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That’s a wrap: IMEX 2019 draws to a close after 70,000 meetings

IMEX Group reported that close to 70,000 individual and group appointments between attendees took place over the three days of this year’s IMEX in Frankfurt.

Additionally, 72 per cent of these meetings had mini requests for proposals (RFPs) attached to them, indicating potential generation of business for some of the 3,500 exhibitors who represent 160-plus countries.

Beyond the thousands of meetings, IMEX Frankfurt’s Talking Point for this year was Imagination. This theme was projected in the Discovery Zone which contained craft workshops, campfire sessions, holographic shows and the space-themed 360-degree photography booth.

The Red Lab also featured in the Discovery Zone which is a small venue for sessions which, this year, focused on collaborative waste reduction and how to overcome these types of challenges that the industry has to address.

The event hosted 250 education sessions in total which cover a range of topics. Across the session, 47 per cent of speakers were women.

As always, IMEX Frankfurt hosted plenty of collaboration events between attendees, including the annual five-kilometre IMEXrun, the IMEX Gala Dinner, Association Evening and Exclusively Corporate which brought together more than 120 senior corporate event planners from companies such as Allianz, Amazon, Bayer, Estee Lauder and Mastercard to exchange insights and hear keynote speakers.

Furthering its commitment to creating a platform of understanding between the political world and the business event industry, IMEX Frankfurt invited 35 political representatives and policy makers from national and regional government organisations worldwide, to the show.

These representatives listened to Dr Julie Grail who spoke about turning placemaking plans into action and shared experience of how business events can act as a catalyst in developing locations.

“From the many specially created activities on EduMonday and the learning sessions in the Inspiration Hub to the Discovery Zone and the operations of the whole event, our partners have played a crucial collaborative role in creating such an engaging show,” said Carine Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

“Collaboration, diversity and sustainability – all elements of the Imagination Talking Point – have come to life and been put into practice at IMEX this year.”

The new date for IMEX in Frankfurt 2020 will be held between 12 and 14 May, to avoid a clash with newly changed dates of another industry event.