The hosted-buyer model, which has made IMEX so successful and EIBTM before that, has spread to other industry trade shows, including Meeting Professionals International, Professional Convention Management Association, Religious Conference Management Association, and our own Pharmaceutical Meeting Management Forums (co-produced by our sister magazine Medical Meetings). This year’s IMEX America, held October 9-11 in Las Vegas, drew a record numbers of hosted buyers—2,400—up 20 percent from its inaugural event last year.