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News| Exhibition WorldAUSTRALIA - Expansion tothe Sydney Convention andExhibition Centre (SCEC) shouldonly be carried out alongside theconstruction of other local venuespace, says the Exhibition andEvent Association of Australia(EEAA).The SCEC's expansion couldbring more international-levelexhibitions and conferences,potentially squeezing out localevents.The venue is not large enoughfor some major trade exhibitionssuch as The International BoatShow and Good Food and Wine,which is "constricting theirgrowth", according to EEAApresident Matthew Pearce, whoadded that increasing theavailable space at DarlingHarbour is good news for thesector."But to enable Sydney to caterfor the ensuing growth in largerinternational business eventsthat this expanded venue spacewill create, and the increaseddemand for venue availability atDarling Harbour, SydneyShowground at Homebushmust be developed at the sametime so that the domesticexhibition market does notsuffer from a continuingshortage of purpose-builtexhibition space," said Pearce.A pre-feasibility study releasedby Infrastructure PartnershipsAustralia identified the SCEC asthe best location for anexpanded conference andexhibition centre, a key priorityfor the NSW Government ifSydney is to maintain its positionas the events capital of Australia,and continue to reap the benefitsthat business events bring to thelocal economy.TURKEY - United BusinessMedia has taken a 65 per centstake in Rotaforte InternationalTrade Fairs and Media, owner ofTurkey's largest jewelleryexhibitions.The deal, brokered byMayfield Media, gives UBMsubsidiary UBM Asia control ofthe Istanbul Jewellery Show, a25-year-old internationalexhibition for jewellery, silver,watches and related equipment. The exhibition is supported bythe Turkish JewelleryAssociation and held each yearin March and October,attracting an aggregated 1,600exhibitors and 60,000 visitors,occupying net show floorspace of more than 28,000sqmaccording to UBM.UBM Montgomery launches OSH Expo AfricaUSA - Comic Con Internationalhas announced its intention tostay in San Diego for theforeseeable future.Limitation on visitor numbers atthe San Diego Convention Centre(SDCC) has kept the show fromgrowing beyond 125,000 peopleper year since 2007, promptingthe organiser to consider movingthe show to Anaheim, Las Vegasor Los Angeles after the originalSDCC lease expired. However, the new decision willallow the event to take place inSan Diego until 2015. Thecontract includes fixed rates fornearby hotels, and comes afterplans were announced toexpand the venue.Comic-Con's director ofmarketing and public relations,David Glanzer, said: "We aregrateful for the tireless efforts allthree cities put into theirproposals. In the end, we feelthis decision is the best for allthose who attend Comic-Conand for the organisation itself.We are happy that thecommunity has worked with usto ensure that we remain here."Comic-Con to stay in San Diego6| Nov/Dec 2010| THE MAGAZINE FOR THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION COMMUNITY WWW.EXHIBITION-WORLD.NETprotection brand IFSEC intoSouth Africa.The new event combines UBMLive's experience of providingmedia solutions for the healthand safety market withMontgomery Worldwide'sexpertise in the African market,and includes an extensiveeducational programme."With the increasing importanceof compliance with health andsafety legislation and a rapidlydeveloping infrastructure andmultinational investment insectors such as mining,construction, manufacturing,utilities, oil, gas and transport,South Africa offers a greatopportunity for health and safetysuppliers and service providers,"said UBM Live portfolio director -Safety and BuildingManagement, Adrian Newton.SOUTH AFRICA - Jointventure partnership UBMMontgomery is launching itssecond UK expo into Africa,targeting occupational health andsafety professionals.OSH Expo Africa takes placeon 6-8 September 2011 at theGallagher Convention Centre inJohannesburg. The jointpartnership has alreadylaunched UK security, fire andAssociation cautions against unbridled Sydney venue expansionUBM expands Turkish operationswith 65% stake in Rotaforte