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EEAA closes the year with board visit to South Australian industry roundtable Australasia

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) board of Directors visited Adelaide for the association’s final board meeting of the year, and a South Australian industry roundtable. The EEAA Board, alongside Adelaide members and industry stakeholders, discussed a range of issues including sustainability, infrastructure investment and business events’ role in the South Australian economy. EEAA Chief Executive Joyce DiMascio said the visit to Adelaide...

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Easyfairs launches new luxury drinks packaging show Europe

Easyfairs, has announced the launch of a new exhibition, PLD – Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks, that will bring together designers, innovators and suppliers of packaging in the international premium and luxury drinks markets. The first edition of the event will take place on 29 & 30 January 2020 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles and will be co-located with ADF&PCD, the world’s biggest...

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In pictures: The Big 5 in Dubai GalleryMiddle East

The 39th edition of the Middle East’s leading international building and construction show, The Big 5, took place at the end of November. The show was officially opened by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Over 2,500 global exhibiting companies and more than 30 official country pavilions displayed the latest building solutions and innovative industry products. The Big 5 hosted its first ever FutureTech Construction Summit under...

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New President & CEO appointed at Metro Toronto Convention Centre Americas

The Board of Directors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre Corporation (MTCC) has announced the appointment of General Manager Lorenz Hassenstein to the position of President & CEO. The move is part of succession planning as incumbent Barry Smith steps down on 1 February, 2019. Hassenstein joined as GM a year ago, and has more than 23 years of experience in general management, trade/consumer event management and...

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New Year, new Director of Messe Frankfurt’s Congress business Europe

Romina Gowin-Becker (pictured) will be taking over at the helm of Messe Frankfurt’s department for congress and conference business, as of 1 January 2019. She will be replacing Claudia Delius-Fisher, who is retiring after 31 years of service. A Business Administration graduate, Gowin-Becker began her career at Messe Frankfurt in 2001, where she completed a dual work and study programme, specialising in trade fair, congress...

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SWIFT CSR moves at ICC Sydney Australasia

International Convention Centre (ICC Sydney) has revealed the impact of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme executed at Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event. The show, which took place in October at the venue, exceeded ambitious sustainability targets. In a record result for an event of its size and scale, a waste diversion rate of 62.5% was achieved, including 88% of materials being diverted...

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IBTM China reveals first details of its 2019 event Asia

IBTM China, part of Reed’s IBTM’s global portfolio of meetings and events industry trade shows, is to expand its  hosted buyer programme for 2019. Organisers have published the first details of its plans for the 2019 edition, which will take place at China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing, 28-29 August. The organiser anticipates that over 380 international and domestic exhibitors will meet with over 400 hosted buyers...

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Freeman acquires US agency mdg Americas

Freeman has acquired mdg, a full-service event marketing and public relations agency based in the US. The acquisition enhances the Freeman spectrum of services from pre-event marketing and on-site user experience to post-show communications based on data-informed insights. “The events business is undergoing a significant transformation (according to the Freeman Data Benchmark Study) — one that requires a sophisticated degree of integration around the convergence...

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Cape Town ICC posts record revenues Africa

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has reported record-breaking revenues and healthy operating profits. CTICC Chief Executive Officer Julie-May Ellingson (pictured), announcing the centre’s 2017/18 Annual Financial Results on 11 December, noted the figures included a R4.5bn contribution to the national GDP and R3.1bn to the GGP of the Western Cape. The CTICC grew its revenues over the financial year by over 14%, above the...

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Increasing tariffs a contributory factor as wheels come off Emerald’s Interbike show Americas

Interbike owner, Emerald Expositions, has announced the trade show will not take place in September 2019 in Reno as previously scheduled. The annual event has been running for 36 years and the organiser has held open the opportunity for a scaled down event in 2020, but has laid off the show and sales directors. “The past four years have been difficult for the US bicycle...

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