Global event sector takes a stand against Russian aggression in Ukraine


The event and travel industry has called out Russia’s aggression in Ukraine, with some suspending business with Russia during the armed conflict.

IMEX Group has suspended Russian businesses from attending this year’s upcoming IMEX Frankfurt show

“We do this with a heavy heart, understanding that the world is in an unprecedented situation,” said IMEX Group CEO Carina Bauer and Chairman Ray Bloom.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who is affected and especially the people of Ukraine. All of us wish for a speedy and peaceful resolution to this conflict.”

The Supervisory Board of Messe Düsseldorf has suspended the group’s business activities in Russia including the activities of the subsidiary Messe Düsseldorf Moscow.

“The current events contradict the mission and values of our company, which is to create international marketplaces for free, cross-border intercultural and economic exchange,” said Wolfram N. Diener, CEO and president of Messe Düsseldorf.

Travel tech company Sabre Corporation has also ended its distribution agreement with Russian owned carrier Aeroflot and is taking immediate steps to remove Aeroflot flight content from its global distribution system.

“We are taking a stand against this military conflict,” said Sean Menke, CEO of Sabre.

“We are complying, and will continue to comply, with sanctions imposed against Russia. In addition, today we announced that Sabre has terminated its distribution agreement with Aeroflot, removing its content from our GDS.”

Messe Frankfurt, the host venue of the IMEX, the Events Industry Council and PCMA have also released statements condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.

“Social injustice—war—has no place, anywhere,” the PCMA said in a statement. “We support UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ position in his call to end this senseless war.

The PCMA also said it is committed to contributing to the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund to support the urgent need for food, water and shelter.