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MITM Americas HAVANA will be celebrated at Meliá Cohiba in the Cuban capital

18-21 September, 2018 in Havana, Cuba

The 22nd edition of MITM Americas will be coming this September to Havana. For the third time in its history, the Greater of the Antilles will be the one to host the most influential MICE event of America and The Caribbean, pioneer in the concept of B2B. For the second time, the emblematic Meliá Cohiba Hotel, epicenter of meetings tourism in Havana, will be the primary venue and sponsor of the event. MINTUR, Iberostar Hotels, Kempinski Hotels, Ecotur, Palco and Enjoy Cuba, among others, will be sponsors too.

To this date, almost 400 international buyers have been registered (Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America) originating from: Corporate companies, incentive houses, international associations, tour operators, events, congresses and fairs organizers. Following our strict vetting process and staying loyal to our slogan "Quality oriented trade shows", only the 100 buyers with the greatest business potential will be chosen to participate.

MITM Americas is a strictly business-oriented trade show, thus visitors are not allowed to participate, avoiding hall sellers and ensuring that pre-established appointments are fulfilled to 99.9%. The appointment schedule is topped off with an exclusive official networking program, that together with 30 pre-established appointments, allows all exhibitors a direct contact with all buyers.

Discover Cuba!

Buyers will have the opportunity to discover the charms of the magical city of Havana and the glorious mix which compose its colorful structure and its exotic culture. Furthermore, you will be able to complete your visit to The Pearl of The Caribbean with one of two post-tours offered to buyers and press:

Cienfuegos, Santa Clara and 2 nights all-inclusive in Meliá Las Dunas Hotel.
The Bacunayaga overlook, the Castle of San Severino and 2 nights all-inclusive in Paradisus Hotel in Varadero.


World MICE Day 2018 - Hosted Buyer Programme

25-27 October, 2018 in Qingdao, China

World Mice Day 2018 will provide participants with unique, unprecedented networking opportunities. There are endless opportunities for delegates to connect with representatives of CVBs, decision makers, senior buyers and exhibitors from China and around the world. Be it in a relaxing atmosphere or in formal conversation, WMD helps achieving the goals.

Qingdao Pre-Inspection

In addition to the abundant business opportunities, WMD offers a great chance for hosted buyers to experience Qingdao MICE suppliers. Join the Qingdao MICE Inspection activities to explore the Qingdao business circle, experience high-quality sites and services. This is the most efficient way to connect with the Qingdao MICE suppliers.

Hosted Buyer Ice Breaker

The Hosted Buyer Ice Breaker is a perfect social occasion that WMD is offering for hosted buyers before the event officially starts. Enjoy excellent cuisine in an easy atmosphere after your long-distance travel while connect with other buyers.

Gala Dinner

The exceptional WMD gala dinner will be celebrated on the beach. After a day' s work, this big party is a must-enjoy for WMD guests. Delight in the world-class show, open bar, fantastic location, industries best and brightest from the globe ... WMD promises you an unprecedented grand gathering which could enhance your experience.

Qingdao Post-Fam Trip

The organizing committee arranged site visits for the buyers to fully experience Qingdao MICE industry resources and improve the recognition of the city. Hosting World MICE Day 2018 and the related networking and conference events will enhance the international reputation of Qingdao, but also drive the innovation of local partners to the international MICE industry.

It's your turn to take advantage of this extraordinary event! Find details and the hosted buyer application information on


IMEX Policy Forum brings the political world and meetings industry closer together

Globalisation, localisation, city resilience, sustainability and legacy were some of the biggest challenges facing the industry that were discussed at the IMEX Policy Forum, where ministers and political representatives from South Africa, the Netherlands, Argentina, Sweden and South Korea were among 30 national and regional politicians and government officials who engaged with 80 meetings industry leaders.

‘The Legacy of Positive Policy Making’ was the theme of the event, formerly known as the IMEX Politicians Forum, when it took place at the InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt on Tuesday 15 May, the first day of IMEX in Frankfurt 2018. The theme is closely allied to the IMEX 2018 Talking Point of Legacy, with Political Legacy one of the five ‘lenses’ through which the Talking Point is being explored.

The agenda had been specifically designed to explore how to bridge the ‘partnership gap’ that exists between governments, national and local, and the meetings industry.

After a visit to the IMEX exhibition in the morning, the afternoon began with a private national government discussion in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) chaired by Nina Freysen-Pretorius, President of the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA).

Professor Greg Clark CBE, the world-renowned advisor on cities shared engaging insights and aroused keen discussions when he led a workshop specifically designed for local, municipal and regional policy makers and destination representatives.

Exploring 'the evolution of cities in the meetings industry,' Greg highlighted how every city went through a number of different cycles in the development of meetings business. These cycles were well illustrated by six engaging case studies from Sydney, Singapore, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Cape Town and Barcelona which showed how these cycles were initiated by various factors such as airline and airport development, supportive mayors, building convention centres and hosting major international events.

Open debate on key issues at Open Forum

At the Open Forum, moderated by Michael Hirst OBE, Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) delivered the opening keynote address. She expressed clear views when examining the challenges facing all areas of the travel and tourism sector in fulfilling outstanding growth potential. Based on research among WTTC members, she said the top three challenges were security, crisis preparedness and management and sustainability and she highlighted the importance of wide ranging collaboration and partnerships between travel industry organisations. In particular, collaboration is important in engaging with governments on issues such as visa facilitation and reciprocity, and in progressing biometrics as a facilitator for security and efficiency.

Discussing sustainability, Gloria said “We must no longer think about PPP (Public Private Partnerships) but about PPC – Public, Private and Community,” because the industry needed to have the support of communities, and she highlighted the future of work as an important new consideration alongside destination and social responsibility, global climate action and tourism for tomorrow.

This keynote prefaced the Open Forum where the views of a panel of industry leaders along with Professor Greg Clark prompted debate on the key issues with the political and industry representatives contributing their valuable views.

Taking part in the day of activities and discussions provided revealing insights for the delegates. Elizabeth Thabethe, Deputy Minister of Tourism for South Africa, a first-time visitor said that the discussion in the Policy Forum had been good and helpful in learning what more South Africa can do to bring major events to the country. Her thought on Gloria Guevara Manzo’s speech was; “Wow!”

Justice Thomas Mihayo, Chairman of the Tanzania Tourist Board felt that “the discussions on many heavy topics were very good. I wish there had been more time to go further into them.” He thought the IMEX exhibition was “fantastic.”

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group commented; “The discussions were fascinating and showed the increasing engagement and understanding between the political world and the meetings industry. IMEX has been bringing the meetings world and public policy makers together for many years and has helped to develop real appreciation of how together they can drive economic growth. Over the years we have seen genuine progress and I’m confident that today’s IMEX Policy Forum took this collaboration further forward. That is our Political Legacy.”

The IMEX Policy Forum’s advocacy partners are Association Internationale des Palais de Congres (AIPC), European Cities Marketing (ECM), ICCA, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), The Iceberg and UNWTO. The Forum is sponsored by Business Events Australia, Business Events Sydney, German Convention Bureau, Geneva Convention Bureau, Saudi Exhibition & Convention Bureau, Messe Frankfurt and the Meetings Mean Business Coalition

For more details about the IMEX Policy Forum, please visit the website.


Colombia: Bogotá Delegates to Embrace ‘The Power of People’

Interactive Programme for the BestCities 2018 Forum Revealed at IMEX Associations from all overthe world are to descend on Bogotá, Colombia, this December, for a week of inspiring speakers, thought-provoking workshops and networking all around the theme of the Power of the People at the annual BestCities Global Forum. Striving to achieve a 100% success rating from delegates for a third year running, the programme for the 2018 Forum is packed with activities that will enhance the skills of association executives.

Details of what to expect from this year’s Forum were revealed this morning at a media breakfast hosted by BestCities during IMEX Frankfurt. Held in collaboration with the Greater Bogotá Convention Bureau (GBCB), this year’s theme will centre on The Power of People. Helping facilitate people to do more, The Power of People campaign addresses the ability for people to make change regardless of their surroundings.

At a time where geopolitical issues or religious boundaries can create barriers for knowledge sharing and collaboration, the business events industry has never had a more important role to play. BestCities looks to address this by bringing together 12 partner cities from around the world which promote the highest level of standards for conferences and events. It encourages them to look beyond tourism and leave lasting legacies. By holding the annual Global Forum it sets out to educate key senior association executives on the importance of these topics whilst also showcasing 12 top class destinations. The Power of People programme will aim to address these issues, generate progressive discussions and advance the cause of international meetings.

This year’s Forum will see an impressive range of speakers including:

✔ Rick Antonson an “accidental executive” and former CEO of Tourism Vancouver. Having travelled the world, written five books and played his part in some of Canada’s most renowned accomplishments, Rick will bring his path less followed experiences to the programme while discussing his time at Tourism Vancouver.

✔ Lina Tangarife, Director of Social Responsibility at the Social Alliance of Uniandinos. An expert in strategic management of Civil Society Organizations, she has utilised the power of the people by strengthening volunteering within companies, government and non-governmental organisations.

✔ Neyder Culchac, a Young Leader. From a region called Putumayo in south-west Columbia, Neyder grew up surrounded by conflict but he was determined to not let this hold him back from making positive change. Creating an initiative that transformed the lives of 480 families within his community, Neyder will share his life story and educate delegates on the power of determination.

Returning for a second year, Sean Blair, owner of ProMeet, will facilitate this year’s Forum. Held at the Agora Bogotá Convention Center, just two miles from the historic centre of Bogotá, the four-day forum includes a range of talks, interactive workshops and a cultural programme to learn about the region and culture of Latin America.

As per previous years, delegates will attend an Ambassador Dinner to meet with peers, local ambassadors and key contacts giving them an opportunity to build relationship and grow their network across the world. The popular City Café meetings and social networking opportunity returns again with all 12 of the BestCities’ partners in attendance (Berlin, Bogotá, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Dubai, Edinburgh, Houston, Madrid, Melbourne, Singapore, Tokyo and Vancouver).

For the first year, the theme of the Global Forum has been shared via a digital campaign led by GBCB. The campaign aims to give real understanding and meaning The Power of People have within an industry that can make change. All 12 partners of BestCities Global Alliance have shown their support to the campaign.

Registration for the BestCities Global Forum Bogotá is now open. Free to attend, with round-trip flights, accommodation and meals for all attending qualified international association executives covered by BestCities.

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Innovations, Touches of Magic and new experiences at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018

“Look up! There are innovations and touches of magic to see and experience everywhere at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018” says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group

“There are new initiatives every year at IMEX in Frankfurt because we continually monitor the coming trends, research what our audiences want and then create ways – or find new partners - to fulfil them. This year buyers will both see and experience some truly awe-inspiring new products, people and spaces throughout the show – more than we’ve ever showcased before,” says Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group.

Carina Bauer is reflecting on the exciting experiences and opportunities that this year’s innovations will offer to buyers.

Experimenting with experiential

The most remarkable sensation will be in the Dark Room where participants will taste the extra sensory experience of an educational session in pitch black total darkness. This ‘Learning Lab’ will feature at IMEX as a result of the new IMEX Group partnership with C2 International, the ground-breaking leader in innovative business conferences. The partnership represents a joint effort to drive innovation and creativity throughout the meetings and events sector.

A multimedia encased two-storey stack of meeting rooms

As well as the Dark Room, also in Hall 9 will be the G-Tainer, a multimedia encased two-storey stack of meeting rooms which will feature a new ground floor ‘Chat Bar’. This casual space has been designed for people to meet and make new contacts by holding ‘Curiosity Conversations’ with each other. In the new IMEX Live Zone a number of experiential suppliers will bring a touch of magic to the show, demonstrating the power of how thinking and acting more creatively can engage attendees in a variety of ways.

They range from Mr Piano – a giant, walking piano ideal for team building events and the funky Fotobus to a puppeteer, a caricaturist, musicians and improvisational street theatre.

‘Floating high and catching the eye’ will be Uber Spheres and Thought Bubbles - striking new ways to catch attention and to brand overhead areas. These are supported by warm air jetted from below so they float totally free – and are completely wireless.

The new Zeus Coworking Campus will not only provide opportunities to check emails and to network but also to try out gadgets and games and to take part in pop-up events including Speed Networking.

Another change at IMEX is the show’s continued expansion into Hall 9 (exhibitors are in Hall 8). The IMEX Inspiration Hub, the centre and venue for most educational sessions during the three days of the show, moves to a new home in Hall 9. Relocating it here creates more space for workshops, campfires, research pods and hot topic tables - all the different formats and areas in which 180-plus sessions will be presented.

Moving into the main exhibition hall (Hall 8), most notable is the new Tech Café close to all the event technology providers. This is not just a café, it will also showcase event technology providers with a presentation area and space for three new participants. This area will enable exhibitors and IMEX to deliver stand presentations about technology, to show what’s new and help buyers appreciate what technology can do for them and how the tech landscape has moved on from last year.

Something for special interest groups

EduMonday, 14 May , continues to grow and provide further innovation and choice for IMEX attendees. New events include an Agency Directors Forum, a facilitated forum by invitation only for the directors and senior planners of agencies. Also new are She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft, which celebrates and debates the role of women in the meetings industry, and Rising Talent, an afternoon of actionable learning and career development for meeting professionals under-35.

Throughout the show, including the educational programme, there will be activities designed to highlight a new IMEX partnership with LiveCom Alliance, a European umbrella organisation for national live event associations.

Finally, as a way to bring this year’s IMEX Talking Point of ‘Legacy’ to life, attendees can visit a ‘Legacy Wall’ in Hall 9. Sustainably crafted from reused pallets, the wall will display exhibitors’ own legacy stories together with short stories about IMEX CSR and Sustainability projects, including a spotlight on future leaders.

IMEX in Frankfurt starts with EduMonday, 14 May, at Kap Europa Congress Centre. The business exhibition runs 15 – 17 May in Messe Frankfurt – Halls 8 and 9.

Registration for the show is free of charge and open to all.