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Calling Early Birds for Birmingham! World

UFI brings its European Conference to Birmingham, UK, 15-17 May 2019 and Early Bird registration is open until 15 March. http://www.ufievent.org/birmingham2019/registration Under the theme, The Organisers’ Future: Challenging Business Models,  the global exhibition industry’s largest annual European event will focus on what’s in store for organisers in Europe and beyond. The first international conference for the industry in post-Brexit Britain will look at ways and...

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Melbourne at night Australasia

Australasia’s largest gathering of buyers and exhibitors in the meetings and events industry returns to Melbourne, 18-20 February for AIME. Host venue again is Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). AIME takes a new direction for 2019, with Talk2 Media & Events delivering the event for the first time since the exit of Reed as organiser. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King says this will be...

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Shortlist announced for UK’s EN Awards 2019 World

EW‘s sister publication, Exhibition News, has released the shortlist for its prestigious EN Awards, which are taking place 22 March at Battersea Evolution in London. “This year has seen a fantastic depth and breadth of entries, from those new to the awards as well as some familiar faces,” commented EN editor Nicola Macdonald. “We can’t wait to welcome the industry back to Battersea for another great...

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AIME to serve up Asia Pacific Street Food Festival Australasia

Australia’s industry tradeshow AIME, will offer up an Asia Pacific Street Food Festival backdrop (along with the Yarra River) for its main networking evening, 19 February, for hosted buyers, local attendees and suppliers. The networking night will be held along South Wharf Promenade and AIME attendees will be able to walk off the show floor and into a private networking event. The event, it is...

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AEG to merge with SMG to create new global venue behemoth World

AEG has announced a merger of its venue management subsidiary AEG Facilities with SMG. The move creates a new standalone global facility management company – ASM Global. SMG is an Onex portfolio company and Onex and AEG’s subsidiary will each own 50% of the new entity, following the completion of the transaction. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new diversified portfolio includes arenas, stadiums,...

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Italy’s latest AEFI Economic Observatory quarterly survey proves positive Europe

The latest quarterly survey of the Italian exhibitions industry produced by the Economic Observatory of AEFI (Associazione Esposizioni e Fiere Italiane), paints an overall positive picture. The 39th quarterly survey of trends in the country’s exhibitions sector covers the October-December 2018 period and indicates positive comparisons both relative to the previous quarter and in comparison with the same period of the previous year. The survey...

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Fond farewell: Changing of the guard in Vienna Europe

Christian Mutschlechner, the long-serving head of the Vienna Tourist Board’s Vienna Convention Bureau, received a special send-off at Palais Wertheim, at an event, 1 February, that also introduced his successor, Christian Woronka. Woronka, who was part of the team that founded the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), has managed the CCB since 2012. Doyen of the CVB world leaders, Mutschlechner started his career in 1977 as...

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Larkin promoted to President of Diversified’s US Division Americas

Diversified Communications’ President & CEO Theodore Wirth has announced the promotion of Mary Larkin to President of Diversified Communications’ US operating division. The division, located in Portland Maine, employs over 200 people who produce 24 conferences and exhibitions annually, over 10 online publications and B2B platforms, and two monthly trade magazines. “In 2014, we took the unusual step and established a three-person EVP team. Bill...

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Perth Convention Bureau CEO announces resignation Australasia

Paul Beeson has announced he is stepping down as CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau after more than eight years in the role. PCB’s Chairman, Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO said: “Paul has made an outstanding contribution to PCB during his tenure and will be a great loss. “He has applied his excellent leadership and strategic management skills in overviewing the operation of the Bureau and is...

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IFE brings its flowers home to Florida and pledges additional investment Americas

Organiser Diversified Communications has announced it will move its International Floriculture Expo IFE to Miami, Florida, for its 2019 edition. The event, scheduled for 18-20 June, will be a standalone floral event, says Event Manager Harrison Hines. “With Florida being a hub for many of our customers it is our hope that being ‘close to home’ will make for an amazing event in 2019. “After...

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Calling Early Birds for Birmingham!
News / World
11 Feb 2019

Calling Early Birds for Birmingham!

UFI brings its European Conference to Birmingham, UK, 15-17 May 2019 and Early Bird registration is open until 15 March. http://www.ufievent.org/birmingham2019/registration Under the theme, The Organisers’ Future: Challenging Business Models,  the global exhibition industry’s largest annual European event will focus on what’s in store for organisers in Europe and beyond. The first international conference for the industry in post-Brexit Britain will look at ways and...

Read More

Melbourne at night
Australasia / News
11 Feb 2019

MCEC ready to take AIME

Australasia’s largest gathering of buyers and exhibitors in the meetings and events industry returns to Melbourne, 18-20 February for AIME. Host venue again is Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). AIME takes a new direction for 2019, with Talk2 Media & Events delivering the event for the first time since the exit of Reed as organiser. MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King says this will be...

Read More

Shortlist announced for UK’s EN Awards 2019
News / World
08 Feb 2019

Shortlist announced for UK’s EN Awards 2019

EW‘s sister publication, Exhibition News, has released the shortlist for its prestigious EN Awards, which are taking place 22 March at Battersea Evolution in London. “This year has seen a fantastic depth and breadth of entries, from those new to the awards as well as some familiar faces,” commented EN editor Nicola Macdonald. “We can’t wait to welcome the industry back to Battersea for another great...

Read More

AIME to serve up Asia Pacific Street Food Festival
Australasia / News
08 Feb 2019

AIME to serve up Asia Pacific Street Food Festival

Australia’s industry tradeshow AIME, will offer up an Asia Pacific Street Food Festival backdrop (along with the Yarra River) for its main networking evening, 19 February, for hosted buyers, local attendees and suppliers. The networking night will be held along South Wharf Promenade and AIME attendees will be able to walk off the show floor and into a private networking event. The event, it is...

Read More

AEG to merge with SMG to create new global venue behemoth
News / World
08 Feb 2019

AEG to merge with SMG to create new global venue behemoth

AEG has announced a merger of its venue management subsidiary AEG Facilities with SMG. The move creates a new standalone global facility management company – ASM Global. SMG is an Onex portfolio company and Onex and AEG’s subsidiary will each own 50% of the new entity, following the completion of the transaction. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The new diversified portfolio includes arenas, stadiums,...

Read More

Italy’s latest AEFI Economic Observatory quarterly survey proves positive
Europe / News
07 Feb 2019

Italy’s latest AEFI Economic Observatory quarterly survey proves positive

The latest quarterly survey of the Italian exhibitions industry produced by the Economic Observatory of AEFI (Associazione Esposizioni e Fiere Italiane), paints an overall positive picture. The 39th quarterly survey of trends in the country’s exhibitions sector covers the October-December 2018 period and indicates positive comparisons both relative to the previous quarter and in comparison with the same period of the previous year. The survey...

Read More

Fond farewell: Changing of the guard in Vienna
Europe / News
07 Feb 2019

Fond farewell: Changing of the guard in Vienna

Christian Mutschlechner, the long-serving head of the Vienna Tourist Board’s Vienna Convention Bureau, received a special send-off at Palais Wertheim, at an event, 1 February, that also introduced his successor, Christian Woronka. Woronka, who was part of the team that founded the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB), has managed the CCB since 2012. Doyen of the CVB world leaders, Mutschlechner started his career in 1977 as...

Read More

Larkin promoted to President of Diversified’s US Division
Americas / News
06 Feb 2019

Larkin promoted to President of Diversified’s US Division

Diversified Communications’ President & CEO Theodore Wirth has announced the promotion of Mary Larkin to President of Diversified Communications’ US operating division. The division, located in Portland Maine, employs over 200 people who produce 24 conferences and exhibitions annually, over 10 online publications and B2B platforms, and two monthly trade magazines. “In 2014, we took the unusual step and established a three-person EVP team. Bill...

Read More

Perth Convention Bureau CEO announces resignation
Australasia / News
06 Feb 2019

Perth Convention Bureau CEO announces resignation

Paul Beeson has announced he is stepping down as CEO of the Perth Convention Bureau after more than eight years in the role. PCB’s Chairman, Mr Kevin Skipworth CVO said: “Paul has made an outstanding contribution to PCB during his tenure and will be a great loss. “He has applied his excellent leadership and strategic management skills in overviewing the operation of the Bureau and is...

Read More

IFE brings its flowers home to Florida and pledges additional investment
Americas / News
06 Feb 2019

IFE brings its flowers home to Florida and pledges additional investment

Organiser Diversified Communications has announced it will move its International Floriculture Expo IFE to Miami, Florida, for its 2019 edition. The event, scheduled for 18-20 June, will be a standalone floral event, says Event Manager Harrison Hines. “With Florida being a hub for many of our customers it is our hope that being ‘close to home’ will make for an amazing event in 2019. “After...

Read More

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