At the heart of our industry
Our aim is to build better human connections all over the world, to promote a thriving global events industry focused on positive change, to bring our global events community together, to provide the best platform for great business.
We do this in many ways, including through our industry partnerships and alliances, our awards program, and our collaborative sponsorship opportunities.
Our industry is defined by community and connection, an ethos reflected by the collaborative IMEX spirit. Our partners are an extension of our team, our IMEX family.
Our shows only happen with the support of our strategic partners, MPI and GCB German Convention Bureau. And through our partnerships with leading industry associations including ASAE, Destinations International, ICCA, PCMA and SITE. And of course, with our world-class venues, Mandalay Bay and Messe Frankfurt.
We’ve worked alongside our partners to develop our shows and events, and in turn they’ve brought their own events to our shows, from SITE Nite Europe and North America to MPI Foundation Rendezvous and annual ICCA member meetings.
02. Our awards program
02. Our awards program
Paul Flackett IMEX Academy Awards Winners 2023
Named in honor of our former Managing Director, Paul Flackett, our Academy Awards reward those making outstanding contributions to our industry.
Ulrike Von Arnold
Vienna Convention Bureau
The Kliman Group
Maritz Global Events
Gala Award Winners 2023
Awarded annually at the IMEX Gala, our awards recognize events excellence.
Destinations International Global Ambassador Award:
Yrjötapio Kivisaari, CEO, Visit Oulu
IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award:
Audrey Alloul, Chief Digital Officer, Kenes Group
IAEE International Excellence Award:
Macao Trade & Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM)
ICCA Global Influencer Award:
Isabel Bardinet, CEO, European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
JMIC Unity Award:
Pier Paolo Mariotti, Certified Meeting Manager, Eurac Research
MPI Foundation Student Scholarship Award:
Kewalin Suraphanpirosh -Tharmmasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
Jane E. Schuldt SITE Master Motivator Award:
Michael Freedman, Vice President-Meetings & Events, Amstar DMC
Our remarkable roll call of past Academy Award and Innovation in Sustainability Award winners includes:
Academy Award winners
Carlotta Ferrari, Destination Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau and Convention Bureau Italia; Barbara Jamison-Woods, London & Partners; Karen Bolinger, Bolinger Consulting
Roslyn Mcleod, ARINEX; Madelyn Marusa, PRA Business Events, Inc; Heike Mahmoud, Congress Center Hamburg
Alan Pini, Friends International; Anja Loetscher, Geneva Convention Bureau; Patrick Chen, Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration
Olivier Lepine, Biarritz Tourisme; Karim El Minabawy, Emeco Travel; Diane DiMaggio, Northstar Travel Media; Jeannie Lim, Singapore Tourism Board
Innovation in Sustainability Award winners
Copenhagen Convention Bureau
Global Climate Action Summit
Apply for the IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award
Gain global recognition for your sustainability innovation by applying for the IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award. Submit your entry for the 2024 award (for events that took place during 2023).
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We support and sponsor industry events and initiatives globally, investing in the future of our industry and championing programs that drive positive change, that promote and protect our people and planet.
CEO, IMEX Group
"Strong personal relationships and connections underpin our business and our industry. Our enduring collaborative spirit is buoyed by our partnerships, our shared values, our shared purpose—and by the power of collective action."
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