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23 August 2012

The PLASA Show is Going Places

PLASA has announced a new home and dateline for the PLASA Show in 2013. The UK's only international event for entertainment and installation technology will take place at ExCeL London for the first time, from 6-9 October 2013.

"After 21 years at Earls Court & Olympia, the time is now right for the PLASA Show to leave its current home. We have hugely ambitious plans for the future of the event and the state-of-the-art facilities at ExCeL support this vision," comments PLASA CEO Matthew Griffiths. "ExCeL is a cutting-edge, purpose-built exhibition venue with the infrastructure to attract international markets. Its world-class facilities are the perfect match for PLASA's planned investment in content and growth, and an exciting prospect for our technology markets worldwide."

The move represents a major opportunity for the PLASA Show to expand its international audience and offer world-class conferences, speakers, associated events, demonstration areas and features. ExCeL is located in a thriving area of East London and offers excellent links to both Europe and the rest of the UK via London City Airport.

"We are moving to an area transformed by significant investment in preparation for the London Olympic Games. Located in the heart of London's Royal Docks, the venue is within easy reach of London's West End and is connected to Central London via the Jubilee line and three onsite DLR (Docklands Light Railway) stations. International visitors will appreciate the proximity of London City Airport, which is just five minutes away by taxi, and there are great rail connections to mainland Europe," comments Griffiths.

The site also boasts a vast onsite network of hotels, restaurants and bars, providing a campus-style base for after-hours activities, offering second-to-none hospitality options from which to socialise and entertain. PLASA Show's event director, Sophie Atkinson, comments: "London is the natural meeting point for the creative industries, and a thriving cultural centre for the worlds of film, TV, music, live events and the performing arts. Add to that its position as a leading city in the world's economy, and a centre for international trade and finance, and we feel we have a near perfect recipe for a world-class event that not only informs but entertains."

The PLASA Show is owned by the industry and, as such, it is the only entertainment technology event to reinvest its revenue back into the industry it serves. Organisers PLASA Events invite everyone to join them for the final farewell to Earls Court at PLASA 2012, from 9-12 September.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.