MITEC to host UBM shows in 2019

Malaysia, 16th October: This week, Malaysia’s newest exhibition centre, the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC), announced two collaborations – one with UBM Malaysia and one with Guangdong Tanzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center (GICEC).

UBM Malaysia will organise eight independent building and environment-related shows under a single show brand, ASEAN Super 8. These events will be held at MITEC beginning in 2019 and they will be held in conjunction with International Construction Week 2019.

Separately, MITEC and GICEC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) establishing an exclusive collaborative partnership, aiming to increase cooperation and foster greater ties between Malaysia and China. They will jointly promote and support each venue’s portfolio and also exchange business leads linked to trade and public shows.

4,300+ exhibitors at HKTDC’s electronics fairs

Hong Kong, 13th October: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) has concluded its 38th Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and the 22nd electronicAsia running from 13th to 16th October 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The two co-located trade fairs featured more than 4,300 exhibitors from 25 countries and regions.

Positioned as the world’s largest electronics marketplace, the Electronics Fair was organised by the HKTDC, while the electronicAsia was jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia. Nearly 87,000 buyers from 139 countries visited the four-day fairs. According to the HKTDC, buyer attendance increased from certain key markets including: Canada, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan, the U.K., Brazil, Mainland Chinese, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia. More than 63,500 buyers attended the Electronics Fair, while over 23,400 visitors attended electronicAsia.

Global Sources Electronics show opens in two phases

Hong Kong, 11th October: Global Sources opened its Global Sources Electronics show on 11th October at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) featuring more than 7,500 booths.

The event is held in two phases. The first phase, Consumer Electronics, ran from 11th to 14th October and it featured some 3,900 booths. The second phase is Mobile Electronics which, according to the organiser, has become the largest mobile electronics sourcing show in the world. Mobile Electronics runs from 18th to 21st October focusing on the latest mobile devices and accessories, speakers, headphones, AR/VR products and wearable devices.

IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific concludes in Bangkok

Bangkok, 11th October: The co-located 26th Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia (IT&CMA) and 21st Corporate Travel World (CTW) Asia-Pacific concluded last month, attracting over 3,000 delegates.

Running from 18th to 20th September at the Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld Bangkok, a total of 360 exhibiting organisations attended the three-day event. The Asian MICE Cruise Conference was also held for the first time and some 400 major cruise players and stakeholders in the region attended the conference.

UBM brings jewellery fair to Chennai

Chennai, 15th October: UBM India, a UBM plc subsidiary, will open the first edition of its Chennai Jewellery & Gem Fair (CJGF) on 20th October. The event will run until 22nd October at the Chennai Trade Centre.

The Chennai Jewellers Association will support the new fair. It is expected to attract more than 150 exhibitors. The fair will feature pavilions, an “Artisan Zone”, a designer gallery, a networking night as well as a three-day seminar.

New Exhibition Director at Reed’s IBTM World

Worldwide, 17th October: IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, has appointed David Thompson as the new Exhibition Director for IBTM World.

Thompson has worked for various companies in the industry producing some award-winning events over the past 14 years. According to Reed, Thompson will bring his experience with organising exhibitions and conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. to IBTM.

Malaysian associations form new business events council

Malaysia, 11th October: During the annual Business Events Forum in Malaysia on 10th October 2018, eight national industry associations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreeing to form the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) with the overall aim of synergising efforts to advance Malaysia’s competitiveness as a preferred business events destination.

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Singapore’s Branded Events acquired by Dentsu

Tokyo, 2nd October: London-based Dentsu Aegis Network Limited announced this week that the company has reached an agreement to acquire a 69% stake in Branded Ltd. Dentsu has an option of making it a wholly owned subsidiary in the future. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Branded, established in 2002, has offices in Hong Kong and Singapore, which is a leading producer of live media events in the Asia Pacific. The company organises events to connect businesses, brands, celebrities and fans. The team of media experts specializes in the conceptualization, programing, organisation, and production of dynamic conferences, live music festivals, educational academies and fans events. In 2017, the company generated revenues of HK$15.8 million (US$2 million).

IEG purchases organiser in Western China

Chengdu, 28th September: Last week, the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) signed an agreement with Chengdu ZhongLian Exhibition Company, the organiser of the Chengdu Environmental Protection Expo (CDEPE). Under the terms of the deal, IEG will acquire a 60% stake in CDEPE. The value of the deal was not announced.

Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will develop events focused on sectors including green technology and environmental protection services in Western China.

Messe Frankfurt enters into new strategic alliances in India

India, 26th September: The Indian subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Limited, has entered into a strategic alliance with the exhibition division, officially named Gifts & Accessories, of Netlink Solutions (India) Limited, organiser of Stationery & Write Show, Corporate Gifts Show and Houseware & Kitchenware Show.

The Stationery & Write Show is positioned as India’s largest exhibition serving the stationery and writing instruments market. Future editions of this event will be renamed the “Stationery & Write Show presented by Paperworld.” The Corporate Gifts Show will be held concurrently.

9,000+ booths at Global Sources’ autumn trade shows

Hong Kong, 27th September: Global Sources will host its 2018 autumn series of trade shows later in October at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) featuring more than 9,000 booths.

Global Sources’ flagship show, Global Sources Electronics, will be held in two phases, Consumer Electronics and Mobile Electronics. Consumer Electronics, running from 11th to 14th October, will feature 3,800 booths. The second phase, Mobile Electronics, showcasing 3,700 booths, will run from 18th to 21st October.

A new event, Global Sources Lifestyle, will be co-located with Global Sources Fashion running from 27th to 30th October. Global Sources Lifestyle will target buyers sourcing new and creative gifts, premiums and home products from China and across Asia. As usual, Global Sources Fashion will cover a wide range of fashion products including apparel, fashion jewellery, underwear and swimwear, bags and luggage, scarves, footwear and fabrics.

UBM to launch ProPak Philippines in 2019

Philippines, 3rd October: International exhibition organiser, UBM plc, will expand its ProPak portfolio to Philippines next year. ProPak Philippines will run from 24th to 26th January 2019 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila in Pasay City.

With ProPak Philippines, UBM will aim to bring leading visitors and exhibitors from the processing and packaging industries. It will also connect leading international and local suppliers to local and regional buyers in the Philippines. The organiser expects that more than 180 exhibitors will showcase their products and services at the new show – including international pavilions from China, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and the U.K. It is expected to attract over 6,000 trade industry visitors.

ITE releases trading update with revenues over US$220m

London, 3rd October: London-listed ITE Group plc, has published its trading update for the year ended 30th September 2018. Revenues for the financial year are expected to be £175 million (US$228 million).

According to the company, it continues to make progress on its “Transformation and Growth” (TAG) programme. As part of this programme and in an effort to re-align its events portfolio, ITE has sold 56 non-core Russian events and two Malaysian events.

In India, ITE expects growth in its largest, leading shows in 2020 primarily due to the completion of a new exhibition hall which is scheduled in April 2019. The new hall will be part of the existing Pragati Maidan venue in Delhi and it will add 100,000 m2 of exhibition space.