News | Exhibition World| May 2011 | ThE MagazinE for 8ThE global ExhibiTion coMMuniTy WWW.ExhibiTion-World.nET $120m upgrade for San Diego venueUSA - The San Jose City Council has voted to progress with the US$120m renovation and expansion plan for the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.The city sold more than $138m of bonds to finance the project, which will increase the venue's space by 11,600sqm and include new meeting rooms and exhibition space.Short-term purchase event sits with Paris catwalksFRANCE - Two French organisers have teamed up to launch a complementary financial assistance event for the September Paris fashion tradeshows.Eurovet and WSN Development's new short-term purchase tradeshow Sixty Days (3-6 September 2011) will give apparel retailers an opportunity to expand their offer for limited run collections to consumers who no longer make seasonal purchases.The event will take place during the fashion tradeshows at Porte de Versailles to enhance those events' exhibitors' and visitors' long-term orders by enabling them to buy and sell small and creative seasonal collections.According to the organisers, short-term purchases now represent 30 per cent of buying habits, a market share that it claims is constantly growing.Construction expo sees visitor increaseUSA - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) says the mood was positive at this year's CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2011, despite continued uncertainty in the American construction industry.The two events, which took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center attracted an unaudited 120,000 registered attendees and 2,400 exhibitors. In terms of space, IFPE was the largest ever and CONEXPO-CON/AGG was the second largest in the show's history."The construction industry has been through some very tough times, with record unemployment, but with these positive numbers we're optimistic about the future," said AEM vice-president for exhibitions and events, Megan Tanel.The shows saw a higher than ever proportion of international visitors this year, with almost a quarter of total visitors coming from outside the US."The increased global participation underscores the importance of world markets to our industry," Tanel continued. "The US economy is slowly improving and we have a way to go, but after 18 to 24 months there is more pent-up demand for equipment to be ready for the upturn."UAE - The organiser of next year's GulfRail 2012 claims the event will play a key role in the development of an inter-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Countries) rail network.The show is expected to highlight rail projects worth US$106bn in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, according to Dubai-based show organiser Al Fajer Information and Services. Commenting on the event, which makes its debut at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre next year, an Al Fajer spokesman said the overall objective of GulfRail 2012 is to "bring together the establishment of a reliable and regular high-speed rail network connecting GCC countries". To this end, the management team behind the show participated in the 59th World Congress and Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), which took place in Dubai on April 10-14 this year.A country-wide US$11bn railway network in the UAE, spanning 1,500km of track, will be rolled out over the next 7-8 years. The network is eventually hoped to extend from the GCC to Jordan, Syria and Turkey.UAE rail expo to push inter-GCC rail planExpected to take two years to complete, the project was scaled back from an original price tag of $300m.The San Jose McEnery Convention Center (pictured) currently holds almost 40,000sqm of exhibition space.American revenues from exhibitions dropped for the third consecutive year in 2010.
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