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Skift, acquired EventMB

synopsis: Skift, the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, has acquired EventMB, the first blog for event professionals. EventMB is the go-to online resource for Trends, Technology, Innovation and Education for the event industry. EventMB offers daily articles that are read by thousands of event professionals from around the globe.
buyer: Skift
Skift is the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry. Skift identifies and synthesizes existing and emerging trends in its daily coverage of the global travel industry. "
target: EventMB
EventMB is the first blog for event professionals. EventMB is the go-to online resource for Trends, Technology, Innovation and Education for the event industry. EventMB offers daily articles that are read by thousands of event professionals from around the globe.
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closed 12/4/2019 via BNC Analysis

Connect Meetings, acquired BizBash Media

synopsis: Connect Meetings, a division of Tarsus Group, has announced the purchase of BizBash, the iconic trade media company for event and meeting planners, further expanding Connect’s market leading position.
buyer parent: Tarsus Group plc
buyer: Connect Meetings
Connect Meetings is a leading provider of trade shows in the United States, serving the business travel and meetings sector through a combination of national, regional and vertically focused events which are supplemented by an integrated media offering and additional marketing solutions. "
target: BizBash Media
BizBash is the leading trade media for the event industry. BizBash publishes magazines and e-newsletters, hosts Web sites, and produces trade shows, conferences, and award shows for corporate event and meeting professionals, event marketers, and sales, PR, fund-raising, and HR executives.
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closed 4/11/2018 via BNC Analysis

Jorte Inc., acquired EventBank Corporation

synopsis: Jorte, a mobile app with 30 million downloads and one of the most popular calendar&organizer applications, has acquired EventBank. EventBank operates the largest platform in Japan, "EventBank Press", which delivers information on 40,000 festival / events, collected annually from local organizations and event organizers.
buyer: Jorte Inc.
Jorte Co., Ltd., based in Tokyo, provides an application that has a track record of 30 million downloads worldwide. Jorte is an application designed for smartphones and tablets that combines the ease of use of a paper organizer with the handiness of a portable device. "
target: EventBank Corporation
Event Bank Co., Ltd. operates the largest platform in Japan, "EventBank Press", which delivers information on 40,000 festival / events, collected annually from local organizations and event organizers.
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closed 2/22/2012 via BNC Analysis

Centaur Media plc, acquired Profile Group (UK) Limited

synopsis: Centaur Media plc, the business information and events group, has acquired Profile Group (UK) Limited ("Profile"), a specialist digital information business for media, PR and marketing professionals. Profile's information brands include Fashion Monitor, Red Pages, Entertainment News, Year Ahead and Foresight News.
buyer: Centaur Media plc (LSE:CAU:$91.02)
Centaur Media is a leading UK based business information, publishing and events group. It provides marketing and information solutions to buyers and sellers within several high value professional and commercial market communities. "
target: Profile Group (UK) Limited
Profile Group (UK) Limited is a specialist digital information business for media, PR and marketing professionals. Profile provides forward planning and contact information to enable them to optimise journalistic workflow and plan future PR and sponsorship campaigns.
price ($mm)
$13
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$5
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$2
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2.6x
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8.0x
closed 9/11/2019 via BNC Analysis

Skift, acquired EventMB

synopsis: Skift, the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, has acquired EventMB, the first blog for event professionals. EventMB is the go-to online resource for Trends, Technology, Innovation and Education for the event industry. EventMB offers daily articles that are read by thousands of event professionals from around the globe.
buyer: Skift
Skift is the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry. Skift identifies and synthesizes existing and emerging trends in its daily coverage of the global travel industry. "
target: EventMB
EventMB is the first blog for event professionals. EventMB is the go-to online resource for Trends, Technology, Innovation and Education for the event industry. EventMB offers daily articles that are read by thousands of event professionals from around the globe.
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closed 9/11/2019 via BNC Analysis

Skift, acquired EventMB

synopsis: Skift, the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, has acquired EventMB, the first blog for event professionals. EventMB is the go-to online resource for Trends, Technology, Innovation and Education for the event industry. EventMB offers daily articles that are read by thousands of event professionals from around the globe.
buyer: Skift
Skift is the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry. Skift identifies and synthesizes existing and emerging trends in its daily coverage of the global travel industry. "
target: EventMB
EventMB is the first blog for event professionals. EventMB is the go-to online resource for Trends, Technology, Innovation and Education for the event industry. EventMB offers daily articles that are read by thousands of event professionals from around the globe.
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closed 9/27/2018 via BusinessWire

Skift, acquired Airline Weekly

synopsis: Skift Inc., the largest travel industry intelligence and marketing platform, announced the acquisition of Airline Weekly, including the subscription-based newsletter and related assets. Airline Weekly reports who’s flying where, new marketing approaches, fleet, finance and key airline and airport data.
buyer: Skift
Skift is the largest industry intelligence and marketing platform in travel, providing news, information, data and services to all sectors of the world’s largest industry. "
target: Airline Weekly
Airline Weekly is a subscriber-supported publication, paid for by readers who want a more interesting, more valuable read about the airline business. Each Monday, Airline Weekly reports who’s flying where, new marketing approaches, fleet, finance and key airline and airport data.
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closed 8/24/2016 via BNC Analysis

FlightGlobal, acquired FlightStats

synopsis: FlightStats, the real-time global flight data provider, has been sold to Reed Business Information’s FlightGlobal, part of the FTSE 100 listed RELX Group. FlightStats, based in Portland, Oregon, is a pioneer in making real-time global flight data available to power services and decision-support tools for many of the world’s leading airlines.
buyer parent: RELX Group plc
buyer: FlightGlobal
FlightGlobal helps achieve a complete understanding of the aviation industry, the global fleet of aircraft and the market dynamics and drivers – both now and in the future. Via online tools, and expert reports, FlightGlobal can help identify growth opportunities and assess risk. "
target: FlightStats
FlightStats, based in Portland, Oregon, is a pioneer in making real-time global flight data available to power services and decision-support tools for many of the world’s leading airlines, travel agencies, mobile app developers and online services.
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closed 4/13/2011 via BusinessWire

Google Inc., acquired ITA Software

synopsis: Battery Ventures, a multi-stage investment firm focused on technology and innovation worldwide, announced that Google has acquired Cambridge, MA-based portfolio company ITA Software. ITA's QPX software tool for organizing flight information is used by leading airlines and travel distributors worldwide.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$171,704.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target parent: Battery Ventures
target: ITA Software
ITA Software creates innovative solutions for the travel industry. ITA's QPX software tool for organizing flight information is used by leading airlines and travel distributors worldwide, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bing, Continental Airlines, Hotwire, Kayak, etc.
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closed 12/28/2016 via BNC Analysis

STR, Inc., acquired AM:PM Hotels Ltd

synopsis: STR, a data benchmarking and analytics specialist, has acquired AM:PM, a hotel data and intelligence specialist. Through the acquisition, STR will enhance its global-leading hotel data and analytics platform with AM:PM’s market intelligence and interactive online database and mapping tool.
buyer: STR, Inc.
STR provides clients from multiple market sectors with premium, global data benchmarking, analytics and marketplace insights. Founded in 1985, STR maintains a presence in 15 countries with a corporate North American headquarters in Hendersonville, Tennessee. "
target: AM:PM Hotels Ltd
AM:PM is a leading source of market intelligence on the UK & Ireland hotel industry. Based on their extensive research, they deliver a suite of subscription-based online products to help clients make informed decisions with an unrivalled understanding of the size and structure of the hotel industry.
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closed 6/7/2016 via BusinessWire

Wasserstein & Co., LP, acquired Northstar Travel Group, LLC

synopsis: Wasserstein Partners acquired Northstar Travel Group, the leading provider of business-to-business information, content, events, data, research, custom content and software dedicated to the global travel and meeting industries, from the Wicks Group of Companies. Northstar owns well-known brands including Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, and others.
buyer: Wasserstein & Co., LP
Wasserstein & Co. is an independent private equity/investment firm that was founded January 2001 when the merchant banking group of Wasserstein Perella & Co., Inc., a global investment banking firm, spun out to become an independent firm upon the acquisition of Wasserstein Perella by Dresdner Bank. "
target parent: Wicks Group of Companies
target: Northstar Travel Group, LLC
Northstar Travel Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, meetings and incentives, and travel technology.
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closed 7/9/2012 via BNC Analysis

Wicks Group of Companies, acquired Northstar Travel Media, LLC

synopsis: Northstar Travel Media, a leading business-information company serving the travel and meetings industries, has been acquired by the Wicks Group. Northstar, a $60 million company based in Secaucus, New Jersey, serves the retail travel, corporate travel management and and meetings markets.
buyer: Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies operating in selected segments of the information, education, and media industries. "
target parent: BV Investment Partners
target: Northstar Travel Media, LLC
Northstar Travel Media serves the retail travel, corporate travel management and and meetings markets. Its brands include Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Business Travel News, Procurement.travel, and Incentive.
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closed 3/3/2014 via Company Press Release

Northstar Travel Media, LLC, acquired Travel Weekly China

synopsis: Northstar Travel Media has acquired Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, and Events China. Travel Weekly China provides vital trade news and market intelligence for China. Events China serves China through print, e-books, events and the leading industry awards programs. TravelWeekly Asia is a travel trade publication that covers Asian travel.
buyer parent: Wicks Group of Companies
buyer: Northstar Travel Media, LLC
Northstar Travel Media serves the retail travel, corporate travel management and and meetings markets. Its brands include Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, Business Travel News, Procurement.travel, and Incentive. "
target parent: Contineo Media
target: Travel Weekly China
Travel Weekly China provides the travel industry in China with vital trade news and market intelligence. Events China serves China through print, e-books, events and the leading industry awards programs. TravelWeekly Asia is a travel trade publication that covers Asian travel.
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closed 8/17/2006 via BNC Analysis

Centaur Communications Ltd, purchased Air and Business Travel News from Malcolm Ginsberg & Associates

synopsis: Centaur, the specialist business publishing and events company, is pleased to announce that it has acquired Air and Business Travel News (ABTN), an on-line publication for the travel industry. The publication has been bought from Malcolm Ginsberg & Associates for a consideration of £0.1m.
buyer parent: Numis Securities Limited
buyer: Centaur Communications Ltd (LSE:CAU:$91.02)
Centaur Communications is one of the UK's largest independent business publishing and information companies. It employs over 600 people and is privately owned with the shares largely held by management and by City and US financial institutions. "
seller: Malcolm Ginsberg & Associates
Malcolm Ginsberg & Associates provides public relations services. The company was founded in 1973 and is based in Potters Bar, United Kingdom.
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