If you work in the meetings, events, or incentive travel industry, IMEX is the place to be. Not only is it the place where clients, businesses, and suppliers can meet up and establish professional relationships—or renew the exiting ones, IMEX is also a place for education. Every year, thought leaders talk about the present and the future of the industry. If you didn’t get to go to IMEX America this year, you really missed a lot. Over 12,000 people were there for the incredible opportunities. People fly in from all over the world just for this tradeshow!  The next time you could go to IMEX America would be on October 16th to the 18th of 2018. While this is an experience that you should partake in yourself, GMS has you covered. Here are some of the many things we did.

Took this year’s theme to heart:  This year’s theme was “Purposeful Meetings.”  What does that mean for your business? A meeting with purpose pushes out all of the unnecessary and distracting issues, letting one be able to mindfully absorb the information given. This could be done in the “white spaces” provided in the Sand Expo and Conventions Center. You could also use this space to disconnect from everything going on. Having time to think and relax is taking precedence, as it has been said that activity is not necessarily productivity.

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Staying #VegasStrong

On October 1st, another tragedy struck America. Fifty-eight people were killed and over 500 people were injured in one of the deadliest mass shootings. What happened next is what really shows what makes up the heart of the city. Las Vegas persevered. The country persevered. People are sending cards to Las Vegas’ city hall. People are donating money to victims and their families. The amount of support coming from IMEX and the rest of the country is astounding. It’s hopeful; it’s a shimmering star in a dark world. We are proud to be part of reminding the country and the world that we are #VegasStrong.

Learning more about the industry and what we can provide for our clients.

Two of our account managers got the chance to be present at IMEX this year. They learned about all sort of services that could be an interest to our clients and networked with fellow professionals. Being able to interact with thousands of like-minded people and forge new relationships was pretty exciting. Not only that, we even got to experience the Las Vegas nightlife as they took a fun food tour. For two and a half hours, we were smacking our lips with lipsmackingfoodie tours.

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IMEX 2017 was a blast. It was a wonderful opportunity and we hope to see our valued clients next year at IMEX America 2018. GMS will also be represented at IMEX in Frankfurt in May 2018.