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Configuring Confident Confexes

Exhibitions at conferences, or confexes, provide a wealth of opportunities to improve the delegate experience. South African confexes are on a par with the rest of the world. They share similar trends in the increasing use of technology, in improving conference content, and in a greater focus on networking opportunities. From the Event…

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“Shared Economies” at Meetings Africa 2018

Meetings Africa 2018 is about to open its doors, as the travel and tourism trade, plus local and international buyers and media, head for the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. This year’s theme is “shared economies”, meaning the importance of collaboration in destination marketing and boosting development in Africa through business meetings. From the Event…

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The Future is Calling: AIME 2018 in Melbourne

Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo 2018 in Melbourne is set to inspire event professionals with a range of never before seen interactive features. A system blending human connection and technology via touchscreen video platform will welcome delegates on arrival. The automated Selfiebot will interact with them and roam around taking photographs. From CIM News Magazine…

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The Astrodome: Houston Solves Another Problem

The Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas has unanimously approved a $105 million plan to redevelop the iconic Houston Astrodome into an event space. This allows the project to move forward to the design phase. Plans include two levels of underground parking, with nearly eight acres of column-free exhibition space on top. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Enhanced IBTM Arabia in Abu Dhabi Hailed a Success

The 12th edition of IBTM Arabia, which has taken place in Abu Dhabi, has been hailed a success with 2,700 business meetings held between the elite group of event planners and exhibitors. Delegates also attended networking events and education sessions. Several changes were made this year, including enhancements to the hosted buyer programme. From Meetpie.com…

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Clarion Events & Global Sources: Another Mega-Merger

One of the world’s leading independent events organisers, London based Clarion Events, has completed a merger with exhibition and online B2B marketplace operator Global Sources, based in Hong Kong. Both are owned by investment firm Blackstone, which will control the combined group. The merger creates one of the world’s largest privately-owned exhibition businesses. From CIM News Magazine…

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Informa and UBM’s £3.8bn Merger: More Detail

Informa has revealed details of its £3.8 billion deal to buy rival trade show organiser UBM. The merger will see Informa’s shareholders owning 65.5 percent of the combined firm, with UBM’s investors taking the remaining 34.5 percent. But Informa shares actually dropped sharply after the takeover was announced. UBM stock rose, but with heavy trading. From Meetpie.com…

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