Category Archives: Events

Ray Bloom, Chairman and Founder of IMEX Group

Q&A with Ray Bloom, Chairman and Founder of IMEX Group

Ray Bloom and Carina Bauer Hometown: Brighton and Hove, England Career: Built European Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (EIBTM) and Incentive World before selling both to Reed Exhibitions in 1997 and 2000, respectively; served on Meeting Professionals International (MPI) board 1996−2002 and Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) board 1993−99; received Presidents Award…

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Arizona Biltmore on Full Display During Smart Event

I will be attending Smart Event West National Sept. 11-13 at Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, in Phoenix, and I must admit I’m pretty excited to stay at this property. Our three-day event is expected to draw close to 80 meeting planners and 80 suppliers at this historic resort known for luxurious hospitality. One of the shining stars of…

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imex america 2016

Trade Show Capital Brings Out Best in IMEX

Premier global meetings and events convention at home in Las Vegas It’s a match made in meetings heaven. As Las Vegas, the trade show capital of the world, continues to produce record-breaking numbers, the sixth annual IMEX America will take it over Oct. 18−20. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) reported in July that…

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Case Study: How to Plan a Great Conference, from Start to Finish

From April 11 to 15, more than 8,000 professionals and leaders in liquefied natural gas (LNG) met in Perth, Australia, for the 18th International Conference & Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG 18). The conference, which was held at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC), was attended by the current prime minister of Australia, Malcolm…

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Busy Times for ASAE: New Tools, Tech & More

Photo from @asaeannual The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is in the midst of a period of enhanced activism that includes an emphasis on new learning tools. “Prior to 2008–2009, we may have been getting better at executing, but we were doing the same things,” says CEO and President John Graham. “Since then, our…

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Live Updates from ASAE 2016 in Salt Lake City

An estimated 5,500 nonprofit and association professionals are attending the ASAE convention at Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. ASAE is known for its parties, and Salt Lake City will keep the party going. The opening night event on Aug. 13 took place outdoors amid crisp mountain air in Liberty Square, a downtown…

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New Report Shines Light on International Meetings Trends

Are trendy, new digital tools or unpredictable economic conditions threatening meetings and events? A recent study conducted by International Live Events Association (ILEA) and Visit Scotland Business Events has identified a few possible culprits that may impact the future of international meetings. Event Horizons is a report that highlights findings from the ILEA Global Event Summit 2016, which was hosted…

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Philadelphia and Cleveland

Political Conventions Led to $360 Million for Philadelphia and Cleveland

Between accommodations and entertainment, media, staffers and convention-goers contributed an estimated $360 million in direct spending during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, according to a projection from U.S. Travel Association. Spending was split equally between The Republican National Convention in Cleveland July 18-21 and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25-28—both of which…

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