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Informa Markets Celebrates Global Exhibitions Day 2021

Today, we’re joining UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and our industry colleagues in celebrating the safe return of exhibitions and their role in accelerating economic recovery.


Press Releases

Informa Markets Fashion for Change Incubator Program Returns with New Participants Announced for PROJECT Las Vegas

New York, NY -- July 26, 2021  

 Informa Markets Fashion, leading industry connector and host to premier fashion trade events including, MAGIC, COTERIE, PROJECT, and SOURCING at MAGIC, announced today the selection of Informa Markets Fashion for Change (IMFC) Incubator Program participants in its upcoming PROJECT Las Vegas trade event. The IMFC initiative fosters allyship, inclusion, and equality within the fashion community through programs that support, nurture, and elevate minority-owned, women-owned, and LGBTQIA+-owned fashion brands across men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and footwear categories. The IMFC Incubator Program will highlight up-and-coming contemporary brands as the industry convenes in Las Vegas during Informa Markets Fashion’s twice annual market events.

Michael Duck to lead UFI as President in 2022-23

June 08, 2021

Paris – 8 June 2021: UFI’s Board of Directors has today elected Michael Duck as future President of UFI for the 2022-23 period.

This decision will become effective at the conclusion of the 88th UFI Global Congress, which runs from 3-6 November 2021, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Michael Duck is currently EVP Commercial Development for both Informa Markets and Informa Group. Informa Markets is the world’s largest exhibition organiser, and Michael Duck has been active in UFI for 25 years, serving in various functions within the association. More than 20 years ago, he was the founding Chairperson of UFI’s Asia-Pacific Chapter, and, following that, was the founding Chairperson of the Sustainability Committee. He has also spent many years as the association’s Treasurer, a mandate he will now pass on.

Exhibitions generate €493 ($551) billion in business sales each year, driving industries eager to recover and reconnect back to the show floor

May 06, 2021

Exhibitions, commonly referred to as trade shows or fairs, have a simple purpose – bringing industries together to build community and create supply chain opportunities. But the industry itself is not a simple one at all: with over €493 ($551) billion in business sales for attendees, exhibitions have an incredible impact on our global economy.
In addition, expenses of visitors and exhibitors generate a total impact of €299 ($334) billion for both the value chain of the exhibition industry (organisers, venues and service providers) and the tourism related activities (accommodation, food and travel).
In the wake of a pandemic that has left commercial sectors and regional economies on the brink of collapse, trade platforms offer an opportunity to rebuild supply chains that have remained relatively stagnant throughout the pandemic, bringing buyers and sellers together to network, do business, learn and innovate at a time when they need it most.

Informa Markets and Diversity Ally announce global partnership

April 14, 2021

Informa Markets, an exhibitions industry leader in creating platforms for global industries to connect and trade, has announced the latest step in its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. A new, global partnership with Diversity Ally, industry specialists in the diversity and inclusion space, supports Informa Markets’ continued focus on creating balanced, inclusive environments for colleagues and customers alike.


Trade show organisers and associations join forces to create safe, successful platforms for economic recovery and reconnection

April 08, 2021

As global economies look for opportunities to rebuild business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, exhibition organisers and associations from around the world are joining together to form a coalition dedicated to bringing critical live event platforms back to market, with safety at the foundation of the collaborators’ approach. As industries ranging from manufacturing to healthcare, aviation, agriculture, maritime and many others, look for opportunities to recover following devastating economic hardship, the exhibitions industry is dedicated to supporting commerce and connection by providing safe environments to network and do business.

Las Vegas and Informa Markets Prepare to Host Safe and Successful Citywide Events in Las Vegas, Beginning with World of Concrete in June

March 17, 2021

Informa Markets’ World of Concrete (WOC) will be the first large show to return to Las Vegas June 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). World of Concrete also represents the first large-scale trade show to return to the U.S. market since the pandemic brought in-person meetings to a halt. On the heels of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak increasing large gatherings capacity to 50 percent, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and Informa Markets, the destination’s largest trade show organizer, are partnering to bring meetings and conventions back to Las Vegas, igniting the start of a safe economic recovery for the many industries and communities their platforms serve.


Informa Markets Drives Economic Recovery with Safe and Successful Return to the Show Floor

March 04, 2021

 As industries and economies around the world look for opportunities to rebuild business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Informa Markets, a global organizer who creates platforms for a wide range of industries to trade, connect and grow, launched MAGIC Pop-Up Orlando from February 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center. The ‘Pop-Up’, a smaller scale regional version of their keystone fashion event which typically takes place twice-yearly in Las Vegas, Nevada was a comprehensive ‘one-stop-shop’ opportunity for various segments of the fashion industry, one of the many industries hit hard by the pandemic’s devastating economic impact, to discover new brands, safely network with like-minded retailers, and generate much-needed revenue. 

Informa Markets and Virtual Events Institute Announce Global Training Partnership

February 10, 2021

Informa Markets, which delivers over 450 international events and brands annually, is working in partnership with the Virtual Events Institute (VEI) to roll out the VEI certification training program across its global business. The program provides a platform for Informa Markets’ 4,000+ colleagues to develop their digital events skills and achieve professional certification in delivering expert, engaging and profitable digital event experiences.

Michael Duck Appointed Executive Vice President – Commercial Development, Informa Markets

January 18, 2021

Informa Markets is announcing the appointment of Michael Duck as Executive Vice President – Commercial Development across its global business.

Duck joined Informa Markets in 1994 and has worked in various leadership roles, focused on building up the company’s presence in the Asia region, especially in China and India, and expanding events into the Middle East and Africa. He founded and chaired the Asia, Middle East and Africa and Sustainability chapters for events industry body UFI, before spending 10 years overseeing the Cruise and Beauty verticals in the United States. Most recently, Duck has overseen Sinoexpo, and the Informa Markets Leather, Food, Building and Maritime products in Asia.


Miami Boat and Yacht Shows Join Forces to Create One of the Largest Boat Shows in the World

January 13, 2021

Informa Markets is embarking on an exciting journey to evolve and grow their boat show portfolio, announcing an agreement with the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association to operate the Miami International Boat Show and Tampa Boat Show as part of a long-term partnership with the NMMA to create seamless, connected experiences in two of the country’s top boating markets. While the Tampa Boat Show will continue to operate independently under Informa Market’s management, as will the rest of Informa’s shows outside of Miami-Dade County, this announcement results in a landmark partnership, creating the first joint production of South Florida’s preeminent winter boat shows—the Miami International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show, and Superyacht Miami—creating one of the largest boating and yachting shows in the world.

Informa Markets reshapes North America business in response to evolving market

October 29, 2020

Informa Markets today announced it is reshaping for success in 2021 and beyond by bringing together its North America-headquartered brands, which include industry leaders such as NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO, WORLD OF CONCRETE, SUPPLYSIDE WEST and MAGIC, under a single leadership team, led by Nancy Walsh, who has been promoted to the role of President of the expanded North America portfolio.


Informa Markets joins Superyacht Industry research project

July 01, 2020

Informa Markets is embarking on an exciting journey to evolve and grow their boat show portfolio, announcing an agreement with the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association to operate the Miami International Boat Show and Tampa Boat Show as part of a long-term partnership with the NMMA to create seamless, connected experiences in two of the country’s top boating markets. While the Tampa Boat Show will continue to operate independently under Informa Market’s management, as will the rest of Informa’s shows outside of Miami-Dade County, this announcement results in a landmark partnership, creating the first joint production of South Florida’s preeminent winter boat shows—the Miami International Boat Show, Miami Yacht Show, and Superyacht Miami—creating one of the largest boating and yachting shows in the world.


27 Informa Markets Events Recognised on 2019 TSNN Top U.S. Trade Show List

May 20, 2020

TSNN crowned it’s Top 250 shows for 2019, providing some welcome good news for Informa Markets who was named top tradeshow organiser of the year, with 27 shows on the list, far exceeding any other organiser.

Of the accomplishment, CEO Charlie McCurdy said “Leading this year’s TSNN Top Trade Shows list is a testament to the strength of the brands that make up Informa Markets. We’re incredibly proud of our teams.” 

He added, “They work so closely within the specialist markets they serve and organize truly market-defining live events and digital services, empowering communities throughout the year.  Having 28 events included in this year’s list is a meaningful accomplishment for us and shows the impact Informa Markets has in enabling those markets to thrive.”


Events industry leaders form group and launch study to collaborate on sustainable industry development

April 22, 2020

More than 20 leading organizations in the events industry have formed a collaborative group, called SEBIG or Sustainable Events: Big Initiative Group, to work together on major sustainability and environmental projects that have positive impacts and support the continued development of the events industry.

SEBIG is led by the world’s leading live event and brand experience company Freeman and leading exhibitions organizer Informa Markets, and involves representatives from major event organizers, venues and convention centers, leading trade associations and service providers to the industry.


Informa Markets Partners with Collibra for Data Intelligence

February 27, 2020

Collibra, the Data Intelligence company, today announced its partnership with Informa Markets, a company that helps more than 550 brands realise strategic value from their data and develop opportunities for business growth through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist content and actionable data solutions.Informa Markets has grown rapidly, and also through acquisition, meaning the company faced the challenge of disparate and disconnected information. With different names for metrics, tools and systems across the now combined organisation, Informa Markets needed a system to understand and define those variances in order to fully leverage the power of their data for their
customers.


Informa Markets Launches Las Vegas Office, Strengthening Their Position in the Las Vegas Market For the Future

January 27, 2020

Informa Markets has opened a full-service office in Las Vegas in a move to be more visible and engaged in the Las Vegas community, where many of the leading exhibitions organizers’ shows are held. The office will make Informa Markets the first global tradeshow company to have full service in Las Vegas, with plans to expand over the next year as they build an on-site team to help support Informa’s roughly 25 shows held annually in the city.   


Informa Markets reshapes North America business in response to evolving market

January 02, 2020

Informa Markets has today announced the appointment of Margaret Ma Connolly as President – Asia, Informa Markets, effective 1 January 2020. The Informa Markets business in Asia delivers over 300 exhibitions across China, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and South East Asia, which include FURNITURE CHINA, COSMOPROF ASIA and CPhI
CHINA.

Ma Connolly joined UBM in 2008, which combined with Informa in 2018, and successfully grew the business in China through strategic joint-venture partnerships and organic development. She was appointed CEO of Asia in July 2018, and has since grown the business, strengthened the partnerships, invested in training and development and brought to market additional services such as content programmes, digital, roadshows and research reports that connect communities in specialist markets all year round. Prior to joining UBM, Ma Connolly held senior management positions at TNT and Global Sources.

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