Thu, 11 April 2019

Northstar to Buy Centaur Media’s Travel & Meetings Shows

Northstar Travel Group has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Centaur Media Travel and Meetings Limited (CTM), the owner of well-known exhibitions and events serving the travel industry including the Business Travel Show, The Meetings Show and Travel Technology Europe, from Centaur Media PLC.

 The transaction is expected to close at the end of April.

Thomas Kemp. Click to enlarge.

“The addition of Centaur’s Travel & Meetings exhibitions to our global portfolio of 80 events in 13 countries fits perfectly with our strategy to expand our event segment with the UK’s leading portfolio of travel shows,” said Thomas Kemp, Chairman & CEO of Northstar Travel Group. “The acquisition also provides Northstar with a platform in London to expand our portfolio of travel information and marketing services properties in the UK and Europe. We are excited to add Dave Chapple and his team of travel event professionals to the Northstar team.”

The CTM portfolio includes the following brands:

• The Business Travel Show: one of Europe’s largest corporate travel events with more than 9,000 attendees including 220 exhibiting companies and 500 hosted corporate travel buyers produced for 25 years in London.

• The Meetings Show: One of the UK’s leading in-bound and out-bound events for global meeting planners bringing corporate and association events to the UK, or UK-based corporate and association planners looking to take events to Europe and globally. The event brings together approximately 5,000 attendees including 640 exhibitors and approximately 1,000 hosted meeting buyers with 10,000 appointments.

• Travel Technology Europe: For 17 years, Travel Technology Europe has been bringing together buyers of technology solutions for the travel industry with innovative companies selling software and services to the travel industry. Approximately 6,500 attendees including 300 VIP travel technology buyers participate in Travel Technology Europe each year.

“The CTM portfolio is a perfect strategic fit with Northstar’s core information and marketing services brands serving these B2B travel segments,” said Bob Sullivan, president of Northstar’s Travel Group. “We will be able to leverage our content, our databases and our industry relationships to expand and grow these events.”

The entire CTM team is expected to join Northstar at the close.

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