In pictures: IMEX 2019

The annual industry gathering took place from 21-23 May at Messe Frankfurt in Germany.

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IMEX 2019 in Frankfurt drew to a close yesterday after three days of meetings, content sessions and inspiration for event professionals.

Tuesday night gave delegates the chance to let their hair down while raising money for the MPI Foundation at the Gibson Club.

On Wednesday evening, IMEX held its Gala Dinner to recognise outstanding achievement in the business events industry around the world. Tammy Blount-Canavan, president & CEO of Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau took home the Global Ambassador Award.

Carina Bauer, IMEX Group CEO, said: "Massive congratulations to our award winners – their pioneering efforts are truly making waves in our industry.

"These awards go from strength to strength, but only because of the continuing efforts of our attendees tonight and the business events community as a whole. We cannot wait to do it all again next year."

During the day, the destination stands competed with each other for the attention of the casual passer-by and this year New Zealand offered delegates the chance to get an authentic Maori tattoo. When C&IT stopped by, it was the turn of Mireia Iglesias (picture six in gallery above), from the World Leisure Organization, who didn’t flinch once while getting her foot inked by Maori tattooist Katz.

Contest sessions at the Inspiration Hub discussed challenges such as planning a sustainable event. ‘Event sustainability beyond plastic bottles and straws’ gave practical tips on how to integrate sustainable measures into an event, including food sourcing, recycling and plastic use.

In another session, attendees heard from Tina Marolt, senior events coordinator at the European Banking Federation, who told them about a recent conference for 300 people which had to be evacuated immediately after bombs (later found to be fake) were found under chairs in the main auditorium. 

At the Discovery Zone attendees could experience a huge range of activities, from painting to 3D photographs, robots and the popular walking piano, which lets everyone reenact the famous toystore scene from the Tom Hanks film Big.

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