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Messe Frankfurt launches sustainable StreetScooters
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Messe Frankfurt launches sustainable StreetScooters

Messe Frankfurt has launched a new StreetScooter for zero-emission deliveries on its exhibition grounds. The electric vehicles are being used as part of a two-year trial, aiming to expand mobilty and reduce environmental impact at the same time. The Messe Frankfurt grounds are the size of 90 football pitches, and contain 11 exhibition halls. As such, it is important for exhibitors and visitors to be...

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21 Jan 2019
IBTM Arabia partners with ICCA Middle East to host MICE Knowledge Platform
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IBTM Arabia partners with ICCA Middle East to host MICE Knowledge Platform

IBTM Arabia has announced the first details of the Knowledge Programme for its 2019 event, which will take place at Jumeirah Etihad Towers from 25-27 March. New this year is a ‘MICE Knowledge Platform’ – two specially tailored sessions in association with ICCA Middle East. The first session, ‘Business approaches across cultures’, will bring together panel members from across the MENA region to debate the...

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18 Jan 2019
IBTM China: what can we expect from the event this year?
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IBTM China: what can we expect from the event this year?

IBTM China, part of IBTM’s global portfolio of meetings and events industry trade shows, will take place at China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing, on 28 and 29 August. Nicole Ci, Project Manager, IBTM China, discusses the direction in which the event is heading.   What changes have you made to the show this year? The market in China continues to enjoy robust growth,...

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17 Jan 2019
Freeman and PSAV to acquire Encore Event Technologies
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Freeman and PSAV to acquire Encore Event Technologies

The Freeman Company and PSAV have announced that they have entered into a purchase agreement for PSAV to acquire Encore Event Technologies. Encore is a global provider of event technology, staging and production services. The transaction is expected to close later this year, the terms of which will not be disclosed. Encore operates as both an in-house partner to some of the world’s leading resorts,...

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16 Jan 2019
The exhibition technology of the future
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The exhibition technology of the future

Dr James Morgan, founder of the UK’s Event Tech Lab, talks to three organisers about the exhibition technology of the future.   2018 saw some great new technologies introduced into the exhibitions industry. Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the form of chatbots, matchmaking platforms and many other applications have come to the fore. The use of wearables and software applications to improve on data collection and...

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16 Jan 2019
Dealmakers – the lowdown on exhibition acquisitions
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Dealmakers – the lowdown on exhibition acquisitions

Steve Monnington, Managing Director of Mayfield Media Strategies, surveys the landscape of mergers and acquisitions across the exhibition industry.   Main text: Private Equity firm Blackstone, which acquired both Clarion and Global Sources (Hong Kong), has announced an agreement to acquire the NEC Group for an amount thought to be around £800m (US$1.029bn). This represents a massive gain for the current owners LDC who bought the business...

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16 Jan 2019
Event Horizon: Sustainability is not a fad
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Event Horizon: Sustainability is not a fad

“A region in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer.” Event Horizon is a column by EW’s Stuart Wood, taking a look at the events industry from a newcomer’s perspective. In this third instalment, he locks horns with Veganuary, and wonders if sustainability is getting trend-ified.   2019 has arrived, and with the advent of the new year comes the time for many...

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15 Jan 2019
ITB China and China Tourism Association extend their strategic partnership
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ITB China and China Tourism Association extend their strategic partnership

Travel exhibition ITB China and China Tourism Association have extended their strategic partnerships. The move comes ahead of the next edition of ITB China, which is set to take place from 15-17 May in Shanghai. David Axiotis, General Manager of ITB China and Rungang Zhang, Secretary General & Vice President of China Tourism Association, signed a corresponding partnership agreement on 10 January. CTA’s engagement in...

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11 Jan 2019
Eventist Group appoints Fiona Churchill to sales director
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Eventist Group appoints Fiona Churchill to sales director

The UK’s Eventist Group has announced the appointment of Fiona Churchill to sales director. Churchill joins the team following Eventist’s recent acquisition of award-winning event caterer Zafferano and a wealth of large-scale events on the horizon for 2019, including Glastonbury Festival and Paris Air Show. Churchill will be responsible for the delivery of revenue targets and new business leads across all five of Eventist’s tributary brands. She has...

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11 Jan 2019
UK’s Harrogate Convention Centre announces new director
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UK’s Harrogate Convention Centre announces new director

The UK’s Harrogate Convention Centre has revealed exclusively to EW‘s sister title CN that Paula Lorimer will take over as the company’s new director in early 2019. Lorimer brings more than two decades of high-level event industry experience to the Harrogate job, including the role of deputy CEO at Manchester Central and Sales Director for International Confex, one of Europe’s biggest event industry expos. Lorimer commented:...

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11 Jan 2019
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