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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