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  • The San Diego Convention Center says Comic-Con International extended its stay in San Diego by two years through 2018.
  • The annual science-fiction fan event draws 130,000 attendees and was being aggressively courted by Los Angeles and Anaheim....
  • Margaret Ma was promoted to vice president of UBM Asia. She had been managing director of UBM China (Shanghai) since 2009.
  • Ma helped launch the child products show CBME China and was recently put in charge of UBM’s eMedia Asia unit....
  • Former CCTB President & CEO Jerry Roper Died Sunday at Age 74 After Fighting a Long Battle with Prostate Cancer....
  • PACK EXPO Mexico had a record run in Mexico City, spanning 204,500 nsf and drawing more than 25,000 attendees.
  • PMMI has a new schedule for its two Mexico shows. PACK EXPO Mexico and PACK EXPO Guadalajara will run in alternate years starting in 2017...
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Chicago, IL – Jerry Roper, former president and CEO of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau (CCTB) in the ‘80s, died Sunday at age 74 after fighting a long battle with prostate cancer. Roper served as the head of marketing and sales for CCTB for nine years before being elected as its president and CEO in 1988. During his legendary career, he served as director of the Rosemont Convention Bureau and the Rosemont Horizon, and also worked at the National Restaurant Association before joining CCTB. Roper became president and chief executive of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and retired from that post in 2013.  ...
Oceanside, CA –  Convention centers worldwide continue to grow in number, size, technology, and other offerings, according to the just-released 2015 edition of the Trade Show Executive World’s Top Convention Centers (WTCC) directory, which lists a total of 604 convention centers. The fastest-growing region is the Asia-Pacific market, which grew 15% to nearly 41 million square feet (sf) of prime exhibit space. China leads the way in this region with 34 facilities, while Australia offers a dozen centers now, with a handful in the works for future business. North America still boasts the lion’s share of convention centers with 52% (314) of the world’s total, while the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific region now has 15% of the total with 90 centers, the WTCC found.   ...
Las Vegas, NV – Chuck Grouzard has been promoted to executive vice president of U.S. sales for Global Experience Specialists (GES) as part of a restructuring of the exhibition sales department. Grouzard will oversee current accounts, develop new business, and manage sales training and industry participation. ...
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Anaheim, CA – The awkwardly named Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau today shed that moniker in favor of the more modern and descriptive “Visit Anaheim.” The new name was officially adopted In a launch in New York City, along with a new logo that embraces Anaheim and Orange County’s history and attractions, including a palm tree and an iconic Disney symbol. Visit Anaheim’s president and CEO Jay Burress called the new name and logo something that “travel enthusiasts and conventioneers can easily find and understand.” ...
Oceanside, CA – The trade show industry continued to pick up steam in April with the average show growing 6.5% in exhibit space, 4.1% in the number of exhibiting companies and 4.5% in attendance, according to the latest Trade Show Executive (TSE) Dashboard of Monthly Trade Show Metrics. In addition, roughly half of the 20 shows analyzed in the report grew in all three metrics. Only one event, International Coal Prep 2015, saw its numbers decrease across the board as the coal industry continued trying to dig itself out of its current slump. The monthly tally got a boost from The NAB Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which reported that their annual exhibition grew 7.2% and topped the 1 million net square feet (nsf) threshold.  ...
Santa Monica, CA – When the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) gathers for its annual Leadership Conference in Dallas in August, the spotlight will be on skills training for up-and-coming leaders in the industry as well as informational panel discussions about the methods current leaders can employ to encourage and develop the next generation of industry leaders. Here's a look at the sessions and speakers.  ...
Milwaukee, WI – Todd Kotlarek, director of live events at Trade Press Media Group, has been promoted to the newly created position of group director, facilities market, and will remain in charge of the trade show portfolio at the Milwaukee company. He replaces the retiring Brad Ehlert, senior vice president of client solutions. The promotion put Kotlarek in charge of brand management for the company’s events as well as the publications and custom solutions for clients.  ...
Oceanside, CA – The roster of trade shows that make up this year’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 has been finalized, and all eyes are now on Santa Barbara, where the biggest and the best will be feted at the upcoming TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit, September 30-October 2 at the Bacara Resort and Spa on California’s golden Pacific Coast. Here is the list of honorees as well as the 20 categories that all shows — large and small — can enter to win a TSE Gold Grand Award. ...
London, UK – Chet Burchett will take over the helm of Reed Exhibitions at the end of the year when Mike Rusbridge steps down as chairman of the world’s largest trade show organizer. Burchett was president of Reed Exhibitions Americas for 11 years, and last Fall was named CEO of the entire company effective January 2015. He will retain his CEO title for the foreseeable future. Reed said there was no immediate plan to name a new chairman when Rusbridge officially retires in December. ...
On Monday, June 22, Trade Show Executive will announce the elite group of trade shows that will be celebrated this September as Gold 100 Honorees, as well as the categories for the Gold Grand Awards. Watch for the announcement in E-Clips Breaking News, Twitter and Facebook….. ...
Boston, MA – Fred Peterson, director of facilities operations for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), was named interim executive director effective July 1. Peterson, who has been with the MCCA for 16 years, will take over the position being vacated by Jim Rooney, who is stepping down on June 30 to become president and CEO of the Boston Chamber of Commerce. The MCCA board of directors selected Peterson based on his expansive role in the day-to-day operations of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. He is not a candidate for the permanent position, the MCCA board said. ...
Framingham, MA – Advisor Communications has joined the team organizing a series of road shows for electric bicycles that will take place next year. Advisor, a Massachusetts event development firm led by industry veteran Bill Sell, will be part of Extra Energy Services North America, Inc.  The road show features a 1,500-foot, non-slip indoor test track designed to give bicycle retailers the opportunity to put the motorized bikes through their paces. The road show is called Electric Bike Expo and will launch in January at Emerald Expositions’ IBD Summit in Tempe, AZ.  IDB Summit is part of the Interbike brand, which is among the sponsors of the Electric Bike Expo. ...
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