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Reed Exhibitions has acquired Imbibe Media Limited, the organisation behind Imbibe Live, the Imbibe media platforms and the annual Sommelier Wine Awards.

“Imbibe Live, together with its media platforms, has established itself as the UK’s leading event and voice for the on-trade with an unparalleled reputation for delivering quality and innovation to the £10.6 billion on-trade industry,” Richard Mortimore, CEO, Reed Exhibitions U.K., said

During its annual meeting and exhibitions, Expo! Expo!, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events unveiled launch of its newest initiative, the IAEE Certified Exhibition Program, a certified exhibition designation that they say will set the “Gold Standard” for exhibitions and events, as well as establish a broad set of best practices that all events with exhibitions should adhere to.

“IAEE members who earn and display the Certified Exhibition symbol are telling their customers, exhibitors, members and the general public that they produce a quality exhibition that meets IAEE’s best practice standards,” said Certified Event Task Force Chairperson Randy Bauler, CEM.

He added, “We look forward to the time when most of the shows produced by IAEE members meet the standards and proudly display the Certified Exhibition emblem.”

This member-driven initiative will only certify an exhibition’s compliance with minimum standards of conduct and performance.

Today, 2016 IAEE Chairperson Julie Smith, CEM, CTA passed the baton to 2017 IAEE Chairperson Ryan Strowger, CEM at the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation, held during Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim. 

“I am honored to serve as the 2017 Chairperson and continue the incredible work of my fellow IAEE members,” Strowger said.

He added, “I plan to focus on IAEE chapter involvement, as I see local involvement as the foundation upon which many great associations successfully build. And, of course, continue the great strides IAEE has made in industry advocacy.”

As senior vice president of exhibitions, conferences and sales for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Strowger is responsible for overseeing IAAPA’s portfolio of global events in the amusement park and attractions industry, including three annual exhibitions: Asian Attractions Expo; Euro Attractions Show, and IAAPA Attractions Expo.

Previously, as director of business development for the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), Strowger was responsible for International CES revenue and exhibit space growth.

U.K.-based Tarsus Group made its second recent major acquisition by scooping up 80 percent of the issued share capital of Connect Meetings, a market-leading U.S. business travel and meetings event organizer headquartered in Atlanta.

Connect Meetings is a provider of trade shows that serve the business travel and meetings sector through a combination of national, regional and vertically focused events that are supplemented by an integrated media offering and additional marketing solutions.“Connect Meetings is a strong brand, led by an entrepreneurial team with a track record of delivering exceptional growth,” said Tarsus Group Managing Director Douglas Emslie.

By Kai Hattendorf, UFI managing director/CEO

Predicting the future is basically impossible. But estimated guesses are possible, even in times as these. So, as in previous years, we have held many conversations on showfloors, at conferences, and at numerous events all around the world to identify the core themes that the UFI team feels will impact the global exhibition industry in 2017. So today, let me share with you “UFI’s 5 trends to watch in 2017”:

1. Growing uncertainties

In recent months, we have seen a U.K. vote on Brexit, a failed coup in Turkey, growing tensions between Russia and the West, and a U.S. presidential election that shows a deeply divided country. All of these amount to a growing level of uncertainty around politics and business. Are trade agreements to be scrapped? Will travel to vital markets remain easy (and safe)? How will markets adapt to changing currency levels? There are numerous questions being addressed in corporate boardrooms all around the world. And they will impact how companies choose to participate in exhibitions in a more protectionist environment. How this will play out exactly for our industry is impossible to see, however, let’s not forget that, especially in difficult times, exhibitions are used by whole industries to meet and to take stock themselves.