Exhibition Centres And Trade Fairs

Indicative Assignments

ECL has over the last thirty years carried out assignments in Africa, Asia and the Middle East including

Nigeria – Lagos International Trade Fair. Under the European Development Fund Scheme ECL provided technical assistance, management consultancy and support services to the inaugural trade fair, the largest held in Africa with 1,000 exhibitors and a gross covered area of 74,000m2

Sudan – International Fair of Khartoum and All-Africa Fair. From the set-up of the new Fairs Corporation in 1977 to the design and implementation of the Fair grounds on an empty site within 20 months to host an international fair, this project demonstrated ECL’s ability to deliver a ‘total concept’.

South Korea – ECL supplied a management training programme to the original KOEX national exhibition centre through lectures, seminars and practical training.

Thailand – For Thailand’s Department of Export Promotion, ECL undertook the study of sites and development options which resulted in Bangkok’s emergence as a regional exhibition centre. (In association with engineers Arup)

Qatar - Strategic development review of the exhibition, conference and events sector.

Hong Kong – In collaboration with Earls Court and Olympia Ltd, ECL carried out the feasibility study for the new generation convention centre in Wanchai, Hong Kong.

General Assignments

These are varied and include project management, training and research assignments such as United Kingdom: management services for a major themed exhibition in London for the government of Saudi Arabia (attracted 100,000 visitors) Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh: training programmes UNIDO: exhibition management UN/International Trade Centre: training programmes and articles Montgomery Group: new exhibition market research and development in Africa, Asia, Middle East and USA. As independent consultants, ECL’s specialists have also advised on museums, visitor attractions, World Trade Centers, tourism and cultural projects in Britain and overseas.

Recent Assignments

Hong Kong: A study for a new venue for exhibitions serving the creative industries. Client - West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

Oman: A study of the national exhibition industry for the Government of Oman.

Malaysia: Planning expertise for a major industrial exhibitions venue in Kuala Lumpur. 

United Kingdom: Event business advice to Wasps Rugby Club in their successful aquisition of the RICOH Stadium.

Festivals and Events

Operated and marketed by ECL, The Liverpool International Garden Festival (1984) was the largest exposition to be held in Britain since the Festival of Britain in 1951. Recognised by the Bureau of International Exhibitions (BIE) as World Fair status, it attracted 3.4 million visits in its six month season and became an exemplar for later public events.

ECL later undertook the studies for the series of National Garden Festivals in Glasgow, Gateshead and Ebbw Vale for the UK Department of Environment and advised on the feasibility of similar events considered for Melbourne, Australia, and Singapore.