and plethora of meeting and exhibition space makes Sands Expo and Convention Center a quiet hero of IMEX America.
My IMEX America Experience
Just thinking of attending IMEX America sends my adrenaline soaring. Is it grueling? Yes. Is it long hours? Yes. Will your feet hurt? Yes… but the networking value of this program far outweighs my sore feet.
In a span of three days, I am able to meet almost all our worldwide hotel contacts; expand and update our database of hotels and other venues; learn about new, exciting destinations through interactive group presentations; and get inspired with amazing keynotes and workshops.
IMEX America is also a time to see old friends and colleagues. Last year, a full reunion of approximately 12 colleagues haphazardly happened in the middle of the show floor—which of course, blew up our social networks with selfies.
The momentum of the show continues long after the show floor closes each evening, rolling over into dinners, cocktail receptions and amazing after-hours events where bonds are sealed with new friends and great memories are created.
After attending IMEX America, I return to my crazy schedule not only energized, but also full of momentum and insight for my next project. That is of, course, after I catch up on a little sleep.