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Exhibition World | Newssee them as a dangerous long-term drag on their ability to offercost-effective services to theirown customers."Requiring organisers to useexclusive services impedes ourability to deliver a competitivereturn on investment for ourexhibiting customers," saidchairman of SISO, NancyHasselback, also chiefexecutive of DiversifiedBusiness Communications.USA- Exclusive services offeredby convention centres are badfor business and potentiallyillegal under US antitrust law,according to UFI member theSociety of Independent ShowOrganisers (SISO).Venue managers considercornering the market on variousservices as a convenientrevenue stream to be tapped tohelp cover their own overheads.However, event organisersSISO questions fairness ofexclusive serviceCANADA- Calgary politicianshave voiced their suspicionsconcerning the city's WorldExpo 2017 bid.According to documents givento the Calgary Sunnewspaper,early plans for the 2017 WorldExposition included a pedal-powered monorail, personalrapid-transit vehicles, a 'solarforest' vehicle charging stationwith tree-like panels, algae biofuelbatteries, solar 'lily pads' tocollect sunlight on the Bow River,and a commuter rail connectionfrom Calgary to Banff.The development was hoped togive Calgary's run-down westend an extensive and longoverdue renovation. However, asthe bid deadline approached,city officials decided the Expowas not financially feasible.Focus shifted instead to theredevelopment of the 'WestVillage'.Now, almost a year after thecity gave up its bid, Calgarypoliticians are asking if the cityever really had its eyes on theExpo in the first place. "It wasa classic bait-and-switch,"said alderman Joe Connelly."This was a great opportunityand we passed on it so wecould redevelop the west side.At the time I said it was one ofthe greatest acts of sleight-of-hand since David Copperfieldcame to town," he said.WORLD- Improvingexhibition attendanceboosted Reed Elsevier's first-half results for 2010, whereexhibition performancefigures have improvedalongside a more stableadvertising market.In the six months to June30, group revenue at themedia company dropped byone per cent at constantcurrency to £2.99bn, from£3.06bn the previous year.Turnover rose one per cent,excluding disposals.Subsidiary Reed Exhibitionssaw revenues climb nine percent to US$589m, helped byseveral biennial events. And,while revenues from annualshows fell six per cent, thiswas a slower rate than theprevious year's 17 per cent."We are seeing an emergingeconomic recovery inexhibitions," said chief executiveErik Engstrom. "Not just ourrevenue decline moderating butalso we're seeing increasingattendance levels at most of ourannual events".UAE- In a blow to businesstravellers in the emirates, theUnited Arab Emirates authoritieshave bannedBlackberry mobilephone customers fromusing email, instantmessaging or webbrowsing services whilein the region.The UAE officials arereportedly concernedwith monitoringconsumers' internet usevia the encryptedhandset, which is currentlydifficult to monitor and transmitsBlackBerry internet usebanned in UAE USA- The exhibition industryexperienced an overall declineof 1.4 per cent year-on-year inthe second quarter of 2010,according to research releasedby the Centre for ExhibitionIndustry Research (CEIR).While indicators for revenueand net exhibit space soldcontinued to decline, the rate ofdecline has slowed since lastyear. Whereas exhibit space soldand exhibitor numbers declinedat a rate of 3 per cent each, lastyear's decline was 10.1 and 12.8per cent respectively. Revenuedeclined 4.4 per cent comparedto 16.9 per cent in 2009.The Centre anticipates thatslow growth will continuethrough 2010, with resultssuggesting that if the Americaneconomy avoids a 'double dip'recession, the fourth quarter of2010 and the first quarter of2011 could be the beginning ofa true recovery for the exhibitionindustry.its data offshore. The regulatorsays the decision does notconcern censorship butregulatory compliance. "We are not asking forRIM (Blackberrycreator) to do anythingthat is not apparentlybeing done indeveloped nations orso-called opencountries around theworld," says director-general of theTelecommunicationsRegulatory Authority,Mohammed al-Ghanim.Calgary World Exposition bid motives questioned THE MAGAZINE FOR THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION COMMUNITY WWW.EXHIBITION-WORLD.NET| September 2010|5Trade show recovery boostsReed Elsevier resultsCEIR reports Q2 slowdown inindustry decline

News| Exhibition WorldCANADA- Edmonton's Expo2017 would be open tocompanies looking toshowcase innovations in the oilsands, despite its theme ofgreen energy and the planet,says the chairman of the city'sbid committee.The exhibition bid woulddeliver a major opportunity forthe exchange of ideas onenvironmentalism and willinclude attendees fromGreenpeace and otherenvironmental groups.The chairman of theEdmonton Expo 2017 bidcommittee, Tony Franceschini,says it is important for thesuccess of the exhibition not tolook at energy from just oneperspective, and that the intentis not to exclude anyone."The Expo is not an industrytrade show," he says, "it's moretransparent and democratic,and if Greenpeace wants tohave a pavilion besideSyncrude, that would be fine."Franceschini also indicatedthere is some risk in buildingthe fair around the theme ofenergy, given the negativepublicity Alberta's oil sandshave attracted in the US andEurope.UAE- Epoc Messe Frankfurt, asubsidiary of Messe FrankfurtGermany, is launching three newexhibitions in Dubai in March2011.The new shows are PaperworldMiddle East, FestivalworldMiddle East and PlayworldMiddle East. All three exhibitions will takeplace from 7 to 9 March at theDubai International Conventionand Exhibition Centre.According to EPOC MesseFrankfurt, Paperworld MiddleEast will be the first show in itssector to be introduced to Dubai."Judging from the strongresults we achieved for our tradefairs held in the spring-summerseason, the exhibitions marketcontinues to look good for us,"says CEO of Epoc MesseFrankfurt Mr Ahmed Pauwels.Epoc Messe Frankfurt tolaunch Dubai exhibition trioNew exhibition centre opens in New YorkIRAN- Iran plans to excludeWestern media from this year'sTehran press exhibition inOctober, according to localnews agencies."We will not allow the presenceof those Western media whichare vain, dishonest andbeguiling and considerthemselves as the ultimatemedia sultans of the world,"deputy culture ministerMohammad-Ali Ramin said in apress conference carried byFars news agency.Only members of Westernmedia outlets deemed "fittingand independent" will be allowedto attend the annual pressexhibition, to be held 25 October.Ramin, who is in charge of theministry's media affairs, did notelaborate on this qualification.Following Western coverageof the protests that took placeafter the presidential electionsin June last year, foreign mediain Iran are not allowed todirectly cover news related tothe opposition.Iran excludes Western media from Tehran expo6| September 2010| THE MAGAZINE FOR THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION COMMUNITY WWW.EXHIBITION-WORLD.NETexpansion phase of the project,while renovations to the mainJavits facility continue. Theseinclude replacement of curtainwalls, skylights, enlargement ofthe main entrances and a'green' roof that will be installedwhich the Centre claims will be"the largest in the Northeast".The $1.7bn renovation projectkicked off last summer and isexpected to wrap up by the endof 2013.USA- New York City's Jacob K.Javits Centre has announced theopening of a new exhibition hall.Javits North is a pre-engineered structure thatprovides 80,000sqm ofexhibition space at the venue.It held its first event, thebusiness journals show Fame,and is now fully open forbusiness.The opening of Javits Northsignals the completion of theCanadian green expo would notexclude oil sands exhibitors