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IMEX US Preview16 / ConferenCe & Meetings World / issUe 65US hosted buyers who also place business internationally IMEx group80%The week will start with 'Smart Monday', which will be dedicated solely to professional education, followed by the show and 14 major co-located industry events. These include the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) MeetDifferent Day of Education and Innovation; an ACTE Power Talk; the PCMA International Summit; Site's Annual International Conference; plus customer-only events by partners such as Maritz Travel and Carlson Marketing. These events give attendees access to the equivalent of 12 days of education. Many sessions will offer Continuing Education Unit/CMP credits.Industry partnerships for the show include MPI and the US Travel Association plus endorsements by Destination Marketing Association International and Site. "The association partnerships allow us to be in regular touch with 100,000 professionals, giving the show exceptional networking and business power," said Bloom. "All of these different industry 'tribes' coming together will make for an extraordinary event." IMEX America will also present an Association Day, held one day prior to the show. It will be presented by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and will be followed by analysis of Fast Future's Conventions 2020 Global Market Research Study. Exhibiting powerAmong the 1,500 exhibitors there will be many US destinations including California and Hawaii. Latin America has also shown a strong appetite for space with Mexico, Argentina, Panama and Costa Rica all confirmed. Among the European exhibitors will be Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, England, Spain and Turkey. Dubai and South Africa are confirmed plus a strong showing from the Asia Pacific including Japan, New Zealand, China, Korea, and Malaysia. Almost 50 hotel groups have signed up including Starwood, IHG, Marriott, Leading Hotels of the World, Shangri-La and Mandarin Oriental."The demand has been outstanding and we are looking forward to delivering a truly international show for the US market come October," said Bloom. IMEX America will take place 11-13 October 2011. right: IMEX America's host, The Venetian5 reasons to attend: 1. Business - volume and qualityThe show will have 1,500 exhibitors representing 100 international and national destinations and an online appointment system that maximises time on show floor 2. Education programmes14 co-located events with over 50 educational sessions (all free of charge) 3. Networking opportunitiesMajor associations, corporates and third parties are together in one place, providing opportunities to meet senior decision makers, suppliers and buyers. Plus hundreds of cocktail receptions on show floor stands4. It's freeNo registration fees and IMEX and MPI education sessions are entirely free of charge5. It's in VegasThe city is know for its capacity to host large-scale business events as well as offering lots of fun for delegates. Buyers can stay at The Venetian/Palazzo for US$129 per night and Delta and Star Alliance offer flight discounts