Monthly Archives: May 2018

Creative Thinking, Partnerships and New Events at IMEX Take the Industry into New Areas

Creativity and experiences in the meetings and events sector took a great step forward at IMEX in Frankfurt.

From new events at EduMonday to the spectacular and sensational Learning Labs and Live Zone there were major new initiatives and experiences throughout the show, extending the borders of the industry into new areas. In addition, new activities around legacy focussed minds on the impact of the industry on the future.

The result was what IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom described as “the most creative and spectacular IMEX yet, generating vitality and energy throughout the show.”

“The imagination and vibrancy of the stand designs are highly impressive, so too the thought and effort that has gone into them. They represent substantial investment that gives a strong indication of the industry’s confidence and resilience.”

This confidence was also evident in the engagement between exhibitors and buyers at the show. Almost 9,000 hosted buyers and visitors attended IMEX 2018 and made 68,000 appointments. 74 per cent of all buyer/exhibitor appointments had mini RFPs attached. Altogether the show created many thousands of opportunities to do business.

With technology a growing feature of the market and the show, IMEX has provided new opportunities for buyers to ask for independent guidance, ‘test-drive’ technology products and see what companies have to offer by bringing this all together around the new Tech Café.

Eye-catching and sensational innovations

The eye-catching and sensational innovations in Hall 9 including the C2 SkyLab – the chance to experience a meeting in mid-air – and In the Dark Lab made a tremendous impact on buyers and exhibitors alike. The Labs were brought to the show by the IMEX Group’s new partner, the market leading business events specialists C2 International.

The Live Zone which showcased live entertainment acts and activities, and the new Co-working Campus by Zeus Event Tech are also the results of new partnerships with Best of Events, memo-media and Zeus.

Ray Bloom added: “We’re delighted to be working with our new partners and would like to thank them – and all our long-standing partners – for their valuable help and collaboration in truly enhancing the IMEX experience this week.”

Ray Bloom added that it had been an honour to have Gloria Guevara Manzo as keynote speaker at the Opening Ceremony and that her eloquent, passionate, challenging speech had made a great impression on the audience.

Gloria also spoke at the newly regenerated IMEX Policy Forum where 30 policy makers met with many industry leaders. They discussed key issues such as globalisation, city resilience and legacy under the theme of ‘The Legacy of Positive Policy Making,’ a reflection of the IMEX 2018 Talking Point.

The new Legacy Wall, a focus for this Talking Point, sparked many reflective thoughts about the role of the industry. Exhibitors contributed more than 50 interesting case studies before the show with buyers adding their stories during the week.

Legacy was also explored for the first time in several of the 250 plus education sessions delivered by 168 speakers which took place in the Inspiration Hub. 84 per cent of the sessions were assigned with CEs for CMP certification.

The new initiatives started on EduMonday with three successful new events – Rising Talent for young professionals, She Means Business and the Agency Directors Forum. Along with the PCMA Business School, Exclusively Corporate and Association Day, these events provided more tailored content for more specific groups than ever.

Google, LinkedIn and EY among keynote speakers

At Exclusively Corporate, over 100 senior corporate event planners from companies such as Siemens, PwC, IKEA, L’Oreal, Hyundai and Bayer came together to hear keynotes speakers from Google, LinkedIn, EY and C2 and to exchange insights with their peers.

This week IMEX signed the Ascent CEO Promise, which asks CEOs to commit to embracing a culture of inclusiveness in their organisations and events and is also supporting the industry coalition against sexual harassment.

Health and wellbeing is always a priority at IMEX and the annual IMEXrun persuaded 400 people to get up early to run 5 kilometres around the city. The Be Well Lounge gave everyone the opportunity to unwind for a moment during a hectic week.

Making connections is a core element of IMEX and Association Evening, cim-clubbing (supporting the MPI Foundation) and the IMEX Gala Dinner were among 22 IMEX and partners events taking place during the show that brought the industry together.

Ray Bloom summed up saying; “The creative and experiential element of the show has gone so much further than we would have imagined a year ago.

“The new ideas, creativity, new experiences and events combined with all the business that has been done have made this a remarkable week for IMEX and this industry.”

ASAE Joins New Event Industry Leaders Coalition to Stop Sexual Harassment

ASAE is part of a new coalition that’s comprised of leaders and executives from organizations including: AWE, EIC, IAEE, IMEX, JMIC, MPI, PCMA and SITE. The group’s goal is to eradicate sexual harassment in the events industry and workplace.

Each group has been addressing sexual harassment separately and determined that this issue required policies that span beyond the confines of each individual organization. In the wake of movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo, every industry must act to create positive change and end sexual harassment.

“All the organizations came together because the ethical concerns and human rights would be better served working together, so we can stop sexual harassment from occurring in the industry,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

The coalition will identify tools and develop new resources to assist in educating individuals and the events industry about sexual harassment.

The individuals who have come forward to join this task force are as follows:

  • John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, ASAE
  • Susan Robertson, CAE, Executive Vice President, ASAE and President, ASAE Foundation
  • Bob Skelton, Chief Administration Officer, ASAE
  • Kiki J. Fox, President & Co-Founder, AWE
  • Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Past-President & Co-Founder, AWE
  • Johnnie White, MBA, CAE, CMP, Treasurer, AWE
  • Julie Sullivan, CMP, CEM, CTA, Vice President, AWE
  • Nicole Unger, CMP, Secretary, AWE
  • Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, CEO, EIC
  • Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, COO, IAEE
  • Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX
  • Rod Cameron, Executive Director, JMIC
  • Amanda Armstrong, Chair, MPI
  • Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Past-President & Co-Founder of the Association for Women in Events, and Kiki J. Fox, President & Co-Founder of the Association for Women in Events, gathered these industry leaders together for regular meetings and discussed the direction of the coalition. Fox is organizing action items and driving this initiative.

The group’s next step is to release a webinar that introduces experts on the subject matter.

“It’s imperative that our organizations present a united front against sexual harassment in the industry. Together, we are declaring zero tolerance for behavior that harasses or discriminates,” said Fox.

All nine organizations involved will be posting more details of upcoming education and initiatives around this subject to their respective website homepages. The coalition encourages the events industry to follow along and participate.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,200 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit asaecenter.org.

IMEX in Frankfurt will reflect solid market growth and inspiring innovation in the meetings market

“A market showing solid growth and inspiring innovation; those will be the outstanding impressions that buyers will take away from IMEX in Frankfurt this year,” observes Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group with the show, taking place on 15-17 May, in just a few weeks.

“While the political climate has been unsteady, the meetings and incentive travel industry has been resilient and has progressed steadily worldwide. The continuing growth of the show is clear evidence of that,” Carina Bauer adds.

This year’s show will be the largest ever IMEX, both in the space taken by exhibitors and in total floor area. Notable among the areas within the show that have grown are Latin America which has increased by 8 per cent and Africa, up by 7 per cent. The hotels area has expanded by almost 11 per cent while the technology section has more exhibitors than ever, including a new Tech Café offering product demos and presentations.

Among the new exhibitors this year are the Russian Convention Bureau, the Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Caribbean Tours, the Lebanon Ministry of Tourism, Luxe Worldwide Hotels and Standard Hotels. Technology companies exhibiting for the first time include Bravura Technologies, Event Tech Tribe and Etud Bilsim as well as many more in the Technology Pavilion.

Exhibitors that have invested in larger stand spaces include Brand USA, the Mexico Tourism Board, the Polish Tourist Organisation, Ungerboeck Systems, Visit Britain, PRO COLOMBIA, NYC & Company, Accor Hotels and the German Convention Bureau.

Hall 9 for innovation, learning and live experience

Many of the exciting learning innovations at the show this year will be centred in Hall 9, separate from the trade show floor. There, a Learning Zone has been created with the Inspiration Hub, the home of the show’s 250 plus education sessions, along with a Live Zone bringing together a variety of experiential ideas and products for all to try.

Most spectacular is the SkyLab, the chance to experience how it feels to have a meeting in mid air, in seats suspended from the ceiling. This is one of the Learning Labs which have been brought to the show by C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in innovative business conferences, as a result of a new partnership with the IMEX Group, a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.

EduMonday – a day dedicated to free professional education

14 May will be EduMonday. Launched last year, this innovative learning day now offers even more events for specific interest groups. This year they include an Agency Directors Forum, a facilitated forum by invitation only for the directors of agencies; Rising Talent, an afternoon of actionable learning and career development for meeting professionals under-35; She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft, which celebrates and debates the role of women in the meetings industry, as well as new programmes for Exclusively Corporate and Association Day. Among the new elements of the education schedule are sessions covering different aspects of ‘Legacy’, the IMEX 2018 Talking Point.

With the global meetings industry gathering together at IMEX, networking with colleagues and making new contacts is a well-established element of the show. While social events such as Site Nite Europe, cim-clubbing – powered by MPI Foundation Rendezvous – and the IMEX Gala Dinner provide a wide variety of different opportunities, the Zenvoy service also enables like-minded buyers to connect and arrange in advance to meet at the show. A new additional feature of this popular service is the Zenvoy Connections Lounge on the show floor – the ideal place for those who connect online to meet face to face.

“I’m excited about what IMEX 2018 has to offer for the industry. Buyers have the opportunity to do business with the largest ever range of exhibitors from across the world and from all sectors of the industry; to experience the most exciting and creative innovations ever showcased at IMEX; as well as benefit from more sector specific education and social events to suit everyone’s specific needs. There has never been a better year to see and experience what the industry has to offer and no better place to discover it than at IMEX in Frankfurt this year,” concludes Carina Bauer.

IMEX in Frankfurt starts with EduMonday, 14 May, at Kap Europa Congress Centre. The business exhibition runs 15 – 17 May in Messe Frankfurt – Halls 8 and 9.

www.imex-frankfurt.com
Registration for the show is free of charge and open to all.
#IMEX18

SPIN, The Don Cesar and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater Join Forces for SPINCon 2018

Dates, Venue Announced for SPINCon 2018

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network and Visit St. Pete/Clearwater (VSPC) announce that SPINCon 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018 at The Don Cesar.

“Visit St. Pete/Clearwater worked hard to come up with a great package for SPINCon 2018 and we are thrilled to be working with them,” said Tracey Smith, Executive Director of SPIN. “To get our members excited we held a ‘Where in the World is SPINCon’ contest online, dropping clues all week. One clever member guessed the city from the first clue and another guessed the hotel on clue 3!”

Content Curated by Attendees

Each SPINCon is designed to be unique, however the focus is always on the whole meeting professional. This year members will be asked to submit session topic ideas which will be voted on – embodying SPIN’s mantra of ‘by our members, for our members.’ The SPINCon Planning Committee will finalize the theme and the program.

Together Again

“I am so excited that we were selected to host this year’s conference,” said Todd Gehrke, Director of Sales, The Don Cesar. “I worked with the SPINCon team when at a previous venue and am glad to be working with them again.”  Suzanne Hackman, Director of Meetings & Conferences at VSPC said, “we are thrilled to be bringing SPINCon back to Florida, and we will work hard make this year’s experience very memorable. The entire hospitality community is looking forward to working with the SPINCon Planning Committee to showcase our area to SPIN members.”

About SPIN

SPIN: Senior Planners Industry Network is the world’s largest association limited to senior-level planners with at least 10 years full time planning experience. SPINCon is the annual conference for the association.

About Visit St. Pete-Clearwater

VSPC is the official tourism marketing and management organization for the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area.

About the Don Cesar

Dramatically perched atop wind-swept dunes with expansive views in every direction, The Don Cesar is the epitome of old-world glamour and sophistication. Since 1928, it has graciously welcomed the world’s elite, stars of the silver screen, renowned authors, U.S presidents and even a gangster or two, all seeking a private, sophisticated playground in the sun. Today it’s your turn to experience the legendary Pink Palace. Iconic. Romantic. Celebratory.