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Good results for EMECA members
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The European Major Exhibition Centres Association EMECA has reported continued growth including record results for many members. The good level of investment into infrastructure and digitalisation continues. Furthermore, all members continue to broaden their offer and to increase their sales in services. On the downside, external threats such as ongoing trade conflicts, Brexit and general economic slowdown are starting to impact the market. In addition, the failure and crisis of several large international leading exhibitions demonstrate that fundamental changes happen quickly and everywhere. These developments require the highest level of attention, careful planning and a flexible response. New event formats and new business models are being tested and stronger partnerships between all actors in the value chain can lead to successfully renewed or entirely new formats. The association is also welcoming back one of its founding members: The NEC Birmingham is to rejoin EMECA from January 2020. The NEC was one of the founder members of EMECA in 1992 but paused its membership for 10 years. "We welcome the NEC back to EMECA, especially at this moment when business conditions are changing quickly with possible Brexit, new business models and investors stepping into the exhibition world. The Birmingham colleagues will for sure both benefit greatly from and contribute to the discussions within EMECA", said Maurits van der Sluis, EMECA president.