Couldn’t make it to Vegas for the biggest event industry show of the year? We have your highlights from the first official day of IMEX America right here. Plus, let’s be honest, even if you are here, it is impossible to see everything. IMEX reports a record 3,300 companies from around the world were there to share their story. Roll the sizzle reel.

1. Safe and Strong

From the abundance of uniformed security guards–and their dogs–to the #LiveStrong T-shirts, the heightened sense of caution and unity after the tragic attack the previous week was evident. Led by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, leaders from the hospitality industry showed solidarity for the important role planners play in bringing people together and the thousands of jobs and families they support. MGM Resorts International Chairman and CEO Jim Maureen may have said it best when he stated, “We are heartbroken, but not broken.”

2. New and Better

Destinations and suppliers used the event as a platform to announce new products and initiatives. From Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board‘s update on the improvements in the works to prepare for the arrival of the Olympic teams in 2028 and how that will benefit planners to Scotland’s announcement of the hashtag #IdeasBecomeLegend to promote the blend of history and innovation in the entire country. Plus, JW Marriott Minneapolis, Radisson Blu and Mall of America teamed up to promote holding meetings “under one roof” to save planners time and money. IMEX America was the platform for announcing what’s new.

3. Open for Business

Destinations from The Caribbean, Florida and Texas were eager to let people know they are open and hosting events. The most effective thing we can do as event professionals is to do what we do best and continue plan and go to experiences in these places.