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  • Reed Australia adding industrial safety show to National Manufacturing Week in Melbourne. Safety First Conference & Expo launches in May.
  • Safety First taps into a potential $1.74 billion market for workplace safety in Australia’s manufacturing sector.....
  • PACK EXPO is shaping to be the second-largest in show history with more than 1.2 million nsf of exhibit space for its November 2-5 run.
  • The show will also feature a record 2,400 exhibitors, a 20% increase over 2012. Attendance is projected to exceed 50,000.....
  • 17 European CVBs announced at IMEX America the launch of a strategic alliance to boost marketing for the continent’s events industry.....
  • A pair of new indoor pavilions, which replaced nine barns and total 290,000 sf, are now open at Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI.....
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Dana Point, CA – The International CES was named the largest trade show of 2013, and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was honored as The Greatest Show on Earth at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA on October 23. The Gold 100 annually salutes the largest and most-accomplished trade shows of year, and this year’s event  drew a large crowd of show organizers for the celebration and a full schedule of educational sessions and networking opportunities. Who else won a crystal trophy? ...
McLean, VA – Less than a month after topping 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) announced that it will be squeezing three additional co-located shows produced by Deutsche Messe AG into its 2016 event. While the shows would likely be an attractive venue for German exhibitors,  Peter Eelman, vice president - exhibitions & communications for AMT,  said they would not be a beefed-up version of a national pavilion and would be open to any exhibitor.  ...
New York, NY – Marketplace Events plans to aggressively court the Hispanic home show market after acquiring Casa Latina Home Expos, a producer of bilingual home shows in Florida and New York. Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events, said the strategy for the new brand was to expand it into Texas, California and various major urban centers in the northern U.S.   ...
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London, UK – Britain’s i2i Events Group has acquired Money 20/20, a fledgling financial services conference and exhibition held in Las Vegas in November. The event will continue to operate under the leadership of its founders, Anil Aggarwal and Jonathan Weiner. Money 20/20 was launched three years ago and anticipated 7,000 attendees plus more than 400 sponsors and exhibitors at its November 2-5 run at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Exhibits will  span 36,196 net square feet. ...
New York, NY – Entertainment and event technology giant Production Resource Group (PRG) will extend its worldwide reach with the acquisition of Gearhouse LLC, a market leader in the Gulf Region. The acquisition will become a critical hub in PRG’s worldwide network of 40 offices in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The deal is expected to be finalized October 31.  ...
Reston, VA – Veteran trade show manager Ray Luca was named director of expositions for PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Luca will oversee the team responsible for the management and operations of PMMI’s events portfolio, most notably PACK EXPO International and Pharma Expo, a perennial member of the Trade Show Executive Gold 100.  Luca has been group vice president of exhibits of J. Spargo & Associates  and vice president of NaylorCMG. He joined Convention Management Group in the 1990s and helped lead the company through its acquisition by Naylor in 2007. ...
Brussels, Belgium – SMG has entered into a joint venture with Belgium’s Artexis easyFairs that will offer management services for convention centers in Europe. The new company will be known as Artexis-SMG and will be based in Brussels. It will operate separately from Artexis’ event-organizing division.  ...
Houston, TX - When Greg Ortale tendered his resignation as president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) last April, the CVB and Houston First Corp. were in the throes of negotiating a strategic alliance. Houston First is the public/private group that operates the George R. Brown Convention Center and other public venues in Houston. Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First, is currently handling the CEO duties for the GHCVB while an executive search is  underway. As of mid-October, the search had not produced a new CEO for the GHCVB.  ...
Las Vegas, NV –  When Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading provider for live events, announced bright and early on October 8 that it had acquired onPeak and Travel Planners, it emerged as a major provider of housing services overnight. The two firms will be combined into a new division under the name onPeak, a GES Global Company (onPeak | GES). ...
Dallas, TX – The trade show industry proved its generosity this month by pledging $175,000 in just two days to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) Foundation. The pledges came soon after an e-mail appeal for donations from IAEE hit industry in-boxes. The first pledge came from Chris Brown, senior vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters in the very generous amount of $50,000 over a five-year period. He challenged others to make a contribution. A mere 16 minutes later, Chris Dolnak, senior vice president & CMO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, matched  Brown’s $50K contribution.  ...
Norwalk, CT – Reed Exhibitions promoted Marie Browne to vice president of business development as part of a restructuring of its business development team for the U.S. and Latin America. She reports to Les Weir, senior vice president, business development for Reed Exhibitions, the Americas. Toni Corvi and Pedro Losa also play new key roles on the team. ...
Portland, ME – Diversified Communications reconfigured its executive ranks into two teams overseeing operations in the U.S. and overseas. The move will bolster Diversified’s management of its international ventures while ensuring that the core U.S. market continues to thrive, said President & CEO Ted Wirth.  Diversified has grown its revenues 35% over the past three years and added 50 positions in the U.S. alone. The company now has more than 800 employees in seven nations and produces 100+ trade shows and conferences annually. ...
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