December 13, 2017
    Showing support for Las Vegas by moving ahead

    Thinking Aloud, by Ed Dalere

    By Ed Dalere | 10/05/2017

    Three organizations slated to have their meetings in Las Vegas starting next week have not canceled their events.

    IMEX America, Oct. 10-12 at the Sands Expo: Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group, said in a statement: “We are shocked and saddened at the events that have taken place in Las Vegas recently. Both IMEX America and the Sands have very strong security in place, with both visible and plain clothes security teams in the venue and at the tradeshow. Over the coming days we will be working closely with the Sands, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Las Vegas authorities to assess any additional security measures that are needed at this time. We will take their full advice in ensuring the best possible security and safety of our guests. We will give further information as it becomes available.”

    National Business Aviation Association, Oct. 10-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center: "For any NBAA event, our top priority is the safety and security of all participants, and we are in coordination with federal, state and local officials to ensure that show participants will be in a safe, secure environment. We stand with the citizens of Las Vegas, as our industry comes together for NBAA-BACE, on Oct. 10–12." From its special FAQ section: "We’ve been in discussions with Nevada civic and business leaders, and we believe the best way to support the people of Las Vegas is by showing the strength of our communities coming together." NBAA reports that no exhiibor has canceled.

    National Spa Association IGNITE Conference, Oct. 16-18: "The ISPA community stands united at this time and continues to keep those impacted by the recent tragedy in our hearts. The 2017 ISPA Conference & Expo will proceed as planned and we will work closely with the host venue to ensure that safety is a top priority."

    I think NBAA put it best when it said "the best way to support the people of Las Vegas is by showing the strength of our communities coming together." It might have been too late for these major shows to cancel, anyway, without major budget losses, but assuring attendees of their safety by the increase in security is the best way to ensure that the conferences will move on as planned. It might not be the light, fun conference attendees originally were expecting, with the pall that still sets over Las Vegas, but associations and their members must show what good partners and neighbors we can be during times like these with our support and fellowship and care for the city and citizens of Las Vegas.

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