IMEX in Frankfurt bans Russia from May trade show

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IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer and chairman Ray Bloom. IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer and chairman Ray Bloom.

IMEX in Frankfurt has suspended Russia from exhibiting at the show in May in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer and chairman Ray Bloom revealed the news in a statement on Linkedin and also showed support for the people of Ukraine.

“Sadly, today we have taken the decision to suspend Russian state enterprises from participating at IMEX in Frankfurt 2022, as a direct result of the current political situation”, they said. “We do this with a heavy heart, understanding that the world is in an unprecedented situation. Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected and especially the people of Ukraine. All of us wish for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this conflict.”

IMEX in Frankfurt is due to take place at Messe Frankfurt on 31 May to 2 June. Messe Frankfurt has also put out a statement in response to the situation.

It said: “Messe Frankfurt is looking with great concern at the tragic developments in Ukraine these days. Our company creates internationally neutral communications and trade platforms where people of all nations come together. Our corporate principles stand for peaceful co-existence and trade relations of the same kind – because this is a prerequisite for a functioning international economy and for a functioning international coexistence as a whole.”

ICCA president James Rees has also written to members calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

He said: “I am sure you will be extremely saddened to see the escalating hostilities unfolding in Ukraine in recent days.

“It is particularly hard to witness such devastation in countries where we normally work together, in partnership, so our thoughts at this time are with our members, friends and colleagues in both Ukraine and Russia who are being directly affected by this action.

“ICCA is an association that advocates for all of our global members, prizing knowledge exchange and internationalisation; where differences are challenged through debate and discussion. We call on governments on all sides to do everything possible to end hostilities and meet to negotiate a peaceful resolution to this conflict.”

A message from Tom Kemp, CEO of Northstar Travel Group, publishers of this title:

“Travel connects us, war divides us. Northstar strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and expresses its support of Ukraine in defence of their sovereign democracy. We stand with other businesses in the travel industry by not engaging in any business with Russian-owned companies until the war in Ukraine is resolved peacefully and the sovereignty of a free Ukraine is ensured."

Paul Harvey
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M&IT editor Paul Harvey is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience. He began his career in the local press, working for various titles across the north. Since joining M&IT in 2013, he has become a trusted and respected voice in the sector, championing event professionals and reporting on all aspects of the events industry for the brand.

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