ET Global takes over Bluepool

ET Global Exhibit Group (ET Global) based in Frankfurt, Germany, has bought up all the shares in Bluepool, Leinfelden-Echterdingen. The four original founders and outgoing shareholders gave up ownership of the company. Rainer Pfeil and Frank-Dieter Keinath, former Bluepool employees, will be staying on as managing directors. The takeover was complete on August 22, 2018 and is part of ET

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Safety & security standards for exhibition logistics

The International Exhibition Logistics Association IELA has been working on new IELA SECURITY GUIDELINES written in collaboration with Simon Garrett, MD of X-Venture Global Risk Solutions, and a leading security expert in the exhibition industry. As regards proactively strengthening safety & security standards, these guidelines are essential, improving security awareness in the

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Social media is essential

Social media continues to alter the marketing landscape, with 91 percent of exhibiting companies currently incorporating social media into their face-to-face marketing mix. And the value and importance of social platforms is likely to continue to increase in the foreseeable future, finds the 2018 Social Media Marketing Survey by EXHIBITOR. The majority of respondents not only have dedicated

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People in the News: Sonia Wedell-Castellano

The management of the Domotex Hanover portfolio, which includes floorcovering events, has been passed from Susanne Klaproth to Sonia Wedell-Castellano, effective September 1, 2018. In her previous role as department manager in the Hanover Messe division, Ms. Wedell-Castellano successfully launched and expanded a number of trade fairs and non-standard formats over the years.

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People in the News: Darren Waite

Darren Waite has been appointed Director of Sales at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). He joins the centre from AccorHotels where he was Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Mr. Waite has held a number of senior positions at CWT Solutions Group, IHG and Accenture Procurement Solutions. (kf)

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High-level support for Big 5 Qatar

The Big 5 Qatar will launch from September 24 to 26, 2018 at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre (DECC) and will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalaifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Qatar. Ahmed Al-Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), commented: ?The Big 5 Qatar comes as part of our efforts to

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WTM Africa to launch new, hosted buyer programme

WTM Africa?s dedication to both inbound and outbound travel within Africa can be seen once again at WTM Africa 2019, which will run from April 10 to 12, 2019 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. The launch of WTM Africa International Exhibitors? Dedicated Hosted Buyer Programme will see a specific collective of buyers that are involved in outbound travel from the South

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WTM Africa to launch new, hosted buyer programme

#BL1#WTM Africa?s dedication to both inbound and outbound travel within Africa can be seen once again at WTM Africa 2019, which will run from April 10 to 12, 2019 at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. The launch of WTM Africa International Exhibitors? Dedicated Hosted Buyer Programme will see a specific collective of buyers that are involved in outbound travel from the South

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From São Paulo to Cologne

Experience in the area of digital entertainment pays off! The CCXP Cologne ? Comic Con Experience, a successful concept created by Brazilian entertainment company Omelete Group, will open its doors for the first time from June 27 to 30, 2019 in cooperation with Kölnmesse, adding a new date to the event calendars of comic, sci-fi and superhero fans across Germany and the rest of Europe. The

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From positive to negative in Switzerland

It?s common knowledge that the MCH Group is currently undergoing a process of transformation. Now, the Switzerland-based group has published its results for the first half of 2018. The consolidated operating income was CHF 356.6 m (EUR 316 m), which is 16.7 percent up on the same period last year (CHF 305.6 m or EUR 270.8 m). This is all but cancelled out, however, by the 20.1 percent

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Making India smarter

The first edition of Smart City Expo India will take place September 26 to 28, 2018 in the city of Jaipur. The event is organised by Fira Barcelona, Jaipur Development Authority, and Quantela with the support of national and local governments. Under the motto ?Smart India: Making it happen?, it aims to show solutions for tackling the major challenges faced by Indian cities in the areas of

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ITE sells events in Russia

ITE Group plc plans to sell ITE Expo LLC, the operating company for 56 of the Group?s Non-Core, regionally-focused, smaller events in Russia, to Shtab-Expo LLC. These events comprise a significant proportion of the Group?s Non-Core assets in Russia. This disposal is a major step in delivering a key pillar of the Group?s Transformation and Growth (TAG) program to focus on must-attend

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Automechanika expands to Central Asia

Messe Frankfurt is taking the Automechanika fair to Kazakhstan, expanding the world?s most successful B2B trade fair brand and their presence in Central Asia. Automechanika Astana, which will run from March 27 to 29, 2019 in the Korme Exhibition Center, is hoped to push development and growth in the Central Asian automotive market. The leading trade fair for the automotive service industry

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CloserStill Media expands in the US

European event organiser CloserStill Media has acquired ?Wild West Veterinary Conference? and ?Chicagoland Veterinary Conference? to strengthen its position serving the US animal health market. Following the success of CloserStill?s first launch into the US with New York Vet in November 2017, the company is delighted to be adding two further US veterinary events to its global

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Moscone on green track

The largest new, conventional rooftop solar installation in San Francisco, which has been built on the roof of the convention and exhibition complex, the Moscone Center, has been unveiled by Mayor London N. Breed. This is part of the Moscone Center expansion project, scheduled for completion in December 2018. The project exemplifies what new, climate-conscious buildings of the future have to

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