IMEX 2006 growth figures reflect market optimism

Recent figures for the next IMEX exhibition in Frankfurt (30 May–1 June 2006) demonstrate significant exhibitor growth for the fourth consecutive year. Many of the exhibition’s major exhibitors have increased their stand sizes following a highly successful show last year. Spain will now take one of the largest stands, with 600m2. In line with Middle Eastern market growth, Dubai and Jordan have also increased their presence, while emerging Gulf destination Ras Al Khaimah has nearly quadrupled its stand. South American exhibitors Argentina, Chile and Brazil will also be represented on bigger stands at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition. Increasingly popular destinations such as Taiwan and Turkey have also significantly enlarged their space, as have several eastern European countries including Hungary, Romania, Lithuania and Poland. Peru, Abu Dhabi and Kenya will be exhibiting for the first time in 2006, alongside leading brands such as NH-Hotels, BMW Welt, Kuoni and Best Western Deutschland. And representation by the major hotel groups will also be higher next year with Abama Hotels, Conrad Hotels, Concorde Hotels, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Grecotel, Hilton International and Marriott International all increasing their space at the exhibition. Hotel groups increasing space by over 40% include Boscolo Hotels Spa, Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts and Ritz Carlton. IMEX organisers are also forecasting the attendance of 3,400 international hosted buyers, many of whom are the key clients of leading hotel groups and 10% coming from strategically important long-haul markets such as North America, Canada, Middle East, Australia, Thailand and China. IMEX chairman Ray Bloom said, “IMEX continues to develop and grow in line with underlying market and industry optimism. Demand for IMEX 2006 is extremely strong with a number of our key exhibitors increasing their space, as well as demand from new destinations and brands. In line with such increases we will be expanding the hosted buyer programme to bring together 3,400 international buyers from around the world. We are looking forward to a busy and productive show for the industry.”

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