Speaking at the Imex opening ceremony, de Bois, who is the chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, said that it is not just the contribution that the industry makes to a country’s GDP but the also the added value hosting events can bring to an economy.
"When an international trade association brings its annual conference to a city, it provides an opportunity for the host city to create a permanent foothold in that industry," de Bois said.
"It’s your challenge as an industry to ensure that this factor is not lost on governments around the world," he added.
Imex has opened its doors in Frankfurt for its tenth anniversary today and expects to welcome some 4,000 hosted buyers, while more than 3,500 exhibitors representing 150 countries are also at the show.
New features for 2012 include an Imex App, Imex TV, free wi-fi for all visitors and an expanded technology sector.