No early recovery as IMEX Frankfurt 2021 cancels

IMEX has cancelled this year’s show in Frankfurt which was due to take place at Messe Frankfurt from May 25–27.

“We know the timing of our announcement comes as a blow so early in 2021,” organisers Ray Bloom and Carina Bauer said in a statement.

“More than anything, and like you, we’re eager to deliver some good news and mark a fresh start.

“When we were compelled to cancel IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America last year we hoped 2021 would see the early recovery of the industry and the IMEX shows. We still believe wholeheartedly that a resurgence will come, but sadly we do not believe it will happen in time for us to deliver a strong and successful event in May.”

But both said they were “genuinely positive about the future”.

“The vaccine roll-out and improvements in rapid testing programmes give us great confidence for the prospects of our industry and of travel in general,” they said.

“We are very confident that we’ll be able to deliver a successful IMEX America in Las Vegas from 9-11 November; as well as the 20th anniversary edition of IMEX in Frankfurt in 2022 (26-28 April). The IMEX Team is already working hard with our partners in both locations to create and deliver successful shows that will drive the future growth and prosperity of our industry.”