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Peter Blake has created the second in a series of commemorative artworks. Find out more at www.olympia.co.uk

Venues edge closer to expansionTwo venues looking to extend their event space have come one step closer to realising their ambitions. Tourism Ireland and Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre have jointly unveiled concept plans for a £20m extension to the venue. The new space will include 2,100sqm of clear span exhibition space, banqueting facilities for 750 people and five breakout rooms for up to 200. It will also double conferencing facilities. The project is expected to inject £39m into the Northern Ireland capital's annual economy, effectively doubling the value of events in the city. The project is due for completion in 2016. "We've already received significant interest and support for our plans from key stakeholders and will begin marketing the concept over the next 12 months," Belfast Waterfront Conference Centre communications manager Janice Crowe said. Across in Scotland, the Edinburgh International Convention Centre (EICC) the nec and excel claim show relocation successnews10 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukShows relocating or launching at The NEC have increased their footprint by a quarter on average, according to new figures from the venue. The announcement came as Excel revealed shows relocating to its halls were experiencing higher rebooking rates.Among recent launches at The NEC were the UK AD and Biogas Show by the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, which was established in 2010 and grew by 41 per cent in 2011 with net growth of 110 per cent. The NACFB Commercial Finance Expo also grew by 22 per cent in its second year. "We've been very focused on supporting new launch events and demonstrating to organisers of existing events why our venue can work for them," The NEC's business development manager Chris Hartley said. More than half the venue's wins year-on-year were a result of shows Foxglove cancels london bridal Week wedding show organiser Foxglove events has cancelled its first London Bridal week. The news comes a few months after the organiser postponed its second Modern Bride show, scheduled at excel last november. London Bridal week was due to launch at excel in May and showcase bridalwear producers. "A number of exhibitors wanted to be involved and committed, but the general consensus was to postpone until 2013," event director sue Maddix said. Modern Bride was launched in 2010. In a statement, Foxglove said it was unable to deliver a bigger and better show in 2011 due to the economic climate. "we're asking people to do something in addition to what they're already doing and now is not the time for people to take risks," Maddix explained. dentistry shoW groWsCloserstill Media's healthcare division claims to have more than doubled attendance at its annual Dentistry show in the last two years after reporting 4,917 visitors to The neC. The result is up from 4,270 visitors in 2011, an 84 per cent year-on-year attendance increase and a 112 per cent rise on 2010. The organiser said the trade show floor was also two-thirds larger with exhibitors growing from 214 to 324. A major driver was 10,000 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) education via 60 hours of free content programming. Dentistry show director Chris Brown said additional CPD clinical streams are planned for next year's event. vos adds trade to ski and snoWboardVOs Media is introducing trade-specific events alongside this year's ski and snowboard show at earls Court. The programme will include conferences and forums focusing on issues faced by the snowsports industry. The London International ski Travel exchange (LIsTeX) announced plans last year to launch a meetings-based trade stablemate to this year's ski and snowboard show. VOs's snowsports head Tim Holmes said the firm held discussions with LIsTeX over joining forces, but these had not come to fruition. exhibitors will also benefit from a lounge with free Internet and bookable meeting rooms.relocating and Hartley claimed these had experienced similar growth. The average figure was taken over a three-year period.Meanwhile, organisers of shows relocated from Earls Court to Excel London are claiming record rebookings after switching venues. Emap Connect's BETT (pictured) rebooked 104 per cent for 2013, a 30-year record, while Emap's Broadcast Video Expo chalked up a 69 per cent rebook rate onsite. Clarion Events, which is moving its ICE Totally Gaming event to Excel, had a similar reaction with a record 75 per cent rebooked for 2013. "ICE Totally Gaming, BETT and BVE are market-leading exhibitions," said Excel exhibition sales director Jeremy Rees. "The marketing, sales and research teams at Excel have contributed to supporting the rebook process at every stage, underpinning a strong platform for growth and innovation." exhibition organiser Aztec events is launching a series of events in the next 12 months as it aggressively pursues business growth.The organiser anticipates attracting 15,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors to the inaugural International shooting show, which will be held in February 2013. The norfolk showground event will feature UK and overseas producers and be attended by shooting celebrities, Aztec director Matthew Upson said. The International shooting show spins out of Aztec's Game and Country shows. The International shooting show is one in a series of new events for Aztec this year. The organiser launched into the fishing market in January with its first British Carp and Angling show at norfolk showground, attracting 9,000 visitors. Aztec is also planning to launch two new garden shows at newbury showground (April) and Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire (June) plus two extra editions of its All About Dog shows. Aztec already organises the All About Dogs event in suffolk, newbury and norfolk.Aztec has attracted in excess of 2 million visitors to its events in the past 17 years, launching with a series of antiques fairs, which it sold to the Daily Mail and General Trust 10 years ago. The company also runs the Robin Hood Game and Country shows in essex, southend, suffolk and newark, plus several gift shows.aztec plans launchesis also expanding its venue footprint and has begun a one-year countdown to launch. The EICC (pictured) secured £85m in funding from the City of Edinburgh Council in 2010 for its expansion plans including £30m for a new 2,000sqm, multi-purpose event facility. Work commenced on the new Lennox Suite in July 2010 and is due to be completed in January 2013. A major selling point for the new space is its moving floor system, which can turn 360 degrees and is separated into three sections. Alongside the hall, the expansion project will see the EICC gain an atrium foyer leading to a café, plus a number of breakout rooms and a large bar, which doubles up as a registration area, head of sales and marketing Louise Andrew said.New kitchens have also been installed and the EICC has secured association and corporate events business up to 2018 as a result of its expansion. sHoW BrieFs