IMEX has followed up its increase in exhibitor numbers with a claim that 3,800
hosted buyers are attending its 2010 show in Frankfurt.
Registrations are up 80 per cent from
South America and 50 per cent from both Asia and Australia, the
MD Paul Flackett said that stand design had been ’very
effective’, especially from first-time exhibitors.
A record 30
politicians attended the Politicians Forum which had been, according to IMEX
chairman Ray Bloom, ’more important than ever’.
Over 600 guests attended
the Gala Dinner, with the JMIC Unity Award presented to director of the Vienna
Convention Bureau, Christian Mutschlechner, pictured.
In the Green
section, gold awards went to the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen; Tourism
Toronto; the Switzerland Convention and Incentives Bureau and the Adelaide
IMEX Group chairman Ray Bloom also gave new details on
IMEX’s plans to expand into North America, with MPI as a new strategic partner,
he promised to bring the largest number of hosted buyers to any single trade
show in the US.