Nicola McDonald

Record attendance as 85th UFI Congress kicks off in St Petersburg

Over 450 global event professional representing UFI members in more than 54 countries have gather in St Petersburg, Russia, for the association’s global congress, taking place from 31 October to 3 November. The event kicked off with the 2018 UFI General Assembly, chaired by 2018 president Corrado Peraboni of Fiera Milano. Peraboni commented: ““It has been a busy year serving the growing global com...

Blackstone confirms acquisition of NEC Group

Private equity company Blackstone has announced the acquisition of the UK’s NEC Group – encompassing the NEC, Resorts World Arena, ICC Birmingham, The Ticket Factory and more –from the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group (known as LDC) in a deal worth a reported £800m. LDC originally backed a management buyout of the Group from Birmingham City Council in 2015 for £307m. Since then, it...

UBM acquires 75% stake in ECMI ITE Asia

ITE Group has announced the sale of its 75 per cent stake in Malaysia-based ECMI ITE Asia to UBMMG Holdings, a subsidiary of UBM, which recently became part of the Informa Group, for a cash consideration of MYR 15m (Approx. £2.8m). The sale forms part of ITE’s Transformation and Growth (TAG) strategy. ECMI runs the Cosmobeauté series of beauty trade exhibitions in Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, ...

Olympia transformation plans revealed

The chairman of investor YOO Capital and the MD of Olympia London unveil initial plans for the £700m (US$924,560,000) transformation of the venue site. In early 2017, Olympia London made headlines when it was acquired through a joint venture comprised of YOO Capital and Deustche Finance International in a deal worth £296m. Now, the venue and its investors have announced initial plans to convert th...

Kate Thornton announced as Confex Future Focus keynote

Mash Media, organiser of the inaugural UK-based Confex Future Focus (CFF), has announced TV presenter Kate Thornton as the keynote speaker for the spin-off exhibition of International Confex. Thornton, who has presented high profile programmes including The X Factor, Top of the Pops, Loose Women and The Brit Awards, will take to the stage on Thursday 5 July, day two of the show. “We are thrilled t...

ITE Group sells Malaysian organiser to UBM subsidiary

ITE Group has announced that it has sold Malaysian organiser TradeLink ITE to UBMMG Holdings – a subsidiary of UBM – for a total cash consideration of MYR 23 million (£4.2m)*. The total consideration will be payable upon completion and the proceeds will be reinvested into the Group. Tradelink is the owner of Malaysian metalworking exhibition Metaltech. In the year to 30 September 2017, Tradelink I...

Blackstone merges its Clarion and Global Sources events businesses

Private equity firm Blackstone, the owner of organiser Clarion Events, has announced that the company has completed a merger with Global Sources, an exhibitions and online B2B marketplace operator based in Hong Kong. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Combining both companies will create one of the largest privately-owned events businesses globally, with substantial scale across Asia, Eu...

AEO elects chair and vice-chair

The AEO Council has elected Damion Angus, managing director of Montgomery, as AEO chair, and Austen Hawkins, managing director of f2f events, as vice chair of the association. This year’s appointments were voted at the AEO Council meeting ahead of the AGM on 6 September. Angus, who has held the position of vice chair of the association for the past year, commented: “The AEO is going from strength ...

WTM research reveals terror’s impact on travel

One third of British people have changed their travel plans due to the fear of terrorism according to research by World Travel Market London, the global event for the travel industry. A poll of more than 2,000 British holidaymakers found that 17 per cent are avoiding countries where the terror threat is high and 12 per cent are avoiding countries where there has already been a terrorist attack. Al...

Graphics at events

3D printing, production times and protecting the environment – CMW sister title EN looks to the future of the graphics sector with four signage and printing suppliers. New technology has meant that the capabilities of professionals working in the sector have grown exponentially in recent years. “As the times move forward, more and more jobs can be produced digitally,” explains William Perton...

The rise of cyber attacks

Originally published in CMW‘s sister title EN. When it comes to cyber security, there are no absolutes. “Security is a line,” Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer at RefTech, tells EN. “At one end you’ve got a machine that’s really easy to access, on the internet permanently and has no password: accessible but not secure. “At the other end of the scale you’ve got a computer that’s not connecte...

Gaggletag in focus

Imagine you could find all the photos taken at your event…well now you can, says Gaggletag founder Gideon Summerfield. (originally published in CMW sister title EN) It’s a question many event organisers have pondered: how can I make full use of the hundreds, or even thousands, of people using social media at my event? Gideon Summerfield (pictured left), co-founder of image tracking tech comp...