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Exhibition News April 2014
April 2014

Silverstone took the wrappers off its £27m wing last year as part of aggressive plans to transform the motoring venue into a multipurpose events destination. EN takes a look under the hood.

Exhibition venues can cater to many needs, but one whim they can’t control is their ‘cool’ factor. While facilities and location certainly contribute to a venue’s prestige, arguably it’s the content and features within these functional spaces that give them their visitor appeal. 

David Moran is not one for making detailed plans but he definitely has an eye for an opportunity. EN caught up with Ocean’s returning chief to ask him what it will take to restore the group to its former glory.

Ocean Media Group’s new owner and chief David Moran is confident he can turn the exhibition and publishing group’s fortunes around after buying the business back from AAC Capital Partners in a private equity deal.

With economists mooting a second recession this year, UFI’s 8th Global Exhibition Barometer survey indicates the UK and Europe are looking at emigration and non-core activities to grow their portfolios.

In June 2011, global exhibition organiser association UFI asked its membership when they expected the end of the current economic crisis. Optimistically perhaps, 63 per cent suggested 2012, with 15 per cent claiming 2013 and nine per cent opting for 2014.

Nadia Cameron takes a look at the perception of virtual events today and how several organisers are striving to make this new events platform work for their businesses.

According to that wealth of subjective encyclopaedic knowledge, Wikipedia, the term ‘virtual trade show’ was first aired publicly in 1993 during a presentation by Visual Data Corporation’s Alan Saperstein and Randy Selman on their ‘ConventionView’ offering in New York. The product was based on recorded videos of trade show booths attached to HTML-based floor maps.

Olympia is marking its 125th year with a new-look West Hall, an overhaul of Olympia 2 and a year-long celebration programme. EN takes a look at the changing face of this well-known venue and its future.

Olympia’s West Hall was never meant to last. Built as a temporary structure 77 years ago, the space offered organisers of large-scale exhibitions the chance to get in a few more stands.

Media 10 MD Lee Newton is a man without a plan but with a clear mission. He talks to EN about the company’s foundations, making the brand king and the Ideal Home Show’s international potential.

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