C MI welcomed more than 560 000 visi tors in 2018 They came to over 450 events at three venues Congress Inns bruck Messe Innsbruck and congress park igls Consequently we can look back on a good financial year in 2018 emphasis es Christian Mayerhofer managing director of Congress Messe Innsbruck We have positive expectations of 2019 One of the highlights in the event calendar will certainly again be Interalpin from 8 to 10 May Around 650 ex hibitors and over 26 000 visitors from more than 80 countries are expected at the world s most important trade fair for Alpine technolo gies Increasingly trade visitors from Asia are also coming to Interalpin The plans of the Chinese government to give more attention to winter sports promise worthwhile challenges of these recently launched successful events will be expanded Another good reason to look forward to 2019 is the 67th congress of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research GA Around 750 international delegates are expected at this conference at the beginning of September In order to add value in the conference sector CMI offer in house profes sional conference organisation through PCO Tyrol Congress which recently joined the ranks of the world s leading PCOs in the in ternational association IAPCO We see our admission to the IAPCO as a challenge to fur ther develop our high levels of custom service and to address the requirements of the mar ket dynamically based on demand and with outstanding quality argues Mayerhofer Af ter all the association made it clear in the ap plication process what kind of demands it makes in terms of quality For professional events and to remain competitive internationally it is imperative to that the safety of visitors exhibitors partners service companies and staff is ensured Con sequently the company recently overhauled its safety plan Safety was and remains at the top of our list of priorities at Congress Messe Innsbruck affirms Mayerhofer Our venues thus have cutting edge fire protection and sprinkler systems and emergency escape and evacuation systems stresses the CMI boss All safety related aspects have to be re peatedly revised and all of these aspects were taken into account in the recent over haul from the safety points on the roofs to IT security and from emergency and crisis plans to management in emergencies and cri sis situations Staff were trained for all of this and now regularly take part in exercises and work through case studies in order to be prepared for these scenarios To ensure opti mum preparation and implementation the support of the police the fire and ambulance services the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution and Counterterrorism and the authorities is required www cmi at PB 40 TradeFairs Internation al 1 2019 INTERNATIONAL AUSTRIA Worthwhile challenges ahead Congress Messe Innsbruck CMI had a good year last year The aim is to continue in the same vein in 2019 thanks not least to a number of international highlights ahead for the cable car industry Moreover Beijing the Chinese capital is hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics which were held in Innsbruck in 1964 and again in 1976 In addition to its well established events Innsbruck is hosting some new events in the coming year including the International Wood Construction Conference IHF in De cember This international conference is tak ing place in Innsbruck for the first time in 2019 says Christian Mayerhofer There will be over 130 exhibitors and 1 800 internation al delegates coming to Tyrol for that In ad dition to the new events trade fairs devel oped in the past few years such as Öko Fair which focuses on sustainable consumption will be held for the second time The content Öko Fair v l Christian Mayerhofer Heidi Unterhofer Südwind Ingrid Felipe Landeshauptmann Stv und Innsbrucks Bürgermeister Georg Willi Öko Fair from the left Christian Mayerhofer Heidi Unterhofer Süd wind Ingrid Felipe deputy governor and Innsbruck s mayor Georg Willi Ph ot o C M I

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