Mike Rusbridge, chairman of Reed Exhibitions is to retire at the end of 2015. Rusbridge joined Reed Exhibitions as its chief executive, Europe in 1988, becoming president of Europe and Asia in 1994 and appointed chairman and chief executive in 1996. During Rusbridge’ s time chairman, Reed Exhibitions has grown from a $400 million to $1.5 billion company and today organises 500 events in 43 countries, across 43 industry sectors with over seven million participants.
Reed Exhibitions has appointed Nick Pilbeam to the position of divisional director – travel. Newly appointed Pilbeam, who brings with him an enormous amount of growth strategy knowledge and industry insight, will head up the travel division of the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions. The renowned industry events that fall under Reed Travel Exhibitions include the International Luxury Travel Market portfolio, IBTM Events, and recently announced, WTM portfolio which consists of Reed Exhibitions flagship event World Travel Market in London.
Mark Walsh, group exhibitions director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, speaks to Breaking Travel News at Arabian Travel Market 2014.
Reed Travel Exhibitions, the world’s leading event’s organiser in the travel and tourism industry, has announced the topics that will be debated at the inaugural International Ski Travel Market (ISTM), which takes place in Austria on March 17-18, 2014.
The Arabian Travel Market roadshow arrives in Riyadh today to deliver a presentation at the offices of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities, to Saudi participants at this year’s exhibition. Executives from Reed Travel Exhibitions, the organiser of ATM, are conducting a workshop ahead of this year’s May 5th-8th event in Dubai, bringing together key industry figures in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to discuss marketing opportunities and how to showcase their proposition to ATM’s 21,000 trade visitors.
Reed Exhibitions has signed a joint venture agreement with Thebe Tourism Group to acquire a majority share in Thebe Exhibitions & Projects Group based in South Africa. TEPG will be renamed Thebe Reed Exhibitions and will be owned 60 per cent by Reed Exhibitions, 30 per cent by Thebe Tourism Group, with Carol Weaving retaining ten per cent.
Following plans announced by EIBTM to deliver a new appearance for the 2013 show, the leading global event for the meetings and events industry has confirmed that they will be adding a number of new platforms to the event which will provide meeting industry suppliers with opportunities for global brand exposure to an international audience of over 15,000 meetings industry professionals who attend the show each year.
Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced further details of its exclusive global Hosted Buyer Programme ahead of Africa Travel Week early next year. Comprising WTM Africa, ILTM Africa and IBTM Africa, Africa Travel Week will host 500 dedicated travel industry buyers and specialists from over 30 key source markets.
Ski company heavyweights Thomas Cook, TUI Ski, TUI Travel PLC and Scott Dunn are among the many tour operators already signed up to take part in the inaugural International Ski Travel Market. The event will take place in Austria on March 17th-18th 2014.
Research conducted by Reed Travel Exhibitions following the last edition of the global event for the meetings and events industry has highlighted that more than 1,320 Hosted Buyers who attended EIBTM 2012, and were responsible for organising meetings, specified a direct interest in placing business in Africa.
Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced the launch of IBTM Africa. The 2014 event will take place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC) complex in the West Ballroom from 28th-30th April and will be part of Africa Travel Week.
Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced the launch of World Travel Market Africa – as part of the new Africa Travel Week. Africa Travel Week will take place in Cape Town South Africa, from April 28th–May 3rd, 2014 and sees WTM Africa co-locate alongside fellow Reed Travel Exhibitions’ events IBTM Africa and ILTM Africa.