Reed Exhibitions invests in India’s retail sector making India Retail Forum a part of its internatio

By Reed Exhibitions, 2 November, 2016

Reed Exhibitions, part of RELX Group has today announced 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 its growing portfolio of retail real estate events.


This deal signifies a commitment from Reed Exhibitions to the Indian market and to continue to grow and develop leading retail real estate property 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; 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 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 Reed Exhibitions’ growing portfolio of retail real estate events that includes MAPIC in France, Italy, China and REX (Real Estate Exhibition) 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.”


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+ 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.”


Source: Reed Exhibitions