AEO secures four forum sponsors

The Association of Exhibition Organisers (AEO) has signed up four

sponsors for its Exhibition Industry Forum in September.

The AEO originally aimed to have five sponsors but opted for one less

'for more exclusivity'. The four are Melville Exhibition Services,

Expocentric, Exhibition Bulletin and the NEC Group.

'We are forging ahead with our preparations for the forum,' said AEO

deputy director Austen Hawkins. 'We are ahead of schedule and have

started to sell places for the conference.'

The forum will take place from 6-7 September at Celtic Manor, Wales.

It will comprise 30 presentations with a number of major speakers. One

of the contributors will be Reed Exhibition Companies chairman Mike


'It's a good idea for the delegates to take two days out of their very

busy schedule and concentrate on the issues and look at ways forward,'

added Hawkins. 'The forum will help refresh the product in every part of

the industry.'

Delegates will have opportunities to network and share information in

the 'pursuit of improving the exhibition industry overall'.

Meanwhile, the AEO is considering producing an 'Introduction to the

Exhibition Industry'. The AEO said the publication would be an

'invaluable tool for new employees to the industry'.

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