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How the hosted buyer programme works

Who can be a hosted buyer?

You need to meet our qualifying criteria of regularly planning or booking large scale events outside your home country.

What am I committing to if I come as a hosted buyer?

We recommend you make eight appointments per day, and that you stay for complete days at the show (we’ll arrange your travel to allow you to do this). But you’re always in charge of your own diary at IMEX.

What’s the application process?

Around 300 of our exhibitors invite their key clients to come to IMEX as hosted buyers (we call these exhibitors ‘intermediaries’). So, if you receive an invitation from one of them, and you’d like to be a hosted buyer, complete the online application form.

Once the exhibitor that invited you has checked the form, we verify and approve it, and send you a welcome email with our website login. Applications usually take around 10 days to process and we may contact you to check some of the details.

If your application doesn’t meet our qualifying criteria, we’ll invite you to register as a visitor buyer. As a visitor buyer you'll still have access to our appointment system and a buyer badge.

Do I have to be invited by an exhibitor (intermediary)?

No, you’re welcome to apply to us directly. Simply register your interest in being part of the programme here. No need to wait.

How is my application assessed?

If you’re an agency or corporate buyer we’ll ask you for information on:

  • three events you’ve organised in the last 18 months

    or
     
  • two events you’ve organised in the last 18 months, and one event you’ll be organising in the next 12 months

If you’re an association buyer we’ll ask you for information on:

  • three events you’ve organised in the last three years

    or
     
  • two events you’ve organised in the last three years, and one event you’ll be organising in the next three years 

These events must be outside your home country. We will check this. 

As a hosted buyer, how long do I have to be at the show for?

While you’re in Frankfurt as our VIP guest, we ask you to be at the show during opening hours.

As an agency buyer, can I invite clients to IMEX?

Yes you can. Contact Jack Pausey we can issue an invitation. Ask about our specialist Agency Directors Forum too.