Mar 07, 2017
Over 230 delegates from 21 countries and territories gathered in Singapore recently for the UFI Asia Open Seminar to take stock of their industry, which continues to grow, despite plenty of economic and political uncertainties. Seismic changes such as Brexit, the emerging policies of the Trump administration and slow economic growth in key markets all suggest challenging times lay ahead. However, the Asian exhibition industry has proven time after time that it is well-positioned to grow in the face of less than ideal economic and political circumstances. The exhibition industry is changing… more
Mar 07, 2017
Recently, international exhibition organiser, Koelnmesse GmbH, announced Mathias Küpper had officially been appointed as Managing Director of Koelnmesse Pte. Ltd. in Singapore – succeeding Michael Dreyer. The two had shared the management position for an interim period of several months. Küpper has worked for Koelnmesse since 2002 in Singapore. He has extensive event and project management experience and has been involved in strategic business development in the Asia in recent years. In the future, Küpper will focus on strategic events in the Southeast Asia and expanding the company’s… more
Mar 07, 2017
Mega Expo, formerly known as Kenfair, a Hong Kong based exhibition organiser, reported its interim results for the six months ended on 31st December 2016. The company reported revenues of US$12 million, down by 40% year-on-year. Mega Expo posted a net loss of US$1.5 million in the six-month period, compared with a loss of US$2.2 million in the same period of the previous year. The vast majority of its revenue is generated by its exhibition organising business, which fell by 40%. Revenues from exhibition-related services dropped by 97%, down to just US$9,000. Mega Expo attributed the drop in… more
Mar 07, 2017
The largest privately-owned convention centre in southern Philippines, SMX Convention Center Davao, plans to expand its facilities. The new building will start construction later this year and will connect with the existing SMX Davao facility. The capacity of the new building has not yet been confirmed, but management claims that it will be expanded to accommodate up to 7,500 pax. After the completion of the new facilities, the venue will aim to host larger and more international events. The new facilities are expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019.
Mar 06, 2017
By Elizabeth Johnson “Get the right message, in front of the right people, at the right time.” It’s a common phrase, practically a mantra for today’s marketer. And the key to achieving that goal is data. Event-producing organizations cover the spectrum of sophistication when it comes to data driven marketing. Some are at the beginning of implementing a robust data collection system and others are using data to plan future content, develop marketing strategies and find new audiences. “Conferences and tradeshows live or die by the quality of their data,” said Kevin Miller, president and chief… more
Mar 04, 2017
Life may have gotten a little bit easier for trade show buyers who have long wished for a quick and easy way to collect, manage and share product sourcing data on-the-go. Enter ShowSourcing, a new mobile app that allows buyers and product managers to take notes and gather valuable information during trade shows, factory visits, supplier meetings or other sourcing events. Touted as a mix between Evernote, Facebook and Salesforce, this digital data collection tool also enables users to organize, archive and share product, supplier and competitor information securely across sourcing teams,… more
Mar 03, 2017
ConvExx, long-time show management company in the auto aftermarket space, has acquired Mobile Tech Expo from Kevin Halewood. "Mobile Tech Expo is the premier showcase for the paintless dent repair, detailing and automotive mobile service industries, and we look forward to continuing that mission", said Chuck Schwartz, ConvExx CEO. He added, "We understand and appreciate the Show's principles, and look to build upon what has been built as we strive to best serve the mobile automotive aftermarket." Its founder, Kevin Halewood, will remain with ConvExx and continue as show director of Mobile… more
Mar 02, 2017
As part of its ‘Events First’ strategy, U.K.-based UBM made huge leaps in 2016, as it continues to realign its overall portfolio with the completed sale of its PR Newswire division and the acquisitions of Allworld Exhibitions, Content Marketing World and Business Journals, Inc., to name a few. The company’s annual earnings report recently was released, indicating the events division was up last year to $874 million, compared with $775 million in 2015. In North America, 2016 revenues were up to $363 million, compared with $303 million the year before. UBM’s CEO Tim Cobbold took time from his… more
Feb 28, 2017
MCI recently acquired Network Media Partners, a proven sales management organization specializing in customized media sales, event planning and management, digital and print design and marketing services for associations. As MCI continues its growth strategy in the USA, the addition of Network Media Partners accelerates the company’s leadership in delivering a comprehensive suite of innovative, growth-centered solutions for associations, according to MCI officials. “Associations of all sizes and types face increasing economic and market headwinds. Network Media Partners has industry-leading… more
Feb 28, 2017
Kaon Interactive, a business-to-business software company and provider of 3D interactive product marketing applications, has launched new augmented reality (AR) experiences within its High Velocity Marketing Platform, a feature that was recently used by an exhibitor at CES in Las Vegas. As the first immersive sales and marketing platform available for B2B marketers, Kaon AR integrates interactive, fully scaled 3D product models into real-world business environments, allowing users to interact with virtual representations of physical products and solutions in a more visually engaging way.… more

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