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  • AVIXA, organizer of InfoComm in Las Vegas, is teaming with InfoCommAsia to launch InfoComm Southeast Asia in Bangkok May 15-17, 2019.
  • Shomex Productions will partner in the Unmukt Festival, which will target the senior citizen market in India and launch in December.
  • Lance Fensterman has been promoted to President of Global ReedPOP, the pop culture division of Reed Exhibitions.
  • The Las Vegas City Council votes April 4 on a proposal to build a new $76 million 350,000-sf downtown exhibition center.
  • Hilton will cut commissions to housing firms and other agencies that book room blocks at its U.S. and Canadian hotels from 10% to 7% in Oct.
  • The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority announced a 4-year deal for SMG to operate four major Reno-Sparks venues.
  • RetailX will co-locate GlobalShop, Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) and RFID Journal LIVE! June 2019 in Chicago.
  • Freeman is launching cloud-based digital floorplan management system BlueprintTM in the U.S. to make real-time booking data available.
  • A new CEIR report provides benchmarks for all phases of a marketing campaign and details characteristics for success in growing attendance.
  • Mad Event Management is launching UAS/Drones for Disaster Response April 19-20 in Miami. First responders are the target audience.
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MGM has requested a federal court oversee lawsuits tied to the mass shooting in 2017, believing it falls under the SAFETY Act -- part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 -- and provides for victims of acts of terrorism or mass violence. MGM has endured a steady beat of criticism over its request. ...
Important industry metrics are up in the latest edition of UFI’s Global Exhibition Barometer. For the first time in more than a decade, all four global regions reported a “positive turnover development.” Operating profit is up, too, with more than 40% of companies from all regions reporting a 10% increase over 2016. “Bringing people and industries together is and remains great business,” UFI Managing Director and CEO Kai Hattendorf told Trade Show Executive. ...
Former Director General of the Cintermex convention center Jesus Manuel Franco Abascal, who ran the center from its opening in 1991 into 2010, died July 11. Cintermex called Franco a “leader, visionary, and promoter of the tourism industry.” Trade Show Executive Publisher Emeritus Darlene Gudea said, “So many trade show executives have been enriched by his knowledge and his kindness, and he will be forever missed.” ...
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H.A. Bruno Events Mexico, MAD Event Management, LLC and Pepsi Center WTC will jointly launch the Mexico City Comic Con March 21-24, 2019. “We are expecting this to turn into a destination event in Mexico, Latin America and the U.S. within a short amount of time,” MAD CEO Marty Glynn told Trade Show Executive. ...
Registration is open for this fall’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards & Summit. It takes place Oct. 10-12 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Southern California’s scenic Orange County. Register at https://www.tsegold100.com; a special rate is available for attendees. “The Gold 100 Awards & Summit is the industry’s annual salute to the biggest and best trade shows of the previous year and to the people behind them,” TSE Publisher and Editor Gabrielle Weiss said. ...
Management of next year’s American Public Works Association’s (APWA) PWX Event will be turned over to Taffy Event Strategies. Taffy will manage show sales and operations as well as exhibitor marketing for the 2019 edition of PWX, which will take place in Seattle in September. The event will include a full conference agenda for public works officials and executives along with an exhibit floor projected at about 80,000 net square feet (nsf). “APWA is excited to begin a new partnership with the creative professionals at Taffy Events Strategies,” said APWA Director of Meetings Diana Forbes. ...
The Battery Show Europe is officially part of the UBM portfolio. Now part of Informa after a recent merger, UBM also acquired the co-located Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe from U.K.-based Smarter Shows. The Battery Show Europe features scores of expert speakers from a variety of industries ranging from automotive OEMs to research organizations. Industries that gather to learn about new manufacturing solutions include automotive, utilities, renewable energy, grid, power tools and electronics. The Battery Show Europe’s 2019 edition is scheduled for May 7-9 in Stuttgart, Germany. ...
SouthComm Business Media has been acquired by Endeavor Business Media. The purchase (price undisclosed) includes publications, websites and events. Endeavor reportedly retained most of SouthComm’s staff. Vice President of Events Ed Nichols, will stay on in the same position. SouthComm’s biggest event, the Firehouse Expo, won three Fastest 50 awards from Trade Show Executive in 2017: Fastest-Growing Show Managed by an Independent Organizer and Fastest-Growing Fastest 50 Show Overall. SouthComm took home the Rockstar Award in 2017 as well. Skokie, Ill.-based Gallo Business Media, a publisher and business-to-business event organizer, was similarly acquired by Endeavor earlier in June. ...
A new report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) unveils approaches for boosting attendance. “Messaging that Resonates and Delivers,” released June 19, is the third and latest of CEIR’s four-part “2018 How to Grow Attendance Report” series. The eight-page report is packed with useful information that emphasizes personalized messaging and provides guidance on how to use it to connect with prospects and motivate them to attend. ...
Italian Exposition Group (IEG) and Emerald Expositions have partnered to bolster the presence of Italian jewelry manufacturers in the U.S. at Emerald’s events, including the Couture show and the recently launched Premier show, both of which take place in Las Vegas. The move is part of IEG’s push to strengthen its overall presence in the U.S., which represents a large portion of the global trade show market. Earlier this year, IEG acquired a 51% share in U.S.-based FB International, Inc., a trade show display outfitter. ...
Endeavor Business Media has acquired nine hosted buyer events, which serve the Transit Bus, School Bus, Trucking, Parks & Recreation, Fire Chiefs, Waste Haulers, Public Works and Jewelers industries, from Gallo Business Media. Established late last year, Endeavor was set up to acquire and operate trade publications, websites and events. “I am very impressed with the buyer conference model Michael Gallo and his team developed,” Endeavor CEO Chris Ferrell told Trade Show Executive. ...
The deal is officially done! The combination of UBM and Informa has created the world’s largest B2B exhibitions and trade show organizer. It’s been reported that UBM shareholders will get 1.083 Informa shares plus 163.00 pence or approximately $2.20 in cash under the deal.  Last week, Informa Group CEO Stephen A. Carter spoke with employees from each of UBM’s regions. “We're combining the companies because of the future. Our job is to make our customers and their businesses successful,” said Carter during the meeting. “All of those things are much easier to do when you have scale, as well as the capabilities, the resources, the relationships and the talent that comes with bringing the best of Informa and the best of UBM together.” ...
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