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  • 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.....
  • Deutsche Messe to add 3 new specialty shows to co-location roster at IMTS show in Chicago (2016). Events raise the German presence to 5.
  • Deutsche Messe said the decision was based on projections of increased machinery sales in North America in the coming years.....
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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.  ...
Dana Point, CA – More than 150 industry leaders are expected at Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit. Along with networking, socializing and a great round of golf, the Gold 100 will provide attendees with a timely and intriguing lineup of panels and speakers, including keynoter Josh Linkner, author of Disciplined Dreaming, and an expert on the art of “disruptive” strategies and tactics in the business world. Also speaking is Mark Bernheimer, a former CNN international correspondent and now principle of Media Works Resource Group. Chris Kersting, President & CEO of SEMA, will be part of the Executive Roundtable, a 45-minute session with two other industry leaders:  Joe Loggia, CEO of Advanstar Communications [producer of MAGIC], and Dennis Slater, president of Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Make plans to attend now and swap ideas with your peers. ...
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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. ...
Washington, DC – Marriott has agreed to pay a $600,000 fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its blockage of personal Wi-Fi networks at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The hotel chain said in a written statement that its blockage of wireless networks set up by guests at its conference center was made to protect the security of those same guests from identity thieves and other interlopers. “Balderdash,” said an article on Economist.com. “Marriott shouldn't need an FCC rule to know what it was doing was wrong." ...
Las Vegas, NV – Global Experience Specialists (GES) expanded its services into event housing by acquiring onPeak and Travel Planners today. Separately, the two firms dominated in market share of the largest shows in the nation in 2013. Together, the union creates an even bigger powerhouse:  the two firms managed the housing for five of the ten largest trade shows in the nation including ICUEE, both semi-annual MAGIC shows, SEMA and NBAA, as well as 53% of the largest 100 trade shows, according to Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 directory to be released October 22.  ...
Mexico City, Mexico - Reed Exhibitions became the largest trade show organizer in Mexico this week by acquiring Grupo Fidalex, S.A. de S.V. and its portfolio of 15 events.  Reed’s portfolio of shows in Mexico  jumps from five to 20 events and its workforce in the country rises to more than 100. ...
Hong Kong, China – The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) was operating normally on October 6 as political protests in the nearby streets appeared to be winding down, venue officials said. The organizers of Fine Art Asia 2014 said their October 4-7 event, which was expected to draw 35,000 upscale attendees,  opened on time and had experienced no disruptions. ...
Anaheim, CA - The Anaheim Convention Center has one more feather in its sustainability cap with the October 7 dedication of a new 2.4 MW solar energy system atop Exhibit Halls A, B and C. The array feeds energy to Anaheim Public Utilities customers, including the convention center, and is the largest city-owned convention center roof-mounted system in North America, according to Mike Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar of San Diego, which developed the system.   ...
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