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Blackstone nearing billion-dollar deal to buy UK’s NEC Group Europe

American private equity firm Blackstone is nearing a deal to buy NEC Group for over £800m (US $1.06bn), Sky News reported yesterday. Blackstone is the world’s largest property investor, and recently agreed a £1.4 billion deal to buy Network Rail’s commercial property portfolio, comprising thousands of premises under railway arches across the UK. Blackstone specializes in private equity, credit and hedge fund investment strategies, and...

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Fay Sharpe of Fast Forward 15 joins Women of the World mentoring scheme Europe

Fay Sharpe, founder of award-winning female mentoring scheme Fast Forward 15, has been invited to join the Women of the World mentoring programme, in recognition of her work in the events and hospitality sector. The event, which takes place on October 11, will champion International Day of the Girl, a UN initiative designed to recognise girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the...

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IMEX America launches new event app Americas

IMEX America has launched a new event app, ahead of the shows running from 16-18 October at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Las Vegas. The app will allow delegates to view appointments with exhibitors, find a booth on the show floor, and stay up to date with the talks taking place on the show floor. The app is powered by eventreference.com, and is...

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IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific make big splash in Bangkok Asia

Over 3,000 delegates and 360 exhibiting organisations attended the 26th Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) and 21st Corporate Travel World (CTW) Asia-Pacific double bill event in Bangkok, Thailand. They were joined by 500 hosted buyers and media for the three-day event, 18-20 September 2018. The event hosted a record 29 networking functions and 21 knowledge sessions. IT&CMA exhibition stand take up was up...

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It-sa survey reveals key trends in IT security Europe

Sectors like the healthcare industry have a need for action in IT security, and are also doing more than others to invest in better IT infrastructure. That was one of the takeaways from the IT Security Trend Barometer, released in advance of the it-sa exhibition concluding at Nuremberg Exhibition Centre today, 11 October. The survey spoke to it-sa exhibitors. It also found that GDPR regulations,...

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Caesars Entertainment to eliminate 200 million single-use plastic straws Americas

Caesars Entertainment has announced a new phased approach to removing all single-use plastic straws from its US locations. The company estimates that they will help eliminate approximately 200 million single-use plastic straws, which would have been used once and discarded every year. The plan began in July 2018, when Caesars moved to an ‘upon request only’ policy for straws. The next phase saw Caesars strategic...

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Winners of Incredible Impacts 2018 grants announced World

The Incredible Impacts Programme has selected three winning associations, each showcasing excellence within the global meetings industry. The programme is now in its second year and run collaboratively by ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance. With 12 entries, an independent panel of industry experts selected the winners of this year’s Incredible Impacts grant as: Down Syndrome International Society for Ecological Restoration Union for International Cancer Control The three associations from across...

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Skybridges pave the way for continued growth in Thailand Asia

The 250-metre-long skybridge from ibis Bangkok IMPACT in Thailand, which leads to the venue’s exhibition halls, is now open to serve hotel guests and visitors. The Thai venue also recently completed a second 200-metre-long bridge connecting Cosmo Bazaar Outlet to indoor and outdoor parking lots, helping to accommodate visitors to KCON 2018 Thailand, Miss Universe 2018 and more. The upgraded facilities are recognising the need...

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Why the festivalisation trend is sweeping through Singapore Features

Transforming business events into festivals is one of the innovative steps shaping Singapore, writes Martin Donovan, editor of Mix – Asia’s Creative Meetings Magazine.   High on the risk chart when it comes to innovation must be to create a festival out of a business event, giving it all the trappings of a youthful, breezy gathering of tech entrepreneurs while maintaining a core exhibition. Yet...

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The aims and ambitions of UFI’s president elect Features

Following this year’s UFI Congress in Russia, Craig Newman from the Johannesburg Expo Centre will begin his tenure as UFI President. Mike Fletcher caught up with him to hear his aims and ambitions.   What lessons from the past 12 months will you bring with you into this role as UFI President? The Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) hosted the Global Congress in 2017 and has...

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