98 PCMA CONVENE SEPTEMBER 2014 PCMA.ORG
Be part of the energy
Calgary is coming into its own. Recently, the
city has garnered recognition as a world-class tourism destination from multiple news
outlets. The New York Times listed Calgary as
No. 17 of its“ 52 Places to Go in 2014,” while The
Guardian awarded the province of Alberta a
spot in its “Holiday Hotspots: Where to Go in
What makes the city so special? In addi-
tion to the world-famous Calgary Stampede,
a massive rodeo festival held every July, the
city has top-shelf dining and entertainment.
Pedestrian-only Stephen Avenue Walk is
lined with dozens of popular shops, galler-
ies, and restaurants, perfect for attendees
looking to take a midday break or unwind
after a long day. The city has built a 635-kilo-
meter (395-mile) pathway system along the
Bow and Elbow rivers. The paths provide safe,
scenic routes to walk, run, or bike along, and
the view is unbeatable.
Calgary boasts a variety of premier
accommodations. The city has more than
12,000 guest rooms, making it suitable for
almost every budget and preference. In addition, there are more than 2,500 new rooms
projected to be online by 2017.
Calgary International Airport is currently
undergoing a CAN $2.1-billion expansion,
which is set to wrap up next year. A new runway recently opened — Calgary International’s fourth, and the longest runway in Canada.
Construction of a ne w international terminal
will double the airport’s size and add 22 gates.
For more information: meetingscalgary.com
IMEX America 2014
Attracting destinations great and small
The fourth annual IMEX America event is fast
approaching. The hosted-buyer trade show,
which will take place on Oct. 14–16 — once
again at the Las Vegas Sands Expo Center —
this year has attracted some high-profile new
exhibitors, including Fort Lauderdale, Hilton
Head, West Hollywood, and Warner Brothers.
In addition to suppliers making their debut,
many exhibitors who previously had shared
booths will be branching out on their own.
“Smaller U.S. destinations and exhibitors
are increasingly attracted by the strong cus-
tomer service and pre-show support offered
by the IMEX team,” said Carina Bauer, CEO of
the IMEX Group. “And, importantly, there is
a growing understanding about the show’s
unique appointment system, where buyers
self-select the exhibitors they want to meet
— which means that every appointment rep-
resents a prequalified and highly targeted
PCMA, among other associations, will con-
duct several sessions on Smart Monday, the
day-long educational program held the day
before the trade show officially opens. New
this year is an installment of PCMA Business
School, an afternoon Smart Monday session
led by college faculty. Most education ses-
sions are free of charge and open to all. (The
IMEX America website will note any special
preregistration or invitation processes that
are needed in a very few cases.)
Each edition of IMEX America has gained
momentum. Last year, 2,600-plus hosted
buyers from 40 global markets met with
some 2,600 exhibitors from 150-plus coun-
tries. By the end of the show, total appoint-
ment numbers were up 27 percent over 2012.
For more information: imexamerica.com
Walkability Stephen Avenue Walk is a
pedestrian mall filled with one-of-a-kind shops
and restaurants with a decidedly Western flavor.
Bigger and better IMEX America has grown
more popular among hosted buyers and
exhibitors in each of its previous three years.
PAR T N ERS