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Mar 06, 2012
Last year saw significant increases in full-year revenues and profits at UK-based Tarsus Group, with the company scoring a 42 percent revenue increase to £61.7 million ($97 million), compared with £43.6 million ($69 million) in 2010, and adjusted profit before tax was up 77 percent to £16.8m ($26 million), compared with £9.5 million ($15 million) the year before. “2011 was a record year, with the Group achieving a strong financial performance, both on a year-on-year and biennial basis, and we have halved our debt level,” said Neville Buch, chairman of… more
Mar 05, 2012
The Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, which owns Chicago’s McCormick Place and Navy Pier, recently named eight new board members, none of whom directly are in the trade show industry. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel were each allotted four appointments under state law, and the new board appointments will replace the interim board that was in place to oversee changes made to MPEA’s operation of McCormick Place. The new board will be led by Chairman Jack M. Greenberg, who also is chairman of the Western Union Company and serves as chairman of… more
Mar 05, 2012
The Hong Kong Trade and Development Council’s Hong Kong International Jewellery Show continued to draw strong attendance numbers, with the recent show attracting 38,000 buyers, a 3-percent increase, compared with last year’s event. A significant portion of the attendance increase at the event, held Feb. 16-20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, came from the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) countries, with an 8-percent increase, compared with last year’s event. Konstantin Zakirov, a buyer from Russia, said he attended the show “to source silver,… more
Mar 05, 2012
The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) reported at total of 49 international and regional conventions were signed for Malaysia in 2011. MyCEB partnered with the Ministry of Tourism, Sarawak Convention Bureau, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre and other strategic partners to secure various business events. Large scale events with over 4,000 delegates include the International Dragon Award (IDA), the IAS HIV Conference in Pathogenesis, treatment and Prevention and Women Deliver Conference, all taking place in 2013.   Additionally, the bureau also provided support for 198… more
Mar 05, 2012
Global Sources bought a 80-percent stake of the China (Shenzhen) International Brand Clothing & Accessories Fair (SZIC), one of Asia’s largest fashion fairs, for US$17.3 million. Shenzhen is a base for garment designing and manufacturing in China and SZIC, which was launched in 2001, has grown since its inception. The 2011 event hosted about 300 exhibitors, 4,000 booths and 31,000 professional visitors. "The apparel industry in China is moving from pure manufacturing to design and innovation, driving Chinese brands to become more well-known and prestigious, ultimately… more
Mar 05, 2012
Australia-based exhibition organiser, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF), announced the postponement of the company’s special events tradeshow – Melbourne’s Event Showcase (formerly RSVP Melbourne). ETF cited residual effects of the global financial crisis, the consolidation of event suppliers and reduced marketing budgets as deciding factors to postpone the 2012 edition of the show.   Melbourne’s Event Showcase has reportedly been in decline since 2009, and ETF has reviewed the show with industry representatives and visitors after the 2010 edition, making… more
Mar 05, 2012
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia plans to double the total space rented at trade shows next year by promoting a total of 14 destinations within the country. The ministry will reportedly highlight cities other than the traditional MICE hubs of Jakarta and Bali to promote Indonesia’s overall MICE potential. The Indonesian ministry participates in around 25 trade shows annually and named the cities of Balikpapan, Lombok, Manado, Palembang and Solo as part of an initiative to divert MICE to other parts of the country. The ministry also claims that infrastructure… more
Mar 05, 2012
London-listed media company, UBM, released its full-year results for the year ended 31st December 2011. UBM’s revenues were up 9.3 percent year-on-year from £889 million to £972 million. Adjusted group operating profits increased 18 percent from £172 million to £202 million. Revenues from the company’s events business, which accounted for more than 40 percent of overall revenue, were up 28% year-on-year at £397 million, compared with last year’s £310 million. Adjusted group operating profits increased from £93.5 million to £… more
Mar 04, 2012
The International Roofing Expo recently saw a 3-percent increase in attendees to 8,382 when it ran Feb. 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.   This year’s increase was the second one in a row for the show, which is owned by Hanley Wood Exhibitions and had an 18-percent increase for its 2011 event.   “We are very pleased that the show generated an increase in attendance for the second consecutive year,” said Lindsay Roberts, director of the International Roofing Expo.   She added, "The state-of-the-art products, the cutting-edge… more
Mar 01, 2012
Trade Show News Network is launching its 2012 FREE Webinar Series with “Virtual/Hybrid Events: What's Working and What's Not?” at 1pm EST March 15th. Click HERE to register for the free webinar. The webinar is courtesy of MarketArt & Onstream Media Corporation - Creators of Marketplace365 During the past few years, a number of trade associations and for-profit exhibition organizers have launched virtual and hybrid events. Some initiatives have been successful, others have been less than effective in reaching the organization's objectives. Join Michelle Bruno, as she moderates a… more