Policy Forum

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Where the meetings world and public policymakers connect

The Policy Forum at IMEX will bring industry leaders together with key government policymakers. Our aim is to garner government understanding and support, critical to the advancement of our industry.

2017 programme

Please note the official language of the Policy Forum is English, with no simultaneous interpretation. 

View the 2017 programme here.

2017 report

Read Rod Cameron's report on the 2017 Politicians Forum, including highlights from Professor Greg Clark's keynote and discussions during the Forum. From how city development has benefitted from the meetings industry in areas such as employment, connectivity and diversity, to how governments and the meetings industry can work together to implement successful development strategies. 

Read here 


Our sponsors on why they support the Policy Forum.

 GCB Logo Qu POS CMYK It's an excellent opportunity to make political decision makers aware of the economic impact of the meetings industry as well as its role for exchanging experiences, ideas and innovations and transferring knowledge. We're delighted to be the host country for this special event.
                                                             Geneva At Work                                                                                                    We support the Forum as we believe that politics should work closely with convention bureaux. We all work towards the same aim: the economic growth of the destination. Geneva wins bids by promoting its well-known expertise in relevant fields selected by the economic development organisation.                                                  
 SECB Logo We support the Forum because it's an outstanding and unique event that highlights the economic importance of the meetings industry. A great opportunity for us to gather information, network with government officials and key players in the international meetings industry.
 Business Events Australia Logo Business Events Australia is a proud sponsor of the Forum, which promotes better industry engagement with government. The Australian Government has created a clear framework for its approach to securing international business events, working together with industry to create Attracting Business Events to Australia. Under the framework, support is offered to industry during the bidding, marketing, and leveraging of business events for Australia.

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Sydney is a perfect example of how industry working hand-in-hand with government develops attractive value propositions for international business events, and we believe the Forum is an opportunity for community leaders to understand this value in a highly competitive marketplace.
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 West Sweden The Forum enables engagement with regional and local politicians and therefore increased knowledge regarding the value congresses bring to a destination in terms of direct economic impact and the legacy a congress leaves behind. This knowledge is vital in getting political support for the meetings industry in West Sweden.


Advocacy Partners  

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This industry is growing, it is sophisticated and substantial and it has very broad and deep benefits for the places that host it. It's an ‘advanced industry’ with its own research and development, standards, talent development strategies, investment tools, and innovation systems. It has important linkages with other industries and it provides capabilities for many of the globalising and innovating sectors in the world today.

Professor Greg Clark, Policy Forum Keynote

Contact natasha.richards@imexexhibitions.com to find out more.