This Just In
  • Former IAEE President Steve Hacker joined Schneider Publishing as director of industry relations. Schneider runs Meetings Quest events.
  • Hacker will represent Schneider at industry events and build ties with planners and DMOs. Hacker has been a Schneider columnist since 2012.
  • Linda Edwards was promoted to VP & general manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center today.
  • Edwards was VP of sales & marketing for the Kentucky State Fair Board. The venue has 191,000 sf of prime space & will undergo renovation.
  • Mark Pursell says he left the National Association of Home Builders. Pursell was SVP since 2002 and ran the International Builders’ Show.
  • Pursell indicated he was starting a new job after July 4. No immediate word from the NAHB on a replacement.
  • The former Las Vegas Hilton, next to the Las Vegas Convention Center, was acquired by Westgate Resorts.
  • The hotel has nearly 3,000 rooms and was renamed the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
Top Stories
Philadelphia, PA – The federal National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rejected a move by the carpenters union to reclaim their jurisdiction at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters had alleged that the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA) had engaged in unfair bargaining in negotiations over a new customer service agreement that eased work rules at the convention center. ...
Arlington, VA – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will expand into yet another new market when it launches the Sports Tech Marketplace within the International CES, January 6-9, 2015 in Las VegasCEA is partnering with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) to showcase the newest products, services and trends in sports technology. ...
Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City’s drive to increase its meetings and exhibitions was underway well before the Jersey Shore was rocked by the news that two of its Boardwalk casinos were closing. The July 14 announcement that the Trump Plaza was closing in September was made just a few days after Caesars Entertainment decided to pull the plug on the Showboat Atlantic City at the end of August. ...
What's Trending
Mumbai, India – Messe Frankfurt today announced that it has acquired LED Expo and Media Expo  from Media Exposition & Events India (MEX) through its subsidiary, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. The acquisition brings the total number of shows organized in India through its subsidiary to 14. ...
Milwaukee, WI – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) named Sara Truesdale Mooney show director for the huge triennial construction show CONEXPO-CON/AGG. CONEXPO-CON/AGG this year covered some 2.3 million nsf of exhibit space and will likely top the 2015 edition of the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 rankings. The move was part of a larger realignment of the AEM trade show unit that will allow the previous show director, Megan Tanel, vice president exhibitions & events, to focus more on strategy and planning for the entire AEM events portfolio. Tanel is also preparing to take over as 2015 chair of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events. ...
A major renovation of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel has been completed. It is now the city's largest hotel. The Wyndham is near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and offers 60,000 sf of meeting space plus 712 guest rooms …… IAEE added the tagline “Exhibitions and Events Mean Business” to its logo to communicate  the economic impact of exhibitions …… A major renovation of the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel has been completed. It is now the city's largest hotel.  The Wyndham is near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and offers 60,000 sf of meeting space plus 712 guest rooms …… A.J. Janosko, director of expositions at PMMI, died June 23 of injuries suffered in an accident over the weekend. He was 45. Janosko joined PMMI in 2012 and handled day-to-day management of PACK EXPO. He was previously director of trade show operations for SPI ….. Wayne Chappell, tradeshow customer relations senior manager for Greater Houston CVB retires July 31. The position will not be filled. Chappell spent 16 years with the GHCVB. He previously worked with the Baltimore and Kansas City CVBs and is a past chair of DMAI ….. Reed Travel Exhibitions is changing the format of its AIBTM show. The hosted buyer event will be re-launched in 2015 as IBTM America and it will feature a 1:1 ratio of buyers & sellers. Booth size will be uniform and 40% of exhibitors will be from outside the U.S. ..... Doug Ducate and Brian Tully announced the launch of Ducate Tradeshow Solutions. The firm offers risk-management consulting for associations. Ducate spent 15 years as president and CEO of CEIR. Tully ran the Supermarket Industry Convention as SVP of the Food Marketing Institute ….. IAEE & NACS will develop a Consumer Events CEM module for advanced organizers and a boot camp for those newer to the b-to-c sector. The programs will be available at the two groups’ annual meetings ….. Renovation of the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, IL is completed. Center has 40,000 sf of prime exhibit space. The $15 million project includes an expanded lobby, upgraded loading dock upgrade , a food court and new carpets and lighting ….. Meeting Professionals International (MPI) acquired Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate program from International Medical Meeting Professionals Association. An enhanced HMCC course will be held August 2 in Minneapolis prior to MPI’s World Education Congress and at other industry events ….. A tender was issued for a new hotel next to the Amsterdam RAI convention complex. The goal is a four-star hotel with a minimum of 650 rooms. Amsterdam RAI and the city will award the contract next year. Construction is to begin in mid-2016 …..  CEIR released a report citing 18 reasons why attendees skip a show. Inconvenience and expense are among the major factors. Relevant and interesting content is a strong draw that can convince a reluctant prospect to register. Report available on ..... France’s Comexposium acquired two co-located shows in the forensics field from, LLC, opening a door to the U.S. market. Comexposium acquired Mobile Forensics World and Techno Security & Forensics Investigations Conference and are held in Myrtle Beach. Comexposium organizes 114 B-to-B and consumer shows in Europe, including the Paris International Agricultural Show ….. SMG completed the acquisition of Premier Food Services in San Diego. The deal expands SMG and SAVOR to multiple venues in the area. Premier runs concessions at the Del Mar Fair Grounds and UC San Diego. It also operates Carriage Trade Catering ….. Diversified Communications says its International Floriculture Expo will co-locate with the United Fresh Show in 2015 and 2016. The two shows will share the North Hall at McCormick Place. FMI Connect will again take place in the South Hall ….. Colorado Convention Center’s LEED status for existing buildings was upgraded to Gold during its recent recertification review. The Denver venue earned LEED certification in 2010. It recycles 54% of its waste and operates its own farm ….. American Coatings Show made record gains in its first show at the Georgia World Congress Center, making it a Fastest 50 contender for 2014. American Coatings was held on April 7-10. Exhibit space increased 20% to 110,000 nsf. Attendance grew 16% to 8,700 nsf ….. Al Hutchinson was named president and CEO of the Mobile Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau in Alabama effective July 1. Hutchinson had been VP of convention sales and marketing in Virginia Beach. He will replace David Randel, who steps down May 31 ….. Joe Floreano, executive director of the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, received the IAVM’s 2014 Legacy Award. Floreano is a past chairman of the IAVM and served on several committees since 1976. IAVM saluted his positive impact on the industry ….. NY NOW launch co-located its event for suppliers of “impulse” merchandise. IMPULSE at NY Now debuts August 16-19 with about 100 exhibitors. IMPULSE was seen as a repositioning of ASD New York Wholesale Expo as part of NY NOW. Emerald Expositions acquired NY NOW and GLM in December ….. Kay Hollander, former director of sales & marketing for the Miami Beach Convention Center, died May 9. She retired in 2012. Hollander spent 30 years in venue sales with the MBCC, McCormick Place and CVBs in Miami and Los Angeles. ...
Paris, France – The pace of growth in Asia’s trade show industry will slow down slightly this year, but the region will still top 18 million net square metres (nsm) of space sold, according to a study released in July by UFI: the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The 10th annual Trade Fair Industry in Asia report looked at the 15 nations grouped together as Asia – including India, Australia and the Philippines – and projected space sales of 18.37 million nsm this year, a 5.7% increase over 2013. Last year, Asia’s growth rate was 6.6% over 2012, and space sold totaled 17.38 million nsm. ...
Washington, DC - Chris Strong was promoted to senior vice president, conventions and membership, for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) following the departure of Kathleen Blouin on June 30. Blouin resigned after 22 years with the association and remains a senior consultant. Strong had been senior vice president, marketing and member services. Before coming to NBAA, he served as director of business operations for the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), where he was responsible for the association's membership, trade show and non-dues revenue.  Strong also served in various leadership roles at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). ...
Video Spotlight

Meet Puerto Rico - Escape the Conventional

Everything you could possibly want and need from a convention center and staff . . . but on a tropical island . . . in the Caribbean. When you are in Puerto Rico, meetings will never be the same. The $415 million Puerto Rico Convention Center is the largest in the region and the most technologically advanced in the Caribbean. Featuring more than 600,000 total square feet of meeting space, the center reflects the shapes and colors of the Caribbean. It is located in the heart of San Juan in the Peninsula of Isla Grande . . . LEARN MORE »

Featured Service Provider

Map Your Show Makes
Event Technology Easy

Map Your Show (MYS) is known for smoothly getting show organizers from the start of their planning journey to the finish line of another great event. Along with advanced mapping tools to navigate the show floor, MYS also provides a suite of digital tools that help show organizers manage many aspects of their events . . . READ MORE »

Industry Job Board

Hanley Wood Exhibitions seeks a talented and experienced sales manager to lead a team of account executives for one of our successful trade shows. The ideal candidate meets booth sales and sponsorship revenue goals through supervising, motivating, inspiring and training a strong sales team that is focused on managing existing client relationships, driving new business and contributing to the overall success of the show . . . LEARN MORE »

Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing (ECRM) is seeking an enthusiastic, results-oriented individual to join our Sales team as a Trade Show Sales Manager. This position is responsible for developing existing relationships with clients, establishing new business, promoting our business model and gaining commitments to attend ECRM events. The Trade Show Sales Manager will work closely with several internal departments to ensure a high level of satisfaction with our clients and insure event success . . . LEARN MORE »

Recent Issues & Directories