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MIPIM outlaws ‘parasite’ events


Architect and developer events outside the official MIPIM venue - the Palais des Festivals - have become illegal following a judgment by a French court

Fair organiser Reed MIDEM is trying to crackdown on ‘parasitic’ behaviour at the Cannes property summit and has managed to secure a landmark court victory against property consultants Drivers Jonas.

The Tribunal de Commerce de Paris ruled Drivers Jonas guilty of ‘parasitisme’ and the firm was ordered to pay damages of €100,000 for using a café near the official Palais to host events during the summit last year.

A letter sent to exhibitors reads: ‘it is illegal to exhibit and conduct business outside the Palais des Festivals venue (pictured above) during MIPIM.’

Julian Hakes of Hakes Associates said: ‘I don’t think they can stop all business outside the Palais.

‘It’s nice to get outside of the [venue] and sometimes clients might not want to go inside,’ said Hakes, admitting last year he attended outside events.

He said: ‘If they want to protect [the event] they need to reinforce the values of being inside the Palais.’

Sean Griffiths of FAT Architecture said: ‘What are they going to do? Have MIPIM Police in the restaurants?’

Organiser Reed MIDEM said in a statement: ‘[This judgment] primarily protects our MIPIM clients who register and operate in good faith within the show venue.’


Readers' comments (3)

  • If I may just add and for the avoidance of any doubt I have always paid to be a delegate when I attend Mipim and will continue to support the event.


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  • What the organisers need to do is to drastically improve the quality and conditions of the exhibition areas as well as provide top class backup facilities. To hold most of the exhibition in a converted car park is not indusive to staying for prolonged periods of time. That is probably why people do their business outside.

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  • JustFacades.com

    so are we no longer alllowed to take our guests on to our yachts for a drink and chat?

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