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China-LAC 2017 at the Punta del Este C & EC

The China-LAC Summit is an annual event organised by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). It is a key entrepreneurial event for companies from China and the Latin American and Caribbean countries. The Punta del Este Convention and Exhibition Center was honored to host the 11th edition of…

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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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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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“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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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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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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Not the Droid You Were Looking For?

Meet LG robot Cloi, a media sensation after repeatedly failing to respond to instructions and merely blinking during its unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The failure is both a horror story of what can go wrong during a presentation, but also a reaffirmation of humanity. From editor’s blog at Association Meetings International…

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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 Meetpie.com…

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CES 2018 Enacts Evacuation Plan After Blackout

Following a pre-event row about the lack of keynotes from women, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas then had to enact an emergency evacuation after a power cut in its central hall. CES 2018 drew more than 175,000 attendees and over 3,900 exhibitors. This show filled 2.75 million square feet of space. From Meetings & Conventions…

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