IMEX, the Worldwide Exhibition for
Incentive Travel, Meetings & Events, was held April 19-21 in
Frankfurt, Germany. According to IMEX chairman Ray Bloom, 3,000
hosted meeting and incentive planners attended the three-year-old
show, which featured 3,000 exhibiting firms from 140 countries.
Last year, 2,800 hosted buyers attended, and 2,500 firms exhibited
at the show. This year also marked IMEX's move into a larger space,
Hall 8, at Messe Frankfurt, to accommodate all exhibitors on one
A special meeting of the Toy Industry Association board determined
that the American International Fall Toy Show will remain in New
York City, despite the fact that the eventÕs venue, the
International Toy Center, was sold earlier this year. ÒOur
responsibility to our members and the entire toy industry is to
constantly explore the most effective and efficient venues,Ó said
Arnie Rubin, chairman of the TIA. As for the larger February
American International Toy Fair, usually held at the Jacob K.
Javits Convention Center in New York City, the TIA board will
decide between New York, Atlanta and Orlando as host cities for the
2007 show and beyond.