IMEX America Trade Shows – Everything you need to know

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Posted on November 23, 2021

IMEX America held its first exhibition in Las Vegas in 2011, but IMEX Frankfurt was introduced as a trade show in 2003. In 2021, the trade show had its 10th edition in Las Vegas. 

As the events industry halted due to the pandemic, IMEX brought event professionals together.

Here’s everything you need to know about IMEX America trade shows and some insight into the events industry’s biggest trade show.


IMEX America FAQ

What does IMEX stand for?

IMEX stands for Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings, and Events.

What are IMEX trade shows?

Dubbed America’s Largest Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings, and Events, the trade show brings professionals in the events and meetings industry together from all corners of the earth. It is a cross-sector event that sets the tone for businesses moving into a global marketplace. 

IMEX has been growing year after year, making it the perfect platform for buyers and exhibitors alike. It has become the most significant Hosted Buyer Program in North America and has attracted thousands worldwide. 

IMEX is ideal for connecting innovative minds, with the added benefit of driving global business opportunities for event and meeting planning professionals.

How much is it to attend IMEX?

Attendance to IMEX is free. 

If you choose to join the IMEX America trade show as a buyer, you’ll receive complimentary flights and accommodation from within the USA. You can enjoy the same benefits for international buyers if you are part of a hosted buyer group.

If you choose to join the IMEX America trade show as an attendee, entrance to the trade show is free, with no penalties or fines for cancellations.

How do I apply for IMEX?

Exhibitors usually invite their clients as hosted buyers. If you have received an invitation from an exhibitor, complete the application form online. Send it to them to double-check their information. They will forward the application to IMEX America, who will then verify and approve your application.

This process can take up to 10 days to process.

If your application is not approved, you might be requested to register as a buyer attendee.

What is the purpose of IMEX?

IMEX America is North America’s biggest trade show for event planners. The trade show caters to meetings and event planners, creating an educational and innovative space for professionals within the industry to network and build lasting business connections.

According to industry leaders, IMEX has cultivated a particular niche in the trade show market, creating a conducive space for innovation. 

IMEX functions in the format of hosted buyers and qualifying event professionals with buying power to attend the show to meet with exhibitors. 

Where is IMEX held?

IMEX America is held in Las Vegas, USA.

IMEX America 2021 

In 2021, the trade show was held from 9 November – 11 November 2021 in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, USA. 

After the global pandemic halted the gathering of people and events in general, attendees will remember the event as the “resurgence of the global events community.”

If you missed it, here’s what the attendees had to say about the return of IMEX:

IMEX America 2022 – What you should know

The next edition of IMEX America will take place from 11 – 13 October 2022 in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, USA. 

IMEX America 2022 begins on Monday, 10 October, but the trade show starts on Tuesday, 11 October 2022.

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