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Clarion Events’ $300m PennWell Acquisition

Clarion Events has expanded its US operation with the acquisition of PennWell Corporation, a privately-held events, B2B media and marketing services company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The estimated $300m deal creates one of the largest events companies in the world and follows Clarion’s 2015 purchase of Urban Expositions, now rebranded as Clarion UX. From Meetpie.com…

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The Iceberg in Chile: FIEXPO Latin America Showcases Legacy

The eleventh edition of FIEXPO Latin America is taking place in Santiago, Chile, this June. Billed as the ‘largest platform’ for meetings industry destinations and venues in the region, the show will also showcase the Latin American legacy outcomes of the Joint Meetings Industry Council’s Iceberg project. From Association Meetings International…  

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Las Vegas Top US Trade Fair Destination for 24th Year

Las Vegas hosted 47 of the largest trade fairs in the US last year, making it top destination for the 24th year running. In a TSNN list, CONEXPO-CON / AGG 2017 was the largest show with over 2.67 million square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 128,000 attendees and 2,375 exhibitors. From CIM News Magazine…

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UFI’s Next Generation Leadership Grant Recipients Announced

An international jury headed up by UFI President Corrado Peraboni has selected five lucky sector recipients of the exhibition industry global association’s 2018 Next Generation Leadership Grant. This year there were over 70 percent more applications received than in 2017. Responses were handed in from 15 different countries, representing all of UFI’s regional chapters. From CIM news Magazine…

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RTE Leaves AIME After 18 Years

Reed Travel Exhibitions has bowed out of the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo after eighteen years. AIME 2018 welcomed 250 hosted buyers to Melbourne, 39 percent of them new to the show and to Australia. 4,500 meetings took place over two days. AIME 2019 will be managed by Talk2 Media and Events. From CIM News Magazine…

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EEAA’s “PULSE” Shows Strong Growth in New Exhibitions

There is strong growth in new shows across the Australasian business event industry. The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s latest “PULSE” survey reveals 40 percent of organisers launched at least one in 2017. Of new shows for 2018, 35 percent are technology-based, with a focus on space, satellite technology, and cybersecurity. From CIM News Magazine…

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AIME 2018 Held in Melbourne

The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo 2018 has drawn event professionals and exhibitors from over twenty countries to connect, learn and be inspired in Melbourne. The event kicked off with a press conference from John Eren, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, and a quirky welcome party showcasing Victoria’s festival culture. From CIM News Magazine…

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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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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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