IMEX America 2020, due to take place at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas from 15-17 September, has been cancelled.
IMEX Group’s chairman Ray Bloom, and CEO Carina Bauer said in a joint statement that there were three reasons for this “difficult decision”.
“First and foremost is our responsibility to our 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.
“Second is the issue of timings. As industry professionals you know that a show of the scale of IMEX America doesn’t happen overnight. Our industry supply chain and the investments that our exhibitors make in the show start now. It’s therefore important that we make this decision at a time when we’re still able to reduce the risk and exposure for our exhibitors, partners and suppliers.
“Finally, IMEX America is a truly global show, with over a third of the 13,000+ industry professionals attending from outside North America. Global travel restrictions and uncertainties around when they might be lifted make it impossible for a large proportion of our exhibitors, buyers and key industry professionals to commit to attending.”
They added that their virtual platform, PlanetIMEX, will continue to see fresh activity from September.
“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,” said Bloom and Bauer.
“The IMEX Team will also be extremely busy planning forward confidently and with passion for IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America 2021, when we look forward to welcoming back the global business events community face to face.”
Last year the show hosted 13,500 total participants, 3,426 hosted buyers and 3,500 exhibitors. 2020 would have marked IMEX America's tenth anniversary.
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