Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Jochen Witt and Hakan Gershagen join ExpoPromoter Advisory Board

LONDON –Today Hennadiy Netyaha, CEO of EXPOPROMO GROUP LTD, announced the completion of the company’s Advisory Board with two new members– Jochen Witt and Hakan Gershagen. The new members will provide assistance to the company with respect to strategic questions covering its entire range of business activities.
Hennadiy Netyaha: "We are proud to have gained the participation of such experienced and well-known personalities in the trade fair and event industry on our advisory board. This is an important step towards the professional and successful growth of ExpoPromoter. We view the ongoing assistance and advice provided by the advisory board as a solid foundation for our company’s sustainability."


Jochen Witt, President & CEO JWC, Cologne, Germany
Jochen is President and CEO of jwc GmbH, a management consulting firmfor the trade fair industry. jwc provides consulting services in the areas of Strategy and Business Development, Pricing of Trade Fair Services, Mergers and Acquisitions, Planning and Construction of Venues, as well as Business Intelligence. In general, jwc clients are based in Europe, Asia, USA, the Middle East and Africa.
Prior to his current position, Jochen held the position of President and CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH from 1998 to April 2007. Jochen served as Chairman of the European Chapter of UFI from 1999 to 2005 and UFI President from October 2006 to October 2007.
Jochen is a much sought after speaker and writer in the trade fair and related industries. He holds degrees in law and international taxation.

Hakan Gershagen, Board member of a number of leading companies in the exhibition industry
Hakan Gershagen has 40 years of experience in the exhibition industry and is a well-known personality on the international scene amongst exhibition organisers, venue managers, conference organizers and service providers to the events sector.
His experience began as a young entrepreneur creating a few start-ups that were later sold off to larger companies and developed until he served as a member of the European management board of Reed Exhibitions in the early 1990s.
Since 2004, he has served on the board of a number of privately owned companies in the industry, such as Mack Brooks, easyFairs, Artexis, and Management Events, among others. He has been an advisor to private equity firms investing in the events industry, such as VVS, Veronis Suhler Stevenson, the owners of Advanstar and Clarion Events, where he served on the board.
His professional background includes organizing international exhibitions for B2C and B2B events, venue development and management, organizing conferences and stand-building companies, with his experience ranging from playing an executive role in a small company to holding board member positions in large corporations. He often acts as a moderator and speaker in relation to the exhibition industry, conferences and events.

The advisory board's mission is to advise the management of the EXPOPROMO GROUP with respect to all its strategic decisions," explains Jochen Witt. "In our view, ExpoPromoter's strong international presence on the market for online solutions for theevent industry isveryforward-looking.I look forward to and am very excited at the prospect of helping ExpoPromotor gain even more momentum for the innovative services it offers in terms of attracting national and international visitors.”
About ExpoPromo Group Ltd. / ExpoPromoter
ExpoPromoter is an affiliate marketing network for the business event industry. Launched in 2007, it has grown into the leading event industry Internet resource. It offers online services for two target segments: event organizers and b2b websites.
Any organizer can easily and quickly post information about their events (exhibitions, conferences, seminars, etc.) in the ExpoPromoter global listings, as well as attracting visitors by choosing pay-per-result models. Any website owner can join the affiliate network in order to gain new clients and generate extra income.
-       Event listings automatically update on 1000+ partner websites
-       Over 8,000 organizers worldwide use the ExpoPromoter network
-       Traffic from the ExpoPromoter affiliate network has reached 900,000 unique visitors, with over two million unique page views (monthly)
-       ExpoPromoter is a member of UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry), IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions and Events), and IFES (International Federation of Exhibition and Event services)



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Monday, 6 August 2012

IAEE Picks DuBois as its New President

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events hired David DuBois as its new president, replacing Steven Hacker, who will step down on September 30 after 21 years with the organization.
DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, currently serves as the president and CEO of the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has extensive events industry experience, having served previously in executive leadership roles with Sheraton Hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Professional Convention Management Association, and Meeting Professionals International. In addition, he has served the industry in many volunteer leadership roles and is recognized as a leading and respected advocate for the events industry.
Dubois will start on October 4, 2012. “It is an honor and a pleasure to have been selected to become the new staff leader of IAEE,” said DuBois. “I enthusiastically look forward to working closely with the staff and volunteer leaders of IAEE as we continue to promote the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together.”
DuBois was the unanimous choice of the search committee and board of directors. “IAEE is fortunate to have enjoyed a lengthy CEO transition period, which permitted us to engage in a very comprehensive national search for our next chief staff executive and ensure a seamless leadership transition,” said Doreen Biela, chairwoman of IAEE’s board of directors. “We are confident that David will provide us with the same kind of creative, enthusiastic, and effective leadership that we have enjoyed for so long.”
Hacker called the selection of DuBois a “brilliant choice. I have known and admired David for almost two decades, and we have worked closely together on many successful projects. I am excited to know that the IAEE staff will be led by a polished professional who knows our industry and is committed to its future.
Source: MeetingsNet

Monday, 7 May 2012

UFI Announces 2012 ICT and Operations Award Winners

The winners have been announced for the 2012 UFI ICT and operations awards.
Spanish venue Fira de Barcelona took the top honour in the UFI operations competition while Germany’s Messe Frankfurt won in the UFI ICT competition.

UFI presents the awards in recognition of outstanding ICT, marketing and operations initiatives successfully implemented by exhibition professionals in the global exhibition community.

The event, which took place in Utrecht, Holland on 26 and 27 April, selected the winners after presentations by three finalists in each award category, addressing: ‘Service Quality Management in Exhibition Operations’ and ‘What new services did your mobile app provide for your exhibition customers?’

The winner of the ICT award was selected from entries displaying programmes designed to present mobile applications with proven results in the exhibition sector. Messe Frankfurt’s winning Smartphone App brings together on- and off-line media in one media package. Already implemented in 15 Messe Frankfurt events, the app guides the user through  practical information including floor plans and exhibitor search, to social media community building and location based services.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Rimini Wellness 2012: Professional Buyers Wanted

After a successful 2-year cooperation Rimini Fiera SpA once again entitled ExpoPromoter to gather professional buyers delegation to the 7th International Rimini Wellness event, the annual meeting of the Fitness, Well-being and Sport professionals, which will be held on 10th – 13th May 2012.

An appointment that is now an eagerly awaited ´must´ on the calendar, for the sector´s companies, professionals and trade members and the constantly increasing number of buffs taking part in the event. The great success that the expo achieves every year (over 200,000 visitors and 400 exhibiting companies in 2011) increases expectations for a new edition full of new products and features.

Rimini Fiera SpA provides the professional buyers from the UK, Norway and the CIS countries with all the necessary facilities to fulfill their business interests:
  • FREE hotel accommodation for 3 nights*;
  • FREE admission ticket;
  • FREE catalogue;
  • FREE interpreter for business meetings.
Please register in advance since available number of Hosted Buyer offers is always limited! Fill in the application form and we will contact you. 

Be in trend – visit the key wellness event of the year.
*for the 1 representative of company

Thursday, 22 March 2012

African opportunities explored at jointly-organized Cape Town Seminar

Paris, 21 March 2012: The UFI Open Seminar in the Middle East/Africa and Expo Summit Africa, organized by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, in collaboration with Manch Communications, was held in Cape Town from 15 – 17 March. Hosted by the Cape Town International Convention Centre and moderated by the CTICC CEO Rashid Toefy, the event attracted more than 70 participants from the 18 countries in 4 continents who came from as far afield as China, UK, USA and Thailand. It was a ‘not-to-be-missed’ chance to have a closer look at the African market and in particular the “Reality, Potential, Access and Needs” as its theme proposed.

“We are particularly glad that UFI could successfully stage its first event in Sub-Saharan Africa and create this networking and knowledge platform for its members and the industry professionals at large in such a successful event. This was possible only with the involvement and support of our partner in this event Manch Communications, and our host CTICC” commented Ibrahim Alkhaldi, UFI Middle East Africa Regional Manager.

The CEO of CTICC, Rashid Toefy, was very happy to host the 2012 Seminar “it has been an immense pleasure for me to host this UFI Seminar/Expo Summit here in Cape Town, and to be able to share with the international exhibition industry the potential of this massive market”. He shared his plans to double the exhibition facilities within the next few years, a clear sign that business is booming in Cape Town.

Speakers at the event included Craig Newman of the Johannesburg Expo Centre who gave a clear illustration to understanding business in Africa during the UFI Middle East Africa Chapter meeting which preceded the Open Seminar. JWC Cologne’s Dr. Gerd Weber focused on the industry’s concern for infrastructure and the need to improve current exhibition facilities in many countries in the region. Sylvie Fourn of Reed Exhibitions France and Douglas Emslie, the CEO of Tarsus plc both provided interesting case studies on their experience of working in Africa and ‘geo-cloning’ some of their key brands in the region.

Essam El Haddad, Chairman of the Arabian Development Group in Egypt, gave a very frank account of the ‘Arab Spring’, with a detailed study of the implications on the economy in general and the exhibition industry in particular. Thorsten Kolbinger of Ungerboeck in Germany and Corbin Ball from the USA rounded off the event with a look at new technologies for the exhibition industry.

UFI is the global association of the world’s leading tradeshow organizers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry.
UFI represents over 560 member organizations in 84 countries around the world. Almost 900 international trade fairs proudly bear the UFI approved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike. UFI members continue to provide the international business community with a unique marketing media aimed at developing outstanding face-to-face business opportunities.

Official release

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Rapid Growth: E-Ticketing Service in CIS Countries – 50,000 sold in 6 months

Over 50,000 tickets for 600+ events were sold via e-ticketing service TicketForEvent in only 6 months after the service launch in September 2011. Ticket sales for b2b events (trade shows, conferences, seminars and trainings) as well as corporate and sports events were handled.
TicketForEvent is developed by ExpoPromo Group Ltd. – the company providing web-services for event organisers. One of the most well-known of them is the ExpoPromoter affiliate network. ExpoPromo Group Ltd. established regional brand in the online ticketing business in the CIS countries (Russia, Ukraine etc.) and East Europe, and thus approved itself as one of the market leaders in the b2b events industry. The service is integrated into the largest national (and international) online event calendars, thus achieving access to one of the largest event-related consumer database in the region.
In addition to international online payment methods this fully integrated web-based ticketing system covers all online payment methods available in the CIS countries. With TicketForEvent event attendees can book individual seats online and get the facility for tickets to be printed at home.
Leaders of the regional event market have highly appreciated all the benefits provided by the service. Among them are Intercharm, professional event (Reed Exhibitions), KIFF (KICF), IDCEE (TA Venture), Brian Tracy business seminar (WTC), WTCA General Assembly 2012. Sustainable development of TicketForEvent is also achieved due to customer-centered approach of the two local offices teams in Kyiv and Moscow.
Organisers of events with the world-famous brands, which were or will be held the CIS have already integrated the TicketForEvent widget to provide attendees with the widest range of regional payment methods. For example: TEDx, VMware events, Cannes Lions etc.
For event organisers the service fully automizes the attendees registration and ticket sales process and guarantees controllable visitors check-in at the venue with the help of free entry management software. Design of ticket sale widget and e-ticket are easily customized with the feature-rich tool. And statistics control panel provides the best possibility to analyze visitor data and estimate the effectiveness of the event. In addition to all above mentioned features, by implementing the TicketForEvent event organiser gets possibility to create a mini-affiliate network and conduct automatic ticket sales through the ExpoPromoter network (900+ b2b websites).
The service will continue to ticket international and regional events, offering a compelling alternative to the traditional manual ticket operations of the region. The TicketForEvent service is expected to be set up on 2,000 event websites and to sell 300,000 e-tickets by the end of the year. Thus, the ExpoPromo Group`s e-ticketing service will cover 50% of b2b events market in the CIS.

Company information.
ExpoPromoGroup Ltd. – international company, offering a complex of online services for the world events industry: ExpoPromoter  a system of b2b events information and e-tickets distribution on the Internet; TicketForEvent – online registration and e-ticketing service, HotelsForEvent – online hotel price comparison and booking system for event websites.

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