Features

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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