Visitors to IMEX America – the Las Vegas-based meetings trade show — will have to provide proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 before gaining entry, it has been confirmed.
The IMEX Group has published its full Covid-safety plans and entry requirements for the 10th edition of IMEX America at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, from 9-11 November.
In a statement the group said it would be using the CLEAR Health Pass app, which is used for verification at airports throughout the US, for North American attendees.
There will be a different process for use by international attendees.
The CLEAR app shows onscreen proof of full vaccination status against the World Health Organization’s list of approved vaccines. IMEX will not have access to the personal health records of attendees as that data remains anonymous and private. International attendees will be able to submit their vaccine status to an equally secure portal prior to the event to gain vaccine certification.
IMEX also confirmed it would be providing a health clinic onsite and testing stations for homeward bound international travellers who need to show a negative test before departure.
IMEX Group CEO, Carina Bauer, said: “We’ve consulted widely about this decision and have been watching the events landscape in North America very closely these past weeks. The requirement for participants to prove their full vaccination status is fast becoming the unofficial ‘gold standard’ for large events in the US.
“Now that we’ve published our plans, we hope that everyone has enough time and space to make their own arrangements to attend the show. We open with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on 8 November and we can’t wait to greet everyone and see our industry friends and colleagues in person – our unofficial IMEX family – for what promises to be a momentous reunion.”
Source: Association Meetings International