IMEX America Partner Events Help to bring Meetings Industry Together in Las Vegas

When IMEX America takes place in Las Vegas on 13 – 15 October, it will again bring the US and global meetings industry together to do business, to learn and to network.

As well as the three day exhibition, there will be a vast range of co-located events organized by industry partner associations that will create more superb education and networking opportunities.

Co-Located Events

First is the SITE Young Leaders Conference starting on Sunday October 11th and continuing on to Monday. This is an important event for industry professionals under 35 and complements the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum also taking place in Las Vegas later in the week.

Smart Monday, powered by MPI, is a day packed with learning and networking events, kicking off with MPI’s first key note of the week with Lee Papa, and also featuring the PCMA Business School and the Association Focus, designed by IMEX together with ASAE and ICCA.

Additional Smart Monday co-located events include:

• The CEIR Golf Classic, at Rio Secco Golf Club and sponsored by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues in a relaxed but gently competitive environment while raising funds for industry research.

• Association Evening, sponsored by and located at SLS Las Vegas in its spectacular Foxtail Nightclub, which brings together Association Focus delegates with exhibitors who are members of one of the organizing associations (ICCA, AIPC, IAEE, IACC, DMAI, PCMA, IAPCO and ASAE: The Center of Association Leadership).

• SITE Nite North America, at the brand new Omnia Nightclub, Caesars Palace, is where 1200 SITE members and industry professionals get together for a superb evening of conversation and connections.

On Tuesday October 13

• CIC Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards, at the MGM Grand, honors the industry’s outstanding leaders and innovators and for its 20th anniversary event will feature a new cocktail reception format.

• DMC Network and Ovation Talent Search, is where industry members will take the stage at the Marquee in the Cosmopolitan hotel and share their talents for a chance to win a 7-day European vacation from Starwood and 2 First Class tickets on United (online audition videos required prior to the event).

Taking place on Wednesday October 14 is

• The MPI Foundation Rendezvous, co-sponsored by Caesars & IMEX, offering a superb night of socializing and dancing to a top DJ at the spectacular Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub at the Cromwell Boutique Hotel and Casino while raising money for the MPI Foundation.

CSR Partnerships

Part of the IMEX mission is also to give back to the local community, and IMEX’s partners play an important role in making this possible.

Treasure Island is sponsoring the IMEX Badge Back program this year where attendees departing the show are asked to place their badges in one of two containers triggering monetary donations to The Shade Tree, a Las Vegas shelter for women and children, or Opportunity Village, a non-profit providing training and job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area.

IMEX, together with sustainability partners MeetGreen®, will also be assisting the Shade Tree shelter with a new recycling initiative, Evergreen Shade Tree, supported by AlliedPRA, with contributions from MPI and Wonderful Copenhagen.


IAEE Teams with IEIA to Offer CEM Designation in India Class Offerings Begin in October

DALLAS – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) has entered into an agreement with the India Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) to offer IAEE’s Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation program to its members. In a meeting held recently, leaders from both organizations agreed on the benefits of expanding the global reach of the CEM Learning Program to India.

“IAEE is pleased to collaborate with IEIA to bring the globally recognized CEM program to this region,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “We are in the process of launching an exciting new partnership that will bridge the gap between the exhibition industries in both countries.”

“I am happy to state that the reciprocity agreement we signed with IAEE is already bearing fruit,” said IEIA President Rakesh Kumar. “I thank Mr. David DuBois and his team at IAEE for helping us roll out the first edition of the CEM Program in India this year. I invite industry colleagues to make the best use of this opportunity and enroll themselves.”

The Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation was created in 1975 to provide a professional designation for individuals in the exhibition industry. The designation was formed to raise professional standards and is recognized throughout the industry as the premier mark of professional achievement. The CEM Learning Program is currently offered in the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand. More than 2,300 active CEMs around the world make up the CEM Network which serves as a new channel for communication, ideas, thought leadership, industry recognition and promotion.

The first CEM Learning Program classes will be held 26-30 October 2015 in Hyderabad. Visit for more information.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: BearCom, Delta Airlines, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, SkyTeam Airline Alliance, Streampoint Solutions, Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore, Visit Orlando and VoiceLogic. Visit for more information.

New Solution by Orate Allows Event Organizers to Book Multiple Speakers at One Affordable Rate

Washington, D.C. – Orate  is the first organization focused on helping event organizers find the perfect speaker, no matter the size of their budget. Recently, Orate launched an annual subscription service that allows organizations to book as many speakers who waive their fees as they need at a set price. “There are a lot of speakers who want to speak for reasons other than money, it’s just a matter of finding the ones that meet your needs,” said Orate cofounder Veronica Eklund. The subscription is more “do it yourself” for those who prefer to get on our website and search for speakers when they have time during the day or night. The concierge service can also be added, where we will provide a targeted list of speakers who waive their fees, to save event organizers the time searching.

Why? Orate cofounders, Veronica Eklund and Sara Capra, noticed that one of the most common challenges event organizers face is finding speakers who are willing to waive their speaking fee, and meet the needs of their event. This is especially true for organizers that have a small budget.

The pricing model for this service (listed below) can also be found on the Orate website:

orate fees

 Orate is an event services company that matches event organizers with public speakers; we help organizers find the perfect speaker for their event, and help speakers gain access to more opportunities.


Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is Asia Pacific’s Best Conference Venue

Centre takes title at Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2015

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has been acknowledged as the best conference facility in Asia Pacific, after taking the Best Conference Venue at the inaugural Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2015 at the MICE Asia Pacific Exhibition 2015 held in Singapore recently.

According to the head of Oliver Kinross Asia Pacific, James McKenzie, organiser of the Asia Pacific MICE Awards 2015, the accolade recognises the Centre’s prime location as “a conference venue needs to be easily accessible and this can often be a deciding factor.

“The Centre also met all the other criteria such as setting the right tone for a conference to ensure delegates leave with the right impression about the host and, an extra component that is becoming increasingly essential for a good conference venue – technology. With the rise of the mobile workforce and the need to stay connected while on the move, the technology requirements for events and meetings have evolved.”

He added that, as the winning conference venue, the Centre has the size and capabilities to handle what different conferences require in a bespoke manner while its infrastructure also “differentiates the venue by giving delegates an experience they would not forget.”

Expressing his delight at the Centre’s win, General Manager Alan Pryor dedicated the award to the Centre’s team whose continuing hard work and commitment to the delivery of quality products and services have been key to the venue’s growth and success to date.

“We are truly ecstatic to have won the award and that the hard work, dedication and persistence of our entire team have been recognised and rewarded,” said Pryor.

The Asia Pacific MICE Awards recognises achievements that have a defining role in delivering exceptional quality, service, innovation, and more importantly, in driving the MICE industry forward and is judged by leading event organisers, national tourism bodies, communication agencies and MICE publications from throughout Asia Pacific.

Suntec Singapore Launches the Exquisite ‘Road to Prosperity’ Chinese Banquet Menus

Singapore Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) has launched its ‘Road to Prosperity’ range of Chinese Banquet menus that start from an attractively priced $788++ per table to a sumptuous offering of $1,238++ per table today.

With 168 authentic dishes making up the 21 new 8-course customisable Chinese
banquet menus, Suntec Singapore is offering the widest range available in the market.

“We are delighted with our ability to offer our clients an unprecedented range of
menu options for their Chinese banquet dinners. The 21 new ‘Road to Prosperity’
menus are specially curated by our award-winning culinary team to feature both
our Executive Chef’s signature dishes and local favourites. By combining authentic
recipes with the freshest ingredients, we offer the widest range of delectable menus
to suit any occasion, palate or budget.

To be certain that everyone can enjoy our exquisite new menus, we’ve ensured that
most of our menus comply with the Halal standards. This will make it more
convenient for our clients to cater to the different culinary requirements of their
guests,” said Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore.

In fact, the menus are categorized into seven series with each series having 3
menus. Other than the Vegetarian Series, each of the other six series offer clients a
unique option of swapping similar menu items amongst the different menus without
any additional charge. This allows our clients to easily customise their menus to suit
their requirements without further price negotiations.

This wide range of easily tailored menus reinforces Suntec Singapore’s unique
ability of being able to offer a seamless, customised experience where everything
just works for our clients and their guests.

The Road to Prosperity range of menus includes an 8-course Chinese banquet
dinner in an exclusive dining room with free-flow of soft drinks and Chinese tea. We
offer clients fresh flower centre piece arrangements, VIP table service, choice of
chair covers, AV equipment and set up services, special room ambient lighting, stage and rostrums, red carpet for special events and even dance floor platforms as
part of the package*.

Additional benefits include:
• Free venue-wide high-speed WiFi service
• 1 VIP parking lot
• Parking for up to 20% of the guaranteed attendance
• Banner listing on the Big Picture (the world’s largest HD video wall)

*The features may differ depending on the specific dinner package

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre, located at
the heart of Asia’s most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With
great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi,
digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of
service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000

Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is
conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the
city’s entertainment and cultural attractions. Suntec Singapore offers direct access
to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and
Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

For press enquiries, please contact:
Wenli Ong
Manager, Marketing and Communications
D: 6825 2217

Association Focus & Evening offer superb education and networking opportunities at IMEX America 2015

Increasing revenues, designing better meetings and using mobile technologies in meetings are among the engaging subjects to be explored at Association Focus, a key part of IMEX America’s Smart Monday education program on 12 October 2015 in Las Vegas.

This special educational event, designed by IMEX together with ASAE and ICCA, is packed with fascinating discussions and insightful presentations led by an inspiring group of engaging speakers including industry professionals and independent specialists.
Taking place at the Venetian®| The Palazzo® Congress Center, the free event is exclusively for association executives. More than 180 association professionals from over 15 countries are expected to attend.

The day will be packed with motivating sessions where delegates can boost their knowledge and gather valuable insights and advice from peers and experts that will be helpful both in running associations as well as their events. The event also offers superb opportunities for association executives to network with peers and experts from across the globe.

After a networking lunch, delegates will first have a choice of three tracks. The ICCA session is ‘What’s Your Story?’ Led by Betsy Bair of Penton Media, Lisa Astorga, CMP of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA, it starts from the premise that every association meeting is a chance to tell a great story – so how can associations make the most of these stories and opportunities?

At the same time, Willis Turner, CEO of Sales & Marketing Executives International Inc and Shelly Alcorn, Principal of Alcorn Associates will explore the potential role and opportunities to use gaming to increase loyalty and engagement.

Dedicated Executive Track
The dedicated ASAE Executive Track will open with ‘The Journey to Great Governance’, presented by Susan Robertson, CAE, Executive Vice President, ASAE, highlighting best practice in how non-profit boards of directors can fulfil their roles in living up to public and stakeholder expectations. This will be followed by Amy Hissrich, VP Web Strategies & Communications at ASAE explaining how mobile technologies can be used to maximise results from meetings.
Meanwhile delegates can also choose to learn about increasing non-due revenues in international markets from Faris Abouhamad of the International Advertising Association and Steen Jakobsen of Dubai Business Events. Alternatively, they can hear from John Folks and Katie Callahan-Giobbi of Mindingyourbusiness on measuring the attendee experience – and how different approaches can help to design a better meeting.

A packed day of education will be followed by a superb social event – Association Evening – which will feature Cocktails and Canapés at the stunning ‘indoor-outdoor’ Foxtail Nightclub, SLS Las Vegas; a fantastic opportunity to network with peers and invited exhibitors in a relaxed environment.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says: “Association Focus is a unique event in North America – bringing together association executives from around the US and the world to network and learn with each other in a private environment. We work hard with the market to ensure that the education sessions are highly relevant and delivered by first class educators. The Association Evening is a great culmination to the day and we are excited this year to be at a beautiful new poolside venue – it promises to be spectacular.”

For more details about IMEX America’s Association Focus and Evening and to register

Please click here to download the Association Focus & Evening Brochure and to apply.

To attend Association Focus, delegates must first be registered as either a Hosted Buyer or a Visitor for the IMEX America trade show taking place on 13 – 15th October at Sands Expo® and The Venetian®| The Palazzo® Las Vegas. The Association Evening is also open to exhibitors who are members of one of the supporting industry associations – ICCA, ASAE, AIPC, IAEE, IACC, DMAI, PCMA, IAPCO. More information on the evening can be found at:

The education providers for Association Focus are ASAE and ICCA. SLS Las Vegas is the evening host sponsor.

Sam Palladio from ABC’s Hit Show Nashville Will Perform at ASAE’s Summit Awards Dinner

WASHINGTON—ASAE is pleased to announce Sam Palladio, a British actor and musician who portrays Gunnar Scott in the ABC show, Nashville, will provide music for this year’s Summit Awards Dinner on Wednesday, September 30.

After touring on the first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour with many of his cast mates in 2014, Palladio continues to play in Nashville venues including: the Grand Ole Opry, 3rd and Lindsley, and Bluebird Cafe. He was raised by his artist parents in Cornwall, England and pursued his career as a performer, studying theatre and music at Rose Bruford Drama College.

Palladio’s television credits include his role as Stoke in Season Two of the Showtime hit “Episodes,” starring Matt LeBlanc. In 2013, Palladio completed filming “Runner, Runner,” opposite Justin Timberlake, Ben Affleck, and Gemma Arterton.

“As a community, we come together each year to celebrate the great work association professionals are doing with our Summit Awards dinner. Our longtime supporter and sponsor, Nashville, continues to bring in great musical entertainment each year,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center provide entertainment for the Summit Awards and are longtime supporters of the association community.

“We are honored to once again be a part of the Summit Awards dinner and to share Nashville’s creativity,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO of the Nashville CVC. “Bringing Sam Palladio to showcase his musical talent and to highlight the primetime “Nashville” TV show is a win-win for us!”

ASAE will have over 1,000 association and nonprofit professionals and supporters of the association sector at this year’s Summit Awards Dinner. The event was created to recognize the excellent work in the association community to improve the quality of life through exemplary community-based programs. The dinner also supports the Power of A fund, which increases awareness about the wealth of knowledge and resources in the association community with policymakers and other audiences.

The six organizations being honored for their work are: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Edison Electric Institute, Emergency Nurses Association, Military Officers Association of America, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and Tulsa Regional Chamber.

For more information about attending the Summit Awards Dinner, visit or contact Carla Lochiatto, CAE, at 202-626-2807 or

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit

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Suntec Singapore Wins Best Corporate MICE Venue at the HRM Asia Readers Choice Awards 2015

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) has been awarded the Best Corporate MICE Venue at the HRM Asia Readers Choice Awards Ceremony held this evening at Caribbean Restaurant & Bar, Lime House. Chosen and voted fully by HR professionals in a month long campaign, this award recognises exceptional vendor organisations and best corporate service providers in Singapore.

The HRM Asia Readers Choice Awards is organised by HRM Asia, a market leader and pioneer in the HR industry. As Asia’s leading publication and web portal for HR professionals and key corporate decision-makers for over 12 years, HRM Magazine is written for and read by the players who make the decisions – the most influential HR professionals across all industry sectors along with C-Level experts and major industry leaders.

“It’s an honour for me and my team to receive this prestigious award. We like to thank the HRM Asia’s readers for their unwavering support and voting for Suntec Singapore as the best Corporate MICE Venue. Our ideal location, flexible meeting spaces and cutting edge technology when combined with service and culinary excellence sets us apart in the marketplace as we constantly strive to deliver a seamless customised experience where everything just works for every event organiser and visitor coming to our Centre.

This accolade is testimony to the exceptional talent and excellent teamwork in the organisation and will spur us on to do even better. We look forward to welcoming you back to The Preferred Place to Meet,” said Arun Madhok, CEO of Suntec Singapore.

About Suntec Singapore
Suntec Singapore is the World’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre, located at the heart of Asia’s most integrated meetings, conventions and exhibitions hub. With great versatility featuring 42,000 m² of flexible customisable space, free WiFi, digital signage, an excellent range of culinary choices and a dedicated team of service experts, this award-winning facility can cater to events from 10 to 10,000 persons.

Only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport, Suntec Singapore is conveniently located in the Central Business District and just minutes from the city’s entertainment and cultural attractions. Suntec Singapore offers direct access to 5,200 hotel rooms, 1,000 retail outlets, 300 restaurants, 6 museums and Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay.

IMEX Politicians Forum unites politicians and industry in how to attract more meetings to a destination

Video and summary report now online

‘How do I attract more meetings and events to my destination?’

That was the pragmatic theme of the 2015 IMEX Politicians Forum as the successful annual gathering once again brought a distinguished group of politicians and meetings industry leaders from all over the world to share insights into the valuable contribution of the meetings industry to the development of knowledge economies.

A revealing summary of the fascinating discussion is now available, along with interviews from leading participants.

This year’s Forum gave politicians an essential insight and appreciation of how the benefits from meetings and events go well beyond valuable tourism revenue. It showed that by reaching into the fields of science, technology, education and regional commerce, the benefits are wide ranging and broadly integral to the economic development of a country, region or city.

Moderator Michael Hirst OBE summed up what destinations want to gain from investment in the meetings industry: “All of you,” he concluded, “are seeking sustainable solutions to strong economic development.”

Keynote address

That the keynote address was delivered by Professor Mary O’Kane, chief scientist and engineer of New South Wales, reflected the integration of research and academia with the meetings sector and business tourism in developing a knowledge economy.

“National, regional and local economies are increasingly knowledge intensive,” she said in opening her presentation. “Knowledge is a fast moving ephemeral global commodity. If your knowledge economy is going to be successful you need to be able to access leading edge developments in knowledge and translate them into local things.”

During the open discussion, there were many valuable interventions from both politicians and industry leaders. For example, Jon Mamela of the Canadian Tourism Commission explained that Business Events Canada has aligned the organisation’s sales and marketing activity around the Federal Tourism Strategy, but also with Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan in 7 key verticals.

South Africa’s business events strategy

The Deputy Minister of the South African National Department of Tourism, Tokosile Xasa, explained that South Africa`s business events strategy is aligned to 6 sectors: – manufacturing, mining and metals, business process outsourcing, creative industries, life sciences, and ICT.

“Hosting major events in these sectors contributes to growing our knowledge economy and delivers micro-economic benefits in tourism,” she said.

Following a video intervention from SAP chief executive and IMEX Opening Ceremony keynote Bill McDermott to attendees of the Forum, Paul Van Deventer, chief executive of MPI (Meeting Professionals International) commented; “Bill said it all. Planners want to improve delegate numbers, realise a great experience, and feel that they are getting great value for money. But, importantly for destinations, they need to invest in building and maintaining relationships and trust. They also need to develop a unique offer and this can be a cultural experience or a specialty in a sector or industry vertical.”

Iceland – location is significant

Mrs Ragnheidure Elin Arnadottir, Minister of Industry & Commerce for Iceland, explaining that location and accessibility have a significant bearing upon business (or governmental) events destination selection, emphasized that by being just 3 hours from anywhere in Europe and only 5 hours from the east coast US, location can be a major draw.

The emphasis on alignment to government sector development strategy and local expertise was consolidated by Matthias Schultze, managing director of the German Convention Bureau, which has recently conducted research into what it is that conference organisers want from destinations. The answer, he said, “is knowledge.”

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group commented: “These excerpts from our review of the Politicians Forum provide a taste of the many valuable contributions that were made by politicians and industry leaders in the discussion. The level of debate and engagement were very impressive and indicate that our efforts to raise awareness at the highest level of the benefits of the meetings industry and the evolving role of meetings in economies are achieving a positive impact.

“I wholeheartedly recommend reading this review.”

The next IMEX Politicians Forum takes place on Tuesday 19 April 2016 at IMEX in Frankfurt. Politicians who would like to express an interest in participating in 2016 should contact