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Stuart Wood

Q&A – the role of data in exhibitions
in Expert Opinion, News

Q&A – the role of data in exhibitions

In this Q&A, Gavin Dandridge, CTO at spatial analytics company Meshh, discusses the role of data in exhibitions.   How do you get around low connectivity at an exhibition venue and turn this into a competitive advantage? We live in a connected world. From setting up your Internet of Things connected coffee machine to reading news on an app on the way to work, consumers are...

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21 Dec 2018
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Video: Christmas drone light show by DroneShowSoftware and Basemotion

Production companies DroneShowSoftware and Basemotion have collaborated to stage a light show using flying drones, to get into the festive spirit. The video above shows the performance, which saw drones transform into snowflakes, a Christmas tree and finally a moving reindeer, giving the impression of galloping across the sky. DroneShowSoftware’s seasonal video was created in collaboration with BaseMotion, one of the most experienced Latvian graphical...

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21 Dec 2018
Events industry celebrates One Day at Christmas 2018
in Gallery, News

Events industry celebrates One Day at Christmas 2018

On 14 December, event profs in the UK descended on Birmingham’s NEC for the third annual One Day at Christmas, an event launched by EW publisher Mash Media to bring Christmas joy to the elderly, lonely and vulnerable. This year’s event welcomed around 400 guests to the Concourse Suite at the venue, for teas, coffees and a glass of sherry. Guests then moved through to the...

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19 Dec 2018
Highlights from the 85th UFI Congress in St Petersburg
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Highlights from the 85th UFI Congress in St Petersburg

EW asked Howard Klein (pictured below), moderator for the 85th UFI Global Congress in St Petersburg, to pick out his highlights of the event.   Having been to Russia many times, I was keen to see how the St Petersburg UFI Congress would go; and I was pleased to support it from the stage. These are my brief takeaways. World competitiveness expert Stephane Garelli delivered a fast...

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19 Dec 2018
The inside scoop on the year’s biggest acquisition
in Features, News

The inside scoop on the year’s biggest acquisition

Peter Hall, EMEA President at Informa, speaks to Paul Colston and sheds some light on one of the biggest deals of the year – the acquisition of UBM by Informa.   You were planning for the combination with UBM, presumably, for a while. Tell us a bit about that early process and how the preparatory work measured up to the reality once you were able...

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19 Dec 2018
EEAA closes the year with board visit to South Australian industry roundtable
in Australasia, News

EEAA closes the year with board visit to South Australian industry roundtable

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) board of Directors visited Adelaide for the association’s final board meeting of the year, and a South Australian industry roundtable. The EEAA Board, alongside Adelaide members and industry stakeholders, discussed a range of issues including sustainability, infrastructure investment and business events’ role in the South Australian economy. EEAA Chief Executive Joyce DiMascio said the visit to Adelaide...

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18 Dec 2018
Easyfairs launches new luxury drinks packaging show
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Easyfairs launches new luxury drinks packaging show

Easyfairs, has announced the launch of a new exhibition, PLD – Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks, that will bring together designers, innovators and suppliers of packaging in the international premium and luxury drinks markets. The first edition of the event will take place on 29 & 30 January 2020 at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles and will be co-located with ADF&PCD, the world’s biggest...

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17 Dec 2018
In pictures: The Big 5 in Dubai
in Gallery, Middle East, News

In pictures: The Big 5 in Dubai

The 39th edition of the Middle East’s leading international building and construction show, The Big 5, took place at the end of November. The show was officially opened by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. Over 2,500 global exhibiting companies and more than 30 official country pavilions displayed the latest building solutions and innovative industry products. The Big 5 hosted its first ever FutureTech Construction Summit under...

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17 Dec 2018
Too big to succeed?
in Expert Opinion, News

Too big to succeed?

By Paul Woodward, Chairman of Paul Woodward Advisory Every exhibition organiser that has them loves them; the giant shows, the bedrock of the business, money machines with margins better than selling crack cocaine. But what’s going on? I was debating with a colleague at the end of last week which would be the next shoe to fall. Cebit is gone. Baselworld is in intensive care. Thirteen...

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10 Dec 2018
Can sustainability look good AND be good for business?
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Can sustainability look good AND be good for business?

By Sam Rowe, CEO of Ignition   The battle to get large company clients interested in sustainability is basically over. They’re talking about it at the very least, or else they’re forming and exercising environmental and social impact policies. Sustainability is on the strategic agenda to stay. But other debates remain, including how to convince clients that sustainable can also be beautiful and, at the...

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10 Dec 2018
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