• IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

“One of the many things IMEX does well is the appointment system—it works out so well for both exhibitors and hosted buyers,” says Claudia Cavariani, a hosted buyer from Dafing Group in Argentina. “It’s flexible and efficient—the exhibitors have prepared information for you so you spend your time well. It’s a show where I do serious business.”

Another record IMEX America 2016 broke was welcoming 3,250 exhibiting companies, a 4.8 percent increase from 2015. The companies represented 139 countries and resulted in 69 new booths at the trade show IMEX America 2016 was the largest IMEX America in history.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.