International events company dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa has acquired the boutique business forum organiser Atticus Events.

Focused specifically on the interior design of luxury hotels, HI Design organises business meetings between key buyers from currently active hotel projects and a  selection of international furniture, fixtures and equipment suppliers.With each edition held in a different five star hotel location, HI Design events are currently held annually in Europe, Asia and MEA.

“The HI Design portfolio dovetails perfectly with the work our teams do with INDEX and the growing selection of hotel shows,” explained Matt Denton, president of dmg events Middle East, Asia and Africa. “The acquisition of HI Design gives us another way to serve our market, bringing suppliers together with buyers from four and five-star hotel projects in a well-controlled atmosphere primed for doing good business.”

“It is absolutely fantastic to be able to integrate HI Design’s unique approach to business matching with our own established portfolio of hospitality and design events. This latest acquisition is just one part of our ongoing expansion plans as we boost the geographic breadth of our portfolio, while delving deeper into the key verticals we serve.”

HI Design ran for the first time in 2006 in Stockholm. HI Design Asia was launched in 2009 and the MEA edition debuted this year, with a first event held in Oman. The next event is scheduled for March 4-6, 2018 and will be held in Manama, Bahrain.

HI Design founders Jonathan Needs and James Burke, commented: “Having nurtured and grown the HI Design events into the leading forums they are today, we look forward to seeing the next stage of their development. We are extremely proud of how HI Design has established itself over the last twelve years, developing and growing in different parts of the world, and during some very challenging global economic times.

“The dmg events hospitality and design portfolio will provide an ideal environment for HI Design to continue to flourish. It is also great news that a number of our colleagues who have worked with us for many years will carry on doing so with dmg.”