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IMEX Frankfurt 2023

May 23, 2023 - May 25, 2023

Join us at IMEX Frankfurt 2023

Meet us at IMEX

IAPCO is back once again at IMEX as an exhibitor (stand A210) and will be hosting a series of education sessions with our Training Academy speakers and partners.

Dive into the heart of the global meetings industry over four action-packed days in Frankfurt with education and networking with the IAPCO community.

We will look forward to seeing you there.

Messe Frankfurt

Home to 250-plus events each year, with 11,500 hotel rooms within walking distance – and just 20 minutes from Frankfurt airport by car or public transport, Messe Frankfurt is a world-class venue for a world-class event.

Dive into the heart of the global meetings industry over four action-packed days in Frankfurt. Meet exhibitors from across the world, gain insight and inspiration from industry experts and innovators, and join your peers at countless networking events.

Show themes

  • Nature – Explore our talking point, nature – what we can do for nature and what nature can do for us.
  • Event tech – Tap into event tech expertise and follow our technology track.
  • Be well at IMEX – Look after yourself during show time with our opportunities to relax, refresh and revive.
  • CSR and sustainability – Help us tread lightly on our world by supporting our CSR and sustainability initiatives.



IAPCO AMCI joint workshop: Creating Successful Business Models that Deliver Optimum Results for Associations

(By invitation only for IAPCO and AMCI members. Places are limited, so please Register Here to attend.)

Monday, 22 May| Okzident Room at Kap Europa | 3:20 – 5:10 pm

This will be an interactive, immersive workshop designed specifically for AMCI members and IAPCO members by invitation only.

Participants will investigate trends impacting associations, future opportunities and the implications these may have on AMC and PCO business models moving forward.

The workshop will require participation and contribution from all involved.

Introductions by:

  • Mark Engle, DM, FASAE, Chair, AMC Institute
  • Sarah Markey-Hamm, Chief Executive Officer, ICMS Pty Ltd and IAPCO President

Facilitated by:

  • Oscar Cerezales, Chief Strategy Officer, MCI


IAPCO PCMA joint session: Leap of Faith – Stories about Embracing Uncertainty
Tuesday, 23 May| Ocean Room | 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, is quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” As event planners, we know this only too well as we manage ‘change’ on an ongoing basis whether it is on a personal, professional or organisational level. The only difference is that change is happening faster and faster.

Join this interactive session and learn practical tips to pro-actively manage the uncertainties in your life, while sharing and learning from your peers about their own experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn to anticipate and expect the unexpected
  • Explore different strategies on how to deal with uncertainty
  • Connect with peers in one-to-one discussions and learn from each other

Introductions by:

  • Jaime Bennett, Managing Director (EMEA), PCMA
  • Martin Boyle, CEO, IAPCO

Facilitated by:

  • Giulia Ineke Sarri, Creative Strategist, AIM Group International


  • Beth Surmont, Vice President of Event Strategy & Design, 360 Live Media


RFP of the Future – Navigating the Changing Landscape
Tuesday, 23 May| Ocean Room | 3:30-4:30pm

In an industry that is experiencing rapid transformation, the evolution of the RFP has become a center point of conversation for destinations and event organizers alike. This panel comprised of both event and destination experts will delve into how they are working to best adapt their view of the RFP and discuss how to optimize the process to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving marketplace. Join this must attend session for the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the changing landscape of RFPs and on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Success looks different – Understanding the shift in stakeholder sentiment, motivation to travel, events goals and changing success metrics
  • Value creation – hear how a well-structured RFP can be a blueprint of success for the event, organization, and industry
  • Intentional collaboration – learn effective strategies for collaboration between the event strategist and destination organization that generates outcomes for both the hosting organization, the delegates and the destination.


  1. Al Hutchinson, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore
  2. Sarah Markey-Hamm, Chief Executive Officer, ICMS Pty Ltd and IAPCO President
  3. Alain Pittet, Director of Convention Bureau, Geneva Tourism & Convention Foundation
  4. Cathy Nash, Director of Meetings and Events, Association for Information Science & Technology


Client and People Management
Wednesday, 24 May| Forest Room, Inspiration Hub, Hall 9 | 9:00 – 9:45 am

Join us for a sample session from a recent IAPCO EDGE seminar. Managing people is about developing positive relationships and building human connections. In this session, you will learn practical leadership skills and tips on effective client communication and people management.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to build self confidence in working with people
  • Identify your own behavioural style
  • Understanding your clients’ needs
  • Setting expectations and KPI’s
  • Effective communication with your stakeholders


  • Nicky McGrane, CEO, Conference Partners International


IMEX Frankfurt Schedule at a glance


May 23, 2023
May 25, 2023
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