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Paul Colston

Centaur Media to dispose of UK’s The Meetings Show
in Europe, News

Centaur Media to dispose of UK’s The Meetings Show

Centaur Media plc has said it is seeking a buyer for The Meetings Show in the UK, as the company looks to “explore divestment possibilities”. Centaur has appointed Livingstone Partners and Cavendish Corporate Finance as advisers to assist with a wider divestment programme of many of its ‘live’ assets, which it has said will accelerate simplification of its business structure to improve operational execution and...

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20 Nov 2018
Qatar National Tourism Council signs multi-year Diamond Sponsorship deal with UFI
in Middle East, News, World

Qatar National Tourism Council signs multi-year Diamond Sponsorship deal with UFI

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has signed up the Qatar’s National Tourism Council (NTC) as a Diamond Sponsor. The parties have also signed an accompanying Framework Agreement, which looks at ways to develop the exhibition industry in Qatar. NTC joins the top tier of UFI Diamond Sponsors, which entails year-round promotion and engagement with UFI’s global network of members. The agreement will...

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20 Nov 2018
Bahrain International Airshow sees biggest ever order
in Middle East, News

Bahrain International Airshow sees biggest ever order

The Bahrain International Airshow claims to be the region’s fastest-growing air show and this year’s event, 14-16 November, saw large Saudi orders, including the biggest single order in the show’s history. Saudi orders made up over $3bn of the $5bn total of orders made. Sheikh Abdulla bin Hamed Al Khalifa attended the official opening of a show organised by Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs department in...

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20 Nov 2018
Sydney Build constructs extension with CIVENEX
in Australasia, News

Sydney Build constructs extension with CIVENEX

Oliver Kinross, the organiser of Sydney Build, a large-scale construction exhibition for New South Wales, has announced the show’s 2019 edition will be held in partnership with CIVENEX, a large infrastructure expo organised by the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA). The Sydney Build and CIVENEX partnership aims to offer attendees a chance to build connections, enhance industry knowledge, and generate business at a...

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19 Nov 2018
IBTM Trends Watch highlights importance of tech
in News, World

IBTM Trends Watch highlights importance of tech

An early preview of IBTM’s annual IBTM Trends Watch report has revealed that, despite ongoing economic and geopolitical instability, the future of the meetings and events industry looks bright, thanks in part to the relentless march of technological innovation. Indeed, a new section has been added to the report this year, focusing on global technological innovation and its impact on the events industry. The full report will...

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19 Nov 2018
Lippman Connects and ITN/Aventri to kick off new relationship on Valentine’s Day
in News, World

Lippman Connects and ITN/Aventri to kick off new relationship on Valentine’s Day

ITN, an Aventri company, has entered into an agreement with Lippman Connects to provide a range of registration services for major events. In 2019, Lippman Connects will rely on the Aventri eReg platform for nine events, starting with Exhibit Sales Roundtable (ESR), 14 February, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Under the agreement, Aventri will provide registration services from fulfillment of email promotions right through to colour...

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16 Nov 2018
James Rees elected new ICCA President
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James Rees elected new ICCA President

ExCeL London’s Executive Director James Rees was elected the new President of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) at the General Assembly during the association’s 57th Congress in Dubai, 11 November. He was first elected to the ICCA Board in 2012 and became Vice-President in 2017. In a powerful speech to delegates, Rees said: “I will use ICCA’s strengths to drive innovation and creativity.” Rees succeeds Nina...

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12 Nov 2018
Informa confident on profit growth and says ‘combination phase’ with UBM now complete
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Informa confident on profit growth and says ‘combination phase’ with UBM now complete

Global organiser Informa group has reported underlying revenue growth of 3.9% and completion on schedule of the combination phase – Accelerated Integration Plan (AIP) – for absorbing the UBM business. The company released the news in a trading update for 10 months ending 31 October 2018. Group Chief Executive Stephen Carter (pictured) commented: “At Informa, we remain focused on delivering improving growth and returns, whilst...

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09 Nov 2018
Organisers claim rise in first-stage appointments for IBTM World 
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Organisers claim rise in first-stage appointments for IBTM World 

Organisers of IBTM World, Reed Travel Exhibitions, have announced that first-stage appointments for exhibitors are up 7% against last year, with over 3,500 more business meetings booked than at the equivalent stage in 2017. The meetings have been facilitated using an appointment system which pairs exhibitor and buyer preferences to ensure that meetings are arranged between people with whom there is a very good chance...

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09 Nov 2018
SingEx Venues wins tender to manage Singapore Expo for 10 more years
in Asia, News

SingEx Venues wins tender to manage Singapore Expo for 10 more years

SingEx Venues, the management company operating Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre and its convention wing, MAX Atria, since 1999, has won the tender to continue operating the venue for up to 10 years, starting from January 2019. Singapore EXPO is Singapore’s largest MICE venue. SingEx Venues’ tender bid stressed the company’s experience and expertise and its intimate knowledge of today’s market and the evolving...

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08 Nov 2018
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