UBM acquires Shanghai International Franchise Exhibition

Shanghai, 14th June: Last week, UBM Sinoexpo, subsidiary of UBM plc, announced that the company acquired 70% interest in the Shanghai International Franchise Exhibition (SFE). No financial details of the acquisition were disclosed.


Organised by Shanghai Exhibition-Conference Limited (SEC), SFE was launched in 2005. It is held twice a year – a spring and an autumn edition. The exhibition is reportedly one of the largest franchising events in China. Exhibitors are mainly from the food, beverage and retail sectors. At the spring 2018 edition, the exhibition attracted 221 exhibitors with over 450 brands and more than 50,000 visitors.

Informa completes acquisition of UBM plc

London, 18th June: On 18th June, Informa plc, a London-listed media group with interests in international exhibitions, events, business intelligence and academic publishing group, announced that the company completed the deal to acquire UBM plc.


Today, Informa employs more than 11,000 people worldwide. The company owns and operates more than 500 exhibitions brands covering 15 industries. Informa also owns a complementary portfolio of confex/conference brands, a range of specialist information and market intelligence brands and maintains strong capabilities in B2B consulting and marketing services.

Alibaba opens office in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 18th June: Earlier this week, China’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, officially opened its first national office in Malaysia. Located in Kuala Lumpur, according to the company, the new national office will deepen the Alibaba Group’s strategic cooperation with Malaysia. The new office will serve as a ‘one-stop solution centre’ for local businesses, and help Malaysian businesses identify global cross-border trade opportunities, as well as to support the country’s technology innovation through cloud computing services.


During the opening ceremony, Alibaba announced the launch of a new campaign, “Malaysia Week”, which will run from 6th to 12th July 2018. The new campaign is an online initiative designed to promote Malaysian products to Chinese consumers.

Clarion partners with association for energy events

Worldwide, 14th June: Last week, Clarion, one of the world’s leading event organisers, announced a new strategic global partnership with VDE Association, a leading technical association based in Germany. The two organisations will come together to organise energy events.


Under the terms of the partnership, Clarion and VDE will work together to organise a series of Utility Week events in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe. A key focus of the cooperation is to support small- and medium-sized utilities and new start-up companies. The event will feature mentorship opportunities, matchmaking platforms in addition to the core content.

FIBO CHINA moves to new venue

Shanghai, 6th June: FIBO China, a fitness event based in Shanghai, will be held in a new location. The next edition of FIBO China will be held at the National Exhibition & Convention Center (NECC) running from 16th to 18th August 2018.


Occupying an exhibition area of 40,000 m2, FIBO China is expected to feature 350 exhibitors and more than 25,000 visitors. Jointly organised by Reed Exhibitions and Reed Sinopharm Exhibitions, the event will showcase products such as multifunctional sports flooring, access control systems, energy saving solutions, shower systems and air purification systems.

Travel Trade Market agrees to cooperate with COTRI

Chengdu, 13th June: Travel Trade Market (TTM), a travel show, has entered into a cooperation agreement with the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI), a leading independent research institute. COTRI offers consulting and research services focused on the Chinese outbound tourism market.


Organised by Europe Asia Global Link Exhibitions (EAGLE), a joint venture between Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) and VNU Exhibitions Asia, TTM will be held from 5th to 7th September 2018 at Western China International Expo City in Chengdu. Under the terms of the agreement, COTRI will organise events during TTM with the aim of promoting European destinations to second tier cities in China.