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4,000 Buyers Gear Up For IMEX

With just over two weeks to go until the 2024 edition of IMEX Frankfurt, around 4,000 buyers are expected through the doors at Messe Frankfurt. With buyer, exhibitor and meeting numbers currently tracking ahead of 2023, the demand for the show, taking place May 14 – 16, is reflective of the sheer business momentum and…

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First Future Meeting Space Research Meeting in Frankfurt

From German Convention Bureau: Emerging opportunities, persisting classics, fading models: business events in a transformative era. This year’s research phase of the Future Meeting Space innovation network – the result of a collaboration between the GCB German Convention Bureau and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO – focuses on the question: “What’s coming, what’s…

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Adapting to Change – Association Focus at IMEX Frankfurt

Adapting to change is a top priority for association planners today – whether it’s shifting member needs and demographics, or balancing budgets, policies and partnerships. It’s a topic that runs throughout Association Focus, sponsored by Amsterdam Convention Bureau – a dedicated day of education for association professionals. Taking place on Monday May 13, the day…

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In-Person Events Are More Popular Than Ever

From German Convention Bureau: MMGY Global released new findings from wave IV of its study “Portrait of European Meeting & Convention Travel”, for which event planners and event attendees from Europe were surveyed in late 2023. The study – supported by the GCB and other partners – underscores Germany’s top position among European meeting destinations,…

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Business Events in a Transformative Era

From German Convention Bureau: Megatrends such as New Work, demographic change, and Artificial Intelligence are on their way to becoming firmly established in our daily lives. In the context of business events, these and other trends have already driven enormous developments in certain fields. With its 2024 research focus, the innovation network Future Meeting Space…

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GCB Unveils Insights into the Future of Business Events

By Matthias Schultze: The German Convention Bureau Bureau unveils insights into the Future of Business Events with a new Whitepaper co-created alongside the ebx.lab Community and with scientific support from the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO. How can AI shape the next phase of the Business Event landscape? Dive into our latest Whitepaper, born…

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Are the German ‘Messes’ Party to Monopolism?

From Skift Meetings: The German exhibition industry faces a potential upheaval. Some consider long overdue reforms, while others view them as a threat to a well-established system. This conflict arises from the growing scrutiny over how “Messes”—the German term for trade fairs—operate and are regulated in Germany. A recent article in the German business and…

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13 May 2024

CVB Café 2024, Frankfurt, Germany

At the occasion of IMEX Frankfurt, the CityDNA Meetings Industry Knowledge Group would like to invite you and your colleagues from the Convention Bureau to attend a session specifically curated to exchange and discuss current challenges amongst peers, before a networking reception. This CVB Café will take place on Monday, May 13, 2024 in Frankfurt.

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20 November 2024

91st UFI Global Congress, Cologne, Germany

(Open to UFI members only.) UFI’s annual Global Congress is known as the exhibition industry’s largest global meeting of the year, combining international networking with unique content. It is an ideal opportunity for members to gain insight into topics of strategic interest, on the current industry trends and challenges that the exhibition industry is currently…

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Elevating Destinations Through Dynamic Business Events

From the German Convention Bureau (GCB): Recently, the GCB released a thought-provoking whitepaper that delves deep into the future of business events and their intrinsic significance in sculpting regions and cities. The whitepaper encapsulates the essence of crucial considerations for destinations, venues, and stakeholders alike, while navigating the implications of global megatrends…

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12 May 2024

AIPC Sales and Marketing Summit, Frankfurt, Germany

For each of the past 18 years, the AIPC Sales and Marketing Summit has proven to be the perfect kick-off for member participation in IMEX and all the client and industry interactions it entails. Summit participants have the opportunity to compare notes on current issues, consider the latest industry trends and hear from representatives of…

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50 Years of ‘Meetings Made in Germany’

By Matthias Schultze: In 1973, the GCB German Convention Bureau was founded. 50 Years of ‘Meetings Made in Germany’ is a reason to celebrate, to look back and, more importantly, to look ahead. Cue this three-article series, discussing key aspects that have shaped our industry over the past decade and will continue in future…

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