High-Level Learning for Associations at IMEX America 2017

September 19, 2017

High-Level Learning for Associations at IMEX America 2017

Association professionals are invited to set aside their daily to-do lists and focus on strategic development and sharing knowledge with their peers at IMEX America this year.

Designed exclusively for association leaders and aspiring association leaders from all corners of the world, the new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9.

“In a rapidly evolving business environment, strong leadership and effective strategic planning has never been more important. Senior industry professionals within associations obviously occupy unique and powerful positions within the meetings industry, and we know they value high quality opportunities to spend dedicated, focused time together, explains Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

The education and networking program at the new Association Leadership Forum is open to those working at senior leadership level within associations and covers multiple challenges of association management and development. The free program is being created in association with ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. Through a mix of presentations, peer to peer discussions and an executive level panel, the Association Leadership Forum will address the high level strategic issues that currently challenge leadership teams.

There will also be a series of dedicated education sessions for association meeting buyers and planners, curated by ICCA. Open to all, these will take place as part of Smart Monday – the renowned day of complimentary, cutting-edge professional development powered by MPI. Association professionals will also be able to take part in Smart Monday’s wider education program which includes sessions on purposeful meetings, latest industry trends and personal development.

All association professionals can end their day and toast the start of IMEX America at Association Evening, taking place at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Congress Center. “It’s always a lovely chance to unwind with peers, reconnect with old friends and forge new connections. Our Association Evening is a great networking opportunity that really ‘starts the week strong’”, adds Carina.

In addition to this customised learning opportunity, Association professionals will also enjoy further business opportunities and education sessions during IMEX America which takes place October 10-12.

There will be new exhibitors from across the US and around the world including Memorable Costa Rica, Boston Convention Marketing Center, COMO Hotels – New York, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, Global Incentive Management DMC, Viking Cruises, Live Nation Special Events and Hotel Xcaret Mexico.  In the Tech Pavilion EventsCase and CadmiumCD will also be at the show for the first time.

Exhibitors represent all areas of the industry and those with expanded booths this year include the Bahamas, Hungary, Ireland, Accor, IHG, Sonesta Collection, Marriott International, Evenium, 3D Cruise Partners, Allied PRA, multiple exhibitors from California (Long Beach, Anaheim, LA, Monterey County & Santa Barbara), Nashville and Memphis, the Czech Tourist Authority and Visit England.

The new IMEX Association Leadership Forum takes place the day before IMEX America in Las Vegas on Monday October 9 / www.imexamerica.com

 

August 11, 2017

What to Expect from ibtm world

This year is a major milestone for ibtm events, as it is the 30th anniversary of ibtm world, taking place in Barcelona from 28 – 30 November 2017. Kerry Prince, Portfolio Director, ibtm events, explains what’s in it for association professionals.

Can you give an overview of what to expect from the event this year?

Complementing the meetings programme at ibtm world, once again we have a full itinerary of networking events, some of them personalized to the sector including ‘Associations Connect’, specifically created for peer-to-peer engagement. We know that our Knowledge Programme is very well received by association buyers and that they place great importance on attending the sessions.

We have another exciting programme planned this year, headlined by two globally renowned keynote speakers who will be announced imminently, with association specific as well as generic education sessions, all aimed at delivering tangible learnings that the audience can apply in their business going forward. Select elite buyers will be invited to share their knowledge on hot topics including maintaining funding, adding value for members and recruiting chapter leaders.

Alongside this, our Innovation Zone, Technology and Services Zone and, new for this year, our Start-up Pavilion, will give association buyers access to a whole host of suppliers of emerging technologies and the opportunity to network and meet with potential new suppliers.

Ultimately our aim is to ensure that our buyers have the best possible experience at our event and that they get real value from attending. We are confident that this year’s enhancements mean we continue to offer a market leading programme.

What support do you offer for younger entrants to the industry?

ibtm events has, for the eleventh consecutive year, partnered with ICCA for the ICCA Forum for Young Professionals which this year has the theme of ‘The future is here, the future is you!’. Opening in Barcelona on the eve of ibtm world 2017, 26 November and closing on 28 November, the forum gathers 35 young events industry professionals from a range of organisations and associations for a three-day long programme of educational sessions, networking, social activities and guidance from some of the industry’s most influential professionals.

Delegates benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of the different industry sectors, strengthen their connections and networks with peers and industry leaders from across the globe and gain experience of working on multi-cultural and buyer-supplier teams. Attendees then have access to the show floor and can take advantage of the inspirational education sessions and networking.

Any new exhibitors this year ?

As always, a huge part of the appeal of the event is the amazing breadth of exhibitors in attendance. This year, some 3,000 exhibiting companies representing over 150 countries will attend, ensuring a comprehensive offering for meetings and events planners. Exhibitors range from destinations and conference centres to technology companies and suppliers from across the industry, New exhibitors confirmed to attend this year include Visit Wales, Synergy International Italy, Fiesta Hotel Group, Meet Puerto Rico, Visit Almaty, Titanic Hotels, Ceara, Designer Incentives and Conferences India.

Those and all the others will gladly meet up with associations that have already said they would be there, including the Optical Society, European Health Management Association, European Society of Ophthalmology, Association of International Seafood Professionals, European Cystic Fibrosis Europe, International Financial Cryptography Association, World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations, and UEFA.

To register go here.