IMEX organisers upbeat despite travel delays

The IMEX Frankfurt trade show moved into its final day with organisers claiming “magnificent support” despite the effects of a rail strike in Germany which had delayed some visitors and exhibitors.
With creativity a key theme of IMEX 2015, chairman Ray Bloom said exhibitors had responded well, with 70 stands investing in new designs this year.
He said: “We have seen great levels of creativity and thought among our exhibitors, which is testament to their faith in IMEX as a proven deliverer of business.”
IMEX Group CEO Carina Bloom said a strong showing at this year’s Politicians Forum was a further demonstration of the rising recognition that meetings activity had at a government level. She said: “This year’s event had several ministers of industry, as well as legislators with a tourism portfolio, which shows how meetings and events are rising up the governmental agenda”.
The politicians gathered at the Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt for discussions under the theme ‘How do I attract more meetings and events my destination?’ Thirty-four destinations were represented. A VIP tour of the exhibition proper followed.
Initiatives including Be Well at IMEX and Creative Thursday were also adding value, offering education and inspiration, the organisers noted. UK politicians were conspicuous by their absence when 24 VIPs toured the show floor.
A gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Opera House, 20 May, was attended by over 500 guests.
IMEX continues 21 May at Messe Frankfurt. Visit the CMW stand G218.

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