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Association for Women in Events to Elevate! in Washington DC Americas

The Association for Women in Events (AWE) will run its women’s leadership event Elevate! on the eve of International Women’s Day, 7 March 2019, at the Conrad Washington DC. The event will include sessions from women in business and politics, as well as women and men who are making a difference in the industry and in business. Sarah Hurwitz, White House speechwriter from 2009 to...

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Scotland’s Trade Fair set to be biggest in ten years Europe

Scotland’s Trade Fair will take place from 20-22 January at Glasgow’s SEC, and is set to be the biggest in ten years. 571 exhibitors have booked stands for the gift buying show, across a number of retail sectors. These will include homewares, crafts and textiles, jewellery, fashion accessories and more. The seminar theatre will feature a schedule of experts presenting on all aspects of retailing,...

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Robot penguins and retracting TVs at Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show Americas

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) got underway in Las Vegas on Monday, providing a glimpse into the future of consumer technology. Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC and Nvidia are among the big players in attendance, many with new announcements and products to show off. Major trends include smart home devices, AI, autonomous and connected cars, and virtual reality. The latest in TV technology was also on...

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Trade fairs in Germany on the rise, according to new AUMA figures Europe

New figures released by AUMA, the association of the German trade fair industry, show that exhibitions in Germany had an average of 1.5% more exhibitors than their previous editions. They also showed an increase of around 1% more stand space. Visitors numbers, on the other hand, showed a slight decrease of around half a per cent. These growth rates occurred despite considerably greater uncertainty about...

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RainFocus secures $40m investment for event marketing platform Americas

Event marketing platform RainFocus has announced a US$40m strategic growth investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on investing in software companies. The funding will be used to for expansion and accelerating the company’s product development efforts, says the RainFocus CEO JR Sherman (pictured), former President at Lanyon and Active Network. “The culture and team at JMI are uniquely suited and equipped to...

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New Year, new look and new strategy for JMIC World

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) has set a new course for the New Year, including a new Charter, revised constitution and streamlined Strategic Plan. The new approach was agreed at JMIC’s final meeting of 2018, where members reached a consensus on a number of key structural changes intended to guide the ongoing development of the industry representation body. The new Charter sets out the...

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UFI to take its April MEA conference to Dubai Middle East

UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has announced its regional conference in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region will take place on 8-9 April at Dubai World Trade Centre. The theme for the 2019 conference will be ‘Embracing change, looking forward to the future’, and the event will bring together exhibition professionals from the MEA region to discuss opportunities related to ongoing...

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Messe Frankfurt centralises its sales operations Europe

Messe Frankfurt has announced it will be centralising sales operations for its Locations business field, and has appointed Silke Calder to head the sales department. Locations encompasses all trade fairs, congresses/conferences and other events that are held as guest events at the company’s Frankfurt base. Every year, Messe Frankfurt hosts over 260 such events. Johann Thoma, vice president of Guest Events at Messe Frankfurt, explains:...

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Freeman offers new data solutions package for event measurement World

Brand experience company Freeman is offering five software and service offerings that, the company claims, together provide a new, holistic event technology system capable of supporting the full data life cycle. Fuzion by Freeman™ and Quant by Freeman™ are two of the elements of the new package. Fuzion by Freeman connects data across all points of an event life cycle to create a seamless experience...

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Minister opens ‘record’ ArabPlast 2019 Middle East

His Excellency Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Infrastructure Development, opened the biggest plastics, petrochemicals and rubber industry exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on 6 January. The exhibition, held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre ArabPlast 2019, illustrates just why petrochemicals are set to account for nearly half the growth in world oil demand...

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