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Welcomewww.exhibitionnews.co.uk 5EditorialPublishing Director Liz AgostiniManaging Editor Nadia Cameron Deputy Editor Antony Reeve-CrookStaff Writers James Barrett Mike TrudeaudigitalOnline Editor Sarah O'DonnellAdvertising Manager Jamie LininSubScriptionSMarketing Manager Christopher LynasCirculation Executive Tim Pardingtonproduction & dESign Production Manager Luke SpaldingDesigner Sarah GarlandProduction Assistant Julia Ball contact uSSubscriptions 020 8971 8268Editorial 020 8971 8292Sales 020 8971 8265 Production 020 8971 8272Published by Mash Media 4th Floor, Sterling House6-10 St George's Road London SW19 4DPTel: +44 (0)20 8971 82821 year's subscription cost is UK £95+VAT p/a Europe £112+VAT ROW £130+VAT.Views expressed are not necessarily those of the publishers. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the express written permission of the publishers.Printed by Pensord Press Ltd. ugust is generally a quiet time in the UK exhibition market as staff take the opportunity to head off for summer holidays with the kids over the school break. Nevertheless, EN still managed to find plenty of fodder for our September issue. In particular, two sensitive stories crossed over the EN news desk, which I believe raise significant questions about who owns ideas and information as well as how organisers conduct themselves. One of these reports is the cancellation of Evisstar's ItSpa exhibition in Turkey following legal proceedings against the company by Reed Exhibitions (page 8). Understandably, both sides were reluctant to comment on specifics, but EN understands the legal proceedings were prompted by the ItSpa concept and its proximity to Reed's portfolio. It's an interesting debate and triggers all sorts of questions about who owns an idea, for how long, and how much past experience individuals can rely on to launch a new show themselves. On our front page this month, we've also reported on allegations made by two website designers against MyWorldOfExpo for breaches of copyright. Both companies quoted in this magazine claim to have suffered commercial damage as a result of MyWorldOfExpo's actions. However, they both also called on organisers and the industry as a whole to better support innovation in the contractor market. Innovation takes investment - both time and money - and organisers should support those investing. In order to ensure suppliers continue to improve products and services available for exhibitions, organisers need to recognise the importance of innovation and make allowances for them. With average visitor numbers declining, we should embrace every opportunity we can to improve the exhibitor and visitor experience.In fact, taking responsibility is a major theme of this month's issue. In our technology report for example, a major question arises of who is responsible for ensuring reliable Wi-Fi services at shows (page 31). It's not an easy thing to answer given all the stakeholders influencing this service and its use. On the one hand, you could argue venues, being the infrastructure providers, are responsible for getting sufficient wireless Internet connectivity to exhibitors and show organisers on the show floor. But it's clearly not that simple. An influx of smartphones and Wi-Fi enabled devices used by exhibitors and visitors has placed additional pressure on Wi-Fi services as a whole. Even if venue infrastructure is improved, organisers and suppliers still need to enforce exhibitor behaviour and charges to ensure the official services are used effectively. What is great to hear is that there is a group committed to not only debating the issue, but also searching for a solution. After meeting for an initial forum at the Event and Exhibiting Show, representatives from the venue, organiser and supplier markets agreed to form a technical working group under the ESSA banner to look into what each side of the industry can do to improve Wi-Fi services for all. I hope this group can find a way forward because Internet access is a critical service that needs to be provided to everyone to ensure they have the best show experience possible. Lead generation, exhibitor presentations and visitor interaction increasingly depend on having connectivity. What we can't do is bury our heads in the sand about this anymore. We should embrace every innovation to improve the exhibitor and visitor experienceNADIA CAMERON MANAGING EDITORncameron@mashmedia.netBEING HELD ACCOuNTABLEa

newsSeveral exhibition organisers have reported their half-yearly results showing strong international performances.Reed Exhibitions claimed results across mature and emerging markets and significant launch activity as highlights during its first half. The publishing and events company's exhibition business reported revenue of £368m for the six months to 30 June 2011, down four per cent year-on-year. Excluding impact of biennial show cycling, underlying revenues were up 10 per cent, the company claimed. Adjusted operating profits across exhibitions came in eight per cent lower (£113m). "Strong growth was seen in annual events in developed markets and particularly in emerging markets," Reed stated. In Europe, underlying revenues excluding cycling were up seven per cent. The US business reported a 14 per cent revenue rise with growth buoyed by the JCK, National Hardware and ISC West shows. Other strong performers included World Future Energy Summit in the Middle East, the Brasilplast plastics show and Feimafe machine tools show in Brazil, and the Sino Corrugated Shanghai packaging show in China. Informa meanwhile, ran 25 new exhibitions in the first six months of its financial year contributing to a stronger revenue and profits result. The organiser chalked up group revenues of £634.8m in the six months to 30 June 2011, up 3.1 per cent from £624m year-on-year and excluding the IPEX quadrennial show. Pre-tax earnings were also up from £164.7m to £170.4m, while pre-tax profits hit £66.5m, an increase of £100,000 on the first half of 2010. Events and training contributed 48.5 per cent of revenue, or £308.1m, over the six-month period representing an increase of £4m year-on-year. The organisers claim growth is backlarger events underpin our confidence around our full-year outlook," Informa CEO Peter Rigby said.At DMG Events, underlying revenues contributed £26m to its parent's half-year revenues, according to an interim statement from media company Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT). The reported underlying revenue to 2 July 2011 represents a 17 per cent increase year-on-year. In contrast, reported revenue for DMG Events fell 12 per cent due to the absence of the biennial Global Petroleum Show and the impact of exchange rates. Total underlying revenues for DMGT were £495m, up two per cent year-on-year. This means events now account for just over five per cent of the group's total revenue. The company also reported that bookings for its August New York International Gift Fair are currently higher than last year. "Trading in the third quarter was mixed. There was continuing strength in B2B from our international portfolio of market-leading businesses with all divisions performing in line with our expectations," said DMGT chief executive Martin Morgan. "In contrast, conditions within our consumer businesses have been tough with advertising revenue weak over the quarter. "We still expect to achieve some growth in earnings per share for the full financial year." copyright allegations made against myworldofexpofurther with the technical team and required time to investigate the matter in depth. In a bid to combat further intellectual property disputes, ASP has since joined the Anti Copying In Design (ACID) association. ACID has assisted members to win over 450 settlements to-date around alleged design and code theft."Our estimate is that third-party copying has easily cost us £300,000 in business," Coole continued. "We welcome new innovation and competitors - they only make the industry better - however it has to be ethically and legally done."For a long time we have been quiet on this issue, however now this has spread to other suppliers we felt we had to speak out."Showplans' Jones claimed that associations should do more to look after industry players."Companies that ignore intellectual property rights and copyright laws Upper street events is working with The neC to install a permanent mountain-bike track in time for this year's Cycle show in Birmingham. The venue and organiser are splitting the cost of the project, aiming to entice visitors both to the October show and The neC in general. The 1km track starts off in the hall and passes over the car park and into the neighbouring forest, where visitors will have to navigate turns, jumps and slopes before following the twisting path back into the venue. 1km6 www.exhibitionnews.co.ukdon't only damage the contractors they are copying, they also throttle the evolution of the industry," he claimed. "Making the exhibition industry aware of rogue companies like MyWorldOfExpo would be a step in the right direction."If the consequence of their actions outweighs the risk, this may be enough of a deterrent to stop copyright infringements happening again, or at least make these contractors think twice."?P1Visit our website www.exhibitionnews.co.uk for more of the latest industry newsCyCle traCksthankfully the situation calmed down when onlineit did. it would've been a huge disappointment to the public and devastating to those who worked on the event- Clarion Events group show director Nicola Gunstone outlines why the organiser nearly cancelled the first Big Screen event in collaboration with Empire film magazine following the London riots. The event was held at The O2.division's adjusted operating profits were also up by £3.9m to £59.5m. According to Informa, growth stemmed from 25 new exhibitions, acquisitions and increased delegate and exhibitor numbers. Twenty-two per cent of Informa's events revenue now comes from emerging markets. "While many global growth indicators remain a concern for a sustained economic recovery, the resilience of our publishing activities and