The fourth edition of the IMEX America trade show welcomed 2,909 hosted buyers from 52 countries, in addition to the United States and Canada, an increase of 8 percent from 2013, organizer the IMEX Group reported today.
The event, which took place Oct. 14-16 in Las Vegas, also hosted 1,919 attendees, independent of the hosted buyer program, up 4 percent from last year.
A further breakdown of attendance numbers reveals that hosted buyers from incentive houses and agencies accounted for 64 percent of all those attending. Meanwhile, 21.5 percent of hosted buyers were from the corporate sector, and 8.5 percent from the association sector. The remaining buyers were classified as "independent planners."
"The statistics also confirm that IMEX America exhibitor numbers climbed this year," the IMEX Group reported in a press release, adding that there were 53,000 prescheduled appointments between exhibitors and buyers. "They increased by 8 percent, rising to 2,900 exhibitors from 150 countries. Overall booth space also increased by 13 percent."
The next IMEX America will take place Oct. 13-15, 2015, in Las Vegas.
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