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Jul 11, 2011
After growing through the global recession in both 2008 and 2009, the trade fair industry in Asia expanded yet again in 2010, according to the recently released “The Trade Fair Industry in Asia” UFI/BSG report. Across the region, 15.5 million square meters were sold by organisers at 1,833 events. China leads the region by every measure including space sold. Approximately, 55 percent of the total was sold in China – 8.5 million square meters at more than 500 business-to-business exhibitions. This is particularly significant given that in 2005, space sold in all of… more
Jul 11, 2011
In its sixth year, United Business Media’s Renewable Energy Asia drew approximately 17,000 attendees June 1-4 to the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, according to UBM Asia (Thailand) officials The event was collocated with Entech Pollutec and Pumps and Valves Asia and is one of five events supported by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s “Better the Best” campaign. In addition, 150 global companies took part in the show and generated more than 10 billion baht in transactions. “The event was an enormous success and saw… more
Jul 11, 2011
Hong Kong-listed Pico Far East Holdings has announced interim results for the six months ended April 30. The company’s turnover was $180 million, a decrease of 4.5 percent, compared with the same period last year. Profits during the period were $10.6 million – essentially the same at the $10.5 million recorded in the same period last year. Dilute earnings per share during the period were HK$0.0677. Pico’s exhibitions and event marketing services business unit generated 81 percent of the company’s revenues ($146 million), representing a drop of 7.8 percent. The… more
Jul 11, 2011
One of the venues of the Taipei International Flora Exposition, the EXPO Dome, located in Yuanshan Park Area, has been turned into a convention and exhibition centre. There were no specifics reported in terms of size and layout of the venue. However, the first event held at EXPO Dome, the Taipei Food Festival World Championship of Cookery, reportedly occupied 10,006 sq. m. of exhibition space, with 104 booths and a total of 16,000 attendees. EXPO Dome is managed by the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the Taipei City government. IDB claims the venue’s event calendar is fully… more
Jul 11, 2011
Reed Exhibitions China’s inaugural Green Lighting Shanghai concluded with the attendance of just under 5,000 visitors. Exhibitors participating included those specializing in manufacturing environment friendly equipment, materials and applications in LED lighting technologies and products. The three-day trade show was held at Intex Shanghai May 11-13. Reed also reported this week the conclusion of NEPCON China (Shanghai), an electronics manufacturing trade show, with more than 14,000 visitors. Reed reports that space sold at the event was up 21 percent, compared with the previous… more
Jul 11, 2011
The development of two new MICE venues in Seoul reportedly is underway to better serve the Korean capital as the demand for more event space has exceeded the current supply. The Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Exhibition Centre has a planned opening date on April 5, 2013, and will be located in Seoul's leading fashion district. Similarly, the Seoul Station Convention Centre, or Korail Centre, also will open in 2015 with a 7,500 capacity convention centre and a 26,500 square meter exhibition hall. According to local MICE industry officials, the problem with a lack of space is not limited… more
Jul 11, 2011
U.S.-based business-to-buisness media and information company PennWell Corporation has entered a joint venture partnership with trade show organizer Shenzhen Dresche Exhibition & Planning Co. to organize the annual Asia SOLAREXPO convention and exhibition. The 7th edition of the solar event will take place from Dec. 3-5 at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Asia SOLAREXPO reported the attendance of 60,100 visitors in its 2010 edition. Under the reported terms of the joint venture, PennWell will act as the international organizer of Asia SOLAREXPO, with the opportunity to… more
Jul 11, 2011
Hong Kong-listed Sino Resources Group, formerly Kenfair International, has released its results for the year ended March 31. The company posted a turnover of $11 million, down 5.7 percent from 2010’s figure. Losses attributed to shareholders this year were greatly reduced from a loss of $108 million in 2010 to $4.4 million this year. All revenues were reported to have been generated from the company’s exhibitions business. In particular, more than 90 percent ($9.8 million) came from the Mega Show Part 1 and Part 2 held in October 2010 in Hong Kong. The remaining revenues ($828… more
Jun 20, 2011
UBM Asia’s INTERMACH, SUBCON Thailand and Sheet Metal Asia 2011 drew 33,016 attendees to this year’s show, a 20-percent increase, compared with the previous show. In addition, international attendance also saw a huge jump this year, with a 25-percent increase, compared with the previous show. All three collocated events, held May 19-21 at the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre, are now considered a “driving force behind dozens of new business partnerships, which are making a significant contribution to the booming Thai economy,” according to UBM… more
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

Partner Voices

As event professionals and destinations adjust, adapt and evolve in these uncharted waters, it is imperative that substantial resources be put in place for all of the people responsible for planning and executing trade shows, expositions and conventions. An example is Mohegan Sun, which built an industry-leading, COVID-19 Resource Center with a combination of pictures from recently held successful events (the property reopened on May 1, 2020) along with several widely available and informative documents, such as an evolving operational framework: