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May 21, 2012
The Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) will seek additional funding from the State Government of Victoria for the expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). The EEAA has been critical of the state’s latest budget plan, which overlooked funding for the exhibition industry.   Industry players hoped the US$1 billion redevelopment of Darling Harbour in Sydney, which includes 40,000 sq. m. of exhibition space, would spur further expansion activities. According to the EEAA, expanding the MCEC will increase business tourism spend by an… more
May 21, 2012
According to the Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MoTS), the under-construction US$62 million Chiang Mai convention centre is now more than 99 percent complete and will reportedly open by December this year. The project has come under criticism for delays in its completion and not finding a suitable management company before its opening. The MoTS has appointed Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) as interim management of the convention centre until a long-term management solution is found, with the involvement of Thai or foreign partners reportedly being considered. Meanwhile, NCC… more
May 21, 2012
Trade show organiser Reed Exhibitions Japan announced the launch of two new trade events in Tokyo – COSME TOKYO and Wind Expo 2013. COSME TOKYO – International Cosmetics Trade Fair, held concurrently with COSME INNOVATION, INTERPHEX JAPAN and PHARMA JAPAN, will run June 27-29 at Tokyo Big Sight. Five hundred exhibitors are expected to showcase products ranging from ingredients, OEM, packaging to finished products for the cosmetics industry. Part of the World Smart Energy Week, the 1st edition of Wind Expo – International Wind Energy Expo & Conference will launch in… more
May 21, 2012
CIFF is jointly organised by the China National Furniture Association, China Foreign Trade Centre (Group), Guangdong Furniture Association, and the Hong Kong Furniture & Decoration Trade Association. Held at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, phase one of CIFF received 1,600 exhibitors and occupied more than 350,000 sq. m. from Matrch 18-21 this year. The show included the events of CIFF-Home Furniture, Homedecor & Housewares China, Intertextile Guangzhou-Hometextile China and Outdoor & Leisure Guangzhou. Phase two of CIFF, which ran March 27-30, included the CIFF-Office… more
May 20, 2012
The Face2Face Series is sponsored by MarketArt. Imagine your typical trade show executive and you’ll most likely picture a high-powered, type-A individual with a commanding persona, not someone as easy-going and down-to-earth as Sandy Voss. If anything, she seems more like the kind of person you’d envision running a small organic farm or leading hikes through the Colorado mountains rather than running the exhibitions group and lifestyle division of trade show and conference producer Penton Media. “I’m a real, pretty laid-back, approachable kind of person, and I… more
May 16, 2012
Longtime trade show industry veteran Paul Mackler has launched Eagle Eye Expositions and already has started growing his portfolio with the purchase of the Border Security Expo from E.J. Krause & Associates. Mackler is CEO and president of the new company that was formed by former trade show and media entrepreneur investors. “There were certain dynamics and growth characteristics that really attracted me to Border Security Expo,” Mackler said of the acquisition. He added, “This is a large, growing, global and sustainable multi-billion dollar marketplace. I look… more
May 15, 2012
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events Public Events Council released its “Public Events Industry 2011” survey report and “Supplemental Report: How the Public Event/Consumer Show Engages with the Younger Generations/Professionals.” In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public event industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to that… more
May 15, 2012
The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute is giving attendees to PACK EXPO International 2012, Oct. 28-31 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, a two-for-one lecture special with James Carville and Dennis Miller taking part in a joint session. “We’ll be barely a week away from the 2012 Presidential election,” said PMMI president & CEO Charles D. Yuska. He added, “No matter which way you vote, this pair of pundits will offer unique perspectives on the elections and the issues in the national spotlight.” Dennis Miller is one of America’s premiere… more
May 15, 2012
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research will hold its 2nd Annual Predict Conference Sept. 13 in New York City at the Time Warner Center. The event will be limited to C-level executives and will focus on the results of the CEIR Index, which provides an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry, measuring year-over-year changes and predictions through 2014. Attendees will interact with presenters and colleagues throughout the day to share best practices, ideas and future strategies including projected event growth, merger and acquisition strategies and… more
May 13, 2012
It’s an extraordinary time in the world of DMOs, with three large city’s bureaus - the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the Anaheim/Orange County Convention & Visitor Bureau and Visit Orlando - currently looking to find someone to fill their top posts. After nine years running the bureau in Los Angeles, Mark Liberman recently announced he is going to retire to spend more time with his wife, Karen, as well as increase his work with the Alzheimer’s Association. “The friendships, experiences and rewards have been many,” Liberman said. He added,… more

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