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The 2013 Politicians Forum Programme
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Tuesday 21st May
Wednesday 22 May
08.45 – 09.45 IMEX Pre-show World Tour – A chance to take in the full impact of exhibiting destination stands before the show opens
Mr Uwe Becker, Frankfurt Deputy Mayor, City Treasurer
The innovative and pioneering Politicians Forum at IMEX in Frankfurt
Economic recovery and growth is a top priority for all governments across the world. The IMEX Politicians Forum is committed to communicating the value of the Business Events and Meetings Industry and how it translates into economic benefits and business activity, job and tax revenues for global governments with the intent of influencing polices favourable to its continued growth.
The campaign’s goal is to have governments formally recognize business events and meetings as a major driver of economic growth and development, and to elevate it as a priority in the global political and economic policy agenda.
The IMEX Politicians Forum has successfully united politicians and the industry for 10 years and past experience proves that destinations who have attended the Politicians Forum along with their political representatives have made huge strides in securing long-term understanding, support and even investment.
Held each year during IMEX in Frankfurt, the Politicians Forum welcomes 120 industry leaders including 35 economic policy leaders from across the globe, who come together to explore ways they can mutually benefit from the business events and meetings industry and share best practice.
We invite all of our exhibitors to bring your politicians to IMEX, see the industry at work, the competition you face and the benefits this industry can bring to your cities and nations.
For the past ten years, the Forum has attracted over 30 international politicians. The level of politician varies, with the majority being city mayors to national politicians. The Forum is also attended by approximately 80 leaders of the meetings and events industry i.e. presidents and CEOs of all the main industry associations and the major tourism and convention bureaux.
A strong call to action, was part of this year’s IMEX Politicians Forum. All the politicians that attended were called upon to sign an official declaration of support which will provide the focal point for extended promotion and lobbying activity later in the year.
Click here to see who has signed The Declaration so far.
If you wish to invite a politician to the Forum, please contact Debbie Woodbridge with your full postal address to receive further information and support: email@example.com
Politician’s Travel Arrangements
IMEX will provide the following for politicians attending the Forum:
- Up to €300.00 reimbursement towards a politician's flight
- Arrival transfer from Frankfurt Airport
- One night’s accommodation at the InterContinental Hotel, Frankfurt
- Invitation to the Politicians Networking Breakfast
- Invitation to the IMEX Opening Ceremony
- Entrance to IMEX and the Politicians Forum
- Drinks reception
- Comprehensive documentation of the Forum including detailed reports and analysis
Watch the Video
We have produced a 3 minute powerful video to introduce IMEX, the Politicians Forum and economic benefits that lie behind business events and meetings.
We encourage you to use this video to invite your politician to attend IMEX and the Politicians Forum.
“The innovative and pioneering Politicians Forum at IMEX should be a key engagement for international politicians and business leaders. It was both topical by focusing on the challenges government an industry face and valuable regarding sharing and learning of best practice.”
Mr Nick de Bois, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom.
View the Executive Summary of the2012 Politician Forum here that took place on Tuesday 22 May 2012 at Rocco Forte's Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt.
View the full 2012 Programme here that took place on Tuesday 22 May 2012 at Rocco Forte's Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt.
Please advise Debbie Woodbridge firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to organise a press conference during IMEX to give your destination additional exposure.
The Politicians Forum concept continues to expand around the world through a series of IMEX alliances. We are seeing destination focused Politicians Forums in Sweden on an annual basis every March, Puerto Rico, in conjunction with ICCA 2012 and Germany.
Please let us know if you intend to organise a National Politicians Forum.
The Beyond Tourism Benefits – Measuring the social legacies of business events study was conducted by University of Technology, Sydney Business: Leisure, Sport and Tourism. It was commissioned on behalf of and with the co-operation of Business Events Sydney (BESydney). The study was an online survey of 1090 attendees – comprising delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and members of the organising committee – to five international congresses held in Sydney between 2009 and 2011.
“FACE TIME. It Matters” is a grassroots industry campaign theme designed to promote the benefits of meeting face-to-face. The campaign was developed in response to one of the most challenging years ever faced by the meeting, convention and exhibition industries. It was based on the findings of a recent national survey of corporate and association meeting planners, plus in-depth personal interviews with the industry’s leading executives as well as focus groups consisting of corporate and association executives, business travellers and professional meeting planners.
First IMEX America U.S Travel Political Advocacy Forum. The overall message coming from the session was that the meetings industry must think globally but act locally to influence policy and political change. This means that meetings professionals in the U.S. and globally must unite as a group under the core message of meetings as an economic and job engine … but each individual must also roll up their sleeves at the community, state and national level to educate, communicate and build critical relationships with policy makers.
Delivering this message of unity and action was a mix of industry and political heavy hitters including U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow; Carolyn G. Goodman the Mayor of Las Vegas; Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Rod Cameron, Executive Director, Development, International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC) and Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC).
Meetings Mean Business: a collaboration led by the US Travel Association, between MPI, PCMA, NBTA, IAEE, DMAI, ASAE, Site and American Hotel & Lodging Association. This campaign is strongly promoting the value of meetings to the US economy through high-level lobbying in Washington - they have already achieved a meeting with President Obama, national PR and advertising campaigns and viral marketing campaigns. This has also led to The Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy study spearheaded by an alliance of 14 organisations representing the collective meetings, travel, exhibitions and events industries in the US. The study has revealed that the US meetings industry directly supports 1.7 million jobs, $263 billion in spending, a $106 billion contribution to GDP, $60 billion in labour revenue, $14.3 billion in federal tax revenue and $11.3 billion in state and local tax revenue. Visit the website for up-to-date information on the campaign, facts and figures.
Maritz: Rather than rely on personal preferences or currently popular approaches, the decision regarding what type of meeting to run will have a direct impact on the effectiveness of your meeting. This paper examines those science-based decision criteria to help executives determine when face-to-face is the most effective approach to large-group meetings or events. The research presented in this paper authored by Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Maritz Travel, and Mary Beth McEuen, vice president and executive director, The Maritz Institute, provides direction for determining when an investment in large-group face-to-face meetings and events will have the greatest impact.