T he actual kick off for IMEX 2022 came with a change of dates which was cru cial for enabling the event to make its return The increase in Omicron cases across Europe and around the world together with current regulatory uncertainty meant it was necessary to take action This caused Ray Bloom chairman of the IMEX Group and CEO Carina Bauer to review their plans for the show dates They agreed with Messe Frankfurt the city of Frankfurt and industry partners to accept a postponement of the event by five weeks meaning that the 20th anniversary of IMEX will take place from 31 May to 2 June Moving the show to early summer will allow the stakeholders to better prepare for the event A late May edition of IMEX will allow everyone to move ahead and plan with certainty and confidence argues Carina Bauer Like virtually all international events IMEX has been hit by the ongoing crises Some of the participants of past years will not be able to attend the show in Frankfurt this year due to the pandemic or for political reasons And Russia s invasion of Ukraine has led to serious measures by the organis ers Sadly we have taken the decision to suspend Russian state enterprises from par ticipating at IMEX in Frankfurt 2022 Carina Bauer and Ray Bloom say that the world is in an unprecedented situation Of course the war has dampened enthusiasm about the show but there is nevertheless a sense of a fresh start IMEX CEO Bauer does observe some optimism within the international com munity about being able to come together at the fair after a three year break The num ber of buyers and suppliers already registered reflects a strong appetite to do business says Bauer delighted with the response So while business meetings remain at the heart of IMEX attendees will also be able to update their skills This will already start on the day before the show with targeted educa tion opportunities These offers are tailored to the specific needs of corporates associa tions and agencies In total over 200 educa tion sessions will accompany the show in Frankfurt this year As in previous years the contents are diverse covering the most ur gent and important issues for the MICE in dustry Topics include community engage ment sustainable leadership brand building regenerative event management and policy engagement Likewise the role of women in the events industry will be explored in depth Moreover the organisers are once again offering exciting online input for the entire community In the days before and after the event you can find out all about trends and developments The IMEX website and social media channels feature regular updates from the meetings industry as well as the latest news www imex frankfurt com PB 28 IMEX 2022 20 years in Frankfurt Since May 2019 the international MICE show has had to take a break as an in person event due to the Covid 19 pandemic Just in time for the anniversary the event is raring to go again Das messebeglei tende Rahmen programm sieht wieder mehr als 200 Fortbildungs veranstaltungen vor The trade show s supporting pro gramme will again include more than 200 educational events Ph ot o IM EX TradeFairs Internation al 1 2 2022 INTERNATIONAL

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