IMEX 2008 Captures Industry Optimism
In his closing ceremony speech, IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, explained that IMEX 2008 had been marked by a series of record-breaking highs, both on and off the show floor.
“An indication of the robust and healthy nature of the international meetings industry currently is that IMEX welcomed well over 8,500 buyers to Messe Frankfurt, of which more than 3,600 were hosted buyers - a far larger proportion of these being from long-haul markets than ever before. Adding to this positive picture is the fact that these buyers achieved over 40,000 pre-organised appointments over the last three days, of which more than 30,000 were made through the individual online appointment system" he said.
In addition, Bloom explained that working closely with the German Convention Bureau to market even more intensively to German buyers - and to Germany's influential marketing professionals - had clearly paid dividends this year.
“Noticeably more German trade visitors made the trip to Frankfurt. We will continue to maximise our German partnerships and leverage the fact that we are located within the most influential outbound market in Europe to ensure that German buyer participation builds every year," he assured his audience.
Academy Awards celebrate contributions of industry's high achievers
The Annual IMEX Academy Awards took place at the trade show's Gala Dinner last night and were met with widespread praise and applause by an enthusiastic industry audience.
Introducing the prestigious and popular Awards, IMEX Managing Director, Paul Flackett, who himself has worked in the international meetings industry for over 25 years, explained that the industry currently demonstrates more strength and depth than he can ever remember.
“I think we all recognise that this industry can be highly addictive. These Awards are a chance to shine a spotlight, albeit for a short while, on those personalities who work so hard, so enthusiastically and with such imagination to keep clients happy and deliver the right results," he said.
AACB announces winner of 2008 IMEX prize
The Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB) has awarded the 2008 Vin Barron IMEX Prize for Australian Bureaux staff to Ian-Michael Farkas, a business development manager with Sydney's Convention Bureau.
According to AACB Executive Director, Mike Cannon, Ian-Michael impressed the judges with his approach to the many challenges facing bureaux leaders combined with his clear ability to see potential solutions.
The annual award, which is co-sponsored by Qantas, is designed to foster career development and encourage excellence among Australia's convention bureau young future leaders.
In congratulating Ian-Michael on his win, IMEX managing director, Paul Flackett, took the opportunity to announce that the prize has been renamed to incorporate the name of Vin Barron, the retiring CEO of Tasmania's Convention Bureau.
Norgine Centenary Conference wins 2008 Commitment to the Community 2008 Award
Winner of the prestigious and highly regarded IMEX Commitment to the Community Award 2008 was announced last night as The Norgine Centenary Conference in Sun City, South Africa, organised for Norgine Pharmaceuticals by World Events BV.
Norgine is a global pharmaceutical company based in the UK with offices across Europe, Australia and South Africa. The present CEO is the grandson of the founder and the company has a strong tradition of family values and a desire to make a difference to the lives of its patients, employees and the broader community.
The company's brief to World Events for this landmark conference was that it “should combine business with motivation and teambuilding; be highly memorable with strong cultural appeal and, most importantly, that it should reflect the company's longstanding family values."
Green Meetings 'Gold' for 2008 goes to Scandic
The winners of the 2008 IMEX Green Meetings 'Gold' Award were announced last night at the IMEX Gala Dinner as Scandic Hotels.
IMEX runs the only Green Awards in the meetings industry and the Green Meetings Award in particular has become a distinguished prize and important public acknowledgement for those meeting planners and suppliers committed to delivering environmentally friendly meetings and demonstrating tangible outcomes.
As a result, IMEX, together with green awards partner, the Green Meeting Industry Council, also now presents a 'Silver' award, which this year was presented to the Unitarian Universalists Association (UUA) for a 2007 conference held at The Oregon Convention Center. Two “highly commended" nominations were also made to the US Green Building Council and the British Standards Institute BSI for the meeting held to launch their new British Standards on Sustainable Event Management.
Malta named 2008 IMEX Green Exhibitor of the Year
IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, congratulated all of the participants in this year's Green Exhibitor Award last night at the IMEX Gala Dinner. He acknowledged the considerable time, resource and planning that had each devoted to making their particular exhibition stand environmentally friendly.
In awarding this year's Green Exhibitor of the Year Award to Malta Tourism Authority, Head of the Judging Panel, Amy Spatrisano, President of the Green Meeting Industry Council, paid tribute to the fact that the organisation “had gone the extra mile to demonstrate their green credentials where some might have been tempted to fall back on old habits."
Fairmont Hotels&Resorts secures inaugural IMEX Green Supplier Award
Winners of one of the most successful and popular awards to be launched by IMEX - the inaugural Green Supplier Award - were announced last night at the IMEX Gala Dinner as Fairmont Hotels&Resorts.
IMEX and the Green Meeting Industry Council developed the Green Supplier Award shortly after last year's show to recognise environmental excellence and innovation within the meetings industry. The Award represents the highest accolade for environmental responsibility among meeting suppliers.
Due to the exceptionally high volume of entries and their overall quality, judges decided to present both Gold and Silver Awards this year.
In presenting the Gold Award to winners' representative, Kiaran Macdonald, General Manager of The Savoy, London, IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom, explained how pleased he had been to see such a strong flow of good entries for the new award.
Cross-cultural session offers “golden tips" for Middle Eastern business success
This year's IMEX cross-cultural seminar invited participants to understand some of the vital factors and skills required for successfully conducting business with Middle Eastern partners.
Speaking from personal experience and also using a proven educational model, Harold Formstone, Sales Director of IMEX cross-cultural partners, Richard Lewis Communications, detailed some of the cultural, linguistic and behavioural differences to look out for between western and Arab cultures.
“The golden rules for success in working with people from Arab countries are many and varied but, once you understand and implement them, you will find that communication flows much more smoothly. If you are western, you must let others talk at length and be prepared to reply freely. You can also afford to be more emotional in your interactions - and more personal - as this is expected in Arab cultures. Interrupt when you like and be prepared to think aloud. All of these traits will be warmly welcomed and understood," explained Formstone.
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