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news exhibition maY 2011 13international newsePoC Messe Frankfurt expandssouth aFRica - Tarsus-owned Labelexpo Global Series is launching a new event in Cape Town to focus on the growing African label and package printing market.Conference and table-top exhibition Label Summit Africa 2012 will take place on 19-20 March at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town to accommodate the local needs of what organiser Labelexpo claims is consistently the fastest growing sector in the printing industry.The growth of supermarkets, both local and international chains, is providing plenty of opportunities for the label and package printing industry in Africa, according to Labelexpo MD Roger Pellow."Label Summit Africa will give African printers the opportunity to learn about global advances in label technologies and to meet with local and international suppliers to discuss the future of label printing in Africa," he said. The summit will help legislation aimed at improving standards, for example on environmental packaging.Labelexpo launches south African summitsweDen - The board of the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre claims its latest development will make it the largest hotel, exhibition and conference facility in Europe when it is completed.Work to a third tower and extension of another at its attached Hotel Gothia Towers was postponed in 2008 but placed back on track in April 2010. The new tower and the extension, which is slated to be ready in the second half of 2014, will increase the number of rooms by more than 500 to 1,200. "The expansion will make us one of the absolute elite venues of the international meetings industry," said chairman of the board Roger Holtback. "The decision to invest billions of kronor in this project will mean that this will be by far the biggest investment the centre has made." When complete, Hotel Gothia Towers will have 12 new meeting rooms including seven with panoramic views. Construction is scheduled to start in September 2011, about the same time as the Gothenburg Book Fair takes place.swedish venue to be largest in europeJudge overturns McCormick reformJaPan - Reed Exhibitions Japan chief has called overseas coverage of the natural disaster that hit the country in March "excessive", unduly damaging the local exhibition industry and creating an unsubstantiated fear of attending events in Japan.President of Reed Exhibitions Japan and chairman of the Japanese Exhibition Association Tad Ishizumi (pictured) said Tokyo had almost completely recovered from the crisis, which shook Reed's Japanese HQ and led to several event cancellations. However, he claimed Reed is winning business back one organiser at a time."Our office did not close at all, and all of us have been working from 14 March," he told EN. "Our employees are working harder than ever to overcome every difficulty and each show team is expressing a strong commitment. The disaster has brought a strong unity to our organisation."Reed: Quake coverage hurting Japanese eventsBreaking news from around the worldusa - McCormick Place labour law reforms aimed at attracting more events hit a stumbling block after a judge declared them invalid.According to US District Court Judge Ronald Guzman, the National Labor Relations Act prevents state governments from creating laws interfering with the collective bargaining process. The ruling found in favour of labour unions Teamsters Local 727 and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters and will seriously impair the development of more attractive labour rules for exhibitors at the Chicago venue. The new laws would have given exhibitors the ability to contract out their own catering, build-up and breakdown work. It also limited crew and overtime work."All of us at the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority [MPEA] are greatly disturbed at the 31 March ruling overturning the labour reforms enacted by the Illinois General Assembly last May," said MPEA trustee Jim Reilly. "As all observers of the convention and trade show business are aware, the implementation of those reforms has, virtually overnight, transformed McCormick Place from a great convention and trade show facility that was rapidly losing its customer base."miDDLe east - Exhibition and event organiser Epoc Messe Frankfurt (EMF) has expanded its Middle East office to increase its regional footprint.The Middle East subsidiary of Germany's Messe Frankfurt Group has taken on more personnel in response to an increased demand for trade shows in the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and the wider Middle East. "The region, being a high-growth area, is a promising market for manufacturers, distributors, industries and service providers worldwide," EMF CEO Ahmed Pauwels said. "We have grown alongside the region by adding sector-specific shows to our portfolio in line with market demand. As the need for specifically tailored trade events increases in the wider region, and companies look to break into new markets, we have decided to expand our presence to better address the needs of the market."

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