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IMEX Group supports Global Meetings Industry Day

April 13, 2016

IMEX Group supports Global Meetings Industry Day before its own global industry gathering

The IMEX Group is not only pledging its support for the first Global Meetings Industry Day on Thursday 14 April, its team has contributed to the Day’s anthem.

Global Meetings Industry Day (#GMID) is an initiative that follows the success in 2015 of North American Meetings Industry Day (NAMID). This expansion is the idea of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition who will again join forces with the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and other industry partners to host advocacy events and rallies, and champion the value of the meetings and events industry.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented: “Global Meetings Industry Day is a great innovation and we are delighted to support it wholeheartedly. In fact some of our team played a small part in the online song writing process as one of the many groups around the world who contributed to Song Division’s Global Meetings Industry Day Anthem.

Global Meetings Industry Day is only five days before IMEX in Frankfurt (19 – 21 April) where the global meetings industry will be coming together from across the world. Alongside the trade show is the annual IMEX Politicians Forum which will, like Global Meetings Industry Day, highlight the valuable, wide-ranging contribution that the meetings and events industry makes to national and regional economies. Politicians and policy makers from across the globe will be there to share best practice and discuss with industry leaders how destinations are preparing for the challenges over the coming years.

Carina Bauer adds: “The politicians will also hear about Global Meetings Industry Day at our Opening Ceremony from David DuBois, our keynote speaker, who, as Immediate Past Chair of the Convention Industry Council and President & CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), has played a key role in the initiative.

The GMID YouTube video can be seen and heard at

Many industry association partners of the IMEX Group are arranging events to support the Day. They are listed at


Die IMEX Gruppe unterstützt den Global Meetings Industry Day

April 13, 2016

Die IMEX Gruppe unterstützt den Global Meetings Industry Day kurz vor Beginn der IMEX in Frankfurt

Die IMEX Gruppe unterstützt den ersten Global Meetings Industry Day, der am Donnerstag den 14. April stattfinden wird – ein Teil des IMEX Teams gestaltete die Hymne der Veranstaltung mit.

Der Global Meetings Industry Day (#GMID) ist eine Initiative, die auf dem Erfolg des North American Meetings Industry Days (NAMID) im Jahr 2015 aufbaut. Diese Weiterentwicklung basiert auf der Idee von Meetings Mean Business, die in diesem Projekt wieder mit dem Convention Industry Council (CIC) sowie weiteren Industriepartnern kooperieren. Die Initiative organisiert gemeinsame Veranstaltungen und Events, die den Wert der Meeting- und Eventbranche untermauern.

Carina Bauer, CEO der IMEX Gruppe kommentiert: „Der Global Meetings Industry Day ist eine großartige Innovation und wir freuen uns, diese Veranstaltung mit ganzem Herzen unterstützen zu können. Einige unserer Kollegen aus dem IMEX Team haben sogar aktiv an der Online Kreation der Hymne der Veranstaltung, gemeinsam mit den vielen anderen Gruppen rund um den Globus, mitgewirkt.

Der Global Meetings Industry Day findet nur fünf Tage vor der IMEX in Frankfurt statt (19. bis 21. April), wo neben der Fachmesse auch das jährliche IMEX Politicians Forum stattfinden wird. Das IMEX Politicians Forum unterstreicht die wertvolle Rolle, die Veranstaltungen in der wirtschaftlichen Entwicklung von Regionen und Ländern einnehmen. Politiker aus der ganzen Welt werden ihre bewährten Methoden und erfolgreichen Beispiele vorstellen und mit Branchenexperten diskutieren, wie Destinationen sich für die Herausforderungen der nächsten Jahre vorbereiten können.

Carina Bauer ergänzt: “Die Politiker werden in der Keynote Rede, die David DuBois im Rahmen der Eröffnungszeremonie hält vom Global Meetings Industry Day erfahren. Herr DuBois selbst hat als Immediate Past Chair des Convention Industry Councils und Präsident & CEO der International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) eine entscheidende Rolle bei den Entwicklung dieses neuen Formats eingenommen.

Das GMID YouTube Video ist unter folgendem Link erhältlich

Viele Branchenverbände und Partner der IMEX Gruppe veranstalten Events, um den Global Meetings Industry Day zu unterstützen. Eine vollständige Liste ist unter folgendem Link erhältlich:


WINiT Hosts Two Education Sessions at IMEX in Frankfurt

April 13, 2016

WINiT Hosts Two Education Sessions at IMEX in Frankfurt
WINiT Extends Reach of Its Career Development Programming to European Meeting Industry

Frankfurt – April 11, 2016 – WINiT, an a network of women and men providing career development, visibility and mobility services to women in the travel, meeting, event and exhibition industries, will host two education sessions at IMEX in Frankfurt which runs April 19 – 21, 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany (Halle 8, Messe).  These sessions, taking places as part of the event’s Inspiration Hub, will cover two career development topics: Dealing with Challenging People and Confidence=Impact: Three Steps to Bridge the Gap.

The Dealing with Challenging People session outlines a process for understanding, addressing and resolving conflict that can be applied in both professional and personal contexts.  The Confidence=Impact: Three Steps to Bridge the Gap, will explore three steps to start closing the confidence gap.  Speakers will share personal stories about how confidence had an impact on the their success and career growth.  WINiT develops and delivers educational content on a variety of relevant career development topics that are informed by industry and member insight.

One of our primary objectives is to bring valuable career development and educational opportunities to the industries we serve.  We are thrilled to be joining forces with IMEX to extend the reach of our programming to IMEX members in Europe,” commented Dawn Repoli, Director of Program Management, WINiT.

WINiT members Kaaren Hamilton, Vice president, Global Group Sales Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group and Kaori Peyera-Lago, Senior Director, SMM Business Development, EMEA – BCD Meetings & Events will serve as presenters of the Dealing with Challenging People session. Lenore Danzieri, Chief Strategy Office – Limo Alliance Corporation and Kaaren Hamilton, Vice president, Global Group Sales Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, also WINiT members, will deliver the Confidence=Impact session.

The Dealing with Challenging People session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th from 13.30 – 14.00.  The Confidence=Impact session will be held on Wednesday, April 20thfrom 15.00-15.30.  Both sessions will be hosted in Seminar Room 3, Inspiration Hub, Stand G680.


Media Production in Frankfurt

April 7, 2016

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Business is Personal at IMEX in Frankfurt

April 1, 2016

Business is Personal at IMEX in Frankfurt

The comprehensive education programme at IMEX in Frankfurt this year is set to shine the light on personal development, with sessions by renowned experts from across the world.
Business is Personal is a key theme of the show, which takes place 19 – 21 April at Messe Frankfurt, and has been designed to help buyers and exhibitors grow and develop both professionally and personally.
Educational tracks focussed on Business Skills and Personal Development explore this theme with sessions on leadership skills, developing confidence and fostering strong connections. Jonathan Bradshaw, CEO of the Meetology® Lab, delivers The Meetology® guide to influence and persuasion, sharing little known tips, tools and techniques including how music can change behaviour. Kaaren Hamilton Vice President, Global Sales at Carlson Rezidor, and Kaori Pereyra-Lago, Senior Director of SMM Business Development EMEA for BCD Meetings & Events, give advice on Dealing with challenging people  in a WINiT (WomenInTravel) session. Kaaren also explores the ‘confidence gap’ and shares personal stories about how confidence impacts success and career growth in the session Confidence = Impact: Three Steps to Bridge the Gap.
Develop your authentic leadership skills  is covered by R. Michael Anderson, creator of The Executive JOY Institute, which specialises in teaching organisations and leaders how to become even more successful through the psychology of happiness.
The latest research into the brain is explored in How passion and focus will boost your productivity and fulfilment, led by certified Passion Test facilitator, Elizabeth Pine from Pine Communication+Training.
Carina Bauer, CEO IMEX Group, explains: “The world of work is rapidly evolving and, in order to keep up, we need to ensure our professional and personal wellbeing doesn’t fall to the bottom of the to-do list. Our Business is Personal theme has been developed in response to changes in the industry and requirements for new skills. This year both our personal development and wellbeing tracks offer dozens of new ideas and fresh angles on how to change old habits of mind, body and spirit!
There are also numerous ways for both buyers and exhibitors to join the Business is Personal theme off the show floor, via meditation and yoga sessions in the new Be Well Lounge sessions, brought to you by InnerSense and supported by Weichlein Tours + Incentives and Munich Convention Bureau, or by joining others for an energetic start to the day on Wednesday at the IMEXrun, inspired by Rio de Janeiro.
Fresh from its success at IMEX America, the Play Room will host its interactive ‘quirkshops’ at IMEX in Frankfurt. Play With A Purpose brings this new feature to the show, providing a creative, interactive, hands on “play space” designed to provide a fresh look at meeting planning.
With over 180 education sessions at IMEX in Frankfurt this year, visitors are sure to find sessions that match their needs. The Inspiration Hub, home to all the show floor education, will host experts exploring Business Skills, Creative Learning, Diversity, General Education, Health and Wellbeing, Marketing/ Social Media, Personal Development, Sustainability, Technology, Trends and Research. CMP/CEU and ISES Points can also be accrued at many sessions.
IMEX in Frankfurt takes place at Messe Frankfurt from 19 – 21 April 2016. For further information and to register as a visitor go to


Senior event planners to visit IMEX in Frankfurt en route to Global Event Summit

March 22, 2016

Senior event planners to visit IMEX in Frankfurt en route to Global Event Summit

Senior corporate and agency event planners from many leading organisations in North America and Europe who are members of the International Special Events Society (ISES) will be visiting IMEX in Frankfurt in April this year.

They will be taking part in IMEX before travelling to Scotland for the first ever Global Event Summit. The event consists of three days of high level debates to be held in Edinburgh and Gleneagles, concluding with a gala dinner on the Royal Yacht Britannia anchored in the River Forth not far from Edinburgh.

Among the influential event professionals visiting the Frankfurt show will be senior executives from CTMS Travel, AOO Events, Giants Enterprises, XPL, Aerospace Industry Association, 2Heads, Cerbelli Creative, George P Johnson, Calgary Stampede, Penton Media, Shaw Communications, Silhouette Group, Cvent, Viacom, Super Bowl, BC Innovation Council and Elias Events.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group commented; “The Global Event Summit is an exciting new initiative that will provide valuable insights for all the delegates. We’ve been working with ISES for several years and are delighted to be consolidating our relationship by partnering with ISES and VisitScotland Business Events in supporting this event. We’re also looking forward to giving these highly qualified buyers the chance to visit IMEX in Frankfurt to learn more about the latest developments in the meetings and incentives sector and make the most of their experience.

Jodi Collen CSEP, President of the International Special Events Society said “We are looking forward to bringing some of the best minds from the events industry in the US and Canada to IMEX in April before we move on to Scotland to hold our first Global Events Summit in Edinburgh. We enjoy a very strong partnership relationship with the team at IMEX, and regard IMEX in Frankfurt as the premier show in Europe.

Senior Event-Planer besuchen die IMEX in Frankfurt auf dem Weg zum Global Event Summit

March 22, 2016

Senior Event-Planer besuchen die IMEX in Frankfurt auf dem Weg zum Global Event Summit

Senior Corporate und Agentur Planer aus vielen der führenden Unternehmen und Veranstaltungsagenturen in Nordamerika und Europa, die Mitglied der International Special Events Society (ISES) sind, werden die IMEX in Frankfurt im April in diesem Jahr besuchen.

Die Veranstaltungsprofis statten der IMEX ihren Besuch ab, bevor sie zum ersten Global Event Summit nach Schottland weiterreisen werden. Die ISES Mitglieder dürfen sich dort auf ein dreitägiges hochkarätiges Programm in Edinburgh und Gleneagles mit vielen anspruchsvollen Diskussionen und ein Gala-Dinner freuen. Diese exklusive Abendveranstaltung findet auf der Britannia statt, der 83. königlichen Yacht von Großbritannien, die am Meeresarm Firth of Forth unweit von Edinburgh ankert.

Unter den einflussreichen Veranstaltungsexperten, die die IMEX in Frankfurt besuchen werden, befinden sich Fach- und Führungskräfte der folgenden Unternehmen und Agenturen: CTMS Travel, AOO Events, Giants Enterprises, XPL, Aerospace Industry Association, 2Heads, Cerbelli Creative, George P Johnson, Calgary Stampede, Penton Media, Shaw Communications, Silhouette Group, Cvent, Viacom, Super Bowl, BC Innovation Council und Elias Events.

Carina Bauer, CEO der IMEX Gruppe bemerkt: „Der Global Event Summit ist ein interessantes neues Format, das den Teilnehmern wertvolle Einblicke ermöglicht. Wir arbeiten mit ISES bereits seit mehreren Jahren zusammen und freuen uns sehr, diese Kooperation nun gemeinsam mit ISES und VisitScotland Business Events als Partner für diese Veranstaltung erfolgreich fortzuführen. Wir freuen uns auch darauf, diesen hochqualifizierten Einkäufern die Möglichkeit zum Besuch der IMEX in Frankfurt anbieten zu können. Gerne unterstützen wir sie dabei, das Beste aus ihrer Erfahrung zu machen und die neuesten Entwicklungen der Meeting- und Incentive-Branche zu erfahren.“

Jodi Collen CSEP, Präsidentin der International Special Events Society ergänzt: „Wir freuen uns darauf, einige der besten Köpfe der Veranstaltungsbranche aus den USA und Kanada im April zur IMEX zu bringen, bevor wir nach Schottland weiterreisen, um in Edinburgh unseren ersten Global Events Summit abzuhalten. Wir genießen die starke Partnerschaft und die Kooperation mit dem IMEX Team sehr und sehen die IMEX in Frankfurt als die führende Branchenfachmesse in Europa an.“

IMEX highlights trends to note in 2016

December 14, 2015

IMEX highlights trends to note in 2016
What will be the trends and buzzwords in the world of business, in the meetings industry and in our lives in 2016?

Here are six ideas and trends identified by the IMEX team that are likely to be more evident and influential next year.

1. Personalisation – is this just the start?
CocaCola and Starbucks have already been using it, and McDonalds and British Airways have recently indicated that it is going to be part of their strategy: personalisation, described in December 2015 by leading UK marketing title The Drum as “one of the hottest topics in the marketing industry today. Consumers today are living seamlessly across different devices and platforms and today expect a highly personalised experience from brands.

In 2015, Gartner indicated that personalisation will continue upwards and reach its plateau in two to five years. This suggests that this flurry of activity is just a prelude to what may develop next year and beyond.

People like to be treated as individuals and like to be able to tailor how they are treated whether as an employee or as a consumer. This was recently highlighted in HR magazine: Similarly IMEX has extended the options and flexibility of its hosted buyer programme to allow buyers more opportunities to tailor their experience at the show to fulfil their personal needs and interests.

2. Data and analytics – underpinning new marketing strategies
Data gathering and analytics that drill down into the behaviours of the individual and group are essential to personalisation strategies so, as a corollary of the growth of personalisation, there will be an increased focus on these elements. Digital marketing expert Mark Goddard in Forbes magazine says that in 2016, personalisation “will rely heavily on data integration and customer segmentation.” Also in Forbes magazine’s marketing predictions for 2016, Fintech expert Kevin Brown says: “Marketing and Data Science will be the new Dynamic Duo.

3. Being human
The continuing growth of the meetings and conference industry in an era when Skype and video conferencing are established reflects the essential importance and need for face to face contact.

Similarly, in contrast to the data driven approach, marketing expert Alan Hart, founder of marketing consultancy predicts that “Being Human will return to marketing” because ‘consumers want to be inspired and have meaningful and personal connections with brands to move them to buy products and services.’

4. Shared economy – from consumer travel to the meetings industry
PwC predicts that the shared economy globally will grow from a value of $15bn in 2013 to $335bn in 2025. Within the travel sector, from Airbnb to Uber, from Bookalokal to Vizeat, the concept has made enormous inroads among consumers. Next year the meetings industry discussing more intensively and proactively how it can and should adapt to this trend and use it co-operatively, with first steps to put words into action being seen.

At IMEX in Frankfurt 2016, this topic will run throughout the show.

5. Community – giving back
In an age when spare time is supposedly under pressure, the drive to contribute and give back, whether it is through volunteering or through schemes such as the, is a growing trend.

In 2013, one in four adults in the USA (25.4 percent) volunteered through an organization. Altogether, 62.6 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.7 billion hours last year. Based on the Independent Sector’s estimate of the average value of a volunteer hour, the estimated value of this volunteer service is nearly $173 billion.

According to the UK’s annual Community Life Survey, in 2014-15 “there was a significant increase in the proportion of people taking part in civic participation at least once a month (5%) compared to 2013-14 (3%)”.

It also reports that in 2014-15, 8% of people participated in employer volunteering, a significant increase compared to 2012-13 (6%).

While there seems to be an emphasis in society on ‘looking after yourself’, it is good to see altruism also increasing as well.

6. Asia – potentially the key growth area for new meetings destinations and venues
The importance of this region is endorsed by the latest annual American Express meetings and events industry report which says that ‘meetings spending is rising globally, led by the Asia Pacific region with 2.1 per cent growth expected.’

In the 2012 IMEX Power of 10 study – looking at what the next decade holds for the meetings industry – 46 per cent of respondents anticipated growing political and economic influence coming from Asia. This was evident at IMEX in Frankfurt 2015 where stand space taken by countries from the Asia Pacific region expanded by 16 percent. Hosted buyer participation from the region has also increased significantly over the past 3 years.

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