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Shamrock Shootout To Be Held at IMEX America

Mar 30, 2017

The Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic, which traces its roots to a round of golf played 30 years ago in Washington, D.C., has announced that, effective this year, the golf tournament will be the kick-off social event for IMEX America. Scheduled for Monday, October 9, 2017, in Las Vegas, the Shamrock Shootout—the longest-running golf tournament in the hospitality industry—has been named the exclusive golf tournament of the IMEX America trade show, which will be held October 10–12 in Las Vegas.

“We are pleased to announce the relocation of the Shamrock Shootout from its long-time home in the nation’s capitol region to Las Vegas,” said Timothy Schneider, president and CEO of Schneider Publishing, which owns the tournament. “The incredibly successful IMEX America provides a wonderful event alongside which the Shamrock Shootout can thrive and grow over the next 30 years,” said Schneider.

The Shamrock Shootout dates back to 1987 when legendary D.C. meetings-industry leader James T. “Jimmy” Dunn, founder of the Meetings Quest trade-show series, gathered three friends for a round of golf on a cold and blustery March 17. With wind-chill temperatures in the 30s and wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, the friendly competition was destined to become an annual get-together for hospitality industry professionals. In 1992, Dunn renamed the event the Shamrock Shootout in honor of its origins. Beginning in 1998, the Shamrock Shootout was held in the same week as ASAE’s Springtime trade show, which was discontinued in 2016.

“We are delighted that IMEX America will become the new home of the Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic,” said Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX America. “No other golf tournament in the hospitality and meetings industry can claim the long history of the Shamrock Shootout, and I know IMEX America attendees will enjoy hitting the links each year at the start of the IMEX America schedule.”

In 2017, the 30th anniversary of that first golf outing and the 25th anniversary edition of the Shamrock Shootout Golf Classic will allow participants to start IMEX week on a high note and in high spirits. The compact, fast-moving tournament schedule will allow golfers to fully participate in the IMEX America Smart Monday program, including Association Focus. Winning foursomes will be recognized during the program and participant plaques and prizes will be distributed in the IMEX America registration area.

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About Schneider Publishing: Schneider Publishing is the parent company of Association News, America’s most-read magazine for association executives, and SportsTravel, the sports world’s event magazine. Schneider Publishing organizes Meetings Quest, North America's longest-running series of trade shows for meeting planners, and the TEAMS Conference & Expo, the world’s largest gathering of sports-event organizers. Meetings Quest will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 28–29, 2017. Additional Meetings Quest events will be held in Plano, Texas, and on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast. TEAMS ’17 will be held October 30–November 2, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. TEAMS ’18 will be held October 1–4, 2018, in Louisville, Kentucky. The group travel markets served by Schneider Publishing generate 156 million hotel room nights annually.

About IMEX Group: The IMEX Group organizes two global trade shows in the meetings and events sector. IMEX in Frankfurt has been held since 2002 and was joined in 2011 by IMEX America. Both trade shows offer unprecedented business opportunities combined with a great industry gathering. In partnership with the industry’s key associations, IMEX’s unique model is complemented by extensive free education and networking. Meeting industry suppliers from across the world are present at IMEX trade shows. Exhibitors include national and regional tourist offices, convention and visitor bureaus, hotels, conference and exhibition centers, cruise lines, airlines, spa resorts, event management specialists and more. IMEX 2017 will be held May 16–18 in Frankfurt. IMEX America 2017 will be held October 10–12 in Las Vegas. IMEX on Facebook; #IMEX17 on Twitter

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