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IMEX in Frankfurt Announces New Ground Handler

The IMEX Group has announced a new partnership with Compass Tours Incoming, to provide ground handling services for IMEX in Frankfurt.

Compass Tours Incoming has been awarded the contract to provide transportation for attendees and exhibitors at IMEX in Frankfurt which takes place May 21-23, with a special focus on transfers for hosted buyers. The company is a leading DMC in Germany with offices in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and Hamburg and covers the entire range of MICE services and looks after 60,000 guests annually.

The change means an end to a long-standing relationship with CEO and CPO Inge Hanser which lasted 16 years. Hanser were instrumental in the successful launch and continued growth of the flagship IMEX tradeshow. They proved a valuable partner for nearly two decades, especially during various travel disruptions, notably the Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption in 2010.

“We have had a great cooperation with IMEX over the last 16 years,” speaking about the partnership, CPO Hanser, says, “my thanks go to the whole IMEX team. We wish IMEX and Compass Tours every success in the future.”

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains, “As part of our remit to offer a fresh approach, we like to work with a wide range of services providers to ensure the experience of attendees at our shows remains top class. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing ground handler CPO Hanser for their excellent work and support over the past 16 years. They’ve been instrumental in helping us to develop a best in class hosted buyer program and faultless in their delivery of ground handling services.”

Managing Partner of Compass Tours Incoming Michael Kater says, “This is exciting news—I am very proud that we have been chosen as a supplier for this leading trade fair in our industry in Europe. I look forward to working with the IMEX team in the years to come—and especially as the show heads towards its 20th anniversary edition in 2022.”

More than 3,500 suppliers from every sector of the worldwide meetings industry come together in Frankfurt each year for IMEX. Visitors meet national and regional tourist offices and convention bureaus, major hotel companies, conference and exhibition venues, cruise lines, airlines, spa resorts, technology providers, event management specialists and many more. IMEX Frankfurt 2019 will take place at Messe Frankfurt from May 21-23, with EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and insights on May 20. For more info, visit www.imex-frankfurt.com

IMEX America 2019, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events, will be held in Sept. 10-12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian and The Palazzo, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on Sept. 9. For more info, visit www.imexamerica.com

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