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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…

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Exhibition Industry Set to Grow Through 2018

The exhibition industry is facing a positive year ahead after strong results in 2017, according to the 20th edition of UFI’s Global Barometer. More than 70 per cent of the sector anticipates revenue growth in 2018. The headline business issues remain the state of the economy in home markets, and global economic development. From CIM News Magazine…

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Paul Flackett: The Boy from Birmingham

Friends, family, and colleagues of the late Paul Flackett joined in celebration of the IMEX and business events industry icon at a memorial event generously hosted by London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre. Comic, emotional, and musical farewells from all corners of the world were delivered in fond remembrance of “the boy from Birmingham”. These included…

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Informa to Acquire Trade Show Rival UBM for £4bn

Informa, the events and business information group, is to pay a huge £4.5 billion for rival exhibitions organiser UBM. The amount, that will include debt, has divided investors who have questioned the decision to pay what amounts to the full price. Informa CEO Stephen Carter claimed there would be “significant” synergies to justify the deal. From…

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Call Joined for UFI’s Next Generation Leadership Grant

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia has joined a global call for the industry’s rising stars to apply for a Next Generation Leadership Grant from UFI, the exhibition industry’s global association. The NGL Grant is an opportunity for up to five recipients to enjoy executive-level mentoring, networking and career advancement. From CIM News Magazine…  

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Paul Flackett Remembered at London Memorial Event

Friends and family of Paul Flackett gathered at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre to bid farewell to the former MD of IMEX. Colleagues shared memories of the 69 year-old, who died in November, and SoolNua’s Padraic Gilligan even wrote a song for the occasion, performing it with Spectra’s Paul Miller and ExCeL’s James Rees. From…

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IMEX Joining the Industry Conversation About Legacy

Legacy will be the talking point of the IMEX Group’s 2018 events, according to CEO Carina Bauer. IMEX will be addressing political legacy, knowledge legacy and social impact, CSR, environmental and personal legacy. Two research reports, case studies and education sessions at both IMEX Frankfurt and IMEX America will explore the topics. From Meetings & Conventions…

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HK: International Exhibitors Spend 75 Percent More Per Visit

The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association has released findings from the latest biennial Economic Impact Study on the value of the city’s exhibition industry to its economy. They show that international exhibitors and exhibition visitors significantly outspent general overnight tourists in 2016, by around 75 percent and 66 percent more respectively. From CIM News Magazine…

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