Monday, 13 February 2012

Exhibition News Awards 2012 Company Finalists Revealed

After lengthy deliberation Exhibition News, the UK magazine owned-by Exhibition World publisher Mash Media, is pleased to announce the company finalists for our 2012 Awards.

This year, Mash Media presents 10 company-based awards covering organisers, venues and suppliers including our new category, Best International Launch. Competition across all of these categories was incredibly fierce and reflected the diversity of events and significant related achievements, within event industry. Those listed here as finalists should be proud of being shortlisted, as there are many who have not reached this stage.

Given the high calibre of our many Best Trade Show entries, we have also made the decision to list nine finalists for this award. There are up to six finalists for all remaining categories.

We will announce the finalists in our 10 people awards on Friday 10 February, so stay tuned for those details. The Exhibition News team would also like to send a special thanks to all those who entered for their efforts and for taking the time to compile such comprehensive, thoughtful nominations.

The Exhibition News Awards 2012 will be held at Olympia’s new-look West Hall in London, UK, on Thursday 29 March. Ensure your place at this must-attend industry event by booking your table or tickets now using our online booking system, or by phoning our events team on: 0208 971 8265.

Company Finalists 2012

Best International Launch
•    Aidex – Centaur Exhibitions
•    Grand Designs Live Australia – Diversified Exhibitions Australia
•    IMEX America – Regent Exhibitions
•    IFSEC Arabia and OSH Expo Arabia – UBM Plc
•    IFSEC West Africa – UBM Montgomery
•    Occupational Safety andHealth Expo Africa – UBM Montgomery
Best International Venue
•    ADNEC – UAE
•    Amsterdam RAI – The Netherlands
•    Cape Town International Convention Centre – South Africa
•    EuroExpo Lyon – France
•    Riocentro – Brazil
•    Singapore Expo – Singapore
Best Launch Show
•    Edible Garden Show – Channell Events
•    Home – Clarion Events
•    Commissioning – CloserStill Media
•    Ideal Home Show at Christmas – Media 10
•    The Renewables Roadshow –Renewables Roadshow Limited
•    The London Bike Show – VOS Media
Best Consumer Show
•    Taste of Christmas – Brand Events
•    Taste of London – Brand Events
•    National Home Improvement Show – Centaur Exhibitions
•    Ideal Home Show – Media 10
•    50+ Show – Pro Publications
•    BBC Good Food Show Summer and BBC Gardeners’ World – BBC Haymarket
Best Trade Show
•    Marketing Week Live – Centaur Exhibitions
•    DSEi – Clarion Events
•    London Vet Show – CloserStill Media
•    The Pharmacy Show – CloserStill Media
•    Lunch! – Diversified Business Communications
•    The Energy Event – Emap Connect
•    IFE – Fresh Montgomery
•    World Travel Market – ReedExhibitions
•    International Firex – UBM
Best Employer
•    Aztec Event Services
•    Business Design Centre
•    Excel London
•    Media 10
•    Melville Exhibition and Event Services
•    The NEC
Best Venue
•    Business Design Centre
•    Earls Court
•    Excel London
•    Olympia
•    Ricoh Arena
•    The NEC
Best Supplier to Exhibitors
•    Access Displays
•    CEVA
•    DB Systems
•    Melville Exhibition and Event Services
•    Smart AV
•    Total Displays
Best Supplier to Organisers
•    Agility Fairs
•    Aztec Event Services
•    CEVA
•    Melville Exhibition and Event Services
•    Solutions 2
•    Thorns Group
Sustainability Award
•    Earls Court and Olympia
•    Excel London
•    Melville Exhibition and Event Services
•    Smart AV
•    The NEC
•    UBM Live

Source: Exhibition World

Thursday, 9 February 2012

One-Touch Social Media Sharing for B2B Events - RFID and LinkedIn

The LinkedIn LikeStation
Excelerated Apps announced the world’s first successful implementation of one-touch social sharing on LinkedIn, powered by UpD8r RFID technology.

The UK & Ireland SAP User Group is an independent organisation set up to serve the needs of all SAP and Business Objects users, providing members with a forum to share knowledge, best practice and expertise with industry peers.

The User Group conference in November 2011 saw the successful implementation of UpD8r for Events, allowing registered delegates to share updates from the conference with all of their LinkedIn contacts.

Simply by touching their RFID-enabled lanyards at any one of the ‘LikeStations’ located around the event, delegates were able to share activities they were involved in, presentations they had seen, or even the networking events they were enjoying!

By using the UpD8r solution, the SAP User Group were able to extend the reach of their event beyond the 400 delegates present, to over 32,000 LinkedIn users – each a potential new member of their organisation, or exhibitor at their conference.

“The UpD8r solution brought a new dimension to our event and was very well received by delegates and exhibitors alike. The post-event analysis was excellent and delegate feedback was very positive.” – UK & Ireland SAP User Group

The UpD8r for Events solution can also be used for lead capture, and plans are already underway for the 2012 Conference to use the solution on all exhibitor stands to track interest in products and services, as well as to enable social sharing of content throughout the event.


Zimbabwe to Build Convention Centre at Victoria Falls

AFRICA – The Zimbabwe Government is to construct a multi-million dollar convention centre at Victoria Falls.

The proposed centre is would be the venue for the United National World Tourism Organisation General Assembly jointly hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia in 2013.

A 1,000 hectare piece of land has been proposed six kilometres south of the iconic tourist attraction and natural wonder, Victoria Falls.

The Zimbabwe Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Walter Mzembi said his government was in a process of holding Environmental Impact Assessment stakeholder consultations in accordance with the provisions the Environmental Management Act.

The Minister said the exact details of the centre would be revealed after the stakeholder consultation were held, but initial plans show the project will have a seating capacity of 3-5,000 delegates with several committee rooms, a golf course, a five-star and a three-star hotel.

“We prefer to work quietly on the construction of the convention centre because we do not want to scare away investors,” he said.

In an interview with local Zimbabwean news agency, Chronicle, the Deputy Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Retired Colonel Christian Katsande, said the current capacity of hosting events of a biggermagnitude was limiting the town.

“It was high time for the convention centre and to make sure that we are really positioning Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe to host such big events,” he said.

Via Exhibition World