by Loren G. Edelstein | November 1, 2016

Loren G. Edelstein, editor in chief of Meetings & ConventionsI just returned from the IMEX America show in Las Vegas. This is the only industry conference where I don't attend any educational sessions (other than the two I led, presenting findings of M&C's Salary Survey and Interactive Dashboard; check it out here). I hate to miss the other 266 sessions, but with 3,250 exhibitors, 3,000 hosted buyers and another 1,000 who paid to attend, for me IMEX is all about talking to people on the show floor.

Every year, I come back with a notebook full of insights and ideas. I'll share a few sound bites here. For more, read my "Reporter's Notebook" at

• "I think our industry is one incident away from rethinking how we operate security...I hope we do something about it before we have to do something about it." – Chris Baum, senior VP and publisher, ConferenceDirect. (Agreed! See this month's cover story.)

• "If you have more data than your competitor, that's your brand advantage." – Jay Samit, speaker, author of Disrupt You!

• "The demand for bandwidth will grow exponentially. Most facilities across the U.S. just aren't prepared for that." – Michael Dominguez, senior VP and chief sales officer, MGM Resorts International

• "The meeting rooms used to be what planners would focus on. Now they're saying, ‘What happens outside the meeting space is more important to me.' " – Mark Cooper, CEO, International Association of Conference Centres

Talking to people in our industry can be just as educational as sitting in sessions; I'd like to thank all for your enlightening discussions in Las Vegas.