This year’s IMEX in Frankfurt which was due to take place from May 12-14 has been cancelled.

“We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the exhibitors, buyers and industry professionals who were due to attend the show but also to the global business events community,” stated the official statement from Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group and Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX Group.

This decision was not taken lightly and there are two overriding concerns that have caused IMEX Group to make this decision at this time.

First is the uncertainty caused by the fact that the German Health Minister has recently called for the ban on events with over 1,000 people which some German states have already endorsed, including the state of Hesse where Frankfurt is located. This announcement makes the probability of factors outside our control forcing us to cancel the show at the last minute much higher.

Second, the primary concern for IMEX Group has always been the responsibility they feel towards their exhibitors and partners, who fund the show – not only by purchasing stand space but also in the considerable additional investment they make in everything from the build of stunning stands to the hosting of buyer events.

According to the official statement, “Whilst only a short time ago we felt optimistic that May was far enough away to confidently proceed with our plans, as it stands on March 11 we cannot guarantee the one thing that our exhibitors trust us above all else to deliver – namely a large-scale, high quality hosted buyer programme.

Both of these factors – uncertainty around whether IMEX will be allowed to proceed, as well as doubts as to the number of buyers who will be able to attend – have led us to the conclusion that we now have no option but to cancel IMEX in Frankfurt.”

Committed to serving the industry

IMEX Group is already working hard in the background to deliver value and service above and beyond the trade show you were looking forward to and the Group will announce these plans in the near future.

“We intend to keep morale high and, together with leaders around the world, to focus on collective efforts to rebuild confidence and advocate for the power of business events to aid economic recovery once this situation is over.

The IMEX team will also be working hard to deliver a successful IMEX America (September 15-17) with plans to recognise the 10th Anniversary of the show already in full swing. We hope that the business events world will join us in Las Vegas to celebrate our great industry.

Once again, we thank the whole industry for the support that has been shown to us and we are here to support others in the industry as we all work through these difficult times.”