IMEX 2015 closes amid 'mood of optimism'

IMEX chairman Ray Bloom closed IMEX 2015 yesterday (21 May), with the show seeing more than 3,900 hosted buyers take part in more than 62,000 appointments across three days.

IMEX 2015 show floor
IMEX 2015 show floor
Bloom claimed that "plenty of business" had been done at the show, which saw 9,000 participants in total, and that the third day of the conference was the busiest that it had ever been, due to higher numbers of international buyers visiting than ever before.

"There is a mood of optimism in the industry," said Bloom. "Feedback from exhibitors and visitors has been encouraging and positive. More than 50% of appointments included an appointment profile or an RFP, increasing the effectiveness of these meetings. In particular, hosted buyers have stayed at the show longer, with Thursday expected to be a particularly strong last day. An important factor in this is that, among the 3,900-plus hosted buyers attending, there have been many new buyers from countries such as China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt and Israel at IMEX for the first time, making the highest ever number of long-haul buyers to attend the show."

Looking to 2016, Bloom announced that IMEX will partner with ISES, which will hold its first Global Summit in Scotland on the weekend following the show.

It was also announced that PCMA will launch its Business School at IMEX in Frankfurt next year, which will take place on the day prior to the show.

Next year, for 2016 only, IMEX will take place in April – from 19-21.

Bloom added: "This has been another inspiring and productive week for thousands of buyers and exhibitors who have come to do business, network and learn here at IMEX. There are already exciting new features in place for 2016 and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to IMEX in Frankfurt next April."

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