The IMEX Group is again demonstrating its commitment to encouraging best practice in sustainability within the meetings industry worldwide. It is joining with the Event Industry Council (EIC) in promoting the IMEX- EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award.The Award is now open for entries, to be submitted by 1 March 2018, and the winner will be revealed at the IMEX in Frankfurt Gala Dinner taking place on Wednesday 16 May 2018.
This IMEX- EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award has been created to give well deserved recognition to a meeting, incentive, convention or exhibition programme stakeholder team who are driving forward sustainability. In particular, it recognises innovation that strengthens the meetings industry by leveraging sustainable practices and supports environmental, social and economic success and long-term resilience.

The judges’ criteria will include the impact on the environment, community and local economy; innovation in sustainability, collaboration with stakeholders and legacy.

2017 Winner
This year’s successful entrant will follow Carlson Rezidor, the inaugural winner in 2017 for their Blu Planet initiative, which was implemented throughout Radisson Blu Hotels. This focussed on promoting water mindfulness, both in guest actions and hotel operations.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “Sustainability has been one of our core values since our inaugural show 15 years ago. We are committed not only to implementing sustainability best practice at our shows but also to encouraging the industry to do so, through our education programmes and through initiatives such as this award. It’s heartening to see how many organisations have, over the years, demonstrated their creativity and commitment to sustainability. Who’d have thought it was possible, even five years ago, for Superbowl 2018 to declare a zero-waste target? Times have really changed and IMEX is delighted to celebrate and support that change.”
For information about IMEX in Frankfurt, please visit the new website.

IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 will take place at Messe Frankfurt from 15 -17 May 2018, with EduMonday, its pre-show day of learning and insights on Monday 14 May.

IMEX America 2018, America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings & events, will take place from 16 – 18 October 2018, at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, preceded by Smart Monday, powered by MPI on 15 October.

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