Clarion Events becomes majority partner in Urban Expositions

Clarion Events becomes majority partner in Urban Expositions

Thursday, September 3, 2015 Totally Gaming
Urban manages the Indian Gaming Tradeshow with the National Indian Gaming Association

Clarion Events has become a majority partner in Urban Expositions, which manages the Indian Gaming Tradeshow in conjunction with the National Indian Gaming Association.

The Indian Gaming Tradeshow is the oldest gaming trade show in the US and is the flagship event and most significant annual gathering for tribal gaming and the tribal gaming community. The event is held annually in San Diego, California and Phoenix, Arizona.

Urban Expositions will maintain its existing corporate identity, executive management team, event staff, brands and events.

The two parties said that, due to the portfolios of Clarion and Urban being complementary in some cases, they do have plans to collaborate on certain, new launches and acquisitions.

Managing partners Doug Miller and Tim von Gal will retain a significant ownership in Urban and will continue to oversee all aspects of the business.

Clarion publishes and Clarion Events operates the gaming industry’s leading events, including ICE TotallyGaming, GiGse and EiG.

"We are thrilled to partner with such a well established, international event organiser 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 propositions while also pursuing new opportunities to diversify and grow.”

Clarion Events executive chairman Simon Kimble added: “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.

“In addition to the synergy we'll find in industry spaces we share such as retail trade, arts and gaming, we each bring complimentary skills and capabilities to the table in other areas that promise to fuel our growth. The National Indian Gaming Association is hugely important and highly regarded event and we look forward to lending our support where we can add value."

Urban chief operating officer Tim von Gal added: “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.”

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