Politicians Forum

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Tuesday 16 May 2017

Venue: Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt

For more than a decade, the Politicians Forum at IMEX has been bringing industry leaders together with representatives of governments and government agencies. Our aim is to garner government understanding and support, critical to the advancement of our industry.

Programme

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

   
08:30-10:00 

Meetings showcase - IMEX show floor tour
A tour to three destination exhibitors on the show floor. Each will give a short destination presentation demonstrating what they do to attract meetings and events. Open to politicians only and places are limited.

10:30-11:15

IMEX Opening Ceremony
All politicians and their accompanying guests are invited.

11:15-13:30

IMEX @ your leisure
Time to visit your destination stand or simply walk the show floor and experience the buzz of IMEX.

13:45

Transfer from Messe Frankfurt to Villa Kennedy

 

National government discussion 
in collaboration with UNWTO                               

Local and regional government discussion

14:30-15:45

Attended by national government ministers of travel and tourism, economic affairs and any portfolio related to the meetings and events industry. Invitation only.

A workshop-style peer-to-peer discussion. Moderated by John Greenway, former Member of Parliament, UK. Attended by mayors, deputy mayors, local-level politicians, city managers/influencers. Invitation only.

15:45-16:15

Networking coffee break

 

OPEN FORUM Open to all Forum delegates

16:15-16:25

Welcome

16:25-17:00

Keynote
Professor Greg Clark CBE
Greg Clark is a British urbanist and leading adviser, advocate and mentor on cities and businesses. He was a member of the International Advisory Board for Vienna 2020. Greg Clark explores the role meetings and events play in a world where globalisation, free trade, free movement and social order is undergoing critical change. 

17:00-17:50

Q&A
Questions from the floor. Addressing issues raised by Greg Clark. Moderated by Michael Hirst OBE, Deputy Chairman, Events Industry Board, UK and Chairman, Business Visits and Events Partnership, UK. 

18:00-19:00

Drinks reception at Villa Kennedy

Registration

The Politicians Forum is open to local and regional politicians, national ministers and government officials, senior representatives from international organisations, intergovernmental bodies and the meetings industry. By inviting your key government influencer, you can advance their understanding of the role this industry plays in supporting political agendas and sustainable development. 

We'll support you with arrangements for your invited politician in Frankfurt, including return transfers from Frankfurt airport, an invitation to the IMEX Opening Ceremony, entrance to IMEX and registration for the Politicians Forum. 

How to register

Please nominate one point of contact, responsible for co-ordinating the participation of your politician/delegation. All our communication about the Politicians Forum will be with this person only.

When registering a politician, you'll be asked if you'd like us to book them: 1. accommodation at the InterContinental Hotel, Frankfurt at a discounted rate on Monday 15 May and/or Tuesday 16 May; 2. return transfers from Frankfurt airport. All other members of the delegation need to book their own accommodation and transfers.

Use the link below to register your politician (and any other members of the delegation).

Register

 

Sponsors

Our sponsors on why they support the Politicians 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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Advocacy Partners  

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Resources

Collated to help IMEX exhibitors to gain political support in attracting more meetings and events to their destination.

International Meetings Review (IMR) review IMEX 2016 including coverage of the Politicians Forum

Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP interview during IMEX in Frankfurt 2015

One of the world’s foremost business leaders, Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company, urges politicians to recognise that meetings and events don’t just bring money and jobs into a city, they actually improve people’s lives.

Bill Mcdermott Interview

Other industry initiatives

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) was created in 2009 by the U.S. Travel Association to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities.

 


There is tremendous economic value and intellectual capital gain associated with a strong meetings and conference industry. Therefore it is crucial for governments to respond with a focused strategy to make the most of these business opportunities to benefit their destination. The IMEX Politicians Forum provides a unique platform for governments wishing to improve their competitiveness.

Hon Ragnheidur Elin Arnadottir, Minister of Industry and Commerce for Iceland

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