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Expo2020 Duba - Al Wasl Plaza Features

Shaun Vorster, VP Business Integration & Activation of the World Congress, speaks to EW about next year’s big event – Expo 2020 Dubai How are plans going in preparation for Expo 2020 Dubai? With less than two years to go, preparations are well underway and great progress is being made ahead of the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and...

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Start me up: Nuremberg shows how exhibitions work for young entrepreneurs Features

NürnbergMesse claims to be the top platform for start-ups in Germany, with over 1,000 ‘Young, Innovative Companies’ taking part in the eponymous trade fair programme organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) at NürnbergMesse events since 2007. For 2019, BMWi is providing sponsorship at 63 tradefairs around Germany, with the greatest concentration – 12 – in Nuremberg. NürnbergMesse prides itself in...

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IMEX CEO Carina Bauer on her experiences as a woman in the events industry Features

Following a panel discussion on women in events at Cvent CONNECT Europe, Nicola Macdonald sat down with IMEX CEO Carina Bauer to hear about her experiences as a woman in the industry.   What has been your experience as a woman in the business events industry? Ours is a family business, so I haven’t had some of the corporate struggles that some people have had....

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The exhibition technology of the future Features

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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Dealmakers – the lowdown on exhibition acquisitions Features

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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What can 13,000 global trade show visitors tell us? Features

Exhibition research specialists Explori published the findings of their 2018 Global Visitor Insights at the UFI Global Congress in St Petersburg last year. Produced in partnership with UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and supported by the Society of Independent Show Organisers (SISO), the report represents the biggest ever global study of trade show visitor experience. Explori Global Strategy Director and report author, Sophie...

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Charting China’s new exhibition superhighway Features

Martin Donovan offers insights into some major exhibition moves in South China, and the impact of the new HZMB.    For an insight into China’s suitability as an exhibitions industry powerhouse, take a look at two recent events: a huge import fair in Shanghai and, south west along the coast, the opening of a 55km sea bridge and tunnel link from Hong Kong to Zhuhai and...

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The inside scoop on the year’s biggest acquisition Features

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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The power of social Features

Earlier this year, Easyfairs announced that it would be rolling out Gleanin’s social referral platform across its international trade event portfolio. EW caught up with the organiser and tech company to find out more.   Getting attendees to an event is the goal of every event organiser, but each has their own unique way of approaching the issue. For Alison Church, marketing director – UK & Global...

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How blockchain can make ticketing more secure and transparent FeaturesWorld

Annika Monari and Alan Vey, graduates from London Imperial College and founders of ticketing solutions provider Aventus, know two things: the ticketing industry has a problem, and they have a solution. What is blockchain, and how did you become interested in the technology? Aninka: The easiest way to explain blockchain is by looking at how things have changed over time with technology. If you look...

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