Frankfurt

JMIC delivers new report, new members and new programmes

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) marked its first 2019 Council meeting in Frankfurt recently with the tabling of a long-awaited report, new programme offerings, the announcement of a 2019 Unity Award winner and another increase in membership. The JMIC Case Study programme launched three years ago in partnership with three member organisations – AIPC, ICCA and PCMA – delivered its final r...

TechnOvation attracts over 300 for ‘afters’ in Frankfurt

Ovation Global DMC, Marriott International, Dorier Group and Oman Tourism, hosted 300 attendees for the 2nd edition of TechnOvation, the only tech afterwork event at IMEX Frankfurt. Guests enjoyed networking with key industry professionals, and also experienced a real hologram in action. The event also enabled them to share thoughts on today’s and future MICE event technologies. A prize of a round...

Event Horizon: My first IMEX

Event Horizon is a column by CMW’s Stuart Wood, taking a look at the events industry from a newcomer’s perspective. In this latest instalment he travels to Frankfurt for his first ever IMEX, where he gets lost inside a Kafka novel and finds the Danes playing beer pong…   I expected it would be big. But I didn’t expect it to be quite this enormous. For many of you who’ve been in ev...

IMEX Frankfurt 2019: in pictures

IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom described the 2019 show in Frankfurt, which drew to a close on 23 May, as “an outstanding week of business, learning and experiences to stir the imagination”. The IMEX Chairman claimed the show as the largest ever IMEX, taking into account Hall 9. There had been approximately 4,500 exhibitors and 3,800 hosted buyers, he said. EduMonday, on the day before the show proper, ha...

IMEX fires the imagination in Frankfurt and announces date change for 2020

IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom described the 2019 show in Frankfurt, which drew to a close on 23 May, as “an outstanding week of business, learning and experiences to stir the imagination”. Bloom reported a high level of engagement between exhibitors and buyers, with 70,000 individual and group appointments, 72% of which had a mini RFP attached. The IMEX Chairman claimed the show as the largest ever IMEX...

Inside the dream event pitches of MPI’s University Challenge

The MPI Future Leaders Forum held the finals of its 2019 university challenge scheme at IMEX Frankfurt, where six students pitched their dream event for a chance to win a scholarship and a trip to MPI’s World Education Congress in June. The winning pitch came from South Africa’s Emile Coetzee, who picked up her award at IMEX’ gala dinner and awards ceremony on 22 May. Coetzee is ...

Russia opens to the IMEX world with the flavour of ice cream and lotto

Russian companies were out in force on the national Russia Open to the World stand on the second day of IMEX Frankfurt and treated visitors to ice cream and lotto, as well as imparting much useful information on how to hold effective business events in the country. There were presentations by the Russian Convention Bureau, Z.Brothers, Sverdlovsk region, Roscongress Foundation, Usta ICE, Ltd. and I...

How Positive Impact is lobbying for a sustainable events industry

Positive Impact, an organisation aiming to promote sustainable practices across the events industry, was present at IMEX Frankfurt to discuss its current work and upcoming plans. Fiona Pelham, Positive Impact CEO and former MPI President, began by highlighting the critical importance of acting now to combat climate change. A report by the International Panel on Climate Change said in October that ...

Ex-ICCA CEO Martin Sirk appointed to Global Association Hubs

Ex-ICCA CEO Martin Sirk (pictured second from left) has been appointed as the new International Advisor to Global Association Hubs, an organisation which aims to develop associations around the world. The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced the sudden departure of long-serving CEO Sirk last July, saying it would be “working with new leadership to drive the associatio...

IMEX Frankfurt 2019 is live!

IMEX 2019 is officially under way in Germany, where the MICE industry has gathered under the roof of the enormous Messe Frankfurt to network, learn and do business. CMW will be providing live updates throughout the three-day event, so keep your eyes peeled for relevant content from keynotes, panels, the show floor and beyond. Auf geht’s!

Golden new planner packages from Maritim

Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group Maritim Hotels is marking 50 years of delivering hospitality to meeting planners and business travellers with a new range of discount packages to be unveiled at IMEX Frankfurt, where Maritim has a property next to the Messe. The new conference rates will apply across the company’s 34 German hotels throughout this year. Mark Spivey (pictured), Director of...

Leipzig set to manifest its Saxon spirit at IMEX

Following an IMEX tradeshow debut last year, Leipzig will this year present its ‘Feel the spirit… do-it-at-leipzig.de’ congress initiative on the show floor in Frankfurt 21-23 May. Leipzig Tourismus und Marketing GmbH and seven of its partners including Congress Center Leipzig (CCL), KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig, Porsche Leipzig and the Red Bull Arena Leipzig, will be out in force and, havin...