Politicians Forum

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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.


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

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


'Meetings Showcase' - IMEX Show Floor Tour
This is a tour highlighting three destinations on the exhibition floor. Each destination featured will give a short presentation about their destination and what they do to attract meetings and events. Please kindly note that this tour is open for Politicians only and places will be limited.


IMEX Opening Ceremony
All Politicians and their accompanying guests are invited to attend.


IMEX @ Your Leisure
Time to visit your national stand or simply walk the show floor and experience the buzz of IMEX.


Transfer from Messe Frankfurt to Villa Kennedy


IMEX National Government Discussion 
in collaboration with UNWTO                               

Local & Regional Government Discussion
14:30-15:45 This discussion will be attended by Government Ministers of Travel and Tourism, Economic Affairs and any portfolio related to the meetings and events industry.

Pre-defined topics will be discussed relating to the theme of the Forum.

This workshop style peer-to-peer discussion will be attended by Mayors, Deputy Mayors, local level politicians, city managers/ influencers and will be moderated by Mr John Greenway, former Member of Parliament UK.

Pre-defined topics will be discussed relating to the theme of the Forum.


Networking Coffee Break

16:15-16:25 Welcomes


Professor Greg Clark
Greg Clark is a British urbanist and leading advisor, advocate and mentor on cities and businesses. He was a member of the International Advisory Board for Vienna 2020. In his keynote address Greg Clark will explore the role meetings and events play in destinations in a world where globalisation, free trade, free movement and social order is undergoing critical change.


Audience Questions from the floor Moderator: Michael Hirst This session will address questions and issues raised by Professor Greg Clark and will be open to all Forum delegates. This session will be moderated by Mr Michael Hirst OBE, Deputy Chairman of the Events Industry Board, UK and Chairman of the Business Visits and Events Partnership, UK.


End of Programme


Drinks reception - Villa Kennedy


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.

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


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.