Questex In The News

Kimberly Newbury Named among Folio’s 2017 Class of Top Women in Media ​ 

NEW YORK (April 11, 2017) ─ Kimberly Newbury, managing director of Questex Travel Group’s e-learning and loyalty department, has been named as one of the director-level doers in Folio’s 2017 class of Top Women in Media. 

The annual program celebrates the creativity, innovation, and accomplishments of women in the magazine media industry. Each class of honorees have fearlessly moved their teams, brands, and companies forward, made strides in their respective markets, and created lasting impressions on their colleagues.

Each year, a select group of women are nominated by industry peers and hand-selected by the Folio: team to represent the best and brightest rising stars, entrepreneurs, director-level doers, corporate visionaries, and industry leaders. The 2017 class of honorees includes luminaries like Condé Nast’s Lisa Valentino, Twitter’s Janice Morris, Mortgage Bankers Association’s Teressa Lurk, Grist’s Eve Andrews, and POPSUGAR’s Lisa Sugar.

“I’m honored to be recognized among such an esteemed group of accomplished women in media,” said Newbury.  “It has been a privilege helping to develop and grow our e-learning platform and bring it to the forefront of B2B training technology.”

As the managing director for the e-learning & loyalty group, Newbury is responsible for driving revenue for Travel Agent University, the travel industry’s premier e-learning platform, said John McMahon, executive vice president of the Questex Travel Group, who nominated Newbury for her award.

“Kimberly has not only been integral in establishing Travel Agent University as the go-to e-learning platform in the travel industry,” said McMahon, “she has leveraged our custom technology across the other divisions of Questex LLC to create incremental revenue for the company.  I couldn’t be more proud of her achievement.”

Honorees will be recognized at Folio’s celebratory luncheon on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. 

Questex Travel Group has been serving the travel industry for over 85 years as the publisher of Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines, producer of the Travel Agent University e-learning platform, and organizer of live industry events including Travel Industry Exchange, Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Summit, and ULTRA Trendsetters.  

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

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CONTACT:

Jennifer Rosen

Questex LLC

[email protected]

212-895-8262

Folio Magazine Interviews Auseh Britt, VP of Marketing at Questex LLC on the Top Trends in Growing Audiences in 2017

December 20, 2016

As the media-company business model shifts — and advertising and other revenue streams become more dependent on audience engagement and insights — the role marketers play within the overall enterprise is also changing. Now, marketers are at the center of the business. They’re directly involved in revenue generation, whether it’s targeting a segment for a show, generating leads for an advertiser, analyzing audience content consumption, and building sophisticated automated campaigns. With this in mind, we asked a handful of marketing executives from across the industry about their top priorities for 2017. Read more...

Questex Travel Group Announces Dates and Locations for

Two Regional MICE Events

NEW YORK (September 29, 2016) ─ Questex Travel Group today announced the dates and locations for two of its regional events in their meetings group portfolio, under the Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (GMITE) umbrella.

The third annual Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (LAMITE) event will be held June 19-23, 2017 at the Porta Antigua and the Hotel Camino Real Antigua, in La Antigua, Guatemala. 

The eighth Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange will be held August 13-16, 2017 at the Hyatt Zilara/Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Each event, held in partnership with SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, will each feature an educational component presented by Meeting Professionals International, culturally immersive activities and receptions, and are the only events in these markets offering private, one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments in deluxe hotel rooms. 

LAMITE is the first and only event to bring travel suppliers to Latin America for face-to-face appointments with meeting planners and incentive buyers based there who place business globally.Contrary to that, CMITE will bring high-volume, North America-based meeting planners and incentive buyers to Jamaica to meet one-to-one with Caribbean suppliers.

Suppliers at each event will represent cruise lines, tour operators, destination management companies and sought-after incentive destinations, hotels, resorts and spas across the globe.

Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events have proven to be successful by offering one-to-one meetings, top-of-the-line training offered through SITE and MPI, and networking opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals as well as incentive buyers. For more information on LAMITE visit latintravelexchange.com or Caribbean.incentivetravelexchange.com for CMITE.  

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group supports every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

CONTACT:

Jennifer Rosen

Questex LLC

[email protected]

+1 212-895-8262

Four Certificate Programs and Robust Education Announced for
Travel Industry Exchange

NEW YORK (September 16, 2016)Questex Travel Group today announced a robust roster of panel discussions and educational seminars for its second annual Travel Industry Exchange event, which will take place December 13-15, 2016 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

The event, emphasizing on travel specialization, will offer over 50 sessions focused on revenue-generating niche segments, including certification programs in cruise, romance, luxury, and family travel, as well as concentrated programs in social media & branding, and millennial travel.

“Travel Industry Exchange will bring together the industry’s most knowledgeable and experienced executives in specialization,” said John McMahon, Questex Travel Group executive vice president. “Parlaying on the enormous success of our inaugural event in 2015, we have raised the bar even higher going into this year and expect travel professionals to come away with the tools they need to become even more valuable to their clientele, who are growing at a tremendous pace especially within the burgeoning millennial market, and are seeking more than just a ‘one size fits all vacation.’ This is an opportunity agents cannot pass up.”

To offer attendees dynamic educational content on topics relevant to their business development, Questex has partnered with leading industry associations. Key educational tracks and sessions will include:

  • Cruise Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA):
    • Selling Up: Beyond the Cruise and the Hotel to Next-Level Planning
    • Full Steam Ahead: The Future of Cruising Including Itineraries and New Ships
    • The Wonderful World of Ship Inspections — Everything You Need to Know About Ship Inspections
    • The Next Frontier in Cruising: Alaska, the Pacific, and the Northwest
    • River Cruising: How to Successfully Introduce and Sell More to Your Cruise Clientele
    • Why Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Can Make or Break a Great Cruise Experience
    • Turn Their Heads — Grow Your Business Through 1st Time Cruisers
    • Attracting the Right Clientele to the Right Cruise for Millennials and Generations Beyond

 

  • Romance Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with the Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) and sponsored by the Nevada Division of Tourism:
    • Love at First Site: Romance and Destination Wedding Travel 101: Getting Started
    • Best Practices: How To Fast-Track Your Romance Travel Business Growth
    • Strange Love: Why "Something New" Beats Out "Something Borrowed" in Today’s Destination Weddings Market
    • The Building Blocks of Profitable Partnerships: Better Working Processes for Vendor Relationships and Success
    • The Bridal Show Buy-In: Getting Your Investments to Pay Off
    • She (or He) Said "Yes": Prospecting and Closing For Business Success in the Destination Wedding Market
    • Practice What You Preach: Selling Luxury Weddings with Panache

 

  • Luxury Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with Luxury Travel Advisor:
    • The New Luxury Group Business: Celebrations, Reunions, and "Oh, Look, I'm Turning 30"
    • Managing Your Mindset: Am I Worthy of Selling Luxury?
    • What's NEXT in Luxury: Extreme Destinations, Getting to Know the Wildest and Hottest Trends in 2017 & Beyond
    • Expanding Your Luxury Business: Should You Go It Alone or Take a Partner?
    • Selling Up: Beyond the Cruise and the Hotel to Next-Level Planning
    • Establishing YOUR Luxury Brand
    • The Luxury Niche Overview
    • Practice What You Preach: Selling Luxury Weddings with Panache
       
  • Family Travel Specialist Certification, in partnership with the Family Travel Association:
    • Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Redefining the Family Vacation
    • Finding the Elusive "Fun" Family Vacation: How To Make Family-Friendly Appeal to All Ages
    • Multigenerational Travel: What's Driving the Fastest Growing Segment in Travel
    • Building Your Family Travel Business and Becoming A Specialist
    • Challenging Assumptions: Family Travelers Don't Always Favor All-Inclusives
    • Hot Destinations for Families and Why "Tour" Is Not a Four-Letter Word!
    • The Great Outdoors is Great Once More
       
  • Millennial Travel Track, sponsored by Apple Vacations:
    • Going Alone or Going Along: Is It Time to Assert Your Independence?
    • Celebration Travel Continues to Rise to the Occasion
    • How Thinking Small Can Lead to Bigger Earnings: Know Thy Niche
    • Attracting the Right Clientele to the Right Cruise for Millennials and Generations Beyond
       
  • Social Media & Branding Track:
    • Your Social Media Presence in Practice: Real Life Scenarios and Examples of DOs & DON'Ts in Social Media
    • Who Says Business and Emotion Don't Mix? The Dos & Don'ts of Emotional Branding
    • Stop Wasting Time on Social Media: Start Creating LEADS and BUISNESS with Efficient Processes in Social Media
    • Social Media Tactics Which Are Currently Effective in the Consumer Travel Market
    • How Customized Tours Can Build Your Brand and Guide You to More Sales
    • Selling Yourself and Fine-Tuning Your Sales Techniques Critical to Success as an Agent

The full schedule can be viewed at http://www.travelindustryexchange.com/schedule.

Travel Industry Exchange will bring travel professionals and lifestyle specialists together with international suppliers including destinations, hoteliers, cruise lines, tour operators, transportation providers, technology companies, spas and resorts. The event will include comprehensive education including agent specialty training, one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments between attendees and exhibiting suppliers, and networking activities at some of San Diego’s most exciting attractions and locales. 

For more information or to register to attend, visit www.travelindustryexchange.com

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

 

CONTACT:

Jennifer L. Rosen

Questex LLC

[email protected]

212-895-8262

 

MEET National Closes with Record Onsite Attendance

NEW YORK (September 14, 2016) ─ The highly anticipated MEET National closed to rave reviews on Thursday afternoon with a nine percent increase in onsite attendance over last year. 

Questex Travel Group, the organizer of the event, went through a deep dive revitalization project before launching this year’s event cycle. Based on feedback received on site, not only did the event deliver on the promise of an upgraded event, it exceeded expectations.

Kirk Lewis, meetings group director for Questex said this research led to the increase in partnerships in order to develop a more robust education program, as well as allowing for more networking time between exhibitors and attendees. 

“The positive feedback we received from both meeting planners and exhibiting suppliers has been tremendous,” said Lewis. “Planners were blown away by the sheer breadth of education available to them at no charge, not to mention the phenomenal networking opportunities via the pre-scheduled appointments, the open show floor, and the charity activity developed by our partners at TeamBonding. I’m so pleased we were able to step up our game this year and deliver such a valuable program to our audience.”

The two and a half day conference offered over 20 sessions for CE credits developed in partnership with CIC, MPI, DMAI, SGMP, and IAEE; two keynote addresses, two intensive certificate programs by Meeting Professionals International, and an interactive town hall.

Sponsors of this year’s event include Convention Industry Council, Convention Planit, Cvent, Destination Marketing International Association, Digitell, Educational Measures, eventPower, Feathr, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, guidebook, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meetings & Events Media Group, MidAtlantic Events, Montego Bay Convention Center, The National Convention Center, PC/Nametag, Poken, Schneider Publishing, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, TeamBonding, Think Green Promotions, Travel Portland, and Visit Raleigh.

MEET National is organized by Questex Travel Group in partnership with MPI and HSMAI.  

For more information visit meetconference.com.

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

 

CONTACT:

Jennifer Rosen

Questex LLC

[email protected]

212-895-8262

Seventh Annual Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange Opens in Barbados

NEW YORK (August 30, 2016) ─ Questex Travel Group opened its seventh annual Caribbean Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange (CMITE) today at the exquisite Hilton Barbados Resort, in beautiful Bridgetown, Barbados during their 50th anniversary of independence.

CMITE, held in partnership with SITE, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, brings fully hosted North American meeting planners and incentive buyers together with Caribbean suppliers for two and a half days of exclusive networking opportunities and prescheduled one-to-one meetings in private suites.

New to the event this year will be a special education session presented by Meeting Professionals International (MPI).  Jessie States, manager of professional development for MPI will present “Meetings Outlook: A Deep Dive into the Latest Business” on Wednesday, August 31 where she will review the forecast for events in the coming year, including budget, attendance, and business conditions; delve into trends that matter, and discuss with the audience how they will affect their future meetings.
 

“This year’s CMITE event is off to a great start, thanks to highly productive, qualified appointments, unique networking opportunities and an exciting new destination for our attendees in beautiful Barbados,” said Kirk Lewis, meetings group director for Questex. “Our MICE event portfolio is the only one that offers one-to-one meetings in the privacy of luxury hotel rooms, combined with stellar education and exciting networking activities, providing tremendous value to suppliers and buyers alike.”

Suppliers at the event represent cruise lines, tour operators, destination management companies and sought-after incentive destinations, hotels, resorts and spas across the globe.

Sponsors include Accra Beach Hotel & Spa, Aruba Convention Bureau, Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc., Cool Runnings, Dominican Republic Tourism Board, Elegant Hotels, Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Goddard’s Catering Group, Hilton Barbados Resort, Hyatt Zilara & Hyatt Ziva Brands, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jammin, JetBlue, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Melia Hotels International, Meeting Professionals International, Ocean 2, ProColombia, Sam Lord’s Castle, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, Silvermoon, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence, Sunlinc, Tiami Cruises, The Boatyard, The Crane Beach Hotel, The Westin Grand Cayman, Wyndham Grand Property.

Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) events have proven to be successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training and networking opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals, as well as incentive buyers.

For the latest event information, visit IncentiveTravelExchange.com. Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE), owned and managed by Questex LLC, feature invitation-only, appointment-based events catering exclusively to the meetings, incentives, conferences and events market. For more information, visit GlobalTravelExchanges.com.

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

CONTACT:

Jennifer Rosen

Questex LLC

[email protected]

+1 212-895-8262

MEET National Attendance to Exceed Expectations

Newly Revitalized Event Expecting to Draw Significant Increase in Attendance Over Past Years

 
NEW YORK (August 31, 2016) ─ Questex Travel Group, organizers of MEET National, anticipate a strong increase in attendance at this year’s event, set to open Wednesday, September 7 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. 
 
The event is expected to draw nearly 1,000 visitors, bringing together meeting and event planning professionals with 120 leading suppliers representing hotels, resorts, meeting venues, convention and visitors bureaus, technology, event services and promotional & marketing products.
 
Kirk Lewis, director of the meetings group for Questex Travel Group, said the event, which caters to corporate direct, association, and government meeting professionals, has proven successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training that provides valuable continuing education credits and robust networking opportunities.
 
“We are committed to delivering dynamic educational content to challenge and engage our conference attendees,” said Lewis. “We’ve partnered with the industry’s elite content providers including MPI, CIC, SGMP, IAEE, and DMAI to offer meeting professionals the most robust opportunity to enhance their personal development and increase their accreditation. There’s no other event in DC right now that can do that for today’s meeting professional.”
 
The two and a half day conference will offer 20 plus sessions for CE credits, and two keynote addresses.  Daniel Levine, founding director, Avant-Guide Institute will present the first keynote address  - Winds of Change: The Reshaping of Business on Wednesday morning at 11:30am and Steve Gilliland, motivational speaker and author will present the second keynote – Making a Difference on Thursday morning at 8:00am. The event will close with an interactive town hall on Thursday afternoon featuring Jack Ferguson, JPF Solutions; Kevin Hinton, Society for Incentive Travel Excellence; Tammy Kockaya, KPMG; Greg Staley, U.S. Travel Association; and moderated by Mike Lyons, Lyons Enterprises.
 
In addition, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will offer three intensive certificate programs – Meetings Essentials, Health Care Meetings Compliance Certificate, and Going Local, for an additional fee.  Meetings Essentials and Health Care Meetings will each take place pre-conference all day on September 6th, and then general attendance will open at 7:00am on September 7th for registration.
Registration to attend MEET National is free and will offer an innovative conference open to meeting professionals and exhibitors alike, with unlimited networking opportunities including 12-minute, pre-scheduled, one-on-one appointments, an open expo floor, and an exclusive charity event created in partnership with TeamBonding Wednesday afternoon whose donations will support DC Kitchen.
 
Sponsors of this year’s event include Convention Industry Council, Convention Planit, Cvent, Destination Marketing International Association, Digitell, Educational Measures, eventPower, Feathr, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, guidebook, International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Meetings & Events Media Group, MidAtlantic Events, Montego Bay Convention Center, The National Convention Center, PC Nametag, Poken, Schneider Publishing, Society of Government Meeting Professionals, TeamBonding, Think Green Promotions, Travel Portland, Visit Raleigh.
 
MEET National is organized by Questex Travel Group in partnership with MPI and HSMAI.  
 
For more information visit meetconference.com. Click here to register to attend.  Press may register by clicking here
 
About Questex Hospitality + Travel
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.
 
The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.
 
Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.
 
CONTACT:
Jennifer Rosen
Questex LLC
212-895-8262

 

Questex Anticipates a Home Run in New Stadium Series of MICE Events

NEW YORK (August 11, 2016) ─ Questex Travel Group, the organizers of the Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) and MEET National, are launching their newest one-to-one event concept for the MICE industry called The Stadium Series. 

The first of its kind, this event will take place in the house that Ruth built – Yankee Stadium, November 15, 2016 and will bring Northeast US meeting planners and incentive buyers to meet one-to-one with global travel suppliers, in private, luxury sky box suites.

Meeting and event planners are constantly searching for unique venues to provide a one-of-a kind experience for their clients, said John McMahon, executive vice president for the Questex Travel Group.

“Stadiums and arenas have sprouted up as a new leader in the luxury event space market,” said McMahon. “These venues are distinctive and exciting and we expect this concept to grow significantly as more planners are exposed to these venues through our series of events.”

A pillar of the GMITE brand, the Stadium Series will take the one-to-one concept out of the noisy ballrooms and move it into quiet, private suites, allowing suppliers the opportunity to conduct  nearly a month’s worth of sales calls in just one day.  The Questex team will also be pre-qualifying attendees in advance of the event in order to ensure they meet the standards suppliers require for their business needs, another GMITE brand pillar.

The Stadium Series will continue into 2017 with new locations and dates yet to be named.

Suppliers at the event represent cruise lines, tour operators, destination management companies and sought-after incentive destinations, hotels, resorts and spas across the globe.

Questex’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchanges (GMITE) have proven to be successful by offering one-to-one meetings and top-of-the-line training and networking opportunities for meeting and event-planning professionals, as well as incentive buyers.

 

About Questex Hospitality + Travel

 

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group of Questex LLC serves the worldwide hospitality, travel and related industries that together contribute over $6 trillion to the global gross domestic product. Through an innovative platform of targeted solutions, the group serves the sector’s entire ecosystem, from tourism and hotel development and investment to hotel design, purchasing, management and operations.

The Questex Hospitality + Travel Group serves every B2B segment of the industry, from investment and development to management operations, sales and marketing of hospitality and travel products to destination development and marketing, via proven demand generation, learning, loyalty and rewards solutions as well as a network of live events. This division of Questex is aligned around three broad market segments – hospitality, travel and meetings – and supported by its digital media staff.

Additional information is available at questex.com/markets/hospitality-travel.

 

CONTACT:

Jennifer Rosen

Questex LLC

[email protected]

212-895-8262

 

Questex Acquires United Kingdom’s The Annual Hotel Conference

 
NEWTON, Mass. (July 13, 2016)Questex, a leading global business information and events company, today announced it has acquired The AHC Company Limited, organizer of The Annual Hotel Conference, the United Kingdom’s leading industry event in the individual, boutique, branded and consortium hotel segments.
 
The agreement merges the collective resources of Questex, organizers of the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin, the pre-eminent global conference for the hotel investment community, and The AHC, the UK’s leading hospitality event for independent hoteliers. Founders Chris Eddlestone and Jonathan Langston and their team will continue to lead content development and management of the event.
 
“We are tremendously pleased to team up with Chris and Jonathan and combine our resources to enhance the value provided to the UK hotel industry by this important event,” said Kerry Gumas, Questex president and chief executive officer.
 
“From its beginnings as a small, invitation-only gathering targeting the regional individual and small-chain hotel owner and operator, The AHC has grown over its 13-year lifetime into one of the UK’s largest hotel industry events outside London,” said Eddlestone. “With Questex’s significant scale and resources, we expect the event will grow at a faster pace, with new marketing opportunities for our supporters and partners.
This year’s The AHC, which is expected to draw over 700 delegates, will be held Oct. 12- 13 at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate hotel. The event, themed Performing in Transient Times, will bring individual, boutique and consortium hotel owners, operators and managers together with developers, investors, bankers, advisors, government agencies, designers, architects, consultants, tourism leaders, regional tourist board representatives and other stakeholders for relevant and inspirational educational content and peer-to-peer networking.
 
“Questex has an impressive track record of investing in their core hospitality media and events and successfully launching new products in this market,” added Langston. “Our customers will truly benefit by Questex’s ability to generate additional business opportunities, relevant content, world-class speakers and generous networking exchanges. We look forward to combining our resources and expertise and working together to drive the growth of the business.”
 
Eddlestone and Langston will work closely with the Questex Hospitality Group team, led by its executive vice president, Alexi Khajavi, to pursue The AHC’s core business objectives of providing dynamic education, networking and inspiration for its delegates.
 
The AHC was cofounded by 30-year industry veteran Eddlestone, global head of hospitality and leisure services at Squire Patton Boggs, an international law firm; and Langston, a renowned industry consultant and commentator with a 30-year track record who most recently served as the UK chief operating officer for CBRE Hotels Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
 
For more information, or to register for The AHC, visit www.theahc.co.uk or the event’s Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook pages.
 
About Questex
Questex is a leading global business information and events company serving corporate and government clients and industries that are driving economic growth and business innovation around the world.
 
The company drives business investment, innovation and demand-creation in the markets it serves by bringing together investors, buyers, sellers and professionals through its over 100 trade shows, conferences and other business events, informing them through more than 100 business media and information products and supporting clients with a comprehensive platform of marketing solutions. Questex’s industry-focused business units include Life Sciences & Healthcare, Hospitality & Travel, Beauty & Wellness, Technology & Telecom groups.
 
Questex Hospitality Group is the organizer of the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) Berlin, the pre-eminent global conference for the hotel investment community, along with related hotel investment events serving the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions; the HOTEC, Hotel Management and Hotel Technology series of events in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia and; publisher of Hotel Management and digital newsletters, IHIF Hotel Investment News, Hotel Technology News, Hotel Operations News and Hotel Design News.
 
Questex is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. The company employs over 350 dedicated professional staff members, who are located in offices throughout the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
 
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RDR PR LLC

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Questex Acquires ExL Events

Acquisition of Leading Life Sciences Event Company Expands Company’s Services in Pharmaceutical, Life-Science and Health-Care Markets

NEWTON, Mass. (July 11, 2016)Questex, a leading global business information and events company, today announced it has acquired ExL Events Inc., expanding its presence in the global pharmaceutical, life-science and health-care markets.

ExL Events, founded in 2004 as ExL Pharma, is the industry leader in developing innovative, educational conferences that serve the pharmaceutical, life-science and health-care communities. Kerry Gumas, Questex president and chief executive officer, said ExL will complement the services currently provided to those markets by Questex’s Fierce Life Science & Healthcare group of digital media titles and events.

The founders of ExL Events, Bryon Main, president & chief executive officer, and Ethan Denkensohn, chief financial & operating officer, will continue to lead the organization and retain their existing staff. ExL Events, which will continue to operate from its New York headquarters, produces more than 70 annual events in the United States, Europe and Asia for pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostics and contract-research organizations, hospitals and physicians, among others.

“We are pleased to welcome Bryon, Ethan and the entire ExL Events team to the company,” said Gumas. “They have done an excellent job in building ExL Events into a high-service, high-value producer of events, which we believe will be well complemented by our industry-leading portfolio of digital media titles serving the industry.  

“ExL has consistently grown its revenue and EBITDA at double-digit rates over the last five years, and we’ve seen the business continue to scale well due to the strong competencies of the team and systems they have put in place.”

Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

“For the last 12 years, ExL Events has served the informational and networking needs of the dynamic and rapidly evolving global health-care and pharmaceutical sectors through high-quality conferences that deliver important topical information and interactive networking opportunities,” said Main. “Having Questex’s many resources at our fingertips will fuel investment and global expansion opportunities for ExL Events. We look forward to working together to drive growth and innovation for the business and our customers.”

Denkensohn said ExL Events would truly benefit from the agreement given Questex’s scale and reach. “Questex has a strong leadership team, a global footprint across complementary markets and a similar commitment to helping customers achieve their business and professional objectives through world class conferences,” he said. “We look forward to joining the Questex family and continuing our mission to bring allied industries together to strategize on key issues and challenges that drive research, solutions and strategies.”

About Questex

Questex is a leading global business information and events company serving corporate and government clients and industries that are driving economic growth and business innovation around the world.

The company drives business investment, innovation and demand-creation in the markets it serves by bringing together investors, buyers, sellers and professionals through its over 100 trade shows, conferences and other business events, informing them through more than 100 business media and information products and supporting clients with a comprehensive platform of marketing solutions. Questex’s industry-focused business units include Life Sciences & Healthcare, Hospitality & Travel, Beauty & Wellness, Technology & Telecom groups.  

Questex is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. The company employs over 350 dedicated professional staff members, who are located in offices throughout the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

About ExL Events

ExL Events develops engaging, content-driven conferences and partnered events for dynamic industry audiences including: pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, diagnostic, contract-research organizations, hospital networks, physicians, communications and others. Behind its diverse event portfolio, ExL’s experienced team conducts extensive market research and targeted outreach. The results translate into innovative, high-quality events that facilitate the exchange of critical information between industry professionals and suppliers who support shared goals. For more information, visit www.exlevents.com.

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Evy Apostolatos

RDR PR LLC

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Questex Poised for Continued Growth with Acquisition by Shamrock Capital Advisors

Transaction reflects the strength of company’s business model and growth strategy in key market segments

NEWTON, MA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2014Questex, a leading global business information and events company, today announced that Shamrock Capital Advisors has acquired the company in partnership with senior management. The company will continue to develop its existing product portfolio while pursuing acquisitions to further solidify Questex’s leadership position in its core markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Kerry C. Gumas, President & CEO of Questex, said, “Shamrock Capital is the perfect partner for Questex at this point in our evolution. They have a deep understanding of the media, communications and entertainment sectors and the customers we serve. They support our ongoing business initiatives and they share our goal of extending Questex’s service offerings and market footprint."

“Over the years, Questex has aggregated a unique set of assets with significant untapped potential,” said William Wynperle, Partner at Shamrock Capital Advisors. “We look forward to working with Kerry and the Questex team to capitalize on a tremendous need in today’s marketplace through additional strategic investments and the benefit of our combined experience.”

"Since Questex was founded nine years ago, it has evolved into a technology-enabled platform integrating events, digital media and information products. We serve our customers in growth sectors including Hospitality & Travel, Entertainment, Beauty & Wellness, Technology and Life Sciences & Healthcare in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific," further commented Gumas."The Shamrock team shares our vision of the vital benefits that business events and high quality digital information products and solutions can provide our customers to aid them in achieving their business and professional objectives. We are especially glad to be able to partner with Shamrock to continue to invest in these services for the benefit of all our customers and stakeholders."

Jefferies LLC served as the financial advisor to Questex.

About Shamrock
Shamrock Capital Advisors, LLC is a Los Angeles-based private equity firm with over $700 million of capital under management. Investing exclusively in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors, Shamrock partners with strong management teams and takes an active, collaborative approach to creating value in each investment. Shamrock is currently investing out of Shamrock Capital Growth Fund III, a $400 million fund raised in 2011. Shamrock’s current investments include FanDuel, Giant Creative/Strategy, Isolation Network, MarketCast, Mobilitie, PGOA Media, Questex, Screenvision and T3 Media. For more information, visit www.shamrockcap.com.

About Questex
Questex is a leading global business information and events company serving corporate and government clients and industries that are driving economic growth and business innovation around the world.

The company drives business investment, innovation and demand creation in the markets it serves by bringing together investors, buyers, sellers and professionals through its over 50 tradeshows, conferences, and other business events; informing them through more than 100 business media and information products; and supporting clients with a comprehensive platform of marketing solutions, including marketing development, lead generation, branding and content marketing services provided by its professional staff and delivered worldwide. Questex's market-focused divisions include its Hospitality & Travel, Beauty & Wellness, Nightclub & Bar, Entertainment, I.T. & Telecom and Life Sciences & Healthcare groups, a digital media industry-leading publisher, FierceMarkets, and a leading market research and advisory services provider, InfoTrends.

Questex is headquartered in Newton, MA. The company employs over 350 dedicated professional staff who are located in offices throughout the United States of America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Media Contact:
Laura Brophy
(203) 331-7618
[email protected]

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