IMEX America wins Best International Launch Award
Explaining why IMEX America triumphed over some stiff competition, the judging panel summarized their decision as: "IMEX America 'nailed it' as a show concept. It was a clear winner in terms of development of the brand and its success with its chosen industry - as well as against its competitors."
Judges declared this year's competition "incredibly tough" and said "competition across our 20 categories this year, including 10 company and 10 people awards, reflected the diversity and significant achievements made in the past year." The judging panel comprised organizers, venue and supplier representatives.
The Awards, which are run annually by Mash Media, publishers of magazines and directories for the event, exhibition, meetings and conference sectors, saw 850 guests gathered for dinner and presentations in the newly renovated West Hall at London's Olympia.
The Best International Launch category was new for 2012 and intended to recognize the achievement of one UK-based organizer who successfully launched an existing brand or new product in a market outside of the UK.
IMEX America debuted on October 11, 2011, at the Venetian Palazzo/Sands Expo in Las Vegas. It combined a three day trade show with one day dedicated to professional education - Smart Monday - immediately prior to opening. An exit survey of IMEX America hosted buyers revealed that total orders placed onsite amounted to $281 million with an expected $1.9 billion worth of orders to be placed with exhibitors in the nine months that followed.
Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group said, "We are honored to have been voted as the Best International Launch Exhibition at the Exhibition News Awards. We would like to thank our industry colleagues from across the world for helping to ensure that our inaugural show was so successful. We are looking forward to building on this success for 2012 and beyond."
The other finalists in the Best International Launch Award category were: Aidex - Centaur Exhibitions; Grand Designs Live Australia - Media 10 and Diversified Exhibitions Australia; IFSEC Arabia and OSH Expo Arabia - UBM; IFSEC West Africa - UBM Montgomery and Occupational Safety and Health Expo Africa - UBM Montgomery.
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IMEX-incorporating Meetings made in Germany
IMEX America is the new trade show for the worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel industry. The second edition will take place at the Sands Expo, Las Vegas, (which is connected to the show's Headquarters Hotel, The Venetian®|The Palazzo®), Oct 9 - 11, 2012.
The show's strategic partner and premier educational provider is MPI, whose MeetDifferent Day of Education and Innovation takes place on "Smart Monday", the day before the trade show opens.
IMEX also has an exclusive partnership with the US Travel Association, the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the $704 billion US travel industry; is endorsed by DMAI and Site and has an Industry Partnership with PCMA. Other supporting associations include: ACTE Global, ADME, AIPC, AMCI, ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, Association Forum of Chicagoland, CIC, CSAE, ECM, FICP, GMIC, IAEE, IAPCO, ICCA, ISES, JMIC, PATA, SKAL, Spin. A list of industry and media partners can be found here.