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Paul Colston

Hamburg Messe unveils new maritime industry tradefair
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Hamburg Messe unveils new maritime industry tradefair

Marine Interiors Cruise & Ferry Global Expo, a new tradefair powered by SMM, is to launch in 2019 at Hamburg Messe in Germany. The show is the most recent addition to the maritime exhibition portfolio of Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC). The exhibition will be dedicated to the interior design and outfitting of passenger ships, and organisers are hoping it can address the strong...

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23 Jan 2019
First ever Brand USA Pavilion® set for ITB China 2019
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First ever Brand USA Pavilion® set for ITB China 2019

Brand USA, the destination marketing organisation of the United States, has announced its support for business travel fair ITB China by conducting a Brand USA Pavilion® in 2019. Positive feedback from US exhibitors at ITB China 2018 prompted the move by Brand USA to include ITB China 2019, 15-17 May, in Shanghai, in its global Brand USA Pavilion® Program and is recognition of the show’s...

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23 Jan 2019
Haymarket Media Group reports £2.3m loss on falling turnover
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Haymarket Media Group reports £2.3m loss on falling turnover

London-based exhibition organiser and publisher Haymarket Media Group made a pre-tax loss of £2.3m (US$2.97m) in 2018, compared to a profit of £10.2m the year before. Turnover for the year to the end of June 2018, fell by £3.5m and earnings (EBITDAE) in 2018 were £200,000, down from £3m from the 2017 figure. Haymarket Media Group chief exec Kevin Costello claimed the results underlined momentum...

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22 Jan 2019
Future focus for UFI 2019 European Conference in Birmingham
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Future focus for UFI 2019 European Conference in Birmingham

The focus of UFI’s 2019 European Conference in Birmingham (UK) this May will be on the future of exhibition organisers. Registration for the event, which takes place 15–17 May, is now open. Under a conference theme of ‘The Organisers’ Future’, the UFI debate will take up from last year where over 220 exhibition industry professionals from 35 countries attended the European Conference in Verona (Italy)....

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22 Jan 2019
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.  https://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
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