IMEX Politicians Forum. Tourism ministers from Egypt, Mexico and South Africa, together with the Deputy Mayor of Frankfurt and the CEO of the Singapore Tourism Board, make up the most senior and influential line-up of politicians yet to take part in the IMEX Politicians Forum in Frankfurt on May 21st. His Excellency Mr Hisham Zaazou, Minister of Tourism for Egypt; Uwe Becker, Frankfurt Deputy Mayor & City Treasurer; the Honourable Secretary Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, Minister of Tourism for Mexico; the Honorable Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Tourism for South Africa and Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board will be among 35 politicians attending the eleventh IMEX Politicians Forum. All will be invited to sign a new meetings industry ‘Declaration of Support.’
The politicians will attend the IMEX Opening Ceremony, which will be followed by a visit to their destination stand on the show floor. The group then transfers to the Villa Kennedy for a closed panel discussion. During this session they will all be invited to sign the new ‘Declaration of Support’ for the meetings industry. IMEX’s stated ambition, on behalf of the meetings industry, is to achieve 100 signatories for the Declaration of Support by the end of 2013.
Says IMEX Chairman, Ray Bloom: “We belong to an extremely diverse global market which is constantly going through different cycles of change and development. One of the results is that our Politicians Forum is fast becoming the single industry event that mobilises destinations from all over the world to invite their politician’s presence and public support. It also provokes the industry to listen and, importantly, to act. The need for political advocacy never stops and we are always delighted to provide a platform at IMEX in Frankfurt.”