IMEX Frankfurt, the trade show for the worldwide meetings, incentive travel and events industry, closed Thursday with IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom announcing a 21 percent increase in individual buyer appointments made with exhibitors during the show.
More than 64,000 appointments took place over the three-day trade show, he said, with 40,000 of those made by individual buyers. The numbers are key, Bloom told those gathered, because they represent planned, face-to-face meetings.
Almost 9,000 visitors attended the 10th annual event in Frankfurt, with about 4,000 of those being hosted buyers, IMEX reported.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) was recognized for its Greenbuild International Conference and Expo 2011 in Toronto, making it the only four-time winner of the award. The council was commended for its green and CSR initiatives.
KPMG won for its Climate Change and Sustainability Global Summit, held in February in New York. The summit was praised for attracting 600 top CEOs and senior business leaders from 43 countries, many of the world’s major corporations and key policymakers.
The Green Meetings Awards, presented in partnership with the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC), set stringent standards that judge applicants on their ability to demonstrate innovations that minimize the environmental impact of a meeting or conference. Entries are judged by successes in the areas of energy efficiency, air and water quality, water conservation, waste minimization and environmental purchasing.
IMEX reconvenes in Frankfurt on May 21-23, 2013. For now, attention turns to the second IMEX America, which again visits Las Vegas, on Oct. 9-10.