​MAPIC COMES TO INDIA  
​​After France, China, Italy and Russia, MAPIC brand enters India

Cannes, November 16, 2016 – Reed Exhibitions (RX) today announces that India Retail Forum (IRF), a premier event serving the Indian retail real estate market and its satellite events; the Shopping Centre Forum and the Regional Retail Forums (collectively the IRF Portfolio) will join RX’s growing portfolio of retail real estate events.

This deal signifies a commitment from MAPIC to the Indian market and to continue to grow and develop leading retail real estate events around the globe. IRF will leverage the global sector expertise and delegate network of Reed Exhibitions’ established MAPIC retail real estate portfolio of events.

IRF will continue to be managed under the expert leadership of Amitabh Taneja, founder of IRF, who has a wealth of industry knowledge and key relationships with customers and stakeholders. IRF’s founder will join Reed Exhibitions, continuing his role by directing IRF events as Chief Convener in India.

Commenting on the deal, Michael Mandl, CEO for Reed Exhibitions India said “This is a very exciting development.  Amitabh Taneja brings over 20 years’ experience and will continue to lead the IRF portfolio with full support from Reed Exhibitions. Amitabh has built up a strong business in India and his experience and knowledge of the India retail real estate market combined with Reed Exhibitions’ global reach will be a great collaborative partnership.  Together we will ensure continuity and growth for customers and the brand.

IRF will join MAPIC’s growing portfolio of retail real estate events that includes MAPIC in France, Italy, China and REX in Russia.

Reed MIDEM is delighted to be associated with our sister company Reed Exhibitions India in the acquisition of IRF,” notes Filippo Rean, Head of Reed MIDEM’s Real Estate Division, organizer of the internationally-renowned retail and real estate tradeshows MAPIC and MIPIM. “MAPIC’s international reach, combined with the expertise of Reed Exhibitions India and of the IRF team, will help develop IRF into a regional platform for retail real estate professionals and international retailers to source business opportunities, partnerships and retail locations in the dynamic and growing Indian market,” he added.

Commenting on this partnership with MAPIC, Amitabh Taneja, CEO Images Multimedia Group said: “IRF has been the premier meeting place for the retail real estate sector in India for more than a decade and is instrumental in driving /facilitating growth in the sector. MAPIC’s 20-plus years as one of the world’s most important retail property events have given it tremendous inroads into the global retail and retail property markets. Over 8,000 participants every year generate a wealth of innovation, insights and intelligence that can potentially revolutionise retail in India — the world’s fastest growing major market. Through the partnership with MAPIC, IRF will reinforce its mission of catalysing the Indian consumption and retail space with best-in-class global insights.” 

Watch the exclusive video of Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC, announcing that IRF will join Reed Exhibitions’s portfolio.

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading event organizer, with over 500 events in 30 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 40 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com

About Reed MIDEM / MAPIC
Reed MIDEM, a subsidiary of Reed Exhibitions is a leading organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIP CANCUN and MIPJUNIOR for the television and digital content industries, MIDEM for music professionals, MIPIM, MIPIM Asia Summit, MIPIM UK, and MIPIM Japan for the real estate industry and MAPIC, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and MAPIC Italy in Milan for the retail real estate sector. MAPIC – the leading international retail property market, celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2016, has become the major industry event gathering 8,000+ international participants, including over 2,000 retailers for 3 days of exhibition, conferences and networking events targeting all types of retail property: city and shopping centres, factory outlets, leisure areas and transit zones.

About RELX Group
RELX Group is a world‐leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs approximately 30,000 people of whom half are in North America. RELX PLC is a London listed holding company which owns 52.9% of RELX Group. RELX NV is an Amsterdam listed holding company which owns 47.1% of RELX Group. The shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX and RENX.

*Note: Current market capitalisation can be found at http://www.relx.com/investorcentre

About India Retail Forum
Launched in 2003, the mission of India Retail Forum (IRF) is to be the RETAIL CATALYST connecting businesses, people, knowledge and ideas for the profitable growth of modern retail in India. Since its launch, IRF has actualized this mission by becoming the premier knowledge and networking platform for India’s vast, multi-dimensional and multi-hued retail industry. Every year, the mega confluence brings together the most successful and influential retail visionaries, consumer and retail experts and the industry’s powerful decision makers on one mega platform as a means to retail enlightenment. Unprecedented consumer insights, retailing innovations and path-breaking retail technologies coalesce at every rendezvous to transform India’s retail ecosystem. IRF presents the most comprehensive opportunities for retailers, consumer-facing businesses and support organisations to intelligently navigate the changing marketplace dynamics, and capitalise on emerging consumer expectations and aspirations. A world-class environment houses a 360-degree format of Conference, Workshops, Zoned Exhibitions and the annual IMAGES Retail Awards ceremony. In 2015, IRF added an innovation in the form of India Omnichannel Forum, a concurrent event that focusses on the digitisation of retail in the post-technology world, and gets retailers and retail support businesses together to optimise new opportunities in the internet age.