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Cutting carbon, following the Olympic example

How can you stage a major event like the Olympics without generating carbon emissions? It sounds like the old adage ‘How can you make an omelette without breaking eggs?’ but it’s the challenge presented to the London 2012 Olympic Games organisers. Although we’re all trying to be a bit ‘greener’ nowadays, politics is the main reason the environment is high up on the list of when...

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Value of event qualifications?

Recently, I attended an event hosted by Bournemouth University’s Tourism Department, which focused on engaging with employers. I was given the opportunity to speak with undergraduates and lecturers on tourism, marketing and event management courses and it got me thinking about the age-old debate of experience versus qualifications. Back in the day, long before the advent of Event Management degree courses, I stumbled blindly into...

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United we stand?

It’s a year and half since John Gates, the chairman of Chicago’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), blew the row over Chicago’s unions into a storm. The dispute, prompted by his proposals to consolidate the unions and turn their workers into public employees under convention centre control, was hoped to lower costs and rejuvenate Chicago’s flagging exhibition industry. The epicenter of the dispute, the...

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Dealmakers August 2011: Part II

To coincide with the new-look Exhibition World, each quarter I’ll cover in more detail a couple of acquisitions that took place that I think have particular strategic significance. The two hottest markets in terms of internationalisation have been Brazil and Turkey and consolidation by the major players continues, although companies investing vary. In Turkey, hot on the heels of Tarsus’ acquisition of IFO comes the...

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Alec Gilbert: Build it and they will come

… It’s a dangerous expectation for any convention or tourism venture.  I’ve seen stunning developments all over the world become white elephants because the operators relied on their building’s appeal to bring in customers. (Ironically, some of the biggest failures have been in the so-called ‘top’ locations.)  Our expansion creates unprecedented opportunity for South Australian industry, local businesses big and small, the research sector and...

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What is the value of event management qualifications?

Recently, I attended an event hosted by Bournemouth University’s Tourism Department which focused on engaging with employers. I was given the opportunity to speak with undergraduates and lecturers on tourism, marketing and event management courses and it got me thinking about the age-old debate of experience versus qualifications.  Back in the day, long before the advent of Event Management degree courses, I stumbled blindly into...

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On the Ball with exhibition technology

Corbin Ball is an international consultant and speaker on all subjects event-technology related. Here he shares his insight with Exhibition World. Like in most industries, web-based software and mobile software – also web-based – are streamlining most data management points and fundamentally changing how we do business. To name a few: 1. Social media is being used to promote events, build the buzz, engage clients...

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Dealmakers August 2011

The big news of last month is the acquisition by Tarsus of a majority stake in Turkish exhibition organiser Istanbul Fair Organisation (IFO). The acquisition is subject to shareholder approval for the placing of additional shares. This marks a new territory for Tarsus as it joins ITE, Hannover Messe International, UBM, Clarion and others in what is becoming the fastest emerging market to be internationalised....

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Location location

How important is the venue itself in generating leads at exhibitions? I ask the question because while we are told by trend-watchers to look to the emerging and undiscovered markets for our future international shows, there are many cities already  primed for international exhibitions that seem to perform out of step with their reputation for casual tourism. By popular demand, tourism hotspots tend to have...

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Finding a home for George

When Daily Mail owner DMGT announced it was looking to sell its US business George Little Management, a B2B events division comprising 15 trade shows in the fashion and home furnishings industries, it raised eyebrows on both sides of the Atlantic. This was not because George Little accounts for just under half of total earnings for DMG Events, a group  responsible for two-thirds of DMGT’s total...

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