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Exhibition World | NewsEUROPE - IMEX GroupChairman, Ray Bloom, says hewholeheartedly supports anyinnovation that gives UK buyersand visitors extra choice andflexibility in attending hisworldwide travel industry event.His response follows therecent unveiling of a newGerman high-speed trainconnecting Frankfurt andLondon's St Pancras station. Expected to begin commuterjourneys by 2013, the Inter CityExpress 3 can travel at speedsof 200mph and connectpassengers from London andFrankfurt in less than five hours.Industry experts expect the newservice will pressure Eurostar toreduce its current pricing.The rail company says it isconsidering a route starting inFrankfurt via Cologne andBrussels, finishing in London.USA- Convention centremanagement group AEGOgden's CEO and president,Tim Leiweke, said the group is"exploring" a managementdeal with the Los AngelesConvention Centre. The group currently managesthe Staples Centre in LA andhopes the proposal wouldbring a National FootballLeague (NFL) team to thedowntown area of the city. AEG Ogden would investUS$1bn to redevelop one ofthe centre's halls into anexhibition space, which coulddouble as an enclosed NFLstadium. This would increasethe amount of exhibition andmeeting space from 80,546 to130,000sqm.Leiweke said he believed theincrease would boost the city'sconvention and exhibitionbusiness and infrastructuredevelopment. "Game, set,match. Everything else willcome," he told the Canadianpress. "Retail will come,transportation will come andpeople will move back downhere," he said.FRANCE - The LyonConvention and ExhibitionsBureau has created an initiativefor organisers wishing to bringan exhibition to the city.Expobooster is aimed atexhibition planners with lessthan three years of experience,who have "never dared to takean idea further".To qualify, a project must beinnovative, show true growthpotential, and relate to areas oflocal industrial excellence thatwill "generate interest on anational scale".Two projects each year willbenefit from the initiative, whichoffers financial support andspecial discounts for room andspace hire for three years.The scheme is backed bylocal authorities includingpartner venues Espace Teted'Or; Double Mixte; The TonyGarnier Halls; the LyonConvention Centre - CiteInternationale, and Eurexpo.In October 2010, Eurexpocompleted a 10,000sqmextension including a modularamphitheatre named after PaulBocuse, able to hold from 1,000to 2,400 people.IMEX supports London toFrankfurt high-speed trainTHE MAGAZINE FOR THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION COMMUNITY WWW.EXHIBITION-WORLD.NET| Nov/Dec 2010|9AEG Ogden to manage theLA Convention Centre?INDIA- The BangaloreInternational Exhibition Centre(BIEC) is expanding its serviceand sales operations into Europewith a new office in Hanover.BIEC has appointedinternational consultant Internexto handle its trade fair business.Internex will also be theEuropean office for BangaloreInternational Exhibition Services,responsible for all EU countries,Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.BIEC hopes to give exhibitorsand associations access toservices that support bookingoptions and related professionalconsultancy services.Bangalore exhibition centreexpands into EuropeLyon courts fledgling organisersUAE - French organiserComexposium has joined forceswith UAE-based organiser TurretMedia to launch a Middle Eastversion of its market leadingParis food industry event, SIAL. Due to be held at the AbuDhabi National Exhibition Centre(ADNEC), 22-24 November,SIAL Middle East will besupported by the Abu DhabiChamber of Commerce andIndustry, the Unido Investmentand Technology PromotionOffice, and the UAE Ministry ofEnvironment. The Abu DhabiAbu Dhabi to host offshootof Comexposium's SIALFood Control Authority hassigned on as a strategic partner. "The industry is in need ofprofessional business platformssuch as SIAL Middle East," saiddirector-general of Abu DhabiFood Control Authority, RashedAl Shariqi. The five-day Paris version wasfirst held in October 1964 andthen biennially at Parc desExpositions de Paris NordVillepinte Paris and attractedmore than 9,300 exhibitors andover 216,000 visitors from 200countries this year.Ray Bloom

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