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Exhibition World | NewsAUSTRALIA - The BusinessEvents Council of Australia(BECA) has appointed a newleadership team.Melbourne Convention andExhibition Centre CEO LeighHarry took the position ofchairman, replacing AEGOgden's convention directorGeoff Donaghy.Harry, president of theInternational Congress andConvention Association and theJoint Meetings Industry Council,is past president of Meetings andEvents Australia and has servedon the BECA Council for 10 years.Adelaide Convention BureauCEO Damien Kitto took up the roleof vice-chairman, and SydneyConvention and Exhibition CentreCEO Ton von Amerongen retainsthe position of treasurer.USA - The MD of the HongKong Convention andExhibition Centre, Cliff Wallace,and chairman of MontgomeryWorldwide, Sandy Angus, areto be inducted into theConvention Industry Council's(CIC) Hall of Leaders.Their induction will takeplace during the 2011 Hall ofLeaders Gala, held in Baltimorenext June in conjunction withthe inaugural meetings andevents exhibition AIBTM. The event recognisesinfluential leaders andinnovators from the industrythat have demonstrably helpedto define the meetings,incentives, conference, andtravel industries.Nominations were submittedby CIC member organisationsand the general industrycommunity. The CIC credits Wallace withintroducing a radically differentfinancial model for governmentthat has become anestablished industry practice. WORLD - Global exhibitionassociation UFI has compiled a2009 Euro Fair Statistics (EFS)report, containing auditedstatistics of 2,092 exhibitionsfrom 20 European countries.The report offers statisticscollected by 12 auditing bodies,and includes exhibitions coveringover 20 million square metres ofregistered rented space.UFI managing director PaulWoodward said that UFI is astrong believer "in the value ofhigh quality, audited data as afoundation for communicatingthe importance of exhibitionsto marketers"."We believe this report gives themost accurate picture of theimportant fairs in the region," he said.The events covered in the reportwere managed by 450 organisers,and had a total of 578,788exhibitors, registering a totalattendance of 50.8 million.UFI estimates the auditedtrade fairs included in thisreport represent between 40-45per cent of the Europeanexhibition market in terms of netrented space.Business council appointsnew leadership teamTHE MAGAZINE FOR THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION COMMUNITY WWW.EXHIBITION-WORLD.NET| Nov/Dec 2010|11Former UFI presidents inductedinto CIC's hall of leadersWORLD - Dutch online ticketingagency Ticketscript BV hasmerged with UK mobile ticketingcompany Trinity Mobile.Operating under the nameTicketscript, the company willfocus on expanding its leadershipinternationally and findinginnovation in ticketing solutions fortradeshows and other events.With the merger, Ticketscriptbecomes one of the largestsuppliers of self-service onlineand mobile ticketing solutions inEurope.Chief executive and co-founderof Ticketscript, Frans Jonker, saidthe market is ready for "the nextstep towards more innovativemobile ticketing". Merger creates European onlineand mobile ticketing companyUFI report provides insight on2000 audited European showsUK - The Society of MotorManufacturers and Traders(SMMT) has confirmed theBritish International Motor Showwill not return in 2012.The SMMT's announcementfollows a thorough consultationwith the UK motor industry,which cancelled the 2010 eventin light of hardship broughtabout by the recession. Despite increased attendanceat the 2008 British InternationalMotor Show, which drew472,000 visitors and around 60brands to London's Excel,British International MotorShow taken off the roadeconomic downturn andsubsequent challenges facingthe industry in both the UK andabroad made it impossible forthe industry to commit to a2010 event."In recent years the show hasplayed a less important role ininfluencing new car buyers,"said SMMT CE Paul Everitt,"Vehicle manufacturers arefocusing their limited resourceson events and activities thathave a more direct impact onbrand awareness andconsumer decisions."Leigh Harry