Politicians Forum

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


The programme includes, a world tour of the show floor, a ministers meeting exclusively for national politicians' and government politicians, a global exchange of best practice and a forum with meetings industry leaders.

The official language of the Politicians Forum is English. Simultaneous interpretation is not provided. 


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. You will create a high level profile for your city and country on a global industry platform.

IMEX will support you with all arrangements for your politician in Frankfurt, including, return airport transfers from Frankfurt airport, invitation to the IMEX opening ceremony and drinks reception, entrance to IMEX and the Politicians Forum. 

For further information about the Forum please contact Natasha.richards@imexexhibitions.com



Collated to assist 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. More information



“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