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Paul Colston

GL Events graduates to €1 billion club and targets acquisitions
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GL Events graduates to €1 billion club and targets acquisitions

Global integrated event industry group GL Events has announced 2018 consolidated revenues topping €1bn. Exhibition division revenues, however, dipped by over 5%. The €1.041bn total figure, nevertheless, represented a rise of 9% like-for-like and completion of the group’s ZZX acquisition in China. The company reported an adverse exchange rate effect of €34m offset by contributions from new acquisitions. International markets accounted for 50% of annual...

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18 Jan 2019
Apply by 1 March 2019 for UFI’s NGL Grant
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Apply by 1 March 2019 for UFI’s NGL Grant

A reminder that applications are open for global trade fair association UFI’s Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant. The grant promotes next generation leadership in the exhibition industry, rewarding professionals who show clear initiatives in driving change and innovation in their area of activity.  http://www.exhibitionworld.co.uk/2018/11/27/ufi-opens-next-generation-leadership-grant-programme-for-2019/ Now in its fourth year, the programme is spread over 18 months (starting May 2019), allowing participants to continue to fulfil daily...

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18 Jan 2019
MHI appoints McKinnon as Executive VP of Exhibitions and Events
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MHI appoints McKinnon as Executive VP of Exhibitions and Events

US material handling, logistics and supply chain association, MHI, has named Daniel McKinnon, CEM its Executive Vice-President of Exhibitions and Events. McKinnon brings over 27 years of experience in show management to MHI. His most recent role was Vice-President of Global Client Solutions at FreemanXP where he focused on helping their enterprises’ customers grow their events and business. McKinnon also previously worked as Vice-President of...

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17 Jan 2019
New ground handler announced for IMEX Frankfurt
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New ground handler announced for IMEX Frankfurt

The IMEX Group has announced it is changing its ground handler for its Frankfurt show, awarding the contract to Germany based DMC Compass Tours Incoming. Compass Tours Incoming has been awarded the contract to provide transportation for attendees and exhibitors at IMEX in Frankfurt which takes place 21–23 May 2019, with a special focus on transfers for hosted buyers. Compass Tours Incoming has offices in...

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16 Jan 2019
Motortec Automechanika Madrid set to grow 5%
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Motortec Automechanika Madrid set to grow 5%

IFEMA, organisers of the 2019 edition of trade fair Motortec Automechanika Madrid, are reporting that the exhibition is already set to exceed the space taken by the last, 2017 edition, by 5%, two months away from the start date of 13 March. The 15th edition of Spain’s leading international trade fair for the automotive industry targets trade visitors from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and North Africa....

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16 Jan 2019
Reed Exhibitions to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions
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Reed Exhibitions to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions

Following weeks of speculation of Mack Brooks Exhibitions being up for sale, Reed Exhibitions, a division of RELX Group, has officially announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions. The parties have not disclosed the value of the deal, although industry insiders have estimated the price to have been around the £200m mark. Once the deal is finalised, it will...

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15 Jan 2019
Bill Sleep, Easter Bunny ( Loretto student Morgan Shillington, 15),Loretto student Eleanor Dunstan 15,  and Leone Stevenson. at the "Fight Kids Cancer" fundraiser at Aldi on Creswick Rd, Ballarat.
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AIME to work with Guide Dogs Victoria on sensory show experience

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME), which returns to Melbourne in February, has announced a partnership with Australian charity, Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) designed to bring a pop-up sensory experience workshop to the show. In an industry first, Guide Dogs Victoria will run its award-winning programme, Dialogue in the Dark, as part of AIME’s Knowledge Programme, sponsored by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB). Participants can expect an immersive experience...

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15 Jan 2019
Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane
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Susan Kirby to present Evolve keynote in Brisbane

Events industry association Meetings and Events Australia has announced that Susan Kirby, CEO of Ireland’s National St Patrick’s Festival, will be an international keynote presenter at Evolve 2019. Evolve 2019 is the event industry’s largest conference Down Under and will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, 31 March to 2 April. “We are delighted to have Susan as one of the keynote...

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14 Jan 2019
IFEMA takes TRAFIC Latin America 2019 to Colombia
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IFEMA takes TRAFIC Latin America 2019 to Colombia

Madrid-based organiser IFEMA is to run a Latin American edition of its International Safe and Sustainable Mobility Exhibition, TRAFIC, in Medellin, Colombia, 13-15 June. The new event will be a collaboration with Plaza Mayor Medellín. The original ‘mothership’ show, TRAFIC 2019, will run 8-11 October 2019, at Feria de Madrid fairgrounds, where it has celebrated its last 15 editions. With this new international expansion project IFEMA...

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14 Jan 2019
Events Industry Council searches for new CEO
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Events Industry Council searches for new CEO

The CEO of the Events Industry Council (EIC), Karen Kotowski, has resigned her post, the association has announced. She has led the 30-plus member EIC for 10 years. Chair of the EIC’s Board of Directors Tina Wehmeir, said a search for a new CEO has begun. “We plan to identify a new CEO who brings a global perspective and background to help in further broadening...

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14 Jan 2019
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