Cookie Policy

What are “cookies”?

“Cookies” (also known as HTTP cookies, web cookies or browser cookies) are simply small pieces of data, which are stored as text files on your computer, whenever you visit certain websites. Their typical purpose is to help sites remember particular actions you may have done there in the past. For example, cookies may track when you have logged into a site, visited certain pages or clicked certain buttons.

Websites maintained by Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited use cookies to improve your user experience. In many cases, cookies are even essential for certain features of a site.

For example, we use cookies to:

  • Remember when you have logged into a site.
  • Remember your user preferences, searches and favourites.
  • Track your usage of a site, via Google Analytics©.
  • Track the success of our marketing campaigns. Additionally, Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited websites have a small set of carefully selected third-party providers.

These third-parties use cookies to:

  • Target more relevant advertisements to you;
  • Enable social media sharing including the use of Facebook©, Twitter© and YouTube©;
  • Ensure better service delivery. You can view a full list of all cookies used by Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited websites in the “What cookies do we use and why?” section.

Are cookies harmful?

Cookies cannot harm you or your computer. They cannot contain viruses, cannot install harmful software and cannot damage your computer in any way. Although Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited uses cookies to gather encrypted information to improve your user experience, this information is never personally identifiable. We do not use cookies to store any sensitive information, such as name, address or contact details. For step-by-step instructions on how to turn off cookies, please click here.

Despite this, if you do wish to disable or remove cookies, please see the “Help” section of your browser or mobile device. Each browser or device handles the management of cookies differently, so you will need to refer to your appropriate “Help” documentation. However, as mentioned, please be aware that cookies are essential for certain features of a Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited site to work properly.

Why are we telling you this?

The information provided here on the use of cookies on Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited’s websites demonstrates our compliance with recent cookie legislation. We also want you, as a valued Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited website user, to fully understand your privacy, how cookies affect you and to be entirely comfortable with your Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited website experience.

We trust that this information eases any concerns you may have had about your privacy and safety with cookies. BY CONTINUING TO USE OUR WEBSITE, YOU AGREE TO BE SUBJECT TO THE TERMS OF THIS COOKIES POLICY AND OUR USE OF COOKIES AS DISCLOSED IN THIS POLICY.

What cookies do we use and why?

The following shows the full list of platform cookies, used throughout all Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited websites.





__utma Google Analytics 2 years Google Analytics© is another analytics solution, which provides information about your activity on an Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited website.
_utmb Google Analytics 30 minutes This is another Google Analytics© cookie. It is used to establish a user session with an Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited website.
_utmc Google Analytics None This is another Google Analytics© cookie. It determines whether or not a new session has been created.
_utmz Google Analytics 6 months This is another Google Analytics© cookie. It is used to identify how you arrived at the site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search or a campaign, such as an advertisement or email link. This cookie is used to calculate search engine traffic, advertisement campaigns and page navigation. It is updated with each page view.
url referrer Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited© Session If you have arrived at Reed Exhibitions (Pty) Limited website via one of our marketing campaigns, this cookie helps us report on the webpage from which you arrived.

For step-by-step instructions on how to turn off cookies, please click here.