This Just In
  • Mad Event Management is launching UAS/Drones for Disaster Response April 19-20 in Miami. First responders are the target audience.
  • National Association of Chain Drug Stores OK’d a 3-year deal with CompuSystems for registration at their meeting and Total Store Expo.
  • Quebec-based ExpoPromotion has sold Montreal Home Expo and Montreal Fall Home Expo to Cleveland-based home show producer Marketplace Events.
  • Access Intelligence will launch Global Esports Business Summit for the esports industry Oct. 1-3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
  • Renovation of the Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center’s lobby, ballroom, and meeting space is scheduled for completion this summer.
  • UBM has acquired Grupo CanalEnergia, an organizer of events in the Brazilian renewable energy sector.
  • The grand opening of the new downtown Omni Louisville Hotel next to the Kentucky International Convention Center was March 6.
  • The grand opening of the Fairmont Austin was March 5. It has 140,000 sf of event space, and direct access to the Austin Convention Center.
  • A new Industry Insight Series Report from CEIR is a practical guide to integrating effective engagement tactics in exhibit booth design.
  • Freeman was named an approved partner for all Mobile World Congress events globally as part of a 3-year deal with event producer GSMA.

Clarion Events to be Acquired by U.S.-Based Blackstone Equity Partners

Sandi Cain
, News Editor
July 24, 2017
Share On:

London-based Clarion Events, which owns the rights to nearly 200 exhibitions and operates events in more than 50 countries, has been sold to New York-based Blackstone Group, a private equity firm, for nearly $780 million (£600 million), according to weekend reports from Sky News in London. Clarion has offices in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, The Netherlands, Turkey, Nigeria and South Africa. The company was most recently owned by Providence Equity Partners. Providence purchased the company three years ago. The deal is set to make Blackstone one of the biggest event company owners in the U.K.

Clarion’s portfolio includes the Olympia Horse Show, the World Counter-Terror Congress, The Baby Show, the House & Garden Show and the Conde Nast Traveller Luxury Fair. The portfolio also is diverse, including shows in gaming, technology, life sciences, retail and home décor, defense, energy, equestrian and travel, among others. Its exhibitions draw 1 million visitors annually.

Reach Clarion Events in Atlanta at (678) 285-3976; in London at (011) 44-020-7384-7700. 

Share On: