Questex to Acquire Informa’s Live Experience Assets

Regina McGee, Senior News Editor
LDI
New York — Questex LLC announced this week that it is acquiring Informa Markets’ Live Experience portfolio, which includes digital, event and print assets of the Live Design, Club Industry and World Tea brands. “The acquisition aligns perfectly with our hospitality industry assets and with our focus on the experience economy,” Questex CEO Paul Miller said.
The events associated with the acquisition are:
  • LDI, a conference and trade show for professionals who design live events. According to Questex, the 2019 event saw a record-breaking attendance of 16,000, as well as more than 350 exhibitors and 125 conference sessions.
  • Club Industry Show, an annual conference focused on the business of fitness, drawing more than 2,250 attendees.
  • World Tea Expo, a leading event for tea-industry professionals, drawing more than 2,500 attendees and 250 exhibitors.
The acquisition continues the accelerated growth of Questex under the leadership of Miller, who stepped in as CEO following the acquisition of the company in 2018 by the private equity firm MidOcean Partners. Miller has since streamlined the company’s five verticals into two: beauty/hospitality/travel and life sciences/technology. Earlier this year, the beauty/hospitality/travel group launched The American Spa CBD Summit, a meeting for spa owners and others in the beauty industry who are selling or using CBD-infused products as part of their businesses.
“Our vision is to create a world-class information-services business by advancing companies who help people live longer, healthier and better lives through the experience economy,” Miller said. “We’re focused on the experience economy because we believe that as businesses compete for the attention of customers, experiences become a unique selling point. The customer experience has taken over from price and product features as the key brand differentiator. The Live Experience assets we’ve acquired are a perfect fit as they focus on wellness and the experiences that people have at all types of live events.”
Reach Paul Miller at (212) 895-8200 or pmiller@questex.com.