Bloom officially opens 9th IMEX in Frankfurt

Chairman
of IMEX Ray Bloom
officially opened the ninth edition of the meetings
industry trade show in Frankfurt Germany today (24 May).

Bloom told the opening press conference at the Frankfurt Messe that the 2011 show came amid “a gradual upswing in the industry”.

Bloom
said the industry was “more outward looking than a year ago” and said
emerging market economies would be areas to watch to power global
economic growth. He quoted a McKinsey report claiming 400 mid-range
cities in emerging market countries were set to generate 40 per cent of world
growth.

Messe Frankfurt Chairman Wolfgang Marzin welcomed the 3,500 exhibitors from 150 countries, an IMEX record.

He
said the Messe and the city did not take IMEX for granted and
“continuted to do their utmost to support IMEX. Frankfurt and IMEX are a
good fit,” he added.

German
Convention Bureau MD Mathias Schultze also noted record numbers of
association meeting planners had attended the IMEX Associaiton Day and
Evening, 23 May. The German stand had grown to 2,500sqm, with 204
exhibitors, also a record number.

The
morning’s keynote was delivered by MPI Chairman Eric Rozenberg, who
said the goal for all was “moving meetings and events forward”. He said
never again would the industry be caught lacking ideas to explain its
business case.

IMEX continues at the Messe Frankfurt until 26 May.

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