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News | Exhibition World| May 2011 | ThE MagazinE for 6ThE global ExhibiTion coMMuniTy WWW.ExhibiTion-World.nET First post-quake expo takes place in TokyoTOKYO - The first exhibition since the earthquake has taken place in Japan with 700 exhibitors pitching to around 55,000 visitors at Tokyo Big Sight.Reed Exhibitions' Finetech Japan was a success despite ongoing negative press surrounding Japan's situation in the wake of the 11 March disaster, according to the president of the Japanese Exhibition Association Tad Ishizumi (pictured centre front).Ishizumi, who is also president of Reed Japan, said the number UBM sees Q1 events profit surgeWORLD - United Business Media (UBM) has reported an almost 70 per cent rise in profits from events in the first quarter of 2011.This change, with adjusted operating profits for the three months ended 31 March 2011 rising from £28m (US$46.1m)to £68m, is mitigated by an 80 per cent decline in profit from print media and a 31 per cent decline in profit from online marketing services. This is due to the company's disposal of print titles in France, the UK and the USA, and the activity of newly-acquired events business UBM Canon.UBM Canon's 2011 events have outperformed their 2010 editions. On the other hand, the company reported weaker performance at its Building Schools Exhibition and Conference (BSEC), which ran at Excel London from 23 to 24 February.Syrian organiser claims international attendance unaffected by protestsSYRIA - Despite increasing political activity in the capital, the organiser of this year's SyrPower energy exhibition says attendance at the 2011 event was only marginally affected by the protests.The event, organised by Allied Expo, took place from 4 to 7 April at the New Damascus International Fairground in the capital.Hundreds of people have been killed or injured during anti-Government protests and fears are now growing that political activity will increase in the Syrian capital Damascus, home to the majority of Syrian tradeshows.Foreign offices in Europe and the US have advised against all non-essential travel to Syria as a result of the activity.However, according to Allied Expo GM Karim Tabah, the exhibition (pictured) experienced the same level of attendance as the 2009 edition, indicating both the venue and the country remain "largely unaffected" by the current political situation. This year's exhibition included two national pavilions from France and Iran among the 71 domestic and international exhibitors.SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town has started work on its R4.5bn (US$670m) planned 'convention precinct', a development that includes a major expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) hoped to create 8,000 jobs each year. The planned expansion includes 10,000sqm of retail space, a hospital, an office tower, basement parking bays, and the regeneration of Founder's Garden by the Province, which will connect the Artscape precinct with the new, larger CTICC. The CTICC's expansion and other urban regeneration projects should boost Cape Town's international reputation as a globally competitive $670m Cape Town regeneration kicks offof visitors to the 12,000sqm show was three or four times what he expected in light of the situation. "This atmosphere makes it hard for us to believe that there is a serious problem of earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan."He also called overseas coverage of the natural disaster that hit the country in March 'excessive', unduly damaging the local exhibition industry."We are facing difficulties because the excessively negative news has made people overseas afraid to come to Japan," he destination and stimulate economic growth through overseas business and jobs.According to CTICC CEO Rashid Toefy, the venue has already contributed more than US$2.06bn to the national GDP. "The CTICC is a tangible demonstration of the power of partnership," he added.

Exhibition World | NewsThE magazinE for ThE global ExhibiTion communiTy WWW.ExhibiTion-World.nET | may 2011 | 7Diversified launches Scandinavian organics eventUS revenues shrink for third year, says CEIRUSA - The North American exhibition industry has declined for the third straight year, according to research published by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR).According to the CEIR Index Report, the industry hit bottom in 2010 and will see a modest recovery over the course of the next three years in all metrics. Overall - the mean of net space, attendance, revenue and exhibitor numbers - the industry declined two and a half per cent, with revenue suffering the most pronounced decline of 8.4 per cent. Attendance on the other hand, one of the leading indicators of the exhibition industry, increased by 2.4 per cent.The report notes that although attendance has historically been linked to employment levels, 2010 saw attendance rise despite a drop in employment.Judge overturns McCormick reformcollective bargaining process. The ruling, found in favour of labour unions Teamsters Local 727 and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, 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. They also limited crew sizes 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 in a statement."As all observers of the convention and tradeshow 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 into an industry powerhouse."SWEDEN - Diversified Business Communications, organiser of the Natural & Organic Products Europe exhibition in London, is launching a Scandinavian edition of the event in Sweden.Taking place in Swedish city Malmö's brand new venue Malmömässan (pictured) on 10-11 October 2012, Natural & Organic Scandinavia is expected to capitalise on the region's commitment to self-care and natural health.Diversified UK MD Carsten Holm said Scandinavia is the USA - Reforms to the McCormick Place labour laws aimed at attracting more events hit a stumbling block in April as 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 highest consumer of organic products per head anywhere in the world and regularly provides a substantial contingent at the London Olympia event, which is home to 8,000 visitors and around 600 exhibitors."With a large number of businesses from the Scandinavian region using the UK show as their main event," he told EW, "we knew there was an increasing demand for a definitive event in the Scandinavian region." New $59m convention and exhibition centre development at Brisbane showgroundsinvolves the showground's iconic Industrial Pavilion being developed into a $59m, 22,000sqm convention and exhibition centre.Queensland Premier Anna Bligh officially launched the project in Brisbane on 28 March, which is projected to deliver more than 2,000 jobs and $300m a year in economic benefits to Queensland."This is one of Brisbane's landmark historic precincts but after more than 70 years it's desperately in need of a facelift. This transformation will revitalise the area," Bligh said.AUSTRALIA - After seven years of planning, construction on the AU$2.9bn (US$3bn) RNA (Royal National Agricultural) Showgrounds Regeneration in Brisbane - the largest urban renewal project in Queensland - started last month.The first stage of the project