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Paul Colston

Gothenburg to welcome Associations World Congress 2019
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Gothenburg to welcome Associations World Congress 2019

On 7–9 April 2019, Sweden’s second city, Gothenburg, will welcome the Associations World Congress & Expo (AWC). It will be a first visit to Scandinavia for the AWC, which will be held in the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre (SECC). “We are very excited to launch a new and progressive programme for the next congress and to have the opportunity to share an amazing venue...

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10 Dec 2018
ITE Group places first Bett with $1m investment in Learnit
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ITE Group places first Bett with $1m investment in Learnit

Global event organiser ITE Group, organiser of the UK’s leading edtech event, Bett, has announced it is to lead a $1m investment in Learnit. Learnit is a new event for the global learning ecosystem that will take place the same week as Bett. Learnit will be held, 24-25 January 2019, at the QEII Centre in London, and organisers hope to attract 1,000 attendees. Anil Aggarwal, co-founder...

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06 Dec 2018
UK’s Setsquare draws up acquisitions at the double
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UK’s Setsquare draws up acquisitions at the double

Surrey-based Setsquare Staging, one of the UK’s leading event construction businesses, has acquired print and interior design specialists Enigma Visual Solutions, as well as event and print production company GTMS. Both acquisitions are part of a strategic development that has helped transform Setsquare into a £20m (US$25.48m) company. Creative Director and founder of Setsquare, John O’Gorman, says: “We are extremely excited to embark on this...

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05 Dec 2018
ITE posts 14% like-for-like top 10 show growth
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ITE posts 14% like-for-like top 10 show growth

Global organiser ITE Group has announced year-end results showing its Transformation and Growth (TAG) programme is delivering like-for-like revenues up 11.4%, with headline PBT growing even faster at 20% and driven by the group’s Top 10 shows which grew 14% like-for-like. Financial highlights of the results released 4 December 2018 include trade show volume sales up from 679,900sqm in the year to 30 September 2017,...

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04 Dec 2018
ITB China expecting European boost due to strong growth in Chinese outbound visitors
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ITB China expecting European boost due to strong growth in Chinese outbound visitors

Organisers report a rising demand for exhibition space by European destinations at ITB China, which comes to Shanghai in May. They say it reflects the trend of Europe being the number one long-haul destination for Chinese visitors. The European Travel Commission (ETC) will be the largest regional exhibitor at the three-day B2B travel show, with the majority of ETC members having a presence. The ETC is presenting...

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04 Dec 2018
Plan for Pavilion USA 2020 revealed in Dubai
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Plan for Pavilion USA 2020 revealed in Dubai

As Osaka was recently announced as the 2025 host of the World Expo, preparations are ramping up for the Dubai Expo 2020 edition, including the unveiling an architectural model of the US$60m Pavilion USA 2020. Designed by Curtis W. Fentress, the pavilion will include a tour of the American experiences currently being designed by Detroit-based George P. Johnson Experiential Marketing. Construction of the pavilion will...

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04 Dec 2018
UK’s Digital Construction Week acquired by Diversified Communications
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UK’s Digital Construction Week acquired by Diversified Communications

Brighton-based Diversified Communications UK has announced the acquisition of Digital Construction Week – the UK’s leading trade show dedicated to digital construction, engineering, design, manufacturing, and operation. Digital Construction Week (DCW), which has grown rapidly since its launch event in 2015, has become known for its comprehensive, high-quality seminar and conference programme and for the seniority of delegates who annually attend. The latest edition, 17-18 October,...

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03 Dec 2018
Internorga 2018
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INTERNORGA responds to calls for change in exhibition hall concept

INTERNORGA, a leading international trade show for the hospitality and food service market sector, says it is moving to accommodate fast moving trends and disruptive concepts in the sector by announcing a strategic revamp of its exhibition hall allocation from 2020. The new structure is designed to meet demands of changing markets and individual segments, as organisers acknowledge new players entering the industry and new...

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03 Dec 2018
IBTM World announces DCT Abu Dhabi as Premier Partner for 2019
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IBTM World announces DCT Abu Dhabi as Premier Partner for 2019

Organisers of the IBTM trade show brand have announced that the Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will be its Premier Partner for IBTM World 2019. The deal marks the first time in IBTM World’s 31-year history that it has taken on a Premier Partner. DCT Abu Dhabi will use the agreement to gain access to a highly engaged global audience of...

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28 Nov 2018
Trends Watch report unveiled on opening day of IBTM World
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Trends Watch report unveiled on opening day of IBTM World

IBTM’s traditional World Trends Watch report was unveiled at the Barcelona show, 27 November. The general overview again paints a picture of a changing world but one with myriad exciting opportunities for the meetings and events world to seize. The report did bring in a new chapter this year dedicated to tech trends, which explored the new industries likely to converge with technology. The report...

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