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Jun 20, 2011
Dallas-based Freeman bought all three companies owned by San Francisco-based Wheelhouse Solutions – Champion Exposition Services, George Fern Exposition & Services and Immersa Marketing – for an undisclosed sum. The transaction closes June 21. Joe Popolo, CEO of Freeman, said the company always is looking to expand its business, and acquiring all three companies is not only a strategic fit, but also a cultural fit. “Champion is known for great creative and technology … we believe we will also have the best team of employees,” he added. “We… more
Jun 19, 2011
More than 5,000 attendees are expected to take part in the American Society of Association Executives’ Annual Meeting & Exposition Aug. 6-9 in St. Louis, with some of those participants coming from local medical associations, such as Optimists International, American Optometric Association and American Association of Orthodontists. “Association professionals and meeting planners call ASAE the ‘Super Bowl’ of conventions, and that is a very valid comparison,” said Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors… more
Jun 19, 2011
From May 24-27 in Sao Paulo, 90,000 attendees and 1,250 exhibitors representing companies from 34 countries 34 countries flocked to the HOSPITALAR 2011 - International Fair of Products, Equipment, Services and Technology for Hospitals, Laboratories, Pharmacies, Health Clinics and Medical Offices. The attendees were mainly from directors and administrators of hospitals, nurses, doctors, distributors, manufacturers and international buyers. The showfloor stretched 82,000 square meters at the Expo Center Norte, with a 10-percent increase in the area occupied by foreign companies, totaling… more
Jun 19, 2011
Capitalizing on the success of Mexico as a burgeoning medical tourism destination, the First National Congress of Medical Tourism will launch in Cancun and Rivera Maya next year. The Medical Tourism Association of Cancun and Riviera Maya, together with the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Cancun Hotel Association and the Riviera Maya tourism board, will promote the Mexican Caribbean as the new medical tourism destination in Latin America at the World Medical Tourism Congress to be held this October in Chicago. At the World Medical Tourism Congress, 10 hospitals will announce… more
Jun 19, 2011
U.K.-based United Business Media bought a 70-percent stake in the Catersource Conference & Trade Show and sister show Event Solutions on behalf of UBM Live for $5 million. Catersource services the catering industry, and Event Solutions services the event planning industry. Catersource will become part of UBM Live, adding to UBM Live’s portfolio of events serving the Food & Leisure industries both in the United States and internationally. The portfolio includes brands such as Cruise Shipping, Food Ingredients, Health Ingredients, Leisure Industry Week and Confex.… more
Jun 19, 2011
Three months before Germany-based Messe Duesseldorf’s MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND, International Exhibition on Hospital, Diagnostic, Pharmaceutical, Medical & Rehabilitation Equipment & Supplies even kicks off, the showfloor is on track to be 30-percent bigger than last year’s show. The increase in exhibitors at MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND, on tap Sept. 14-16 at Bangkok’s Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, indicates “improved confidence in Asia’s expanding medical and health care industry as well as a rising interest in the diverse aspects of medical and… more
Jun 19, 2011
Pico Thailand, the Thai-listed subsidiary of one of the largest exhibition contractors in Asia, Pico Far East Holdings, has announced its results for the six months ended April 30. Revenues for the period were $22 million – an increase of 73 percent, compared with same period in 2010. The company recorded a net profit of $1.5 million in the period, three times the profit of $452,000 recorded last year.   Pico Thailand also reported the results for the quarter ended April 30. Revenues in the quarter were $13 million, a jump of 65 percent, compared with the same quarter last… more
Jun 19, 2011
The Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) announced the extension of the “Strategic MICE Stimulation Program” until the end of 2011. The program, originally due to end this month, received wide support from local MICE industry players according to the Macau Convention and Exhibition Association (MCEA). Launched in May 2009, the program has supported 246 events in total, of which 95 were meetings and conventions, 47 were exhibitions and 104 incentive programs. An estimated budget of $3.4 million will be added to the program during the extension period. Additionally, the… more
Jun 19, 2011
Everything Channel, a UBM subsidiary, organised its first Indian virtual show, the CRN Virtual Channel Show, May 17-18. The virtual event was presented in UBM Studio’s Virtual Seminar Center. The online event reportedly attracted more than 600 attendees from across India. UBM reports more than 4,300 videos, documents and whitepapers were downloaded in total and more than 140 attendees on average took part in each live conference session. Dhaval Valia, associate publisher & executive editor at CRN India edition, said, “The first CRN Virtual Channel Show received an… more
Jun 19, 2011
Medan, the largest city on the Indonesian island of Sumatra is reportedly in the process of establishing the Medan Convention Bureau. The convention and visitor’s bureau (CVB) will help promote the domestic and regional MICE market on Sumatra. The Medan Municipal Government is reportedly in the process of establishing a board for the CVB as well as securing funding for the bureau. Artur Batubara, executive director of the Sumatra Tourism Promotion Board, was quoted saying there are about 10 PCOs in Medan and two convention and exhibition halls that will open later this year –… more