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WELCOME TO IMEX 2012FRESH. NEW. EXCITING. EVOLVINGThe essential worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.Illuminating education - An unrivalled programme with around 100 seminars, workshops and campfire sessions - the most we've had, ever. We're introducing a new programme; The Visionary Event Series, showcasing events that have pushed the boundaries of the meetings industry. And we're also proud to present our Power of 10 Research Project - looking back at the last decade and considering the trends and developments set to influence the next 10 years.Effortless networking - With around 200 occasions for networking available, IMEX makes it easy for you to liaise with everyone in the meetings industry, enabling you to mix with suppliers, industry leaders, peers and colleagues from all across the world.The meetings industry is a constantly evolving landscape - one that is relentlessly shaped by new ideas, new trends and new technology. Over the past 10 years, IMEX has continually committed itself to being the ultimate centre point where all these exciting opportunities converge, and the one place that has everything to help you stay ahead: Great business - We're expecting over 3,500 exhibitors with 14,000 industry professionals to join us at IMEX this year. And you can be confident of the seniority of the suppliers and contacts you'll meet - these are the people who can get the deal done. THINK YOU KNOW IMEX? THINK AGAIN. COME TO FRANKFURT IN MAY FOR IMEX 2012.CALL: +44 (0)1273 227311 E-MAIL: INFO@IMEXEXHIBITIONS.COMIMEX-FRANKFURT.COMpre-register now imex-frankfurt.com

Show PreviewISSUE 67 / ConfErEnCE & MEEtIngS World / 67association meeting planners. Three new education tracks: 'Executive', 'Operations' and 'Meetings', plus crowd-sourced discussion topics and 'Ask the Expert' clinics have all been introduced to give participants more choice and extra time to take part in more sessions. The IMEX in Frankfurt education programme is also set to provide over 100 seminars, workshops and learning opportunities on marketing, apps, health, sustainability and social media, plus a new 'visionary events' series. Among the speaker line-up for 2012 are Martin Suiter, Business Consultant who will talk about 'Using sport and tourism to push your brand'; Michael What's in store for IMEX 2012? Sarah o'donnEll aSkS thE organISEr of MEEtIngS and InCEntIvE IndUStry tradEShoW IMEX What IS In StorE for vISItorS to thIS yEar'S frankfUrt ShoWhe 10th anniversary edition of the meetings industry tradeshow IMEX will take place 22-24 May at Messe Frankfurt, Germany. The organiser, IMEX Group, expects hosted buyer numbers to match or exceed last year's, 3,900, with a larger proportion than ever before from long-haul markets such as Brazil, India and China 2011. Association meeting buyers are also on target to account for 11 per cent of all buyers on the hosted programme, with more from the US than in previous years. Increased profile and understanding about the IMEX model following the launch of IMEX America in Las Vegas, organisers say, has helped boost this figure. As a result of a "positive knock-on effect" from IMEX America, IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom has confirmed that several new US intermediaries will be bringing their key clients to the Frankfurt trade show for the first time. With over 20 new hosted buyer groups being added, the hosted buyer programme, Bloom says, is on target to beat all previous records.Plans are also in place to attract more corporate buyers to the show through a new Executive Meeting Forum for C-level buyers; many of whom, although influential in buying and budgetary decisions, do not usually attend industry exhibitions and events. Over 3,500 companies are also set to exhibit at the show. Fifty hotel groups are expected to exhibit this year, boosted by larger stands from many of the major groups including Fairmont Hotels, Starwood and Kempinski. ATA Hotels will be taking a stand for the first time, while Best Western are returning to the show with their own stand.Destinations include Boston, Brazil, Costa Rica, Croatia, Moscow, Paris, Slovakia, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Meanwhile, Visit Pittsburgh makes a return to the show.Association Day This year will also see a reworking of IMEX's hallmark Association Day for above: IMEX group expects the 2012 show will match or exceed last year's 3,900 hosted buyersT