16th IMEX Policy Forum, Frankfurt

    16th IMEX Policy Forum, Frankfurt

    May 15, 2018 all-day
    InterContinental Frankfurt
    Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 43
    60329 Frankfurt am Main
    Flavie Baudot

    Since 2003, the Policy Forum (formerly Politicians Forum) at IMEX has provided the only high-level event to bring together industry leaders with representatives of governments and government agencies. Government understanding and support is critical to the advancement of the meetings and events industry.

    The Forum has evolved over the past 15+ years and hosts not just politicians but a wide variety of policy makers and government influencers. We bring together the meetings world and public policy makers with the aim to influence policy, rather than influence politicians.

    The IMEX Policy Forum is built around five elements: Strategy; Advocacy; Development; Engagement; Enlightenment. The overarching aim of the Forum is to act as a catalyst and provide a collaborative global discussion platform critical to the creation of policy that directly benefits our industry.


    New in 2018 – The evolution of cities in the meetings industry – a workshop with Professor Greg Clark CBE
    We are delighted to confirm that Professor Greg Clark CBE will once again participate in the 2018 Forum. Professor Clark will be working with us to create a new workshop session held before the start of the Forum, designed specifically for local, municipal and regional policymakers and destination representatives.
    Chaired by John Greenway, former Member of Parliament, UK

     National government discussion
    In collaboration with UNWTO
    Ministers and senior national government representatives are invited to join the national government discussion. We typically welcome government representatives from travel and tourism, economic affairs and any portfolio related to the meetings and events industry.
    Chaired by ICCA President, Nina Freysen-Pretorius


    Registration for the Policy Forum

    • The Policy Forum is open to national ministers, government officials, local and regional political representatives and accompanying persons. Senior decision makers from international organisations, intergovernmental bodies and the meetings industry are also welcome to attend. Please note that there is no charge to attend the Policy Forum.
    • We will support you with the arrangements for your invited political representative in Frankfurt, including a transfer from Frankfurt airport, an invitation to the IMEX Opening Ceremony, entrance to IMEX 2018 and registration for the Policy Forum.
    • Prior to registration we kindly ask that you nominate one point of contact, who will be responsible for coordinating the participation of your political representative/delegation. All correspondence with IMEX will be via this contact.
    • When registering a political representative, you will be asked if they require an airport transfer. This is provided on a complimentary basis.


    Please use the link below to register your political representative and accompanying persons:

    Should you have any questions regarding registration please contact annie.speyer@imexexhibitions.com

    For your complimentary copy of the 2017 Forum report, please visit the Policy Forum webpage.

    Further information including the provisional 2018 Policy Forum programme can be found here.


    The Policy Forum is organised by IMEX in collaboration with European Cities Marketing (ECM), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), under the auspices of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC).