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IMEX Amer­ica will open as planned in Las Ve­gas to­day, hav­ing in­tro­duced a raft of new se­cu­rity mea­sures in the wake of last week’s mass shoot­ing.

Ex­tra se­cu­rity will be posted at all en­trances and ran­dom bag searches will be con­ducted, in ad­di­tion to ex­ist­ing se­cu­rity ar­range­ments pro­vided by both IMEX Amer­ica and its venue, The Sands Expo & Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Busi­ness Events Aus­tralia is tak­ing a del­e­ga­tion of 24 Aus­tralian ex­hibitors to this year’s expo, one of the key events in its an­nual cal­en­dar.

The Aus­tralian con­tin­gent will in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Syd­ney, the Mel­bourne Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre, Qan­tas and Hy­att Re­gency Syd­ney, among oth­ers.

More than 3,000 hosted buy­ers are ex­pected to at­tend this year’s Imex North Amer­ica, mak­ing it one of the world’s largest ex­hi­bi­tions for in­cen­tive travel, meet­ings and busi­ness events.

It starts to­day with a full day of ed­u­ca­tional ses­sions be­fore the show floor opens to­mor­row.

The ceo of the Las Ve­gas Con­ven­tion and Vis­i­tors Author­ity Rossi Ralenkot­ter said thoughts and prayers were with vic­tims of last week’s at­tack.

“Las Ve­gas is a strong com­mu­nity that will work through this tragic in­ci­dent,” Ralenkot­ter said in a state­ment.

“We are grate­ful beyond words to our in­com­pa­ra­ble law en­force­ment, first re­spon­ders and ev­ery­one who con­tin­ues to help vic­tims and their fam­i­lies.”

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