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dmg world media has announced that it has received substantial interest from national and international parties in the sale of its Australia and New Zealand show portfolio, which was put up for sale last month. The portfolio includes 15 trade and consumer shows in Australasia, which have been produced by the company for over ten years.
The events and exhibitions have enjoyed a strong following in the industry and had developed major industry affiliations. However, this years designEX and Form & Function show suffered from a dip in attendance rates, perhaps an indication of the difficult economic climate. Attendance at the show, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 30 April-2 May, was down on the previous year 14,683 visitors over three days compared with 17,793 in 2008.
Edward Owens, dmg world media Commercial Director, stressed that all 2010, 2011 events and beyond, which include Australias designEX and Form & Function, together with Build NZ / designEX NZ and the Auckland, Auckland Autumn and Canterbury Home Shows in New Zealand, are completely unaffected by the impending sale. The next event will be designEX 2010, a commercial and residential design exhibition, to be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 22-24 April 2010.
Following the sale, expecting to be completed in November 2009, dmg world media will focus its attentions on emerging markets and the technology sector, and will retain its technology and digital marketing business in Sydney a package which includes the ad:tech, iMedia and Evanta brands.
The package for sale includes the following shows: designEX and Form & Function, Building Services & Maintenance and Foodpro (Australia); and Build NZ and designEX NZ, Hospitality NZ, Foodtech Packtech, Printech, EMEX, Big Boys Toys, in addition to the Autumn, Winter and Spring Gift Shows and Auckland, Auckland Autumn and Canterbury Homes Shows (New Zealand).
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