Make sure you get to mix with them
Taking place at the Frankfurter Messe from 12 to 14 May 2020, IMEX will once again be an exhilarating exhibition with something to inspire and update everyone in the global MICE sector.
There will be over 3,400 exhibitors from at least 170 countries.
But IMEX has now grown into something much more than an exhibition Even before the exhibition opens, the previous day, 11 May, will be EduMonday, totally dedicated to education for all levels of MICE professionals.
Throughout the whole IMEX 2020 event there will be opportunities for visitors to meet suppliers, to get abreast of the latest techniques and ideas and to network with experienced people in this specialised aspect of global business.
The 250 or more networking events will embrace Educational Seminars, Campfires (small informal sessions), an Agency Directors Forum, Expert Clinics, a Research Pod, an Exclusively Corporate get-together and a She Means Business meeting.
Naturally, IMEX 2020 will finish with an unrivalled Gala Dinner, where some of the new friendships and business connections can be cemented in a celebratory environment.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been investing significantly in reinforcing its infrastructure and transforming and developing the meetings industry within the country to welcome meetings and business events. It now has more than 600 first class hotels, convention and event facilities and nearly all leading international hotel groups have properties in the major cities.