Privately-owned New Zealand trade show organiser XPO Exhibitions Ltd, of Auckland, has acquired nine national consumer exhibitions from North Port Events. The nine shows are The Baby Shows, The Food Shows (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch), Fine Food New Zealand, Facilities Integrate, The Waikato Home & Garden Show, Autumn HomeXPO. The deal brings the XPO portfolio to 18 shows in 2020, with a forecast 3,500 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors.
XPO has a leading portfolio of B2B trade shows in New Zealand, the majority of which were acquired from the UK’s Daily Mail Group in 2010. In 2013, XPO acquired an additional portfolio of industry trade shows from Hayley Media. It has also launched a number of new trade shows including the New Zealand Food Innovation Showcase and Mybiz Expo.
XPO managing director Brent Spillane, commented: “Our sector expos now span food & beverage manufacturing and retail, general manufacturing, packaging, baby, gift and homewares, build construction and design, home shows, facilities management, wholesaling, workplace safety, logistics and more.”