This year I was invited to be hosted by the Hilton team at IMEX 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition, Hilton organized a pre-IMEX FAM trip to Vienna, Austria with the Saudi and Middle East hosted buyers team.
Arriving on a Friday afternoon in Vienna, I had the chance to meet the team over a welcome cocktail at the Hilton Vienna penthouse. The hotel Hiton Vienna Plaza is located in the city center with wonderful views of the most important monuments of the city. Over a glass of champagne and some canapes we received a warm welcome by the GM and the sales team who would be our hosts for the next couple of days.
The Hilton team did an excellent job by showing us around the city in a traditional tram. With the guided tour, we got explanations about the highlights of the city and had the chance to see with a closer view the stunning Schonbrunner palace.
The Hilton team also showed us the 3 properties that they have in the city:
Each hotel has a completely different offering which would be aligned to clients needs.
I completely felt in love with Vienna and would not hesitate to recommend it as a destination for events.
After the wonderful FAM trip we flew to Frankfurt for IMEX.
The team at IMEX did a great job of organisation: from the moment we landed at the airport with the welcome hostesses until the moment we left the exhibition centre to go back to the airport.
It was my first IMEX experience. I walked for hours (not: comfortable shoes are essential!) in the pavilion corridors getting non-stop info from all my appointments. The online appointment system (completed before IMEX starts) helped to plan the time easily and efficiently. With more than 3,500 exhibitors from more than 150 countries I got countless opportunities to connect and network. In addition, there were free professional education programs from in-depth seminars, to practical workshops and specialist forums. Indeed, a whole universe to explore!
In the evenings, Hilton hosted dinners at the Hilton Frankfurt Airport and Hilton Frankfurt City Center which provided additional networking opportunities in a more social environment. We even had the energy for some dancing with a live band!
Thank you to the Hilton team and IMEX for this wonderful and unique opportunity with a special thanks to TEC’s Global Sales Lead, Youssef Skr from Hilton who did a great role as a group