April 30, 2008

More than 8,500 planners attended IMEX, the Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events, held last week at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Among the 3,600 hosted buyers in attendance were 22 groups from North America. The show had 3,500 exhibitors. Among first-time exhibitors: California Tourism, the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Armenia, Indonesia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Capella Hotels & Resorts, Preferred Hotel Group and Leonardo Hotels. Scandic Hotels won IMEX's Gold Award for Green Meetings held in 2007, while the Silver Award was presented to the Unitarian Universalists Association. Malta was named Green Exhibitor of the Year, and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts won the Green Supplier Award.