8 Tips to Help you Rock IMEX America as a First-Timer

If you’re new to IMEX America in Las Vegas–a top industry event for corporate, association or agency planners–it can be somewhat overwhelming the first time you attend. So many connections to make, so much vendor research to do and tons of educational sessions and power-networking events to boot!

We bet you’ll want to full advantage of spending 4 days in one of the most entertaining cities in the world, so check out our top 8 recommendations on what to do, where to eat, and how to get the most out of this incredible industry event.

At IMEX America

Tip #1: Book appointments in advance

As an appointment-driven show, if you’re attending as buyer and don’t book appointments, you’ll find yourself standing around waiting to talk to vendors who are already fully booked. The appointment booking portal is open, so don’t waste any time! Book Now!

Tip #2: Wear comfortable shoes & pace yourself

 The trade-show floor alone is at least a 30-minute walk end-to-end, so you’ll need to opt for your comfortable shoes or your feet will be killing you by the end of the day! Also don’t forget to bring what you need with you for the day because it’s a long hike back to your hotel room.

Tip #3: Be a sponge at Smart Monday

Every year, MPI hosts a full day of educational sessions and it’s absolutely worth your time to check them out. Jonathan Bradshaw’s keynote —Meetology: the fascinating science powering interpersonal communication –is sure to deliver useful insights. But we’re also excited for Courtney Stanley’s presentation on How to implement event technology at your next meeting . She’s a great speaker and not-to-be-missed!

Jon Bradshaw
We’re excited to catch Jon Bradshaw’s keynote on Meetology!

How to Rock the After-Hours

 Tip #4: Block off the evening for industry parties

MPI puts on a great event called Rendez-Vous held at the amazing Drai’s NightLife venue. This wild night usually ends up as a who’s who of the events industry, so don’t miss it!


Tip #5: Eat at least once at the Wicked Spoon Buffet

 This restaurant has won awards for having the best buffet (and dessert buffet) in Las Vegas. It’s great if you’re going out with a larger group of people, as it has enough variety to offer something for everyone.

Tip #6: Take an evening stroll to the Fountains of Bellagio

If you’ve never been to Las Vegas, this iconic music, light and water show is absolutely worth experiencing in person. With shows running throughout the afternoon and evening, we know you’ll find time to squeeze this in while you’re in town.


Tip #7: Learn how to play simple craps

Snake eyes! Skinny Dugan! Jimmy Hicks! It just isn’t Vegas without a bit of casino action. Brush up with this awesome how-to guide and you’ll be ready to get your craps game on in the after-hours. 

If you Have Time to Explore Out-of-Town

Tip #8: Hike on over to the Grand Canyon

You can get to the Grand Canyon by bus, helicopter, or airplane, and once you’re there, there are a variety of exciting adventures to experience. You can take a relaxing cruise down the Colorado River or if you’d like to get your heart racing, you can take a stroll on the Grand Canyon SkyWalk. Whitewater rafting and SUV tours are also available. And Grand Canyon Lodges is a great place to stay if you have a few extra days.  

grand canyon


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