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Mash Media welcomes Graeme Barnett in new Confex consultancy role Europe

In line with ongoing overall investment in the International Confex proposition and the growth of the sales, marketing and operations teams, Mash Media is delighted to welcome Graeme Barnett to the Confex team in a consultant advisory role. As Senior Exhibition Director for Reed Travel Exhibitions on the IBTM portfolio for 12 years, Graeme has impressive knowledge of the global MICE industry and the key players within it,...

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Russia: open to the exhibition world AsiaEuropeFeatures

In this month’s cover feature, EW speaks to three key figures in the Russian events industry, and hears how the country is putting itself on the industry map.   Alexey Kalachev, director of the Russian Convention Bureau, is leading a new strategic push for events in Russia: “The turnover of congresses in the world is estimated to be worth US$1 trillion, of which Russia’s share...

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Messe Munchen’s new ticketing system can admit visitors in three seconds Europe

German exhibitions company Messe Munchen GmbH implemented a new ticketing system from ADITUS at its recent Expo Real 2018, which can complete the entire admission process within three seconds. The event ran from 8-10 October in Munich, and made use of technology which helps streamline the process from online registration to the self-badging gate. 120 turnstiles were converted, helping crowds of visitors at the entrance...

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TTG Travel Experience brings together execs from Google, Expedia and more Europe

Three events dedicated to the tourism industry have recently concluded at Rimini Fiera in Italy: TTG Travel Experience, SIA Hospitality Design and SUN Beach & Outdoor Style. The events were organised by the Italian Exhibition Group, which has organised over 200 events to date, offering the most suitable tools for market analysis to the tourist industry chain. Top managers of Google, Booking.com and Expedia attended...

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Blackstone confirms acquisition of NEC Group AmericasEurope

Private equity company Blackstone has announced the acquisition of the UK’s NEC Group – encompassing the NEC, Resorts World Arena, ICC Birmingham, The Ticket Factory and more –from the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group (known as LDC) in a deal worth a reported £800m. LDC originally backed a management buyout of the Group from Birmingham City Council in 2015 for £307m. Since then,...

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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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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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Germany’s expanding trade fairs attract more exhibitors in first half Europe

More exhibitors attended trade fairs in Germany in the first half of 2018, according to preliminary figures released by AUMA, The Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. In the first half of 2018, international and domestic trade fairs registered roughly 2% more exhibitors and 1% more stand space than their respective events in previous years, according to AUMA. While the growth figures are lower...

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Final shortlist revealed for the EN Indy Awards 2018 EuropeWorld

Exhibition News, EW‘s sister publication, is bringing The EN Indy Awards to London’s Honourable Artillery Company on 2 November, celebrating the best smaller organisations and shows in the industry. Organisers with a turnover up to £7.5million per annum, or larger companies for whom exhibitions contribute less than £7.5million per annum, were eligible for nomination. EN editor Nicola MacDonald commented:  “We’re launching the EN Indy Awards...

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