• IMEX America 2016 Breaks New Records

     
    POSTED November 11, 2016
     

According to recently published figures, IMEX America 2016 has officially broken multiple records. The event, which was held Oct. 18–20, had an attendance increase of 14 percent from last year.

There was a 6 percent increase in the attendance of hosted buyers, making up 3,216 from 60 countries. About 10,000 buyers attended group appointments and prescheduled appointments were upwards of 60,000—far more than the numbers gathered in 2015.

“One of the many things IMEX does well is the appointment system—it works out so well for both exhibitors and hosted buyers,” says Claudia Cavariani, a hosted buyer from Dafing Group in Argentina. “It’s flexible and efficient—the exhibitors have prepared information for you so you spend your time well. It’s a show where I do serious business.”

Another record IMEX America 2016 broke was welcoming 3,250 exhibiting companies, a 4.8 percent increase from 2015. The companies represented 139 countries and resulted in 69 new booths at the trade show IMEX America 2016 was the largest IMEX America in history.

After almost 20 years of vacancy, the Cook County Hospital in Chicago will be put to use once again. A $150 million adaptive reuse project restored the historic, 106-year-old hospital, which has become a combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotel, as well as medical offices, a museum, a food hall and more. While the opening is multi-phased, the hotels are scheduled to open in late July.  

 

Jumpstarting tourism in cities across the country will be more complicated than simply opening doors again – especially in cities with large populations like Chicago. However, working together proves more effective, and in Chicago, more than 250 businesses are banding together to join Choose Chicago’s new initiative, Tourism & Hospitality Forward. It bolsters a safe reopening that encourages tourism as well as meetings and events in

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.