Busan to host technology congress in 2026

Busan, 15th October: The board of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congress has announced that the 23rd edition of its congress will be held in Busan, Korea from 20th to 25th August 2026.


The congress is expected to draw 3,500 delegates to Busan. The bid was supported by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), Busan Tourism Organization (BTO), and the Control Robot Systems Society, South Korea’s member in the IFAC.


ITB Asia attracts record number of exhibitors

Singapore, 16th October: One of the leading travel trade shows in Asia, ITB Asia, was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. A new record of more than 1,300 exhibitors from around the world participated in this year’s show.


Now in its 20th year, ITB Asia 2019 was held from 16th to 18th October and for the first time, expanded to occupy two floors at the venue. First time attendees included national tourism organisations from Armenia, Czech Republic, Malta, Russia and the Balkan States – Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, and regional tourism organisations from Busan, Frankfurt, and Los Angeles.

Melbourne Convention Bureau posts record results

Melbourne, 10th October: This week, the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) released a report outlining strong results for the financial year 2018-19. According to MCB, 229 events were secured in the financial year, generating an economic impact of $507 million (US$356 million), bringing over 136,000 visitors to the state and generating over 226,000 room nights along with A$45 million (US$32 million) in direct revenues for the accommodation sector.


Conferences in the health and medical sectors grew 38% in the year. Corporate meetings and incentive business also reportedly performed strongly. MCB secured 132 new events, delivering an estimated A$64 million (US$45 million) in economic impact and welcoming over 16,000 new visitors to the state of Victoria.

Global Sources Consumer Electronics opens with 4,000+ booths

Hong Kong, 11th October: This week, Hong Kong-based Global Sources opened its Global Sources Consumer Electronics Show at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) on 11th October featuring more than 4,000 booths offering electronic products and services.


Running until 14th October, key categories at this edition included home, outdoor and automotive electronics, gaming products, smart living electronics, components, commercial electronics as well as computer products and accessories.

HKTDC’s Electronics Fair features 3,800 exhibitors

Hong Kong, 13th October: The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) opened the Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and electronicAsia earlier this week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The co-located shows ran from 13th to 16th October drawing more than 67,000 buyers from 141 countries and regions.


In its 39th edition, the Electronics Fair featured approximately 3,800 exhibitors. More than 50,000 buyers attended the Electronics Fair. Jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia, the 23rd edition of electronicAsia featured 570 exhibitors. Over 17,000 visitors attended electronicAsia.

170,000+ visitors at Furniture China 2019

Shanghai, 15th October: Organised by the Shanghai Sinoexpo Informa Markets International Exhibition Company, the 25th edition of Furniture China – the China International Furniture Expo attracted over 170,000 attendees from 160 countries and regions.


Among the attendees, a total of more than 21,000 were from overseas. The four-day show ran from 9th to 12th September at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) covering an area of 350,000 m2 and featured 3,500 exhibitors.

HKTDC to open electronics & lighting fairs

Hong Kong, 3rd October: Despite the ongoing protests, Hong Kong’s autumn peak trade show season is now well underway. The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will open four trade shows later this month, including Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition), electronicAsia, Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Autumn Edition) and Hong Kong International Outdoor and Tech Light Expo.

Positioned as the world’s largest electronics marketplace, the concurrent Electronics Fair and electronicAsia will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) running from 13th to 16th October. About 4,300 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions are expected to showcase their products at the concurrent shows. The Electronics Fair is organised by the HKTDC, while electronicAsia is jointly organised by the HKTDC and MMI Asia Pte Limited.

The Lighting Fair will run from 27th to 30th October, also at HKCEC, while the Outdoor and Tech Light Expo will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) from 29th October to 1st November. The two fairs will present some 3,100 exhibitors.

Interfilière Shanghai concludes with record visitor numbers

Shanghai, 9th October: Comexposium’s Eurovet Asia concluded the 15th edition of its event, Interfilière Shanghai last month posting record attendance numbers.

Running from 26th to 27th September at the Shanghai Exhibition Center, the two-day trade fair showcased 150 exhibitors from 15 countries and regions presenting products including fibres, fabrics, lace, accessories, embroidery, OEM & ODM, machinery as well as textile designers, trend agencies and certification institutions. The organiser stated that the event recorded a 15% increase in the number of visitors. The top 12 countries and regions for trade visitors at the event were China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S., Russia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Poland and India.

Informa Markets holds successful beautyexpo Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 4th October: International exhibition organiser, Informa Markets, opened its beautyexpo in Malaysia running from 4th to 7th October at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The show featured six dedicated zones: Beauty Salon, Hair Salon, Make-up & Education, Nail Salon, OEM/ODM, and Halal Beauty. The organiser expects the show to attracted nearly 16,000 visitors.

400 exhibitors at Cloud Expo in Singapore

Singapore, 8th October: The 7th edition of Cloud Expo Asia was held on 9th and 10th October at Marina Bay Sands and it showcased some 400 global exhibitors.

The organiser, CloserStill Media, expected the event to draw some 18,000 senior decision-makers from across the Asia Pacific region. Exhibitors offered products and services covering cloud computing, cyber security, big data, data centres, e-commerce and digital marketing.

Messe Frankfurt to launch Interpets Aichi in 2020

Aichi, 26th September: International exhibition organiser, Messe Frankfurt, will launch a new pet fair in Aichi, Japan. The show, Interpets Aichi, will be held at the recently opened venue, Aichi Sky Expo from 21st to 22nd November 2020.

The new show is a sister event of Interpets Asia Pacific which is held in Tokyo and showcases pet-related products and covering the housing, interior design, fashion, IT, automobiles, tourism and leisure pet segments. According to the organiser, products will be presented in specific zones including food, fashion & accessories, living, interior & pet products, outdoor & leisure and beauty, health-care & nursing-care.

Inaugural Travel Tech Asia comes to Singapore next year

Singapore, 10th October: Messe Berlin (Singapore) announced plans to launch Travel Tech Asia in 2020. The event will be co-located with ITB Asia 2020 and MICE Show Asia 2020 all held under ITB Asia’s umbrella of events.

The conference will take place from 21st to 23rd October 2020 at the Sands Expo & Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands targeting key visitors such as senior managers involved in distribution, sales and marketing, e-commerce and IT from segments including hotels, travel agencies, airlines, tours and leisure activities.

The exhibition will feature AI, booking systems, reservations and metasearch services, hotel technology, virtual reality and augmented reality, voice and biometric solutions, mobile marketing, revenue management and optimisation solutions, etc. The event also features an industry conference.

NOVA Group records 127% jump in revenues

Hong Kong, 27th September: Last week, Hong Kong-based exhibition and event organiser, NOVA Group (formerly known as Mega Expo), announced its financial results for the year ended 30th June 2019. The company reported total revenues of US$74 million, representing an increase of 127% over the previous year. The company posted a net profit of US$14 million, representing a year-on-year increase of 18%.

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450+ brands at Medtec China 2019

Shanghai, 26th September: London-based Informa Markets opened its Medtec China 2019 on 25th September bringing more than 450 brands to the show, which was held at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. In its 15th edition, Medtec China 2019 ran until 27th September. It attracted more than 25,000 professional visitors will attend the three-day show.

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AEG Facilities and SMG officially combine to create ASM Global

Los Angeles & West Conshohocken, 1st October: AEG Facilities, LLC, the venue management affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc., and SMG, a portfolio company of Onex, formally completed the combination of their businesses. The two organisations will create a new, standalone global facility management and venue services company, ASM Global.

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