IMEX corners the German and broader European markets for the meeting and travel sectors. Its first show was held in 2003 and since then IMEX has become the beating heart of industry in no small part to its extensive product overview. The focus falls on air travel and charter flights, cruise lines, spa resorts, destination management, golf destinations, event management, entertainment and regional and national tourism. As an exhibitor you’re in the perfect position to gain new trends and generate excellent sales leads. The reputation IMEX has an economic engine is well-earned thanks to its well-developed hosted buyers program, which accounts for half of all visitors.
IMEX occurs every year in late spring in Frankfurt, Germany. Regent Exhibitions Ltd. brings each edition to the modern space of Messe Frankfurt for a total of three days in May. The annual event is open only to trade visitors and doors open from 10:00 am in the morning until 18:00 pm in the afternoon. The only exception is the last day, which closes at 16:30 pm. There are several partners that make IMEX as successful as it is, chief among which is GCB. Messe Frankfurt gives visitors several options in terms of transport. The easiest way would be to drive, but you can also rely on transfer services from the airport as well the metro, suburban train system and the tram.
What Are People Saying?
- “I’ve met planners from all over the world and had some really promising conversations. Just this morning, I introduced my destination to a planner from Russia who then confirmed she had an event which would fit perfectly,” - Lina El Fassi, General Manager, A Sweet Spot Events;
- “There are three shows in the conferences and incentives market, and of them, IMEX in Frankfurt is key. People come with serious business,” - Mark Spivey, Director of International Sales, Maritim Hotels;
- “We’ve all been busy meeting very high quality buyers. There was great excitement today when one of our stand partners was asked to quote for a conference for 7,000 people,” - Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, Chief Convention Bureau Officer, South Africa National Convention Bureau;
- “As a planner of clinical meetings, I’ve been able to meet with specific hotels and DMCs that fit my exact requirements and have progressed some really useful business conversations. I’ve also made the most of the learning opportunities here,” - Augusto Labat, Global Travel Director, Eisai Inc.
Audience & Statistics
IMEX has established itself as a natural meeting point for industry insiders within Germany and the rest of Europe. The numbers are especially pleasing for exhibitors as there are more than 3500 international exhibitors to an audience that regularly exceeds 7000 professionals. The hosted buyer program alone is responsible for over 3800 buyers, whose sole motivation for attendance is to make big purchases. As far as professional backgrounds go, the audience represents hotels, incentive and event agencies, convention centers, meeting and conference planners as well as event companies. Exhibitors can target a variety of markets. The majority of hosted buyers come from countries in Europe – Spain, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland, but you can also meet buyers from USA, Brazil, China and India as the international markets outside Europe with the highest concentration.
IMEX generates incredible business opportunities to network with experts and meet hosted buyers, so you should be prepared with the best hotel rates during IMEX. Trade Fair Trips ltd helps you cut down on work trip expenses and looks into hotels near Messe Frankfurt, so that you enjoy short commutes and excellent access to public transport. Give us a budget and watch us return the top hotel offers on the market. It’s that simple and takes about a day to accomplish. There’s more to us than just hotel accommodation for exhibitions. Trade Fair Trips ltd has stretched its services to include reservations for meeting facilities and installation of exhibition booths. Bundle up every service you need in one affordable package and enjoy your business trip to IMEX.
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