Imex chairman dismisses Asia show

There are no plans to launch Imex Asia, despite a "great deal of interest", says Imex group chairman Ray Bloom.

Ray Bloom, Imex group chairman
Ray Bloom, Imex group chairman

Speaking at the closing press conference on the final day of Imex Frankfurt 2014, Bloom said: "There is a great deal of interest from Asia to launch an Imex event [in the region].

"However, our team is fully committed to the two shows we have now and we are not considering launching any more shows."

This year's Imex Frankfurt has been the largest in its history with a total of 9,000 visitors and almost 4,000 hosted buyers from 77 countries in attendance.

Around one third of these buyers were from long-haul markets including Brazil, Russia, China, India and Mexico.

In the closing press conference Bloom described Imex 2014 as "a more positive and buoyant business mood than we’ve seen for some time."

It was also revealed that 64 new stands had joined the show, while 30% of returning exhibitors had increased the size of their stands compared to last year.

As well as this, Imex’s pre-show corporate buyer event, Exclusively Corporate @IMEX, was attended by 80 corporate buyers and senior corporate executives from 21 countries, bringing with them a combined annual meetings and events spend of more than £100m.

"Feedback from these buyers was excellent," said Bloom. "We know they feel more isolated than any other buying group in the industry, so the fact that we bring them all together for this one day of private networking and education is much appreciated."

Bloom also commented on the success of Imex America, which takes place again in Las Vegas in October.

"We never expected it to be the scale it is now. Support has grown quicker than expected and we’ve already beaten our three to four year forecast."

Last night, the annual IMEX Gala Dinner took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Frankfurt, which saw Tom Hulton receive the JMIC Unity Award alongside a host of other winners.

In other IMEX news:

C&IT wins 'Media Partner of the Year' award

Bangkok operating 'normally', says Thailand Convention Bureau

Delegates expect event apps, says study

In Numbers: German meetings and events sector thrives

In Pictures: Imex 2014 Day Two

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