This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

IMEX Preview

IMEX logo 2017

IMEX in Frankfurt 2017

IMEX Frankfurt should not be missed

More value than ever for visitors from 16-18 May 2017
5 of the main reasons to visit IMEX 2017
Here are 5 of the top reasons why meetings planners, event managers, directors, event marketers, agencies or independents should put IMEX on their ‘must visit’ list for May.

1 - 2017 – A Year of Change, and more exhibitors than ever
As a truly global showcase for the meetings and events industry IMEX is the best place to gain a snapshot of the whole market. With the largest global array of exhibitors from every meetings industry sector, buyers can meet 3,500 worldwide organisations, hundreds of meeting professionals and discover the latest trends – all under one roof.

2 - An opportunity to discover the power and importance of ‘Purposeful Meetings’
This year IMEX has introduced a headline education theme - ‘Purposeful Meetings – Planning with deeper meaning, innovation and insight in mind.’ Through a combination of industry research, keynote presentations and expert speakers, visitors will have a chance to explore event planning through the lens of five key elements: meeting design, behavioural science, health and wellbeing, CSR and legacy, and technology.

3 - A chance to learn, explore or certify – NEW – EduMonday
A new pre-show education programme, ‘EduMonday’, takes place on Monday 15 May, the day before the show. Free of charge and open to all, the day will incorporate five core streams covering event design, future trends and supplier education.

A new partnership with Foundation allows selected event professionals to take their career to the next level by taking the Event Design Certification free of charge on the day (a saving of at least £600).

4 - Tailored events for association executives
IMEX Association Day offers free, tailored education exclusively for association professionals. This year’s redesigned programme features a new Association Management Stream, covering topics including why members leave and how to persuade them to stay, alongside two Meetings & Events Streams (A and B). Association professionals can register their interested here.

5 –In-house event planners have their own event too
Exclusively Corporate at IMEX, for in-house meeting planners and event marketers, has also been redesigned with a new programme of networking and peer to peer learning. Split into two streams, the programme has sessions on strategic global programme management for senior professionals and operational issues for event managers. Event and meeting planners can register their interest her

Full details of registration and conditions for Hosted Buyers, Trade Visitors, Exhibitors and Press are available now at:

IMEX 2017 – Purposeful Meetings design triumphs in building more business  and delivering a better event experience

Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group
In a year when the IMEX Group set out to live and breathe its 2017 Talking Point – Purposeful Meetings – exhibitor and buyer feedback suggests the new, experiential approach to IMEX in Frankfurt paid off.
From the launch of EduMonday on 15 May to the creation and expansion of registration, wellbeing, education and food services into Hall 9, this year’s IMEX was defined by positive and highly visual transformations with innovation radiating throughout the show. 

Read more: IMEX 2017 – Purposeful Meetings design triumphs in building more business  and delivering a better...

Outstanding achievement at all levels of the global meetings industry  celebrated at annual IMEX Gala Dinner

Kazzandra Grove, winner of the 
MPI Student Scholarship Award
Meetings industry professionals from across the world gathered together to celebrate and honour a variety of achievements last night at the 15th annual IMEX Gala Dinner held at the prestigious Alte Oper, a concert hall and former opera house in Frankfurt.
The awards were: The MPI Student Scholarship Award; DMAI Destination Leadership Award; IAEE International Excellence Award; IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award; PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award; SITE Master Motivator Award; IMEX-GMIC Innovation in Sustainability Award; Four regional IMEX Academy Awards and the JMIC Unity Award.

Read more: Outstanding achievement at all levels of the global meetings industry  celebrated at annual IMEX...

Spotlight on Purposeful Meetings in packed programme  of education at IMEX in Frankfurt

Keynote Speaker, Janet Sperstad
“How do we create experiences that deliver deeper meaning and value for both attendees and ourselves, as planners?” Janet Sperstad from Madison Area Technical College shared the preliminary results of a major study into Purposeful Meetings. As part of this year’s IMEX Talking Point, she delivered the keynote, Purposeful meetings research: creating deeper meaning.

Read more: Spotlight on Purposeful Meetings in packed programme  of education at IMEX in Frankfurt

IMEX Politicians Forum generates keen debate

IMEX Politicians Forum
The role that meetings and events can play in destinations in a world where globalisation, free trade, free movement and social order is undergoing critical change was a theme central to the keen and engaging discussions when almost 30 politicians and policy makers came together with 80 industry leaders at the 15th annual IMEX Politicians Forum.

Read more: IMEX Politicians Forum generates keen debate

IMEX to use EventReference Event Management Tool

Event reference and reftech logo
IMEX has announced that their new event management system for 2018 will be based on EventReference – the powerful event registration and management platform developed by RefTech.
IMEX will be extending EventReference with custom built modules and will use it to manage all online interaction with visitors, hosted buyers and exhibitors – including all registrations, the management of hosted buyer travel and diaries, and the exhibitor directory.

Read more: IMEX to use EventReference Event Management Tool