IMEX in Frankfurt 2015, taking place from 19 to 21 May, is on course for further business growth, with a substantial number of new hosted buyer groups confirmed, over 20 new stands already booked representing organisations from all five continents and an extensive range of inspiring new features to help buyers and exhibitors.
There is great interest from buyers across the industry with 34 new groups boosting the nearly 4,000 strong programme. Buyers will be coming from around the world, with new groups added from France, UK, Middle East, Asia and the USA. The unique Concierge Service which was launched last year will be further enhanced, as will hosted buyer lounge services.
The IMEX team will again be introducing several inspiring and engaging new strands to the well established educational programme. New this year is Creative Thursday at the Inspiration Hub which will offer thought–provoking sessions, alongside the popular quick-fire educational seminars.
Two new session formats will be geared specifically towards particular groups; Young Professionals – for anyone relatively new to the industry – and Senior Planners. Before the show opens on Tuesday and Wednesday, there will also be two new in-depth sessions, one on Business Networking and the other on Building Confidence, to kick off the day.
Several highly successful special events which bring together many major groups each year will once again be taking place in Frankfurt during IMEX. Among them is the IMEX Politicians Forum, held at the Villa Kennedy, which gathers ministers, mayors and senior city officials from around the world to meet with senior meeting industry leaders and share important insights into the valuable role that the industry plays in driving business and jobs.
Following its successful launch two years ago, Exclusively Corporate@IMEX, taking place for the first time at the Kempinski Gravenbruch the day prior to the show, enables corporate meeting and event planners from all over the world to learn from industry experts and from their peers.
Association Day, also on the Monday, will be held this year at the newly opened Kap Europa, Messe Frankfurt’s impressive new venue. Packed with educational talks by experts and peers from leading industry associations, it will bring together leaders and event organisers from associations across the globe. These popular and successful annual events showcase brand new programmes this year with an added emphasis on peer to peer engagement. IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom summed up the developments and prospects for IMEX in Frankfurt 2015: “Strong demand from our exhibitors and buyers across the world is a good indication that 2015 will be another year of growth for IMEX in Frankfurt.
“We continue to invest heavily in systems, programmes and ideas to enhance the experience for everyone who takes part in IMEX and enable to them to do business. With many more initiatives still to be announced in the coming months, we are creating the best possible environment for business and are looking forward to welcoming everyone to IMEX in Frankfurt in May.”