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  • Comic-Con International is partnering on a plan to bring free WiFi to San Diego in July. The city and Cox Communications are also involved.
  • The plan will deploy around 100 hot spots in downtown San Diego July 8-24, accommodating both Comic-Con and the baseball All-Star Game.
  • Shannon Burch was promoted to Vice President of Events and Business Development for ASIS International. She had been Director of Exhibits.
  • Burch, who has been with ASIS for 24 years, assumes overall control of the ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits, a TSE Gold 100 show.
  • RAI Amsterdam increased its “green” credentials by earning ISO-20121 certification. ISO-20121 is an international standard for events.
  • The certification was announced at GreenTech Amsterdam 2016. RAI Amsterdam also received OHSAS-18001 certification for working conditions.
  • Renovation is set for the meeting space at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel near Orlando. Work will be completed in December.
  • The $5 million plan includes a technology update and is part of an overall renovation of the resort. Group meetings will not be affected.
  • The 600-room Hilton Cleveland Downtown opened for business in June on Lakeside Ave. next to the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.
  • The 32-story Hilton overlooks Lake Erie and includes 50,000 sf of flexible event and ballroom space. It connects to the convention center.
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London, England - What does Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union mean for the exhibitions and events industry? Already the British pound has plummeted to its lowest point in 30 years and analysts predict short-term global financial volatility, at the very least, given the myriad uncertainties that yesterday’s vote has unleashed. TSE’s news report next week will bring you comments and insights from major players in the exhibition industry on how the UK’s “Brexit” vote — in which Britain became the first country ever to leave the European Union — will likely affect the exhibition industry in the short and long term. ...
Dallas, TX – In light of the recent mass shooting in Orlando, FL, show organizers are on heightened alert when it comes to keeping exhibitors and attendees safe. What can you do to protect your show? Security professionals from United Security Services Inc., a national provider of security services that specializes in hotel, convention and trade show security, provided members of the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) with the best practices used in preparing for and responding to an active shooter incident. ...
Chicago, IL – The Chicago City Council this week approved a plan to have moonlighting city police officers patrolling McCormick Place as a precaution against an armed attack. The measure is designed to offset concerns over the possibility of someone with a gun targeting the massive convention center campus.  “There has been growing concern with security … in terms of attacks in Brussels or things that happened in France and, quite frankly, things that happened in Orlando,” Mike Merchant, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) told city aldermen. ...
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Baltimore, MD – Three industry veterans -- Michael Hatch, Bob James and Margit Weisgal – are joining forces to launch the DARE Conference, a one-day event for face-to-face exhibit and event marketers, in June 2017 in Baltimore. “We are creating a new hybrid event that combines the best features of hosted buyer, networking and technology events, and educational conferences,” said Hatch. “In addition to presentations by experts, DARE will provide a series of orchestrated, topic-focused roundtables and networking opportunities at a reception and luncheon.”  DARE is targeting executive-level attendees with exhibit budgets of $500,000 to $1.5 million+, as well as corporate event managers.  ...
Atlanta, GA – The Materials Handling Institute (MHI) formed a collaboration with Messe Munchen and Britain’s ITE Group that will bring a new co-located show to MHI’s MODEX in 2018. Transportation & Logistics Americas (TLA) will debut when MODEX convenes in Atlanta in Spring 2018. The new show brings elements of external logistics and transportation to MODEX, which is focused on manufacturing and supply chain. ...
Paris, France - The first-ever Global Exhibitions Day (GED), held on June 8, mobilized thousands of industry professionals in 60 countries around the world. Associations, companies, universities and individual professionals demonstrated their support through lobbying efforts, events, photos and videos posted on social media, media releases and promotional campaigns. The initiative, driven by UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE), was launched in January to raise awareness about the social and economic benefits of the exhibition industry. ...
Oceanside, CA – The 2016 Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards & Summit is just a few months away, and the festivities at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa and Gold Club in Carlsbad, CA September 21-23 will not only honor the largest shows of the past year but also those that set the Gold Standard from a variety of other perspectives.
TSE’s Gold Grand Awards annually honor innovation and expertise in many facets of show management including marketing, global strategies, technology, and social responsibility. In addition, “The Greatest Trade Show of 2015” is the ultimate award, spotlighting a center-ring event that has excelled from every perspective, and effectively hits it out of the park. New this year, “The Greatest Corporate Event of 2015,” will also be honored, to recognize the many contributions and innovative ideas that spring forth from these organizers. ...
Dallas, TX – As the number of active shooter incidents has seen an uptick in recent years, trade shows need to be prepared for this potential security threat. To help organizers address these challenges, the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) will host a webinar on active shooter training presented by security professionals from United Security Services Inc., a national provider of security services that specializes in hotel, convention and trade show security. The webinar, which is free for IAEE members, will be held from 12 pm to 1 pm CST on Thursday, June 23. ...
Boston, MA - Among peer cities, Boston ranks last in terms of the number of hotel rooms within walking distance of the convention center, according a report by hotel management adviser CHMWarnick. Less than 15% of Boston’s total hotel rooms within one mile of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) are committable compared to almost 40% in Washington, DC, a key competitive city. The report, commissioned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), could help Boston get additional hotel development and put expansion plans back on the agenda after Governor Charlie Baker squashed the project last April. ...
Workers at four casinos in Atlantic City, NJ, voted to authorize a strike if they don’t have a new contract by July 1. Unite Here Local 54 workers are currently working under expired contracts. The strike would impact 6,000 cocktail servers, cooks, housekeepers and other hospitality workers at Tropicana, Caesars Atlantic City, Bally's Atlantic City, and Harrah's Atlantic City. ….Meeting Professionals International closed out its World Education Conference in with a tribute to the nearly 100 people killed and injured in a shooting spree in Orlando. The names of the slain were read out loud during a reception. Around 2,000 industry professionals attended WEC ….. UBM plc has completed the sale of its PR Newswire business to Cision for $841 million. UBM will return $369.3 million to shareholders through a special dividend on July 8. Tim Cobbold, CEO of UBM, said: “The disposal of PR Newswire is a signifcant milestone in the implementation of our ‘Events First’ strategy. UBM is now focused on the attractive, high-growth and high-margin events sector and we continue in the pursuit of our ambition to become the world's leading B2B Events business.”.... ...
New York, NY – The captains of industry who have rung the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) now include Steve Moster and the leadership team at Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES) and its parent company, Viad. ...
Sao Paulo, Brazil – Reed Exhibitions has created a new position, vice president for business development in Latin America, and also named a new president for its growing operations in Brazil. Juan Pablo De Vera was promoted to the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Business Development for Latin America. He had been President of Reed Exhibitions Alcantara Machado, which oversees a show portfolio of 30 brands in Brazil. Fernando Fischer, who has an extensive resume as a corporate executive in Brazil, was hired to replace De Vera as President of the division. ...
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