Freeman acquires Info Salons

Dallas-based brand experience company Freeman has acquired Australian digital technology company Info Salons, a leading provider of registration and attendee database management solutions. The acquisition enables Freeman to integrate the registration solution into its event management offerings while also extending its global presence. \"We\'re always looking for ways to simplify the event and

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German exhibition venues invest in modernisation

By 2022, German exhibition venues plan to invest around 900 million euros in modernising exhibition halls and enhancing service quality, but also in building new facilities. Hall space will be increased by approximately 55,000 sqm, some 35,000 sqm of which will already be available by the end of 2018. At the beginning of 2018, Germany\'s exhibition venues had a total capacity of 2,835,922

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The next waves of digital developments

How are AI, Big Data, Blockchain and Robotics affecting the exhibitions industry? This will be discussed at the UFI Educational Forum on Digital Innovation 2018 taking place June 11 in Hanover, Germany. The event offers the opportunity to explore how these trends can be successfully implemented into the exhibition business. Additionally, GDPR and platform thinking will be addressed. The

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Declaration of love at São Paulo Expo

A symbolic sculpture has been unveiled at the São Paulo Expo. Set to become the metropolis\'s newest icon, in the manner of the world-famous LOVE of New York and I Amsterdam, SÃO PAULO É TUDO DE BOM (São Paulo is everything that is good) is 10 meters long and 1.6 meters high. The fruit of a partnership between multinational company GL events, which manages the São Paulo Expo, and

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People in the News: Medlen Miserius

Medlen Miserius took over as senior product manager of Fruitlogistica in Berlin at the beginning of March 2018. She brings a total of ten years of experience in the exhibition team to her new managerial position. Under her management, Fruitlogistica will focus even more clearly on its core values, establishing business contacts, presenting innovations and its vanguard role.

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People in the News: Charo Izquierdo

Charo Izquierdo, currently manager of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, has been appointed by IFEMA to manage the Fashion and Beauty trade fairs and events organised by Feria Madrid throughout the year. She is taking over from Jaime de la Figuera, who will henceforth be the organisation\'s international expansion manager. (kf)

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INDEX comes to Riyadh

Organiser dmg events is taking its INDEX brand to a new market. The launch of INDEX Saudi in Riyadh ? which will run from October 30 to November 1, 2018 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre ? comes at a time of increased construction activity in Saudi Arabia, resulting in higher demand for interior design products and services. \"Launching a dedicated interior

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Coming together in Africa

Messe München is co-locating its fairs Analytica Lab Africa, Food & Drink Technology Africa (FDT Africa) and Ifat Africa. It believes that synergies from the co-location will create value added for exhibitors and visitors alike, and so will premiere the trio July 9 to 11, 2019. The three trade fairs will then be held every two years at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

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Zoomark with new features

Zoomark International, the professional pet industry event organised by Bolognafiere held in odd years in Europe, will introduce two new features for its next edition. To respond to the demand from exhibitors and visitors, Zoomark International 2019 will run from Monday May 6 to Thursday May 9, 2019, no longer taking place at the weekend as was the case in the past. Additionally, the show will

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Informa / UBM deal approved

The shareholders of the two British media companies and exhibition organisers Informa and UBM have approved the bid made by Informa for acquisition of UBM to the tune of 5.58 billion US dollars (4.51 billion euros): 98.9 percent of the Informa shareholders voted in favour of the takeover, while 95.8 percent of UBM shareholders voted in favour. Previous UBM shareholders will receive 1,083 new

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Messe Frankfurt introduces Digital Advisory Board

In an initiative to engage with its customers more intensively on the digital transformation of marketing in the trade fair industry and the evolution that this entails for the trade fairs themselves, Messe Frankfurt has set up a Digital Advisory Board. The new Digital Advisory Board includes exhibitors from a wide range of industries as well as representatives from Messe Frankfurt\'s

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SEA expands showfloor

SEA Brew 2018, South East Asia\'s annual Conference and Trade Fair for the brewing community, is coming to the Philippines. The event is scheduled to take place June 20 to 22, 2018 at EDSA Shangri-La Manila. Organiser Evolve Beverages Pte. Ltd. has expanded the accompanying trade fair with more booths to showcase a greater range of products and services, along with more time to visit them.

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Tarsus increases investment in SIUF

Tarsus has acquired a further 25% stake in the China (Shenzhen) International Brand Underwear Fair (SIUF), giving it control of the business and taking its total interest to 75%. SIUF was launched in 2006 and is the largest exhibition in the Asia Pacific market for underwear and intimate apparel held annually at the Shenzhen Exhibition and Conference Centre. In 2017, the event hosted over 825

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WTCE with new venue

Taking forward its growth, the sixth edition of World Tea Coffee Expo (WTCE), India\'s international trade fair focused on the tea, coffee and allied sectors, is changing venue and will be held at Nehru Centre Worli Mumbai, spread over 2 floors. With 90 exhibitors from eight countries including government pavilions and 4000 trade visitors, the World Tea Coffee Expo 2018 is scheduled to

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GES delivers custom brokerage services at MTCC

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) has selected GES Canada as its official service provider for customs brokerage services. Since 1999, GES has streamlined the customs process for many planners, exhibitors and facilities across Canada. As the official supplier for customs brokerage services, GES will work closely with the MTCC team to facilitate customs clearance and transportation for

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Liberty Fairs buys Capsule from Reed

For an undisclosed amount, Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs has acquired the Capsule tradeshow from Reed Exhibitions. Sam Ben-Avraham, who founded Liberty in 2013, said the acquisition would make for a stronger tradeshow business and pool resources for buyers. For several years, Liberty, which started out as a menswear tradeshow, and Capsule have exhibited adjacent to each other at the

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Cobo Center takes housekeeping in-house for better service

The Cobo Center, Detroit, operations team has taken janitorial services in-house. The new department was created just prior to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, Janurary 14 to 28, 2018) and is headed by Cedric Turnbore, Cobo Center director of operations. The reasoning behind this move is a study pointing out that security is planners\' top priority (85 percent) and venue

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OCTANORM merges North American units

Exhibition constructions provider OCTANORM has formed a new business unit by merging OCTANORM Canada and OCTANORM USA, effective April 1, 2018. President/CEO of the new OCTANORM North America, Inc. is Norm Friedrich. \"We are excited about our new beginning and would especially like to welcome our Canadian Partners. Jason White will remain a member of the team and will act as National Sales

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AEO continues partnership with Messe Frankfurt

One of the world\'s largest tradeshow corporations, Messe Frankfurt, has renewed its International Venue Partner agreement with the AEO, which began in 2015, to run from 2018 until2020. Chris Skeith, chief executive of AEO says: \"we are delighted to renew our long-standing partnership with Messe Frankfurt. Our portfolio of products and services for our international organiser base continues

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Support for NGL

The UFI Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant programme is again supported by the industry. For the second time, Reed Exhibitions is the programme sponsor. The company already funded the initial programme in 2016. \"Reed Exhibitions is pleased to sponsor the UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant again this year. Our industry relies on talented people and it is a real honour to be involved in

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Engaging stakeholders for sustainability\'s sake

Stakeholder engagement and better collaboration in the value chain of events is the focus of the initiatives and success stories that BCEC, FREEMAN, GES, IMEX, INFORMA, RAI Amsterdam, SANDS EXPO and USGBC will share at the 8th UFI Educational Forum on Sustainable Development. They will give a joint presentation for two specific case studies: IMEX AMERICA and GREENBUILD. The forum takes place

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Gender pay gap revealed

Men earn substantially more at Mark Allen Group than women: There is a 24.7% median gender pay difference favouring men. This is the main result of the government\'s pay gap report which shows the number of men and women completely equal when the \'snapshot\' showing a workforce of 280, which has since grown to 380, was analysed. The median pay gap is the difference between the midpoints in

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People in the News: Darren G. Mire

Darren G. Mire, the director of valuation for the Orleans Parish Assessor\'s Office, has been appointed commissioner to the board of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority (Authority). The Authority\'s 12-member board of commissioners governs the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (NOCC) and is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana.

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People in the News: Scott Langley

Scott Langley has been promoted to the role of marketing, sales and events director at the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC). He brings a wealth of industry knowledge to the role, having previously worked in Cape Town, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape in various tourism marketing roles. He joined the Durban ICC in October 2012 and during the past five years has

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ADNEC partners with Abu Dhabi Ports

The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has signed a strategic sponsorship agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports to launch the Abu Dhabi International Boat Show, which will be held October 17 to 20, 2018 in association with British Marine, the membership organisation for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry. The agreement aims to enhance Abu Dhabi\'s position as

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Hostex gets nod of approval

Hostex powering Food & Hospitality Africa and IFEA ? the largest pan-African food and drink tradeshow ? has been endorsed by the South African Tourism Board. For the first time, South African Tourism (SAT) ? the tourism marketing arm of the South African government ? and the Tourism Grading Council have officially given their stamp of approval to Hostex. By doing so, the

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Amsterdam City of Drones launched

Paul Riemens, CEO of the RAI Amsterdam convention centre, has launched the \'Amsterdam City of Drones\' initiative. \"RAI Amsterdam aims to be more than an event organiser in this context,\" says Riemens. \"Our goal is to provide a platform for knowledge, contacts and innovation, as we aim to make Amsterdam the drone capital of the world.\" As the former CEO of the Dutch air traffic control

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Quick response from Stuttgart

Messe Stuttgart will not accept the loss of an event for the medical engineering supplier industry after the departure of the Medtec guest event organised by UBM. Having been hosted by Stuttgart for 17 years, the event will now, if the Nuremberg fair executives get their way, be launched in a new format. \"For us, this opens up a range of new possibilities. Together with exhibitors,

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Medtec joins forces with MT-Connect

What a surprise: At the opening of MT-Connect on April 11, its organiser Nürnbergmesse and international exhibition organiser UBM jointly announced their intention to launch a new medical technology format. To be called Medtec Live, it will replace the two previous events Medtec Europe in Stuttgart (April 17 to 19, 2018) and MT-Connect from 2019 ? subject to approval by the Federal German

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Support for PHILAUTO

Philippine Parts Maker Association (PPMA) is now an official supporter of PHILAUTO 2018 ? Philippines International Auto Parts, Accessories, Service & Repair Equipment Exhibition, scheduled to be held at the SMX Convention Centre Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines, from July 13 to 15, 2018. PPMA aims to develop and boost the local production of the Philippines automotive industry by

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Smart move

At the beginning of April, Messe München India acquired Smart Cards Expo from Electronics Today, together with the co-located shows IoT India Expo, E-Security Expo, RFID India Expo, Biometrics India Expo, E-Payments Expo and Mobile Payments India. Smart Cards Expo was launched in 1999 and the other fairs were added as co-located trade fairs over time. The 2017 edition in New Delhi attracted

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InfoComm Southeast Asia launches 2019

The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association AVIXA, in partnership with InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd will debut its InfoComm Southeast Asia show May 15 to 17, 2019, at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC). \"Southeast Asia is one of the largest and most exciting emerging economic blocs in the world,\" said Richard Tan, executive director of InfoCommAsia. \"It has

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Focus on global gemstones at JCK Las Vegas

The JCK Las Vegas show will debut a new Global Gemstone neighbourhood parallel to its relocation to the Sands Expo and Convention Center next year. Comprised of three ballrooms, Global Gemstone will be home to 200 exhibitors from all around the world including the ICA pavilion and Fine Gems. JCK Las Vegas has entered a multi-year partnership with the International Colored Gemstone Association

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