by M&C Staff | October 02, 2017

Following the horrific shootings in Las Vegas last night, IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom and CEO Carina Bauer -- organizers of IMEX America, the meeting and incentive industry trade show set for Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas -- have stated the event will take place as scheduled. Following is the statement they released today:

"We are shocked and saddened at the events that have taken place in Las Vegas over the past 24 hours. 

"We can confirm that IMEX America will be going ahead at the Sands Expo next week from Oct. 10-12, with Smart Monday taking place Oct. 9. 

"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 send you further information as it becomes available. 

"In the meantime, if you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to contact us and we are very much looking forward to welcoming the industry to IMEX America next week."

From Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, shared the following:

"The thoughts and prayers of all of Las Vegas go out to the victims and their families. This was a horrific, yet isolated, incident. At this time, it is important to allow the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police to conclude their investigation into the incident and to attend to the needs of the victims and their families. Las Vegas is a strong community that will work through this tragic incident. We are grateful beyond words to our incomparable law enforcement, first responders and everyone who continues to help victims and their families."
The U.S. Travel Association was also quick to react to the developing situation, and shared this statement with M&C

"We are deeply saddened by the events in Las Vegas and concerned for the victims, their families and everyone else who is affected. We have many, many dear friends in Las Vegas and at this moment are focused on learning all we can about their well-being, and extending any and all assistance we are able to offer."

Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said:

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of last night's shooting, their families, and those still fighting for their lives.  We are working with law enforcement and will continue to do all we can to help all of those involved."

According to CNN, those looking for information about loved ones still missing after the attack can call 866-535-5654. And Facebook has set up a crisis response page to help people determine whether their loved ones are safe.

The following tweet was posted by Caesars Entertainment: