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Powerful start for IMEX in Frankfurt – Biggest show ever for 2014

May 22, 2014

Powerful start for IMEX in Frankfurt – Biggest show ever for 2014

Frankfurt, May 2014IMEX in Frankfurt opened earlier today in Messe Frankfurt’s Hall 8 with the announcement that the leading trade show for the international meetings, events and incentive travel industry has grown again in 2014. New stands, stand increases from existing exhibitors, the biggest education programme ever and the scale and diversity of the hosted buyer programme are the defining features of this year’s exhibition.

64 new stands join the line up of 3500 exhibiting companies on the show floor while over a third of previous exhibitors have increased the size of their stands on 2013. Growth from various regions of the world testifies to the meetings and events industry’s growing appetite for the appointment-driven trade show, with an 11% increase in space taken by Asia Pacific exhibitors, 5% increase from Latin America, an 8% increase from the USA and 3% from Europe. Strategic partners, the GCB German Convention Bureau, are hosting over 230 exhibitors on the show’s single largest stand, F100.

Rising numbers, growing sectors
Continuing a trend seen over the past few years, the cruise sector has grown this year with three new stands joining the line-up of cruise companies keen to maximize their share of the meetings, events and incentive travel market. Similarly the continuing growth of technology advisors, suppliers and product innovators is demonstrated in a 20%+ rise in technology exhibitors. Other sectors with a larger number of exhibitors at this year’s show include airlines, car rental companies, catering services, entertainment services, conference venues and hotel resorts specialising in golf, gaming or skiing.

IMEX Opening Crowd New hosted buyer groups
20 new hosted buyer groups, the majority of which represent long-haul markets, add to the number of hosted buyers expected at the show this week. New services have also been introduced to help buyers make best use of their exhibitor appointments and business meetings at the show. A spacious new lounge for hosted buyers has been constructed to take account of rising numbers. It has double the seating capacity of previous years and features a new concierge desk, information counters, diary and boarding pass printing, mobile phone recharging plus an interactive floor plan and new food outlet. changes have been introduced to accommodate more buyers in the halls and also to allow the many thousands attending to use their time more efficiently and in more comfort.

Hallmark preshow events swell buying power
Among the hosted buyers taking part in important preshow events, and staying on at the show over the next few days, are over 300 association meeting planners from yesterday’s annual IMEX Association Day. In addition more than 80 senior executives and meetings buyers from the corporate sector also took part in the show’s latest niche education and networking event, Exclusively Corporate @IMEX. The corporate buyers represent 20 industry sectors and 21 countries. Together this powerful group brings a joint annual meetings and events buying power of $180 million to the show.

The IMEX professional education programme has also increased in scope and size in order to service the industry’s appetite for professional development while meeting the needs of rising numbers attending the show. This year’s programme is 25% bigger, with over 200 workshops, seminars and campfires being delivered by 132 speakers and industry experts. The GCB’s German language Seminartage programme will again offer German language education every day, including morning keynotes by high profile speakers. The programme is also delivered in the same eight-track format as the show’s English sessions.

Other German education includes a ‘Future Trends Clinic’, which is run by Veranstaltungsplaner, a leading association of German event planners, plus guided ‘IMEX Tours’, organised by MICE Club. The tours start by giving small groups of German visitors a short education session based on a theme from the recent GCB ‘Megatrends Report’ and continue with a guided tour of exhibitors and IMEX stands on the same theme.

Leisure travel leaders in cross industry dialogue
The presence of two leaders from the world’s leading leisure travel bodies, Mr Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the United Nations Specialised Agency for tourism and Mr David Scowsill, President & Chief Executive Officer of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), signals further strengthening in the authority of IMEX and its Politicians Forum. Their attendance at the Forum, and at the show today, represents a significant milestone for the IMEX Group, which has consistently pushed for greater and more open dialogue between the leisure and meetings, events and incentive travel sectors since it launched 12 years ago.

Business Events Sydney to launch new brand campaign at IMEX 2014

May 22, 2014

Business Events Sydney to launch new brand campaign at IMEX 2014

Business Events Sydney (BESydney) will launch its new brand and communications campaign to the international business events community at the IMEX 2014 tradeshow in Frankfurt.

BESydney CEO Lyn Lewis-Smith said IMEX was the ideal location to launch the new brand. “IMEX is the world’s largest industry tradeshow, so it made perfect sense to use this event as a launch pad for our new brand. Our team will meet with key decision makers and be able to explain the thought process behind the new look and feel, and what it means for their events, now and in the future.”

“IMEX is a great platform for us to talk to the world about our plans. It’s an important forum for us to share news and advances, and to continue to progress the industry. This year, in addition to exhibiting, we are also sponsoring the IMEX Inspiration Centre. We saw great synergies with the opportunity,” said Ms Lewis-Smith.

“The Inspiration Centre is where attendees will find stimulating education and training opportunities delivered by forward-thinking experts. It’s about focusing on issues that are genuinely pushing the boundaries of our industry and shaping its future, with programs that maximise performance, raise standards and enhance personal and professional skills. These are objectives that Sydney holds close to its heart.

“Our new brand that we are launching at IMEX, SYDNEY SHINES, is about sharing our city’s atmosphere of free thinking that results in inspired solutions. It’s about the Australian spirit that says “yes” to new ideas, embraces new challenges and flies in the face of convention. It’s about the freedom to try new things, the freedom to explore and even the freedom to fail in the pursuit of progress. Looking at the Inspiration Centre’s program, we immediately felt that it aligned with this ethos and we are proud to be a part of it.”

A preview of Sydney’s shiny new brand will be showcased to a select group of industry trade journalists at 1.50 pm on Tuesday 20 May during Sydney’s press conference. Hosted by Lyn Lewis-Smith, the press conference will also include updates to the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney and Darling Harbour Live development and the unveiling of Sydney’s new expenditure methodology.

BESydney will be joined by Beverley Parker from ICC Sydney and BESydney Ambassador and Australian expatriate, Tim Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr Walker will share his personal experiences of hosting an event in Sydney – twice – and what makes the city shine globally as premier business event destination.

Named the world’s most reputable city in 2013 and ranked among the world’s top 20 cities for the number of events held in the city each year by the latest ICCA Country and City Rankings results, Sydney is bursting with opportunity.

“From Barangaroo to Darling Harbour, our city is evolving at a rapid pace. ICC Sydney is now around 2.5 years from completion, but it’s only part of the Sydney story,” said Ms Lewis-Smith.

“Australia’s harbour city is getting on with business, with $63 billion worth of infrastructure committed by the New South Wales Government over four years. This is not the Sydney people knew a decade ago. The future is bright, it’s collaborative, and brimming with possibilities.

Sydney joins Tourism Australia on Stand B320 for the three-day international tradeshow.

Berlin auf der IMEX 2014

May 22, 2014

Berlin auf der IMEX 2014
Im Fokus: CityCube Berlin und 25. Mauerfall-Jubiläum

Berlin, Mai 2014 – Starker Auftritt für die Hauptstadt: Auf der IMEX 2014 präsentiert sich Berlin vom 20. bis 22. Mai auf dem deutschen Gemeinschaftsstand erstmals mit mehr als 30 Partnern. Das Berlin Convention Office von visitBerlin sowie Hotels, Locations, Kongress-Zentren und Agenturen der Stadt zeigen am Messestand F100-40/41, Halle 8, die Berlin-Highlights der kommenden Monate.

„Mit dem neuen CityCube Berlin und der modernen Hotellandschaft bietet Berlin seinen Kunden den optimalen Rahmen für Events. Die IMEX ist der passende Ort, um das zu zeigen“, sagt Heike Mahmoud, Director Conventions des visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office. „In Berlin treffen Vergangenheit und Zukunft aufeinander; hier ist die Hightech-Branche zu Hause. Daher ist die Stadt ideal für Kongresse aus Wissenschaft und Forschung.“

Der neue CityCube Berlin verfügt über eine Kapazität von 11.000 Teilnehmern und bietet einen modernen Rahmen für Kongresse und Tagungen. Mit der Expansion des Estrel Berlin um ein Kongress-Center wird die Hauptstadt ihre Position auf dem internationalen Markt weiter stärken.

25 Jahre Mauerfall und Kundenveranstaltung „Fall4Berlin“ in Großbritannien
Das 25. Mauerfall-Jubiläum ist das zentrale Thema des Hauptstadt-Standes. Höhepunkt der Feierlichkeiten im Herbst: eine zwölf Kilometer lange Lichtinstallation aus hunderten mit Helium gefüllten Ballons entlang des ehemaligen Mauerverlaufs. Der Messestand vermittelt einen ersten Eindruck dieser geplanten Aktion. Ausgewählte UK-Agentur-Kunden erleben vom 17. bis 18. Juli bei London, wie sehr sich Berlin seit dem Mauerfall verändert hat. Unter dem Motto „Fall4Berlin“ können sie ihr Berlin-Wissen bei interaktiven Challenges auf die Probe stellen.

Zukunft im Blick: Der Kongress-Sommer in Berlin
Berlin ist im Juni Gastgeber von gleich drei hochkarätige Veranstaltungen zu Zukunftsfragen: Vom 11. bis 13. Juni kommen die wichtigsten Vertreter der deutschen MICE-Branche zur „MEXCON – Meeting Experts Conference“ in die Hauptstadt. Insgesamt 34 internationale Vertreter von Verbänden und Kongressbüros treffen sich vom 26. bis 28. Juni beim „ICCA Sector Destination Marketing International Client/Supplier Business Workshop“ in der Stadt. Vom 29. Juni bis 2. Juli berät der internationale Verband der Ausstellungs- und Kongress-Zentren im Rahmen der „Annual Conference and 56th General Assembly of AIPC“ über aktuelle Trends.

Berlin in den Top 5 der internationalen Kongress-Destinationen
Spitzenposition für Berlin: In der aktuellen Statistik der International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA) belegt die Hauptstadt im weltweiten Vergleich den fünften Platz. Bei der Zahl der Verbändekongresse konnte sich Berlin mit 178 Veranstaltungen im Jahr 2013 steigern (2012: 172).

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IMEX verkündet neue Kooperation mit Speakers Excellence

March 28, 2013

IMEX verkündet neue Kooperation mit Speakers Excellence

Frankfurt am Main, März 2013 | IMEX, die preisgekrönte Messe der internationalen Meetings-, Event- und Incentivereisebranche und die Referentenagentur Speakers Excellence verkünden eine Kooperation für die IMEX 2013, die vom 21.-23. Mai 2013 in Frankfurt stattfindet.

Das GCB German Convention Bureau e.V. mit Sitz in Frankfurt ist strategischer Partner der IMEX, Ansprechpartner für Aussteller und Besucher in Deutschland und Organisator des deutschen Seminarprogramms, der „GCB Seminartage“.

Das Kerngeschäft von Speakers Excellence ist die serviceorientierte Vermittlung von Top-Referenten, Keynote-Speakern, Trainern und Coaches aus Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Bildung, Sport, Kultur und Politik für Unternehmens- und Bildungsanlässe.

Aktuelles Wissen transparent vermitteln und praxisnah präsentierten – das ist das Motto der messebegleitenden Seminare und Vorträge der IMEX. Auch in 2013 liegt der Schwerpunkt auf relevanten Trendthemen, die maßgeblichen Einfluss auf die MICE-Branche wie auch auf das gesamte globale Wirtschaftssystem haben. An allen Tagen wird es jeweils eine Key Note sowie diverse Seminare und Workshops zum jeweiligen Thema geben.

So ist der erste Messetag, der 21. Mai, ganz dem Thema „Compliance“ gewidmet, der zweite Tag beleuchtet als „Social Media Mice Day“ die Entwicklungen und Chancen rund um „Social Media“ und der Abschlusstag beschäftigt sich mit dem gesamten Spektrum der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung und des persönlichen Erfolgs.

Im Rahmen der Zusammenarbeit wird Speakers Excellence die Key Note Speaker Prof. Dr. Pohlmann (Compliance), Tim Cole und Sanjay Sauldie (Social Media) sowie Dr. Marco Freiherr von Münchhausen für das deutsche Aus- und Weiterbildungs-Programm verpflichten. Das ausführliche Programm der „GCB Seminartage“ ist auf der Seite verfügbar.

Dazu Carina Bauer, CEO der IMEX Group: „Die Kooperation mit Speakers Excellence unterstützt unser Bestreben, das IMEX Weiterbildungsprogramm ständig weiter zu entwickeln ideal. So werden wir auf der IMEX 2013 mit einem neuen Themenkonzept noch fokussierter auf die Trends und neuen Herausforderungen der Meetings- und Eventbranche eingehen und diese in unseren zahlreichen Weiterbildungsformaten transportieren.“

Gerd Kulhavy, Geschäftsführer von Speakers Excellence über die Kooperation: „Wir freuen uns sehr, ab sofort mit der IMEX zu kooperieren. Unsere Zielsetzung ist stets die Vermittlung von innovativem Wissen, das von Top-Referenten präsentiert wird. Im Zuge des weiteren Ausbaus des IMEX Weiterbildungsprogramms können wir unsere Kontakte perfekt einbringen.“

Insgesamt rund 9.000 Fachbesucher aus über 70 Ländern werden zur IMEX erwartet. Über 3.500 internationale Aussteller aus 157 Ländern – darunter Tourismusverbände und –organisationen, Hotelketten, Fluggesellschaften und Destination Management Companies – präsentieren ihr Leistungsangebot auf der IMEX.

Newtonstrand Innovations and Invisage Creative Services announce Working Partnership at IMEX

June 1, 2012

Newtonstrand Innovations Limited, a global technology solutions provider, and Invisage Creative Services, a design and technology agency based in Australia, announced a joint working partnership to bring more creative technology solutions to the meetings and events industry worldwide.

The two companies have made an agreement to work closely together to bring more innovative technology to software provided by Newtonstrand for the meetings and conferences industry globally, as well as bringing these groundbreaking products to the Australian meetings and events industry.

A key reason for the alignment is the conviction of both companies that future generations of event-goers will continue to drive drastic changes in the way events are run and a joint understanding of the need for more creativity and interaction – before, during and after an event.

Requirements for meetings and conferences are already changing in terms of the format of an event and the need to extend the life of clients’ events. Both Newtonstrand and Invisage recognise this and will bring their knowledge together to jointly research, develop and deliver products and services to the events industry globally to improve the overall event experience for all attendees and key stakeholders.

Newtonstrand, with 10 years of experience in the technology and meetings industry creates the most powerful and interactive meeting “experience” for conference delegates. Solutions include digital poster displays, live broadcasting, and structured networking with Chance2Meet, post-event virtual solutions, interactive voting and speaker-audience technology as well as Chance2Speak – an innovative “open-stage” platform for all delegates to speak at an event. Shuli Golovinski, industry visionary and CEO of Newtonstrand commented “Newtonstrand is extremely pleased to be working with Invisage and to have signed this agreement. We are excited with this opportunity to bring our solutions to the Australian events industry in a much bigger way and to work closely with new clients in this region, and with Invisage, to create more innovative and progressive meeting experience solutions.”

Invisage Creative Services, a design and technology agency with 19 years of experience in the Australian events industry has been providing creative services to the meetings and business events industry since 1993 and has a true passion for delivering smarter events. Darren Edwards, founder of Invisage, stated “Our objective is to connect people through the supply of creative design and technology services. It is our vision to perfect the event experience and deliver creativity, leading-edge thinking and technology solutions for meetings, conferences and exhibitions around the world. With this new partnership we are able to support our existing network of industry professionals including PCO’s, meeting planners and back-end service providers with new and innovative solutions for their events that we were not able to before”.

Invisage Creative Services support products include graphic design, mobile event apps, email marketing, event cloud solutions, online social event networks and website development. Their list of services is extensive and includes anything creative for events which fall in line exactly with what Newtonstrand aims to provide and continue to innovate through their technology software.

Future events will offer interactive hybrid and virtual solutions so that participants from any industry can search online for topics that they are interested in and virtually interact. These solutions will not replace physical meetings as we know them, but will continue to enhance them into more creative events for a wider audience. Â In addition, changes are already taking place in events to allow more interaction and involvement and this trend will continue to grow. Newtonstrand today offer solutions which allow participants to actively speak up on a topic of their choice by way of an “open-stage” speaker platform via its Chance2Speak system – everyone with a voice becomes the expert. In addition, their Chance2Meet system allows structured networking breaks at an event which offers more than the standard networking breaks or supplier-buyer meetings that we are currently used to. Any product which allows for engagement in this way will offer a more targeted and engaging experience to all participants and produce networking possibilities unheard of in today’s events.

Together with almost 30 years of experience in providing creative products and services for the meetings industry, Newtonstrand and Invisage will provide their clients with powerful tools to enhance their events to meet the expectations of today’s younger attendees as well as staying at the forefront of revolutionary solutions for the next generations.

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