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IMEX Frankfurt moves show dates from spring to summer

IMEX Frankfurt will now take place between 31 May – 2 June 2022 at Messe Frankfurt.

Organisers had originally planned to host the meetings industry trade show between 26-28 April but decided to move the dates to allow a further five weeks to prepare.

IMEX Group chair, Ray Bloom and CEO, Carina Bauer said that the increase in Omicron cases across Europe and around the world, together with regulatory uncertainty, caused them to review their plans.

They have taken the opportunity to accept new dates offered by Messe Frankfurt, meaning the show could return to its more familiar timings in late spring.

“Everyone in our industry can see the current situation in Europe and knows that, with trade shows depending on such long lead times, it doesn’t support a show in April. We strongly believe that a late May edition of IMEX in Frankfurt will allow everyone to move ahead and plan with certainty and confidence,” Bauer said.

“Having recently come off a highly successful IMEX America, we’re completely focused on building a strong return for IMEX in Frankfurt and we’re also keenly aware of how much our industry needs IMEX to bring everyone together and prove that business regeneration and good lead flow is not only viable but closer than some may think.”

GCB German Convention Bureau managing director, Matthias Schultze said: “ As a strategic partner of IMEX from the very beginning, the GCB German Convention Bureau welcomes the decision to move the date of IMEX in Frankfurt 2022.

“Flexible and agile planning is currently more important than ever. Ray and Carina have recognized this and, with their early and transparent communication, are ensuring the greatest possible planning security and the trust of their partners and exhibitors. The meetings destination Germany is looking forward to the 20th anniversary of IMEX, and all stakeholders along the entire delegate journey are ready to provide #SafeBusinessTrips.”

Both the 2020 and 2021 instalments of IMEX Frankfurt were cancelled due to the Covid pandemic. The 2022 exhibition will mark the 20th anniversary of IMEX Frankfurt.

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