the large hosted-buyer event for the international meetings industry that was scheduled to take
place Sept. 15-17 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in
Las Vegas, has been cancelled.
is with great regret and disappointment that today we are announcing that we
have made the difficult decision to cancel IMEX America 2020,” said Carina
Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group,
in a statement released today. "Our industry has been impacted heavily by the
global lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know how many of you were looking forward to coming together again in
Las Vegas this fall. We're acutely aware that since lockdown began, IMEX
America 2020 has come to represent a beacon of hope for the entire business-events community. We assure you, no one is more disappointed than the IMEX team
that we can't fulfill that expectation."
outlined the three main reasons behind the decision:
- First was IMEX’s responsibility to exhibitors to deliver a return on the
investment they make in the show. "We do this through our guarantee of
delivering a high-quality, large-scale, hosted-buyer program. With corporate
travel bans still in place and uncertainty over continued global travel
restrictions, we’re sadly in no position to offer that guarantee," stated Bauer.
was another consideration. IMEX Group said they made the decision now, when they
are still able to reduce the risk and exposure for their exhibitors, partners
- Global travel restrictions and uncertainties around
when they might be lifted also factored into
the cancellation. It was impossible for a large proportion of exhibitors, buyers and key
industry professionals to commit to attending.
move follows the earlier cancellation
of the sister show, IMEX Frankfurt, which was to have taken place May 12-14 in Germany. At that time, the IMEX Group
a virtual online platform that will continue; Bauer promises that the industry
can expect to see innovations and plenty of fresh activity on PlanetIMEX during
September and beyond.
“We know that nothing we do online can make up for the loss of meeting,
celebrating and doing business together face-to-face in Las Vegas at what would
have been the 10th anniversary
of IMEX America,” said Bauer. "We'll miss shaking your hands, giving our
industry friends a well-earned hug and looking you in the eye with a warm
smile. However, true to the spirit of IMEX and our heartfelt commitment to the
industry we love, we'll do our very best to deliver our customary high-quality
content, business connections plus a dash of fun through our online experience
until we can all meet again. We will meet again and, like you, we can't wait
for that moment to come."