IMEX expects 14,000 visitors to 2013 show in Frankfurt

IMEX Chairman Ray Bloom welcomed visitors and exhibitors to IMEX 2013 in Messe Frankfurt, expecting a total of 14,000 international meetings professionals to attend over the three days of the show.

Four
events took place even prior to the doors opening in Hall 8 of the
Messe, 21 May. A new corporate networking event, Exclusively Corporate @
IMEX was hosted at Rocco Forte Hotels’ Villa Kennedy and drew 70
corporate planners, 20 May.

“Meetings
remain the dominant part of corporate business for us,” said Sir Rocco
Forte, who noted all 11 of his hotels were represented on stand at IMEX.

Association Day attracted 300 executives with an evening reception for 900.

Global incentives association Site celebrated its 40th anniversary, also on the eve of IMEX 2013, with Site Nite Europe.

Bloom
told an opening press conference that 35 government ministers were
taking part in the Politicians Forum. He added there was ever more need
to get the message over of the power of meetings for driving growth.

Bloom
underlined the importance of partnerships for the show. “The ongoing
support of the German Convention Bureau underpins the success of IMEX,”
he said.

Day One of IMEX also saw the release of the German Meeting and Events Barometer.

Joachim
Scholz, Head of Market Research and Statistics at the German National
Tourist Board (DZT), said the report was the only comprehensive survey
to examine the entire German event market. Over 6,500 suppliers were
interviewed, as we as 12,700 organisers.

“Clearly
international demand for meetings in Germany is increasing,” said Herr
Scholz, noting the country was the No.1 city in Europe, again, according
to the latest ICCA rankings and closing the gap on the USA for top
spot.

A
visitor spend of 57.2bn euros was attracted in 2012, according to the
survey and business trips to conferences and meetings totaled 3.3m.

MD
of the GCB, Matthias Schultze, added that “with 362 delegates, the
German meetings industry has done more than simply improve on its own
previous results. It is now making an ever-larger contribution to the
wider economy”.

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