Meetings No 19
Intro
Artificial Intelligence
Atti Soenarso: AI is soon an everyday commodity.
Cover Story
Anders Sörman-Nilsson
Gazing into the future of the meetings industry.
Intermission
Europe is not a market
It is the will to live together.
Radar
Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
“Our vision is to create Europe’s most attractive venue.”
ROI
Padraic Gilligan
Why ROI for meetings and incentives is a waste of time.
ROI
Elling Hamso
Why ROI is not a waste of time.
Radar
ICC Sydney
An important contributor to innovation.
Strategy
PCMA
Radar on penetrating the ­European meetings industry.
HR Technology
The Rise of AI
Rohit Talwar and Alexandra Whittington: On AI and HR.
Sustainable Growth
GDS-Index
Scandinavian sustainability initiative expands.
Intermission
In a Hole
Lending a hand.
Radar
ICCA
Record number of association meetings in 2016.
Collaboration
Best Cities Global Forum
“Unlocking the collective intelligence.”
Sharma
My 23 Best Tactics for Personal Greatness
Robin Sharma: “Protect your willpower.”
Radar
Technology and Meetings
Tech is key in creating purposeful meetings.
Radar
IMEX Frankfurt
Packed with opportunities.
Cyber Security
The Anti-Cloud
Jaak Geens and Linas Bukauskas on geens.com.
Kellerman
Cyber vs. Personal
Roger Kellerman: “Now is the time to improve online security.”
classifieds
news
Award
Reykjavík
named best MICE destination in Europe.

Madrid
new member of BestCities.
Business Intelligence
The Philippines
will host the 6th UNWTO Conference on Tourism Statistics.
the convention industry
Paris back as number one
in the city rankings for international congresses.
Africa Meetings
Africa Rising
in the ICCA statistic 2016.
business Intelligence
Saudi Arabia to launch into MICE sector
worldwide by exhibiting at IMEX in Frankfurt.
New position
Aoife Delaney
new Director of Marketing and Sales at DMC Network.
Redefining meetings
Sarawak goes tribal
to boost business.
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IMEX Frankfurt Packed With Opportunities

“As we head towards the final countdown for IMEX in Frankfurt, there’s a quietly confident attitude radiating throughout the meetings and events sector. Although the first quarter of this year has been marked by some extraordinary and unsettling events around the globe, the show will be a reflection of an international market that’s extremely resilient, and well placed for solid, long-term growth,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

Yet again setting a record for the largest show to date; notable among the growing areas of this year’s market-leading trade show is a 10 percent increase in space taken by exhibitors in Africa and Asia and a 9.5 percent increase from the USA and Canada.

On the show floor the dedicated technology area will be the largest to date with growth of 15 percent, with many new exhibitors reflecting the show’s increasing focus on event technology companies. At the heart of the technology section will be the Tech Knowledge Area, powered by The Meeting Pool, offering the chance to touch, test and try the latest gadgets such as wearables and virtual reality.

New exhibitors include Moldova Tourism, Meet Puerto Rico, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kyoto Convention Bureau, Jeju Province and Choose Chicago. Exhibitors with expanded stands include Tourism New Zealand, Shanghai, Korea, London & Partners, Spain, Rocco Forte Hotels, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay and NYC.

“This increased investment not only reflects the underlying fundamentals of our industry, which are both strong and sound, but also adds up to a wider range of exhibitors for buyers to meet,” says Carina Bauer. “With the largest global array of exhibitors from every sector, this year’s show is packed with opportunities for planners to do business and find new suppliers – fulfilling our mission to help meeting professionals make powerful connections with the right people.”

Alongside this is a packed programme of free education with over 200 sessions, including a full day of preshow education – Edu Monday, 15 May. Combined with over 200 networking opportunities including many with senior level meeting professionals, and social events including Site Nite Europe, CIM-Clubbing and the Gala Dinner.

Photo Kristina Schaefer © Imex