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Exhibition World | NewsGREECE- Prime MinisterGeorge Papandreou dodged ahurled shoe as he pledged hiscommitment to Greek economicreform at the 75th ThessalonicaInternational Trade Fair.Mr Papandreou used theevent last month to confirm hissocialist party's adherence toausterity reforms and hisgovernment's need changelocal values and internationalperceptions, calling on allsocial groups to back thecollective effort.However, his words incurredthe wrath of one disgruntleddoctor, who whipped a shoe athim shouting: "traitor, you arenot a patriot". The shoe missed.USA- United Business Media(UBM) is continuing itssupport of virtual events with anew partnership for aninteractive virtual career fair.Unicruit, an event run byUBM subsidiary UBM Studios,has partnered with the BigEast Career Consortium forThe Big East Virtual CareerFair, a 3D online fair that takesplace on 10 November 2010aimed at the students of 16colleges and universities thatcomprise the Big East CareerConsortium.UBM Studios' Unicruit is auniversity-centric job fair inwhich institutions help studentsfind work with corporations.NORTH KOREA -The localgovernment of Kimchuk inNorth Korea is considering atrade fair next year. The faircould be open to exhibitorsfrom abroad, a rare departurefor the largely closed state.Head of Kimchuk MunicipalPeople's Committee, Yi Bok-il,spoke about the potential for anopen exhibition after the recentopening ceremony of the 6thChina Yanji Tumen River AreaInternational Fair for Investmentand Trade, held in Yanji, in theJilin Province.Speaking to the Global Times,Yi said the event was the firsttime Kimchuk took part in thissort of economic activity, andnow hopes to promoteeconomic communication andtrade cooperation with Chinaand other countries in northeastAsia via a new trade fair open toall countries.Protestor hurls shoe duringGreek PM's trade fair speechTHE MAGAZINE FOR THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION COMMUNITY WWW.EXHIBITION-WORLD.NET| October 2010|9UBM Studios' Unicruit partnersfor virtual career fairCANADA- The organiser ofpop-culture exhibition andconference Fan Expo Canadahas publicly apologised formismanaging the 2010 editionof the show.As crowds grew beyondexpectations at the door ofMetro Toronto ConventionCentre's north building, fansfaced queues of over an hour.The chaos culminated whenorganisers closed the door onqueuing ticketholders. Fanswaiting outside, many dressedas superheroes, beganchanting for ticket refunds."We were, quite simply,inadequately prepared for theincreased crowds in a venue thatwas neither familiar to us norcapable of meeting our collectivedemands. We recognise andhave heard from many of you thatthis was unacceptable and unfairto our loyal fans," said AmanGupta, president and CEO ofshow organiser Hobby StarMarketing, in an open letter onthe event's website.Overcrowded fan expolocks out ticketholdersNorth Korea takes tentativestep towards opening an international exhibitionUK - Reed Exhibitions haspartnered with Swan Events tobid for new European gamingexhibition G2E Europe, in directcompetition with Clarion's ICE atEarls Court, London.According to IntergameMagazine, the imminentdemolition of Earls Court hasbeen seen as an opportunity tolaunch a European edition ofG2E, a brand co-owned by ReedReed, Swan team up forEurope gaming show bidExhibitions and the AmericanGaming Association (AGA). Reed already manages theLas Vegas G2E show on behalfof AGA.MD of Swan Events, KarenCooke, is a former Clarionexecutive. She manages theEuropean Amusement andGaming Expo, which takesplace at London Excel at thesame time as ICE at Earls Court.George Papandreou