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  • San Diego won’t appeal court ruling that scuttled hotel-tax funding plan for convention center expansion. Fate of project unclear.
  • Court said public vote required, but next opportunity is two years from now. Idea of new football stadium with exhibit hall has re-surfaced.
  • Gerard Barajas named director of PMMI’s two EXPO PACK shows in Mexico. He was previously general manager of Intermoda.
  • New Media Expo will co-locate with the 2015 NAB Show on April 13-16, 2015. Exhibits will be at the LVCC and sessions at the Westgate Resort.
  • NAB’s Chris Brown said new media is an important factor in broadcasting, and sees the audiences of the two shows as being a good mix.
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Salt Lake City, UT – The organizers of Utah’s Salt Lake Comic Con vowed to fight a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed by the creators of the high-profile Comic-Con International, which is held annually in San Diego. Dan Farr, co-founder of Dan Farr Productions and the producer of Salt Lake Comic Con, said an intellectual property litigation firm had been retained and would handle the brewing court battle while he and his team prepared for theSeptember 4-6 show at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. “Our show will go on and it will be bigger and better than ever,” he said. ...
Dana Point, CA – More than 150 industry leaders are expected at Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit, October 22-24 at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort on California’s scenic Orange County coast.  This annual salute to the biggest and best trade shows is drawing many of the nation’s most successful and innovative show organizers, many of whom don’t attend other industry events. ...
Norwalk, CT – Nancy Walsh, who joined Reed Exhibitions 29 years ago in an entry-level sales position, was promoted on August 25 to president of Reed's North American business.  She had been executive vice president, Reed Exhibitions North America. She will continue to report to Chet Burchett, president, Americas.  Reed is the largest organizer of exhibitions worldwide. Burchett said Walsh's rise up the company ladder has given her an intimate understanding of Reed's customers and their expectations; every facet of the business model; and the challenges and opportunities experienced by employees. ...
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Oceanside, CA – Medical meetings held steady during the first half of 2014, reflecting a small increase in one of the three metrics, and a slight downside drift in the other two, compared to their 2013 counterparts, according to Trade Show Executive’s Semi-Annual Report of Medical Shows. For the shows held in the first half of the year and analyzed in this report, exhibit space totaled 3,492,569 net square feet (nsf). That was 1.6% above the first half of 2013. Exhibitor count, however, declined (0.5)% to 12,246. Attendance was nearly unchanged at 428,512, down (0.2)% from the year before. ...
San Diego, CA – A recent appeals court ruling over cleaning services at the San Diego Convention Center threatened to fan the differences of opinion over exclusive services at convention centers. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on August 15 that a new trial should be held in San Diego based on allegations that the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC) improperly interfered with a valid contract between United National Maintenance (UNM) and two general service contractors to provide cleaning services for trade shows held at the convention center. At the same time, the appeals court upheld the contention by the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC) that it was immune from antitrust laws since it was considered a government entity. ...
Houston First issued an RFP for a new 400-room hotel adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Construction starts next year.  The hotel will be part of a new office-parking garage complex and connect to the north side of the GRB via sky bridge......Anaheim, Baltimore and San Antonio launched a marketing partnership to provide custom venue options for event managers. Synchronicities features information sharing and communications among the cities with the goal of increasing bookings . . . Fred Buonacorsi is the new president of Fern’s NexxtShow Exposition Services. He’s a former executive with GES and Consolidated Freightways. ...
Santa Monica and Dallas – In the wake of the ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on August 15th which upheld the San Diego Convention Center’s immunity from antitrust liability, the three leading trade show industry associations released a statement which rebuked the court’s decision as well as reiterated the industry groups’ opposition to the San Diego Convention Center and any facility that forces show organizers to use exclusive services. Here is the full text of their response: ...
McLean, VA and Oceanside, CA - Chicago claimed First Place on the third annual list of the top 50 U.S. cities for meetings and events published by Cvent, a company that specializes in event management technology and produces an online global event calendar and venue directory.  Orlando holds the No. 2 spot and Las Vegas ranks No 3. These same three cities also are the most popular locations for the largest trade shows in the nation, according to Trade Show Executive.  ...
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