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ITE Group releases first quarter trading update World

Performance was in line with management expectations for ITE Group in its Q1 trading update as the Ascential Events integration and acquisition of Mining Indaba both near completion. Revenues for the quarter – 1 October 2018 to 31 December 2018 – were approximately £31.5m (down from £40.7m in 2017) The organiser attributed to the drop largely to a smaller biennial quarter and the absence of...

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£1bn London Olympia upgrade approved by UK planners Europe

The £1bn ($1.3bn) plans to turn Olympia London into a multi-purpose cultural hub have been approved by planners. YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International – which own the historic exhibition centre – submitted plans to Hammersmith & Fulham Council in 2018 to turn the 14-acre site into a destination with hotels, restaurants, performance venues and office space. Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC are leading on the design and implementation...

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AIME trains new vision on sustainability with new partnerships for 2019 event Australasia

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) has announced partnerships with companies set to champion sustainability at the 2019 event in Melbourne, 18-20 February. The partnerships will see green initiatives showcased by host venue Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), while stand designers Decorative Events & Exhibitions (DE&E) will produce new innovative exhibitor stands, and Harry the Hireris on board with the initiative through construction of bespoke infrastructure for...

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BCEC’s GM appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia Australasia

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) General Manager, Bob O’Keeffe has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in this year’s Australia Day Awards for outstanding services to tourism and business in Queensland. Australia’s longest serving Convention Centre General Manager, O’Keeffe has been at the helm of the award winning Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre since it opened in 1995 and...

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Tarsus Group takes up option to acquire rest of Tarsus Connect Americas

Tarsus Group has said its US subsidiary has entered into an option agreement to acquire the remaining 19.9% of Tarsus Connect it does not already own from Connect Holdco Inc. Tarsus Connect is a US business travel and events company, specialising in arranging meetings on an invitation-only, appointment-based format. The price will be calculated based on Tarsus Connect’s prior year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation...

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Viparis food co-op answers Mayor’s call for architectural projects  Europe

Paris venue consortium Viparis has had a major project chosen by the city’s Mayor under the 2nd edition of ‘Reinventing Paris’ (Beneath the City) transformation scheme. Following a call for innovative urban projects to transform Paris’s underground spaces, ‘Peace&Log’, a sustainable architectural project, was chosen by the Mayor of Paris and a jury of urban planning experts and elected officials. The project will be located at...

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Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre delivers RM888 million to Malaysia Asia

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) in Malaysia delivered RM888 million of economic impact to Malaysia in 2018, according to the venue. It welcomed 2.18 million visitors throughout the year, an increase of 45% from 2017. It also played host to 1,485 events in the year, 17% more than 2017. The Centre’s General Manager Alan Pryor commented: “We are delighted with our performance last year,...

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IFEMA and Diversified Communications announce new ‘organic’ partnership Europe

Major Spanish tradeshow operator and venue IFEMA has confirmed a new international event collaboration with UK-based organiser Diversified Communications. The agreement provides for co-organisation of a major annual international organic food event for the Iberian Peninsula and the Mediterranean region. The show will be held under the Organic Food Iberia and Eco Living Iberia brands, 6-7 June 2019, and is supported by the Spanish Ministry...

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tfconnect opens Asia office Asia

International exhibitions industry recruitment company tfconnect has opened a regional office in Singapore, designed to serve the Asian and wider region. tfconnect Asia is led by its Managing Partner, Andrew Lee, who has many years’ experience in the events industry, having worked at companies including Reed Exhibitions, AsiaWorld Expo, Pico Group, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, and Six Flags Entertainment. Joining the Asia...

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New ESSA Chair announced in UK Europe

Martin Cairns, Commercial Director, Reeds Carpets, has officially succeeded Chris Criscione as the Chair of the Event Suppliers and Services Association (ESSA) in the UK. He has served on the board as a member for nine years and Vice-Chair for two years. Andrew Harrison, ESSA Director, formally welcomed Cairns to the role, saying: “Martin is a vociferous and enthusiastic champion of ESSA and the industry...

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