Informa Exhibitions’ CEO Charlie McCurdy Talks Company’s Growth Streak

Informa PLC’s 2017 results, released at the end of February, heralded another prosperous year for Informa Exhibitions, reporting strong underlying revenue growth of +7.6% and reported revenue growth of 74.5%, both on a year-over-year basis.

Informa pointed to the addition and successful integration of Penton Information Services and Yachting Promotions Inc. as a key contributor to this performance, which, combined with our ongoing investment in  strengthened data and marketing capabilities, has brought greater scale and increased balance and breadth across our existing international scope.

In an article published in Trade Show News Network in January, Charlie McCurdy discussed Informa Exhibitions’ 2017 achievements, which he believes provide a strong foundation for success in 2018. 

Article Highlights

  • Growth in 2017 can be attributed to strong and well-established Informa Exhibitions shows such as Natural Products Expos East and West and the China Beauty Show, to name a few, as well as a robust presence in the US and other key regions
  • Big shows are doing very well. Informa Exhibitions boasts more than 30 large shows in its global portfolio and is always is looking to add more, especially in the market verticals it currently serves, such as Health and Nutrition, Construction and Life Sciences, among others
  • Informa Exhibitions will also continue with its strategy of geo-cloning existing shows in its portfolio such as World of Concrete, which recently launched a sister show in Asia
  • Last year’s acquisition of Yachting Promotions makes Informa Exhibitions the largest organizer of yacht shows in the world 

While not able to discuss specifics, Charlie stated that Informa Exhibitions is looking to continue its growth path in 2018, with the prospect of more critical mass in key regions around the world, including the US, and the expansion of market verticals.

Charlie McCurdy
President and CEO, Informa Exhibitions

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