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Paul Colston

Record numbers for 8th Expo Project Fair in Hangzhou
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Record numbers for 8th Expo Project Fair in Hangzhou

The Expo Project Fair for International Co-operation (EPFIC 2018), a key B2B event in China for promoting co-operation in the global exhibition industry, reports record visitor numbers for its 8th edition in Hangzhou International Expo Center, eastern China, recently. The event, which drew 1,200 participants (including 150 trade visitors), was co-organised by Hangzhou MICE Industry Coordination Office and China International Conference and Exhibition Magazine Agency....

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10 Jul 2018
Ex-UBM man Simon Mills appointed executive director at ExCeL London
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Ex-UBM man Simon Mills appointed executive director at ExCeL London

Former UBM group director Simon Mills is to join ExCeL London in the UK as executive director. He will have commercial responsibility for Exhibitions, Media and Food & Beverage. Mills has spent the past 17 years at global event and conference organiser UBM. His most recent role was group director of the Brand, Design and Protection Portfolio, overseeing a portfolio of 17 products. During that...

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26 Jun 2018
SITE’s new CITP certification exam to be offered at IMEX America
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SITE’s new CITP certification exam to be offered at IMEX America

The Certified Incentive Travel Professional (CITP), a new, designation for mid to senior level incentive travel professionals offered by Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), is to be offered at IMEX America later this year. Since its launch at IMEX Frankfurt last month, the programme has seen 25 incentive professionals already earning their CITP designation. Registration is open for the Vegas public sitting of the CITP exam,...

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22 Jun 2018
etc.venues goes global
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etc.venues goes global

City centre event space host etc.venues is to expand into the United States and beyond in a new partnership with US investor Gencom and Benchmark, a global hospitality company. The partners say their collaboration will spur the global expansion of Benchmark and etc.venues in urban and destination sites in both Europe and the US. Alastair Stewart, managing director of etc.venues, says: “In just 10 years...

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12 Jun 2018
CloserStill Media acquires Elliott Masie’s US Learning conference
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CloserStill Media acquires Elliott Masie’s US Learning conference

London-based exhibition and conference organiser CloserStill Media has announced it has acquired a majority stake in Learning 2018, in a deal with Masie Productions, for an undisclosed sum. The Learning Conference draws around 2,000 delegates from the technology and corporate learning sectors and involves 40 commercial sponsors in the learning and technology field. In 2017 former First Lady Michelle Obama and actor John Lithgow were...

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12 Jun 2018
ADNEC joins the Global Exhibitions Day celebrations
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ADNEC joins the Global Exhibitions Day celebrations

Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is marked 6 June as a strategic global event aimed at highlighting the significant contributions made by the MICE sector worldwide. Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) was one of the main supporters of the GED initiative, which began in 2016 and is now supported by 40 exhibition industry associations and coordinated by UFI, the Global Association of the exhibition industry. Humaid...

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06 Jun 2018
MCEC’s $200m expansion to host Malaria World Congress
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MCEC’s $200m expansion to host Malaria World Congress

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) A$200m (US$150m) expansion site is a few weeks away from opening, the venue’s chief executive said at an update press conference during the IMEX trade show last week (16 May). The new space will cement MCEC ’s position as the largest convention and exhibition space in Australia, with an increased total size of over 70,000sqm. The 20,000-square-metre expansion includes 9,000sqm...

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21 May 2018
IBTM appoints new portfolio director
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IBTM appoints new portfolio director

IBTM, part of global exhibition organiser Reed Travel Exhibitions, has announced the appointment of Shane Hannam (pictured) as portfolio director effective 1 June 2018. He replaces Kerry Prince, who has been promoted within Reed Exhibitions and will retain strategic oversight on the portfolio. Hannam began his career with Reed Exhibitions and has over 16 years’ experience in the international events industry. His most recent role...

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13 May 2018
WONDER London kicks off 2018 Google Cloud Summit in Madrid
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WONDER London kicks off 2018 Google Cloud Summit in Madrid

Independent UK Shoreditch-based events producer WONDER London has launched the first in its Google Cloud Summit EMEA event series of 2018. It is a series that will span six cities. The first 2,000 delegate-strong event opened in Madrid 8 May at the Kinepolis Ciudad de Imagen. WONDER London produced the 2017 Google Cloud Summit series, and the first event in the new series involves keynote speakers, including...

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13 May 2018
Water experts gather in Brisbane
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Water experts gather in Brisbane

Leading global experts on water met in the river city of Brisbane for the Australian Water Association’s Ozwater’18 Conference and Exhibition, 8-10 May. The three-day event attracted record delegate numbers, with 1,400 water professionals, including delegates from 16 countries, coming to the conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). Brisbane and BCEC last hosted the conference in 2014 and were the host venue for the IWA World...

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