The industry is together at IMEX America this week for business, fellowship and renewal
The global meetings and events industry is coming together in Las Vegas for the opening of IMEX America 2017 tomorrow (Tuesday October 10).
As well as uniting to discuss business, share ideas and renew friendships as it has done every year for seven years, this year it has come together with a spirit of unity in the face of many serious challenges that several communities are facing around the world, most recently in Las Vegas itself.
Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said; “During the months, even the week, leading up to IMEX America, it has been so very sad to see the devastation caused by natural disasters in the US, the Caribbean, Mexico and the tragic loss of life in one of our second homes, Las Vegas.
“At the same time, it has been inspiring to see the resilience of those communities and the supportive fellowship of the industry’s response to those whose regions and cities are now faced with rebuilding – both physically and emotionally.
“There is also a great willingness to contribute financially to help the victims of these tragedies and many people have asked us how best they can help. We’d like to encourage the industry to join us in contributing to the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund and to the American Red Cross.
“Our industry has rallied in extraordinary ways recently. It has an ability to come together with determination and resourcefulness unlike any other. Importantly it also has the power to pull destinations out of crisis; events and meetings are vital sources of regeneration, re-inspiration and renewal.”
As a mark of respect, there was a moment of silence observed by hundreds of members of the industry before the first MPI keynote this morning.