Whether you are a new attendee at IMEX Frankfurt 2013 or a repeat hosted buyer, visitor or exhibitor, rest assured, there is always something new to keep the trade show floor buzzing with excitement.
For 2013, some new initiatives at IMEX Frankfurt include the Networking Hub, a Research Pod, a Video Corner Stand, and new exhibitors. Be sure to carve out some time to check out them out.
Wild Card Pavilion Winners Stand B420
This year's wild card pavilion winners are Fukuoka City in Japan and Davao City in the Philippines. Fukuoka City is Japan’s most popular cruise ship port. Davao City will appeal to groups interested in ecotourism. Key attractions including Mount Apo and the city of Samal.
There are a number of new exhibitors this year including Orient Express Hotels, Memphis, Titanic Resorts and Hotels, Prestige Hotels, Oneworld Airline Alliance, Avianca Airline and Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration. Belgium exhibitors has been split into 3 regional stands: Toerisme Vlaanderen, VisitBrussels and Wallonie Bruxelles Tourisme. Hard Rock International has returned for the first time since 2011.
Networking Hub Stand D660
In response to the interest in more networking opportunities, a brand-new Networking Hub has been unveiled right on the trade show floor. It's a space for facilitated networking, relaxation, Campfire-style workshops, business performance advice from experts and, yes, 10-minute neck-and-shoulder massages. Attendees can also wind down over a glass of wine at 4:45 PM daily.
Video Corner Stand D565
The new video corner is an opportunity to be part of the audience and see how live TV shows can be incorporated into events. Web TV interviews include:
- Earlier today, in a session entitled How Can I Be Social in which Gerrit Heijkoop from How Can I Be Social (HCIBS) interviewed experts Ruud Janssen, Social Media & Online collaboration specialist at TNOC and Dale Hudson, Knowledge and Events Director with IMEX Group
- Hybrid Meetings hosted by Maarten Vanneste, CEO, Meeting Support Institute on Wednesday May 22nd from 1:00 - 1:30 PM
- Green Meeting Awards Winners hosted by the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) on Thursday May 23rd from 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Research Pod at the Inspiration Centre Stand C680
Twice a day, industry gurus have been presenting in-depth information about the latest industry research and facilitating discussions.
New Hotel Openings Announced
A number of hotel openings have been announced at IMEX. Rosewood Abu Dhabi opened its doors with an ultra-luxury lifestyle experience on May 1, 2013
Fairmont Raffles Hotels International has recently opened new hotels in Dubai, Jaipur (India) and Makati in The Philippines. They have unveiled plans for new hotels in Fujairah (United Arab Emirates), Baku (Azerbaijan), Nanjing. and Jakarta.
New From Tourist and Convention Bureaus
Tokyo Tourism launched it brand new Meeting Planner's Guide 2013-2014. Monaco unveiled its new marketing campaign.