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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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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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2 May 2018

UFI European Conference 2018, Verona, Italy

Our industry’s landscape is shifting – traditional trade shows have become exhibitions, and in recent years have added conference and digital elements to serve their customers’ expanding and changing needs. In parallel, and driven by a need from digital communities to meet in person face to face, hybrid formats have evolved – part festival, past conference,…

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