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How the hosted buyer program works

Who can be a hosted buyer?

You need to meet our qualifying criteria of regularly planning or commissioning large scale events around the world and outside your home state.

What am I committing to if I come as a hosted buyer?

We recommend you make eight appointments per day—and that you stay for complete days at the show (we’ll arrange your travel to allow you to do this). But you’re always in charge of your own schedule at IMEX.

What’s the application process?

Around 300 of our exhibitors invite their key clients to come to IMEX America as hosted buyers  (we call these exhibitors ‘intermediaries’). So, if you receive an invitation from one of them, and you’d like to be a hosted buyer, complete the online application form.

Once the exhibitor that invited you has checked the form, we verify and approve it—and send you a welcome email with our website login. Applications usually take around 10 days to process and we may contact you to check some of the details.

If your application doesn’t meet our qualifying criteria, we’ll invite you to register as a buyer attendee.

Do I have to be invited by an exhibitor (intermediary)?

No, you're welcome to apply to us directly. Simply register your interest in being part of the program here

How is my application assessed?

If you're an agency or corporate buyer we'll ask you for information on:

  • three events you've organized in the last 18 months

or

  • two events you've organized in the last 18 months, and one event you'll be organizing in the next 12 months

If you're an association buyer we'll ask you for information on:

  • three events you've organized in the last three years

or

  • two events you've organized in the last three years, and one event you'll be organizing in the next three years

If you’re based in the US two of these events must be outside the US.

If you’re based elsewhere, one of these must be in the US and the other two outside your home country.

As a hosted buyer, how long do I have to be at the show for?

While you’re in Vegas as our VIP guest, we ask you to be at the show during opening hours.

As an agency buyer, can I invite clients to IMEX?

Yes you can. Contact Jack Pausey so we can issue an invitation.