22-25 May 2023
IMEX Frankfurt

About the show


Your key to the global business events community

IMEX Frankfurt is where the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry comes together annually for the largest trade show of its kind in Europe.

Where 3,500-plus global meeting planners connect with more than 2,500 suppliers from across the world, building powerful working relationships – to create better events, meetings and experiences.

This is where you can walk through the world in a day, immerse yourself in the latest industry developments and ideas, and find yourself at the heart of the global business events community.



Our show

Exhibitors include national and regional convention bureaux, hotel groups, venues, cruise lines, airlines, spa resorts, tech providers and event management specialists. Visitors include meeting planners, event agency heads, association executives, incentive travel buyers and in-house event experts.

Meeting professionals can attend independently or apply to join our unique hosted buyer programme with free and flexible flights, free accommodation and VIP treatment.

Developed to support our aim to provide the best business platform for the global business events community, our online appointment system and schedule help everyone plan their time ahead of time – with 57,700 appointments made at IMEX 2023 alone.


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Our education programme

Our free professional education programme includes 150-plus in-depth seminars, practical workshops and specialist forums. Expect expert speakers, new ideas, plentiful inspiration, insight and innovation. Explore our human nature talking point, dive into event tech and marketing, trends and research, people and planet, best business practice and the latest in experience design.

We offer countless opportunities to connect on the show floor and at events around the city, as the global business events community converges on Frankfurt. From the IMEXrun to the Gala Dinner to SITE Nite and Association Social, we have the networking event for you. 

See what's on at IMEX.

IMEX Frankfurt show stats 2023
participants in 2023
appointments in 2023
Total buyers in 2023 (hosted and visitor buyers)
participants in 2023
appointments in 2023
Total buyers in 2023 (hosted and visitor buyers)
Hosted buyer stats

Number of hosted buyers 

3,059 from 84 countries

Hosted buyer buying power % 

$1-5 million 31% 
$5 million-plus 28% 

Hosted buyers by country (top 10)% 

Germany 14% 
US 14% 
UK 9% 
Brazil 5% 
Mexico 3.5% 
Netherlands 3.5%  
France 3%
Italy 3% 
Spain 3% 
India 2.5% 

Hosted buyers by nature of business % 

Agency 70%
Corporate 17%
Association 8% 
Independent planner 4%  

Visitor buyer stats

Number of visitor buyers 

824 from 67 countries 

Visitor buyer buying power % 

$1-5 million 22% 
$5million+ 13% 

Visitor buyers by country (top 10) % 

Germany 59% 
UK 4%
US 4%
Italy 3%
Netherlands 3% 
Belgium 2%
France 2%
Turkey 2%
Switzerland 2%
Spain 1% 

Visitor buyers by nature of business % 

Corporate 44%
Agency 38% 
Association 9% 
Independent planner 5% 

Exhibitor stats

Number of exhibiting companies 
2,900 representing 150 countries 

Press stats
178 press attendees from 20 countries
Find out more about attending IMEX Frankfurt.

*We launched IMEX in Frankfurt in 2003 and its sister show, IMEX America in Las Vegas in 2011. Our mission is to unite and advance the global meetings industry – doing everything we can to educate, innovate and help you make powerful connections with the right people.


Our annual talking point allows you to explore a single emerging or important trend. For 2023 our talking point is human nature – an understanding and celebration of all that’s good about being human.

Explore our 2023 talking point

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Travel and accommodation

Travel and accommodation

Messe Frankfurt is easy to get to from the airport, from your hotel or by car or train from outside Frankfurt. Find out more about travel and accommodation in Frankfurt.
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Gain access to thousands of global decision makers with qualified buying power, including the valuable German outbound market. Discover why 85% of exhibitors at IMEX return and exhibit with us again.
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Need any further help about attending or exhibiting?

Contact us: enquiries@imexexhibitions.com
Heather Gough
Heather Gough
Sales Director
Sarah Lloyd
Sarah Lloyd
Director of Hosted Buyer Programmes
Lottie Elson
Lottie Elson
Head of Marketing Operations
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