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Tech start-ups present their solutions for the meetings industry at #IMEXpitch

March 22, 2016

Tech start-ups present their solutions for the meetings industry at #IMEXpitch
Five technology start-ups from across the world have the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of event professionals at IMEX in Frankfurt this year.

Finalists have been selected for the #IMEXpitch which takes place during IMEX in Frankfurt, 19 – 21 April.These up-and-coming companies offer innovative technology for the events sector and are set to go head-to-head in a live pitch competition at the show. The finalists are:

• eventbaxx – digital goodie bags
• Grip – networking for startups
• Interactio – simultaneous interpretation via a smartphone
• Mash Machine – a musical instrument enabling players to create music by placing and moving blocks on its surface
• Qmeeto – an all in one management tool

Miguel Neves, Senior Online Community Manager, IMEX Group explains: “There is plenty of innovation in the meetings industry, much of it coming from start-ups, and we’re keen to reward and recognise these new and exciting companies at the show.We also hope to give attendees a quick way to learn about the latest event technologies and how they can support their events.”

Each company has five minutes to put forward its product, including the concept, features and unique selling points, to a live audience of up to 60 attendees.This competition is part of the IMEX education program and will take place at the Inspiration Hub on 19 April 2016 at 16:00.
The winner, chosen by an expert judging panel, will receive a free space on the Technology Pavilion at IMEX in Frankfurt 2017 in addition to press and marketing exposure.The six judges are all individuals who work with event technology on a daily basis and are heavily involved in the latest developments.They will select the winner at the #IMEXpitch final held at the show. The selection criteria covers ease of implementation and practicality, innovation and sustainability among other factors.
One of the judges, Christine Fuchs from the social fox, is also leading specialised tours on technology during IMEX, offering visitors a snapshot of the latest event tech solutions from across the showfloor.

A new feature at IMEX in Frankfurt this year is the TECHknowledge Area where experts will provide practical technology solutions and hands-on experiences.  With their fingers on the pulse of the event technology space, these experts can discuss solutions for event planning, budgeting, productivity, sourcing, travel and other areas.

The TECHknowledge Area features a TECHbar where attendees can test out a range of event tech solutions, event apps, gadgets, wearables and more in a sales-free zone. Scheduled TECHbyte sessions are also available for valuable one to one advice.
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August 12, 2015

“Back to School” Time– IMEX America Education Program is Now Online
Attendees Customize From 10 Speciality Learning Tracks; New Play Space On Smart Monday
Will Feature Cool “Quirkshops”

Though summer break is still in play, the minds of IMEX organizers and partners are already on getting schooled with education at IMEX America 2015.

News Release
August 2015
-The full learning program for the event– starting with Smart Monday powered by MPI and Association Day on October 12th and running straight through to the show ending October 15th– is now live on the IMEX America website and is free of charge to all buyers, attendees and exhibitors.

With this online catalog of learning opportunities at their fingertips, attendees can research upwards of 180 options with just a few clicks and create their own custom learning program based on their unique needs, interests and IMEX schedules. Over 75 percent of the education is estimated to qualify for CMP/ CEU certification points. Searches can be done under 10 speciality tracks including Business Skills, Creative Learning, Diversity, General Education, Health/Wellbeing, Marketing and Communications, Research/Trends, Risk Management/Compliance, Sustainability, and Technology/Social Media.

Education Built for Impact
All of the education on the show floor will this year be located at the Inspiration Hub, but recognizing that we all learn in different ways, the space features five distinct learning formats and set-ups. There are seminar rooms, a campfire area and a Hot Topic area providing the opportunity to debate the latest industry issues with peers. The Meet the Experts Clinic offers individual appointments with an industry expert, and presentations at the Research Pod area showcase the latest industry data.

Though education sessions are open to all, two new ways to filter session searches — Young Professionals sponsored by IAEE and Senior Professionals sponsored by SPIN — have also been created based on number of years in the industry to help attendees pinpoint ideal classes.

Those with three years or less in the business might like sessions such as “Six Proven Strategies for High Performing Young Professionals,” delivered by meeting industry pioneers, Susan Sarfati and Liz Jackson of High Performance Strategies.

Meeting professionals with more than eight years in the industry may want to join in a discussion such as “Prove it or Lose it: ROI metrics that matter most to the C-Suite,” led by Dane Risley, Senior VP of Enterprise Event Marketing Sales at Cvent.

Knowing that keeping up with the lightning pace of technology can be challenging, many “wired” sessions will be offered in Vegas from “Beyond the #hashtag” given by Josh Murray of Extraordinary Events and “Welcome to 2016: Tech you’ve never seen” delivered by Courtney Stanley, marketing & industry relations strategist for EventMobi, to a discussion dubbed “Insights from the C-Suite: How to have ‘the talk’ about going digital,” led by Deborah Sexton, PCMA President & CEO and Carolyn Clarke, leader of Virtual Edge Institute (VEI.)

Data fans will want to visit the Research Pod for topics such as “The Global Exhibition Industry: Trends Worth Watching,” with David Dubois, President & CEO of IAEE.

Smart Monday Play Room Features Quirkshops
As past IMEX education has explored, the power of creativity and professional play can add a lot of “love” to business results.

To further punctuate the theme this year, IMEX America will feature ‘The Play Room’ – sponsored by Play with a Purpose – which will run throughout Smart Monday and offer short ‘quirkshops’. This upbeat, fun alternative to classroom learning lets attendees get hands-on experience with a variety of tools, techniques and resources to create more engaging meetings in the areas of room design, tech, networking, teambuilding, F&B and more. The overall goal of the Play Room is to offer tangible, immediately applicable ideas that planners can build into their upcoming meetings.

“We think this year’s line-up of education at IMEX America has something for everyone –from newcomers to industry veterans, from the very analytical to the highly creative, from hosted buyers and exhibitors to students and international participants,” said Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group. “Our goal is always to ensure that the education sessions are insightful and practical, with the end result being that learnings can be brought back to the office and put right to work with teammates and clients alike.”

Keynotes Start Day Off Right
Daily MPI keynotes will lend an intelligent and energizing note to each day of the show.

Smart Monday powered by MPI is headlined by wellness expert Lee Papa discussing “How to Live and Lead Mindfully,” followed on Tuesday by Tim David, author, speaker and former magician touching on “Human Connection: A Lost Art in a Noisy World.”

Wednesday’s program will begin with a keynote from film director Josh Tickell taking the audience through “Managing and Marketing to the Future Generation Y,” and on the final day of the show Patrick Henry, former songwriter and author of “The Pancake Principle: Seventeen Sticky Ways To Make Your Customers FLIP For You,” will teach skills around “Becoming Remember-able.”

Finally, allowing more opportunity for hosted buyers to take advantage of the rich education program – as well as book other appointments and explore the show floor – doors will open this year at 9:45am, with no group appointments held before 11am or after 4pm.

Most CEOs are likely to agree that conferences and meetings yield tremendous value

August 6, 2015

Most CEOs are likely to agree that ‘conferences and meetings yield tremendous value’, according to new survey for IMEX America

Most CEOs and Board Directors are now likely to agree that conferences, seminars and meetings yield tremendous value for companies, according to meetings and conference executives across the globe.

That is the striking finding of exclusive research carried out for IMEX America by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) as part of its Meetings Outlook™ survey. IMEX America will take place 13 – 15 October at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® Las Vegas.

MPI members were asked: “During North America Meetings Industry Day and IMEX America 2014 Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, said ‘I’ve witnessed how conferences, seminars and meetings yield tremendous value for companies.’ How much would your CEO or your clients’ CEO’s — or C-Suite — agree with this statement?

33.2 per cent of 327 respondents said that the CEO or C-Suite would strongly agree with the opinion, 47.8 per cent would agree and 14.6 per cent would slightly agree, making a total of 95.6 per cent agreeing to some degree and just 4.4 per cent disagreeing.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, commented: “This result is very encouraging for the meetings industry worldwide. While many people in the industry have increasingly sensed supportive attitudes, we are pleasantly surprised by these positive results, especially as they are credible representing the opinions of senior industry buyers and suppliers who are well placed to assess the views of Board level directors.

It seems that all the hard work that has been invested into demonstrating the value of meetings has started to gain recognition at the top of the corporate world.

At the same time, the IMEX Group has just released on its website highlights of Bill McDermott’s impressive keynote speech at the opening ceremony of IMEX in Frankfurt 2015. His positive view of the benefits of meetings included “Meetings matter; you have to celebrate the victories, reinvent the business and inspire the people.”

To view excerpts from Bill’s speech see here.

IMEX Charity Cooking – Tischlein Deck Dich für die gute Sache

May 20, 2015

Tischlein Deck Dich für die gute Sache: „IMEX Charity Cooking“ 2015 im Obdachlosenheim „Lichtblick“ ein voller Erfolg

Frankfurt, Dienstag, den 19. Mai 2015 – „Corporate Social Responsibility hands on“ – unter diesem Motto packte gestern bereits zum dritten mal eine Gruppe internationaler Mitarbeiter der MICE-Branche (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Events) im Rahmen des „IMEX Charity Cookings“ gemeinsam für die gute Sache an. „Die gute Sache“ – das ist der Verein „Lichtblick e.V.“ rund um die Ordensschwester Sigrid, die sich bereits seit Jahrzehnten in Frankfurt und Umgebung für Obdachlose engagiert. Mit größtem persönlichem Einsatz, schier endloser Energie, einer gehörigen Portion Mut und Durchsetzungsvermögen hat sie es geschafft, 30 Obdachlosen im Heim „Lichtblick“ eine neue Heimat zu geben.

„Charity Cooking @IMEX“ als Teil der IMEX CSR-Strategie
Die IMEX unterstützt den Verein bereits seit 2012 im Rahmen ihrer Corporate Social Responsibility Strategie und setzt diese Hilfe gemeinsam mit dem Event-Sponsor, dem Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotel, auch künftig fort. Dabei erhält das Haus „Lichtblick“ neben dem leckeren und wertschätzenden Mittagsmahl auch einen vierstelligen Geldbetrag aus dem Fundraisingprojekt „Badge Back“, den die IMEX gemeinsam mit einem Projektpartner – in diesem Jahr bereits zum zweiten mal das GCB German Convention Bureau e.V. – zur Verfügung stellt.

Eine Brücke zwischen der Meeting-Welt und der Armut bauen
Ein besonderes Anliegen ist der IMEX dabei, nicht nur Gelder zur Verfügung zu stellen, sondern auch, eine Brücke zwischen der internationalen Welt der Veranstaltungsbranche und den weniger Privilegierten unserer Gesellschaft zu bauen. Ziel ist es dabei, die MICE-Branche (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, Events) dafür zu sensibilisieren, etwas „zurück zu geben“ und nicht weg zu schauen. Carina Bauer, CEO der IMEX Group erklärt: „Wir sind uns unserer Rolle als Innovationstreiber in der Welt des internationalen Meeting Managements bewusst und verstehen uns einerseits als verbindendes Element und gleichzeitig als Ideengeber. Mit unserem lokalen Engagement in den Orten, an denen die IMEX stattfindet, wollen wir auf die umfangreichen Hilfsmöglichkeiten, die unserer Branche zur Verfügung stehen, aufmerksam machen. Gleichzeitig wollen wir unseren Teilnehmern auch konkrete CSR-Ideen mit an die Hand geben, die sie im eigenen Unternehmen umsetzen können.“

Der 25-köpfige Kochtrupp war in diesem Jahr besonders international bestückt und setzte sich aus allen Bereichen, die die Veranstaltungsbranche zu bieten hat, zusammen: Neben Kollegen aus Deutschland kamen die Teilnehmer aus Ecuador, USA, Frankreich und England, um gemeinsam den Kochlöffel zu schwingen.

Unter fachmännischer Anleitung von Werner Manßhardt, Chefkoch des Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotels, der selbst auch bereits zum dritten mal dabei war, zauberte die Gruppe ein leckeres Mittagsmahl, bei dem es köstliche regionale Frankfurter Spezialitäten zu genießen gab.

„Die Teilnahme an diesem Event war für mich etwas ganz Besonderes. Ich reise immer am Vortag der IMEX aus USA an und da kam das Angebot, an diesem Tag etwas Sinnvolles zu unternehmen, wie gerufen. Ich finde das Projekt so spannend, dass ich sogar eine Kundin aus Ecuador mit gebracht habe“ so Claudia Coronado Paiz, Sales Director Lateinamerika der Melia Hotels International Hotelgruppe.

Carina Bauer dazu: „Wir freuen uns sehr über den Erfolg unseres dritten „IMEX Charity Cookings@Lichtblick“ zugunsten des Heimes „Lichtblick“ und bedanken uns herzlich bei unseren Partnern: dem Sheraton Frankfurt Congress Hotel für das Sponsoring der Zutaten, die Bereitstellung der Tischdekoration und die fachliche Unterstützung, dem GCB German Convention Bureau als Fundraisingpartner unseres Badge-Back Programmes und bei Schwester Sigrid für den erneuten freundlichen Empfang.“

Die IMEX Sozialprojekte sind Bestandteil der IMEX CSR-Strategie. Im Rahmen des “Giving-Back” Programmes“ unterstützt die IMEX lokale Charity Projekte und -organisationen, in den Regionen bzw. Städten, in denen die IMEX stattfindet. Für die IMEX Frankfurt wurden zwei Projekte ausgesucht: die beiden lolaken in Frankfurt ansässigen Charity-Organisationen “Maisha’s Sewing Project – Integration for African Women Through Sewing” und “Lichtblick aktiv Schwester Sigrid e.V.“.

Skills, networking and marketing – IMEX helps with business through education

March 30, 2015

Skills, networking and marketing –
IMEX helps with business through education

Buyers at IMEX in Frankfurt will acquire many valuable business skills and extensive marketing knowledge through the show’s wide ranging education programme at The Inspiration Hub.

New early morning deep dive sessions on Business Networking and the other on Building Confidence are among the latest additions to the vast choice of business skills seminars and workshops at the event, which takes place on 19 to 21 May.

Effective Negotiating, Ten Business Skills that Never Go Out of Fashion, Engaging Today’s Audiences Differently, You Don’t Want a Meeting You Want an Outcome and Cultural Differences Beyond Behavioural are some of the 30 engaging and inspiring business skills sessions.

The Marketing and Communications programme is also extensive and will cover key subjects such as increasing the ROI of marketing events, content marketing, audience engagement and using storytelling techniques.

The overall Inspiration Hub programme covers all aspects of business with 10 tracks and more than 170 sessions designed for the meetings industry, from Technology & Social Media, Risk Management & Compliance, Trends & Research, Health and Wellbeing, Diversity and Sustainability, Creative Learning and General Education to Business Skills and Marketing & Communication. The education sessions, 30 of them in German, will also be divided into strands for the Young Professional and Senior Professional.

Creative Thursday is another innovation within the education programme this year and the sessions will be delivered in a variety of formats including interactive hands-on workshops, seminars, campfires, the research pod, hot topic tables and meet the expert.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says: “While business meetings on stands are the centre point of IMEX, education is an essential element as we aim to inspire buyers and exhibitors and fulfil their needs. The comprehensive Inspiration Hub programme will be valuable to buyers whether they want to refresh their knowledge, or acquire CMP/CEU and ISES Points or are looking for new ideas.”

To find out more about the educational tracks, please search

Be the best – be green

February 9, 2015

Be the best – be green
Submissions now open for IMEX-GMIC Green Awards

Applications are open for the prestigious IMEX-GMIC Green Awards 2015 honouring outstanding environmental and social initiatives. Jointly run by IMEX and the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC) and now in their 13th year, these awards recognise outstanding achievement in green meetings planning, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The deadline to apply for the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards is 1 March 2015.

The awards span four categories covering key aspects of the green meetings sector: Green Meeting Award (small), Green Meeting Award (large), Green Supplier and Commitment to the Community Award.

Environmental awareness among meeting organisers is recognised by the Green Meeting Award, which judges a specific event based on a planner’s efforts to prevent and reduce environmental impact. The Green Supplier Award recognises a meeting supplier that has made innovative efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Finally, the Commitment to the Community Award honours those who have demonstrated innovative efforts to benefit a charitable initiative.

Nominations for the IMEX-GMIC Green Awards are judged by a panel of international industry experts and awards will be presented at the prestigious IMEX Gala Dinner (20 May) taking place at the Frankfurt Alte Oper, during IMEX in Frankfurt (19 – 21 May 2015).

See for further details and to view case studies of previous winners.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, comments: “The IMEX-GMIC Green Awards have been developed to recognise organisations within the industry that are excelling in their efforts to minimise their environmental and social impacts.

“As companies and planners alike seek out ways to give back to the local communities and destinations where they gather, these programme elements become ever more important to the overall impact of the event. We are proud to support and recognise such meetings and events that have a positive impact that goes beyond the meeting room.”

Kicks Off at IMEX America 2014

October 31, 2014

Future Leaders Forum – A Defining Moment for Next-Gen Meeting Professionals – Kicks Off at IMEX America 2014

Las Vegas, Oct 2014 – For more than 105 college students from 24 universities across the United States, Canada and Mexico, the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum (FLF) at IMEX America 2014 is more than just a break from studies – it is a defining career moment in the meetings industry. That’s exactly the goal that IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom envisioned 11 years ago when he launched this education program designed to prepare next-generation leaders in the fast-growing global meetings field. The two-day program runs through today at the Sands Expo® in Las Vegas.
Bloom said, “Featuring sessions on hot topics led by industry thought leaders, professional development training and a wide array of networking opportunities, FLF aims to ignite the passion of all attendees and entice them into rewarding careers that will shape the direction of the meetings industry.”

‘Blooming marvelous’ – Industry volunteers work their green fingers for IMEX Challenge

October 16, 2014

‘Blooming marvelous’ – Industry volunteers work their green fingers for IMEX Challenge at the Shade Tree, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Monday October 13 – A total of 46 meetings and events industry volunteers gathered at the Shade Tree center for abused women and children in Las Vegas over the weekend (Oct 11 and 12) to create a brand new healing garden as part of the IMEX Challenge 2014.

The volunteers worked tirelessly in shifts on Saturday and Sunday to complete the work on the gardens, which was generously sponsored by host sponsors, Sands Cares and GES. Sands Cares covered the cost of creating the new healing gardens, while the entire project was designed and managed by The Venetian® l The Palazzo’s® Horticultural Department who have committed to maintaining the gardens in the future.

GES (Global Experience Specialists) donated and built new storage sheds for all the garden equipment and tools, and for the Shade Tree’s animal shelter – Noah’s Animal House. The Shade Tree is unique in allowing women and children to bring their family pets with them to the shelter. Abandoned, mistreated or rehomed pets are often an unfortunate side effect of family breakups and domestic abuse.

While the volunteers were busy digging and planting, Mike Szuter, Music Director of Song Division, whose motto is “Bringing Meetings to Life with Music”, worked with the women and children to compose and record a song about their experiences and life at the Shade Tree. The song was played to the IMEX America MPI Keynote audience this morning prior to Steve Gross taking the stage to talk about using joy and optimism at work. Gross works with the Life is Good Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that uses play to help children overcome life-threatening challenges, which made the first public performance of the song especially fitting. (Hear the Shade Tree song and see the photos here).

IMEX Challenge at the Shade Tree Shelter, Las Vegas.
IMEX America has supported two local not-for-profits since its launch in Las Vegas – Opportunity Village and the Shade Tree shelter. The chance to create a new garden at the Shade Tree was a perfect fit for the 2014 IMEX Challenge. A call for individual volunteers and other sponsors resulted in many offers of support from the local Las Vegas community, IMEX partners and beyond.

Speaking about this year’s Challenge, Dale Hudson, Knowledge and Events Director for the IMEX Group, said: “First I’d like to thanks the Sands for their tremendous support without which this year’s challenge would not have come to life. Our thanks also go to GES and all the other sponsors who were so generous. We have been so lucky to have wonderful industry volunteers come forward to help, and the support of the wider meetings and events industry has been heartwarming. Giving back to the community is so important but the truth is the volunteers and supporters always get so much back from the experience themselves – it’s always a win-win. I sincerely thank all of those who made the new gardens possible this weekend…..which have already had their first visit from a hummingbird, bumble bees and butterflies.”

Host sponsors: Sands Cares and GES. Silver Sponsors: Hosts Global Alliance; Allied PRA; Las Vegas Hospitality Association; Treasure Island – Las Vegas. Bronze Sponsor: Northstar Meetings Group.

Participating in the event as volunteer sponsors were: Katrin Naumann, Another Koncept; Cheryl Brazier, Carlson Rezidor Group; Kay Johnson-Frutiger, Covance; Mandy Rinder, Koncept Events; Hilary Smith, Koncept Events; Betsy Bair, MeetingsNet; Varena Jandak, Vienna CVB; Christian Mutschlechner, Vienna CVB; Judith Settele, Vienna CVB; Karen Kinoshita-Banas, Wyndham Hotel Group; Michael McAllen, (also the official podcast sponsor); Thomas Kostoff, Sofisticado, Las Vegas; Jason Glascock, Associate Director of Sales, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino; Kara Yesilcimen, Destination Fabulous; Chris Meyer, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Terri Meyer, CMA Planners.

Individual sponsors included: Elizabeth Baranik, Hard Rock Café; Kim L. Van Delft, AAPG; Linda Davis, Baskow & Associates; Stephanie Arone, Activity Planners, Inc.; Diane Herrmann, JNR Incorporated; Han R. Geskes and Aero Jet Services.

Two special sponsors also made vital donations – The South Africa National Convention Bureau and DMAI (Destination Marketing Association International).

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.

IMEX reaches 100 signatories target for meetings industry Declaration of Support

April 16, 2014

News Release
14 April 2014

Following the signing of the IMEX Declaration of Support for the meetings and events industry by the President of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, the IMEX Group has now reached its first phase target of 100 signatories for the advocacy document.

Shortly after Ibrahim Çağlar signed the declaration during the MPI European Meetings & Events Conference at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Dr Gerhard Rusch, City Councillor for Tourism, Graz, also put his name to the declaration, bringing the current total to 101 names. (For a full list of all signatories see –

Other positive outcomes from IMEX’s political advocacy efforts include Azerbaijan exhibiting at the show for the first time. This follows the attendance of the Azerbaijani Director of the Department of Foreign Tourism, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Fikret Mammadov, at last year’s Politicians Forum.

This year an Azerbaijani delegation will be led by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr Dr Nazim Samadov, who will attend the Politicians Forum, and Florian Sengstshmid, Managing Director of the newly formed Azerbaijan Convention Bureau.
Talking about their participation in IMEX, Samadov states: “The Azerbaijan Convention Bureau (AzCB) is the lead agency for promotion of MICE activities and has the mandate from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to implement the strategy for MICE development in Azerbaijan.”

States Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group: “Achieving full-scale global understanding of the true benefits of the meetings sector is clearly a long-term task. However, when we see visible advancements, such as the politicians and dignitaries who have signed the declaration to date, together with the participation of the Azerbaijani delegation at this year’s show, our joint progress becomes real. It also provides further encouragement and focus for the work that lies ahead.”

Speaking as one of the leading industry associations which actively supports the Politicians Forum, Arnaldo Nardone, President of ICCA, added: “I urge all ICCA colleagues who want to positively influence their government officials and politicians to sign up and participate in the Politicians Forum by bringing influential individuals to Frankfurt in May.”

This year’s IMEX Politicians Forum takes place on Tuesday 20th May at the Villa Kennedy. The day’s programme will include a ‘Global Exchange of Best Practice’ session with a case study by Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners.

Destinations are encouraged to invite their local political representatives to attend by contacting

Politicians Forum final programme:

Alphabetical list of Declaration signatories to date –

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