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  • The 413-room Fairmont in Washington’s tony Georgetown district wrapped up a $27 million renovation just in time for Inauguration Day.
  • The project’s highlight is a new 2,900 sf ballroom that will accommodate about 300 guests. The Fairmont also has 30,000 sf of meeting space.
  • CompuSystems has signed a two-year deal with Emergency Nurses Association
    for registration and lead retrieval services
  • Under the deal, the services will be provided duing Emergency Nursing 2017 and 2018.
  • California Assembly Bill 1887 that bans state-sanctioned travel to states with anti-LGBT laws took effect Jan. 1
  • The law, Assembly Bill 1887, was signed last September and applies to North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kansas
  • UFI says it will continue as co-host of the China Expo Forum for International Cooperation (CEFCO) for “the coming years.”
  • UFI has co-hosted CEFCO since its launch 13 years ago. IAEE and SISO also co-host the conference, which this year drew 800 attendees.
  • Visit Sacramento President and CEO Steve Hammond is retiring this Summer. Hammond, who joined the bureau in 1999, steps down June 30.
  • A nationwide search will be conducted to replace Hammond. The plan is to have a replacement named sometime this Spring.
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Warwick, NY – MAD Event Management has partnered with Paradiso, the Cuban cultural agency, to launch Cuba Comic Expo, which will be held May 19–21 in Havana. “We’ve been investigating the concept of producing an event in Cuba for nearly a year, and we are thrilled to receive formal approval to move forward,” Marty Glynn, CEO of MAD, told Trade Show Executive. ...
Chicago -- Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) annual salute to the fastest-growing trade shows in the nation returns to Chicago in 2017. TSE Media Group is pleased to announce Chicago is the host city for the next TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, which will be held April 19-21. The organizers who produced the fastest-growing shows of 2016 will convene at the downtown Hyatt Regency Chicago for a full schedule of education, networking and awards. ...
Chicago – Retired industry veteran Lynn Thompson, who was instrumental in developing the International Convention Center Conference (ICCC) produced by the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), has passed away at 72. Thompson began his career in 1972 in Orlando, Fla., working for the city where he oversaw Centroplex, a five-venue complex catering to entertainment and sports.  ...
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Dallas -- Freeman has launched several new virtual reality (VR) products and services for show organizers, exhibitors and corporate event managers. “As the demand for immersive experiences grows, we knew we needed to bring virtual reality to the brand experience category,” said Richard Maranville, Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of Freeman.  ...
New York -- M&A activity in the exhibitions and conferences sector declined 23% in deal volume in 2016, but still saw 66 transactions totaling $3.3 billion vs. 86 deals worth $3.7 billion in 2015, according to a report by JEGI, an investment bank serving the media, information, marketing, software and tech-enabled service sectors. Across all these sectors, deal value in the M&A market surged in 2016 to nearly $220 billion, driven by mega deals like Microsoft’s $29 billion acquisition of LinkedIn.  ...
Las Vegas – In a culmination of three years of planning, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has launched one of the nation’s largest Neutral-Host Distributed  Antenna Systems (DAS) at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). The move, accomplished in partnership with Cox Business/Hospitality Network and InSite Wireless Group LLC, provides significantly better service to as many as 100,000 people simultaneously, including download speeds faster than most convention centers and many corporate networks. The system is supported by four U.S. wireless carriers who signed on to help launch the service. Earlier this year, Hugh Sinnock, Vice President of Customer Experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center, told Trade Show Executive that the participation of those carriers in the $18 million investment was the key to getting the project done.    ...
Alexandria, Va. – The International Vision Expo East announced a new partnership with Google for its spring program that will include a Google Connect VIP event and a day-long session featuring Google presentations (Google Talks). These programs will incorporate a stronger focus on using digital products and the latest technology to expand the reach of those with eye care businesses. They will feature presentations from Google agency developer Liz Austin that will address industry trends useful to attendees. The Google Connect VIP Event also includes a networking reception. The Google Talks will be presented in 20-minute sessions held in the new Marketing Stadium at the show and will address how attendees can remain competitive in the web-based world, attract new patients and customers with a strong online presence and demonstrate the search engine marketing skills that are needed to compete adequately in every digital channel available. ...
Chicago – Corcoran Expositions landed a new trade show client just before the holidays when the American Dental Hygienists Association signed on with Corcoran to handle exhibit sales and management services for the group’s CLL 2017 94th Annual Session. The show is set to take place in Jacksonville, Fla. Corcoran also will handle arrangements for the 2018 event in Columbus, Ohio. The group’s most recent show drew 1,800 attendees and 130 exhibitors who used 15,000 nsf of exhibit space.In addition, Corcoran extended its 15-year relationship with the International City/County Management Association to provide exhibit sales, sponsorship sales and management services for the 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference in Pittsburgh. Corcoran has partnered with the conference since 2011.  ...
Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) named Fern Exposition & Event Services and Mills James preferred service providers for the building beginning in 2017. Fern will be listed as the preferred general services contractor effective January 1 while Columbus-based Mills James is the preferred provider of production services and the exclusive provider of rigging services. The announcement followed the recent naming of Levy Restaurants as the GCCC’s official caterer. “Both Mills James and Fern have been great partners of the GCCC through the years,” said GCCC General Manager John Page. ...
Toronto – Hannover Fairs Canada (HF Canada), the Canadian subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, has announced a new partnership with SME, a membership organization that promotes manufacturing technology and the development of skilled workforce. Under the partnership, the two entities will co-locate five trade shows with the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS) beginning in September 2017 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The five shows will co-locate with CMTS every other year in odd-numbered years. The co-located shows include: Industrial Automation, Motion, Drive & Automation; ComVac; parts2clean; and CeMAT.  ...
Houston – Stone Fort Group is expanding its position in the human resources sector with a hosted-buyer event for HR specialists and IT vendors that will debut next Fall in Florida. HR Tech Connect launches November 5-7 at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach. The meeting is a joint production of Stone Fort and nGage Events, a long-time organizer of hosted-buyer events. “Partnering Stone Fort Group with the nGage Events version of the hosted model is a perfect fit for us,” said Philip McKay, CEO of nGage Events. “Bringing this community together surrounded by content from the highest level will make this a premier event right out of the gate.” ...
Cleveland – Marketplace Events acquired a half-dozen consumer shows from Southern Shows, Inc., in late December, including the annual Southern Christmas Show held in Charlotte, NC. All six of the events involved in the holiday-rush transaction are held in North Carolina. Along with the Christmas show, Marketplace also picked up the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, Southern Ideal Home Show - Charlotte, Southern Ideal Home Show - Greensboro,Southern Ideal Home Show - Raleigh – Spring,Southern Ideal Home Show - Raleigh – Fall and the Southern Christmas Show “We are excited to expand our presence in North Carolina and to continue the Southern Shows tradition of providing high-quality, dynamic events for exhibitors in these markets,” said Marketplace CEO Tom Baugh. ...
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