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.
“Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming” – David Bowie
“Tomorrow Today” is the pledge of European Cities Marketing to all of Europe’s DMOs who navigate the everchanging market conditions and demands of the visitor economy. With Tomorrow Today, we begin a new journey as an association for destination managers and urban changemakers.
At the 2019 General Assembly and International Conference in Ljubljana, we invite you to listen and learn what’s coming your way. Together, we celebrate the new paradigm for DMOs in urban travel and tourism where complexity and rapid changes in technology, consumer behaviour and politics constitute the new normal. We explore and debate the latest market trends and the significant driving forces that will shape the future of destination management.
Above all, we welcome a tomorrow where a growing number of bednights might no longer be the guiding imperative for success. In Ljubljana, we learn from lead destinations, international experts and urban entrepreneurs who are successfully pursuing purpose and positive impact in urban travel and tourism.
We take David Bowie on his word, as we listen to today’s entrepreneurs and emerging new destinations as they charge tomorrow’s urban travel without looking much at the patterns and players of yesterday.
We meet in Ljubljana, famous for its friendly and young hearted hospitality and optimistic vibe. Ljubljana has always been a city on the move, visually illustrated by its blend of Italian baroque, art nouveau and modernist cityscape. Ljubljana is also pretty much located smack in the heart Europe. Just like ECM.
See you in Ljubljana!
City Fair is the event for European cities, destinations and suppliers to showcase all of their tourism products to the international travel trade in a productive business environment.
Join over 150 European cities, destinations and their partners, showcasing their tourism offering to over 100 city break product developers & buyers from international markets.
City Fair is a 3-day event organised by ETOA and ECM that includes a drinks reception, a conference and a full-day B2B workshop for product developers and contractors from global travel buyers that want to meet cities and destinations and source tourist product from all over Europe.
The 2019 programme includes:
- Welcome drinks reception on Sunday, June 16
- City Fair workshop on Monday, June 17
- The Innovation in Visitor Management Conference on Tuesday, June 18
Who is it for?
City tourist boards and suppliers (such as hotels and attractions)
European organisations such as:
- Tourist boards
- Tourist offices
- City Marketing Organisations
- And other tourism service providers
Participate as an exhibitor to gain competitive advantage for your destination, and to meet with operators, whose business represents both high volume and niche sectors from Europe and all major long-haul markets.
What kind of buyers you could meet?
Product developers and contractors from:
- Tour Operators
- Other intermediaries
Why is City Fair beneficial for you?
- Take part in 3 events: Reception + Workshop + Conference
- A personalised agenda of one-to-one appointments in a highly efficient 1-day B2B workshop
- Discover what’s new in different European destinations
- Wide variety of well established companies, from budget through luxury
- Connect with business development managers and decision-makers
- Substantial cost and time savings on networking & exhibition fees
Special rates for ECM members, subscribe before March 15!
Both events are directed toward managers, academics, as well as consultants and representatives of governments and international organisations dealing with tourism. Participants are invited to register for both days or can choose to participate in just one event. Registration will open in June 2019.