With the benefits of healthy habits in and out of the office increasingly recognised, a survey by IMEX confirms that wellbeing remains a high priority for many meeting professionals. Over three quarters confirmed the importance of wellbeing during business travel – 79.5% of hosted buyers, 78% visitors and 83% exhibitors all stated that this was important to them in a survey of nearly 1200 people.
A series of wellbeing initiatives will be available for meeting professionals at IMEX America this year to ensure they recharge and make the most of their busy days at the show which takes place 18 -20 October in Las Vegas.
At the popular IMEXrun, participants can start their day on the right foot with a 5km route along the Strip as dawn breaks over Vegas. Developed by sports by tlc and inspired by Rio, the IMEXrun takes place on Wednesday 19 October.
Following its launch last year, the Be Well Lounge returns, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide. Mindfulness trainer Lee Papa and her expert team believe ‘business and mindfulness go hand in hand’ and will offer regular sessions on yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Wellbeing education sessions on the show floor include Why you should include wellness in your conferences by Dr Kim Bercovitz and The road warrior: staying healthy on the road, detailing ways to fit healthy eating and fitness into busy travel schedules.
Delegates at IMEX America can enjoy some ‘netwalking’ and engage with the local community by taking part in Garbage Grabbers-Clean Up in Las Vegas, a new hands-on community programme for the 2016 show.
Volunteers can join IMEX staff and the Outside Las Vegas Foundation to help clean up the city’s walking trails and parks. Part of IMEX’s overall commitment to CSR and legacy programs, sponsored by Costa Rica Tourism Board and supported by AlliedPRA, Exclusive Destinations with 3D Destinations, GES and MeetGreen, the event will take place on Smart Monday, 17 October and will be a great way to give back and ‘netwalk’ through the city’s green spaces with other meeting professionals.
Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, concludes: “It’s widely recognised that physical activity contributes to wellbeing in both our business and personal lives and many meeting professionals are keen to maintain healthy habits despite packed schedules. Our wide range of wellbeing initiatives will help them do this by enabling attendees to energise and recharge so they’re in top form to make the most of and enjoy their time at IMEX America.”