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CLARION EVENTS ACQUIRES MAJORITY POSITION IN URBAN EXPOSITIONS 

ATLANTA (September 1, 2015)Urban Expositions today announced that Clarion Events Ltd. of the United Kingdom has become a majority partner in the company. Clarion’s global view and depth of resources further strengthen the existing Urban Expositions portfolio in addition to opening doors to new growth opportunities. 

Urban Expositions maintains its existing corporate identity, executive management team, staff, office locations, brands and events, with plans for collaboration on current, as well as future events and acquisitions. Managing Partners, Doug Miller and Tim von Gal, retain significant ownership in Urban Expositions and will continue to oversee all facets of the business.  

“We are thrilled to partner with such a well-established, international event organizer as Clarion,” said Doug Miller, president and CEO, Urban Expositions. “We look forward to working closely with the Clarion team to start a whole new chapter for our respective companies. Clarion’s forward-thinking leadership, proven experience and extensive resources will allow us to build upon our current show offerings while also pursuing new opportunities to diversify and grow.”

“We have been searching for a strategic US partner that shared our growth vision and customer service commitment and Urban Expositions was the perfect match,” added Simon Kimble, executive chairman, Clarion Events, which is headquartered in the UK. “In addition to the synergy we’ll find in the industry spaces we share – like retail trade, art and gaming – we each bring complementary skills and capabilities to the table in other areas that promise to fuel our growth.”

Urban’s first acquisition under Clarion’s ownership was announced  late last week when the  company acquired the Womens Wear in Nevada (WWIN) trade show, held semi-annually in Las Vegas, from Specialty Trade Shows, Inc.

“We are extremely excited about the new opportunities our Clarion partnership will deliver,” adds Tim von Gal, COO, Urban Expositions. “The chance to reinforce our own assets and talented team with Clarion’s global vision, expertise and versatile interests ensures that we’re well-positioned to seek out new ventures and proactively respond to the ever-changing marketplace.”

ABOUT URBAN EXPOSITIONS
Based in Kennesaw, GA, and founded in 1995, Urban Expositions produces and manages a portfolio of 37 events serving nine industry sectors, including Gift, Souvenir, Apparel, Art, Aviation, Foodservice, Halloween & Party, Pet and Gaming. Urban also produces Airport Revenue News, a publication focused on the airport concession industry. In addition to its headquarters in Kennesaw, Urban has offices in Shelton, CT and Boca Raton, FL, and is represented by employees in California, Colorado and Illinois. www.urban-expo.com

ABOUT CLARION EVENTS
Clarion Events operates more than 200 events in 35 countries from offices in the UK, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, UAE, Turkey, and the Netherlands. Clarion can trace its roots back to 1947 and takes great pride in being one of the oldest independent event organizers in the UK. The teams at Clarion create uniquely effective and stimulating environments that can serve as a platform to build businesses, enhance customer relationships and accelerate product awareness. www.clarionevents.com

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