22-25 May 2023
IMEX Frankfurt

Visiting IMEX for the first time

Top tips when visiting IMEX for the first time

We know how daunting it can be to attend a large trade show for the first time.  

We’ve put together some top tips for coming to IMEX: from pre-show webinars, to meeting you on the show floor, to restaurant recommendations! 

Where to start

1. Get started: Create your IMEX account and register for the show! 

You can create your IMEX account and register here.

Make sure to sign up for our ‘First time attendee' webinar on 10 May 2023. You can meet other first-time attendees, chat to the IMEX team and ask any questions. Ensure you have plenty of business cards, or a digital version. Update your LinkedIn profile and contact details.

2. Know what you want from IMEX 

Set some targets for yourself and know why you’re going. Perhaps you want to find new suppliers or destinations, learn about the latest event tech and trends, or grow your contact book? 

Once you know why you’re going, you can put together your ‘elevator pitch’. This should cover: 
  • Who: Introduce yourself
  • Where: Explain about your company and what it does
  • What: Describe what you can offer as a solution
If you're a buyer, you're going to do business. Our new exhibitor directory is intuitive, easy to search and highly visual and there to help you squeeze maximum value from your #IMEXperience.

3. Book your travel and hotel accommodation 

Here you can find out about travelling and staying in Frankfurt - we've partnered with HotelMaps for some great local accommodation prices.

Planning your time at the show

4. Book your appointments 
If you are attending as a buyer, prioritise appointments that could expand your network and further your business. We recommend six - eight appointments per day.

Prepare for your meeting and let the exhibitors know your intentions beforehand so the appointment can focus on signing the deal.  

5. Attend education and events

We have over 150 FREE education sessions. Pick some sessions and add them to your schedule. See the education programme.


6. Give yourself some free time! 

We suggest you keep some time free for unexpected meetings. There are also plenty of quiet spaces to recharge, have a coffee, and to catch up on emails while you’re at the show. Why not check out the Be Well Lounge for some head space. Or take part in the Maritz Global Events Sustainability Challenge, Powered by Heka Health.


Network like a pro

7. Use your IMEX account

With your IMEX account, everything is in one place. If you're attending as a buyer, you can make appointments with exhibitors, see a full attendee list, plan which education and events to attend, and message other attendees. 

8. Embrace the social side

There’s a great social scene to IMEX, so embrace it!

There are lots of exhibitor events on the show floor, plus many other networking events to take part in – from the IMEXrun in the morning, to the Gala Dinner in the evening.
See all events at IMEX

Getting the most out of IMEX

9. At the show

Be sure to make use of the floorplan – it's available in the app and printed at the show. If you're a buyer, we suggest you book appointments that are close together, so that you’re not walking from one end of the hall to the other. Top tip: wear comfortable shoes.

Join a show floor tour! On this quick tour, you'll meet Maria and members of the IMEX team. You'll also have the chance to meet other first time attendees. There's no need to book, just turn up!

When: Tuesday 23 April 08:45
Where: We will meet outside the Hosted Buyer Lounge

Our friendly IMEX team will be on the show floor to guide you if you need any help.
You'll find us at the information desks and in key areas of the show. Come and say hello!

Check out this blogpost about top tips for newcomers from exciting new industry talent Ritchie Munro, International Sales Manager at SEC to learn about what to expect!

Plan well, have fun and be open to meeting new people. If you have any questions before you arrive you can check our FAQs or contact us


Top tips from the IMEX team

Check out our team’s top restaurant recommendations in Frankfurt.

"Walk on the outside of Messe Frankfurt instead of indoors through the long corridors, there’s a pathway you can walk to get some fresh air and soak up some vitamin D!"

Lottie Elson, Head of Marketing Operations, IMEX 

"If you need to pick up some essentials, there is a shopping centre, Skyline Plaza, right next to Messe Frankfurt. You'll find a wide variety of shops and a well-stocked supermarket."

Gillian Heath, Event Marketing Manager, IMEX


"Picknick Café is a contender for the loveliest lunch in Frankfurt!"

Suzanne Mulligan, Head of Engagement, IMEX 

Visit our contact and help page for more information

Or call us on: 
+44 (0) 1273 227311
Maria Gaillez
Maria Gaillez
Relationship Manager
David Kries
David Kries
Relationship Manager
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