This Just In
  • TSE took home three top regional Azbee Awards for excellence in journalism including a gold in the group profile category.
  • Tunnel excavation is complete for the LVCC Loop & on track for CES in Jan. Shuttle to take 2 minutes to move attendees across campus.
  • Gregg Caren, EVP of Sales & Strategic Business Development at ASM Global appointed to PHLCVB President and CEO. Official start date June 8.
  • UFI releases framework for a unified approach for show management to reopen shows, advocate with policy makers post COVID19 pandemic.
  • Germany excludes exhibitions from “mass gatherings”category, gives states authority to open shows, N. Rhine-Westphalia to open shows in May.
  • Freeman launches Go LIVE Together--a coalition with more than 80 founding members from 113 countries Visit: www.golivetogether.com to join.
  • ASPBE recognizes TSE as national finalist for overall excellence in cross-platform reporting and four other prestigious Azbee Awards.
  • ISSA’s Global BioRisk Advisory Council launches the GBAC STAR accreditation program which cleans for infectious agents, such as COVID-19.
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December 2016
December 29, 2016

Hello Columbus: Fern Named Preferred Service Contractor for GCCC

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 whil…
December 23, 2016

Hannover Fairs, SME Partner to Co-Locate Manufacturing Trade Shows in Canada

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 entitie…
December 23, 2016

Stone Fort Partners with nGage on HR Summit Launch

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 …
December 23, 2016

Marketplace Events Acquires Six North Carolina Shows from Southern Shows

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. Alo…
December 13, 2016

Event Recap: Anaheim Hosts 2016 IAEE Annual Meeting & Expo! Expo!

Anaheim, Calif. – The exhibition industry ended 2016 on a high note with thousands of industry professionals gathering for the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) Annual Meeting & Expo! Expo!, which was held Dec. 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Cen…
December 13, 2016

UBM Spends $485 Million to Acquire Asia’s Allworld Exhibitions

London – UBM plc has agreed to acquire Allworld Exhibitions in a $485 million cash transaction that will strengthen UBM’s Asia portfolio and help the company establish a presence in the Middle East. The deal announced December 13 includes Allworld’s 51 trade shows covering n…
December 13, 2016

Reed Adds IMBIBE to European Beverage Portfolio

London – Reed Exhibitions stayed close to home when it acquired Imbibe Media Ltd., organizers of the leading beverage trade show for British pub and restaurant operators. Imbibe owns various B2B media platforms, the Sommelier Wine Awards, and Imbibe Live, an exhibition held …
December 13, 2016

Fastest 50 Nomination Deadline is Dec. 16

Chicago – The December 16 deadline to nominate shows for the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 is looming. Get your entry forms in as soon as possible because the clock is ticking. The staff at TSE will be checking their list twice through the holidays and compiling the …
December 8, 2016

TSE’s Irene Sperling Honored with IAEE Chairperson’s Award

Anaheim, CA – Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) esteemed Irene Sperling was named the 2016 recipient of the Chairperson’s Award presented by the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE). The honor was announced December 8 at IAEE’s Expo! Expo! in Anaheim. The …
December 8, 2016

Cobo Center Finalizes Major WiFi Upgrade

Detroit – A $2 million upgrade of the wireless network at Cobo Center has now been completed, giving the downtown Detroit landmark a WiFi capability with as much digital horsepower as any muscle car that has rolled off of a Motor City assembly line. The upgrade was completed…
December 8, 2016

Tarsus Acquires Majority Stake in Connect Meetings

Norcross, GA – Connect Meetings, organizer of a series of gatherings for buyers and sellers in the meetings-and-business travel industry, has been acquired by Britain’s Tarsus Group plc.The deal announced December 5 now gives Tarsus 80% of the Atlanta-area company and will b…
December 6, 2016

IAEE to Assume Leadership of CEIR

Anaheim. CA – A strategic shift in the mission of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) that will more closely align the research organization with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) was announced December 6. The most visible aspect o…
December 6, 2016

Services Pending for Former IMTS Director Woody Hasemann

Rockville, MD – A private memorial will be held in December for Elwood "Woody" Hasemann, the former director of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), who died this Fall at the age of 86. Hasemann, who retired from the Association for Manufacturing Technolog…
December 2, 2016

Access Intelligence Introducing Interactive RFID Attendee Tracker

Addison, TX – An all-seeing RFID platform coming to Access Intelligence’s LeadCon show this Spring will not only look over the shoulders of attendees but will also whisper in their ear about sessions and exhibits they might be interested in. Access Intelligence (AI) is partn…
December 2, 2016

CEIR: Exhibition Industry Grows 1.9% in Q3

Dallas – The trade show industry’s growth rate improved slightly in the Third Quarter, but remained just below last year’s 2.0% pace, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) said.The latest CEIR Total Index issued November 29 reported that industry growth reached …
November 2016
November 30, 2016

World of Concrete Asia to Launch in Shanghai Next Year

Shanghai – Informa Exhibition will launch a version of its venerable World of Concrete in China next Winter. World of Concrete Asia (WOCA) will debut December 4-6, 2017 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre. The new show extends the WOC brand which include the …
November 30, 2016

Messe Dusseldorf to Create New Riverfront Entryway

Dusseldorf, Germany – The next phase of the ongoing renovations at Messe Dusseldorf will include a rebuilt exhibit hall and a new entrance space that includes a panoramic view of the Rhine River. Messe Dusseldorf announced that the 140 Euro project would get underway in May …
November 30, 2016

Ralenkotter Chairs National Tourism Transportation Committee

Las Vegas – As Expo! Expo! attendees head for home on December 8, a federal task force chaired by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter will be meeting in Washington to look for ways to make that journey easier in the future. Ralenkotter…
November 23, 2016

Judge Blocks Overtime Increases with Preliminary Injunction

Washington, DC – A federal judge in Texas blocked a controversial presidential order raising the salary threshold for overtime pay on November 22. The Obama administration’s decree would have taken effect December 1 and would have required companies to pay overtime to white …
November 23, 2016

New U.S. Show to Join Reed’s EQUITANA Stable in 2017

Atlanta, GA – Reed Exhibitions is expanding its international EQUITANA brand of riding industry shows to the U.S. next year. EQUITANA USA premiers in two stages, beginning with the EQUITANA Open Air Festival on October 20-22, 2017 at an equestrian center in Temecula, CA. Tem…
November 22, 2016

Germany’s MEDICA 2016 Sets Exhibitor Mark

Dusseldorf, Germany– More than 5,000 exhibitors combined to set a new show record at this month’s MEDICA 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany.The exhibitor roster totaled 5,289 companies, including 413 from the U.S., and filled 19 exhibit halls. The co-located COMPAMED drew another 7…
November 21, 2016

TSE Launching Monthly Marketing Column

Chicago – The always-dynamic marketing side of trade shows is undergoing massive changes, and Trade Show Executive (TSE) is launching a new column devoted to this fluid and freewheeling topic. A “News You Can Use”  column will debut in the January issue of TSE as a co-operat…
November 17, 2016

Emerald Expositions Buys RFID Journal Live!

San Juan Capistrano, Calif.—Emerald Expositions has purchased RFID Journal Live! Conference & Expo from RFID Journal LLC for an undisclosed price. The deal, which was announced Wednesday, also includes RFID Journal's news website and RFID Connect social-media site. In ad…
November 17, 2016

UFI Releases Report on Exhibition Industry Visitors

Paris—UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has partnered with research specialist Explori that focuses on visitors of exhibitions around the globe. The Atlanta-based Society of Independent Show Organizers USA (SISO) supports the report, which is a comprehe…
November 17, 2016

Feathr Wins Technology Award

Gainesville, Fla.—Feathr, the event marketing-cloud company, won the 2016 UFI Technology Award, which was presented at UFI's 83rd Global Congress. Feathr helps organizers make the most of digital marketing—particularly online advertising—to boost attendance and engagement an…
November 14, 2016

Simon Foster, UBM’s Europe CEO, Steps Down

London – Simon Foster, CEO of UBM’s European operations, is stepping down immediately to pursue a new opportunity, it was announced November 14. Foster was the London-based CEO of UBM EMEA and also led the integration of Advanstar Communications as the interim head of UBM Am…
November 14, 2016

Expo! Expo! Panel Focuses on Shades of Green

Anaheim, Calif.—One of the authors of the annual Green Venue Report, which spotlights the state of sustainability at convention centers worldwide, will take part in a discussion of this dynamic topic during a key session at next month’s Expo! Expo! Amanda Simons, Sustainable…
November 14, 2016

Print World Trade Show Stops the Presses a Week before Opening

Toronto—The organizers of Print World Trade Show announced the cancellation of this Fall’s exhibition in Toronto just eight days before it was to take place.There was no announcement about rescheduling the November 19-21 show at Enercare Centre. “Due to many unfortunate circ…
November 11, 2016

PCMA Launches New Digital Program

Chicago—The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) launched a Digital Experience Institute (DEI) to capitalize on evolving technologies and address the needs of next gen attendees seeking improved digital environments. The Institute offers a new take on the gr…
November 11, 2016

Shepard Announces Management Reorganization

ATLANTA—Steve Basch, Shepard Vice President  of Finance, will be promoted to CEO Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding Carl Mitchell who will become the company's Executive Chairman.  The move positions Shepard for long-term growth. Mitchell, who purchased Shepard in 1982, and has since …
November 4, 2016

Nominate Your Booming Show for the TSE Fastest 50

Oceanside, CA – Nominations for the next class of the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 are being accepted through December 16.The Fastest 50 annually honors the exhibitions held in the U.S. that posted the most-impressive growth rates during the previous year. While the…
November 4, 2016

UBM Charges Ahead with Battery Show Acquisition

New York – The Battery Show North America and its co-located events was acquired by UK-based UBM from Smarter Shows, another U.K.-based company, adding the energy storage shows to its Advanced Manufacturing Group. The co-located shows include the Electric & Hybrid Vehicl…
November 1, 2016

Reed Buys into India’s Retail Sector by Acquiring IRF

New Dehli—Reed Exhibitions expanded its global retail real-estate portfolio by acquiring the India Retail Forum (IRF) portfolio. IRF will join Reed’s growing portfolio of retail real estate events, which includes MAPIC in France, Italy, China and Real Estate Exhibition (REX)…
November 1, 2016

UFI Releases Best Practices in Sustainability Report

Paris—UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released its "Best Practices in Sustainability" report that showcases winning and shortlisted entries for sustainability awards. The report compiles 41 cases from 19 countries. It covers six themes: strategy, …
October 2016
October 27, 2016

Britton Jones Launches Boutique Events Company

Norwalk, Conn.– Trade show veteran Britton Jones has launched his next generation of event organizing companies just months after selling off his interests in Business Journals Inc. (BJI), and LeftField Media. NXT Events Media Group, LLC, debuted in October with Jones at the…
October 27, 2016

Ken McAvoy Returns to Executive Suite as EVP of Informa

Atlanta, Ga. – Ken McAvoy has joined Informa Exhibitions in the U.S. this Fall as a senior executive and will play a role in show operations and, potentially, acquisitions. McAvoy is based in the Atlanta area and now holds the title of Executive Vice President-Corporate Deve…
October 27, 2016

New CEIR Industry Insight Report Targets Innovation for Show Executives

Dallas – The latest addition to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)’s Industry Insight reports became available this week and strives to provide practical advice to those wanting to promote innovation within their businesses. Written by LeftField Media founder…
October 26, 2016

New Committee Aims to Educate and Empower Women

Atlanta—The Society of Independent Show Organizers, SISO, announced today that it will launch a new committee that focuses on women and their leadership development under the banner of SISO Women.“We are about empowering women to reach their full leadership potential,” expla…
October 21, 2016

Emerald Acquires Fast-Growing National Pavement Expo

San Juan Capistrano, CA – National Pavement Expo (NPE), which experienced double-digit growth in exhibit space and attendance this year, has been acquired by Emerald Expositions from AC Business Media for an undisclosed sum. Emerald will add the show to its Design group, whi…
October 21, 2016

BookExpo Headed Back to New York

New York - Reed Exhibitions and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) this week announced a fresh approach to BookExpo, the largest annual book industry trade show. The new direction will focus on providing as many networking opportunities as possible for publishers and…
October 21, 2016

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor Employees at Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center Earn Certified Tourism Ambassador Credentials

Cincinnati – Sixty-one Comcast Spectacor employees at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati are sporting new “Certified Tourism Ambassador” (CTA) pins after completing the Tourism Ambassador Institute’s CTA program over the summer. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor manages …
October 17, 2016

From Competitor to Team Member

ARNOLD, Md.—Wayne Crawford, who will join Core-apps, LLC, a technology platform for the events industry, November 1 as vice president of sales, competed with the company in the mobile sector for a number of years before taking a job with the firm. Obviously there are no hard…
October 17, 2016

IAEE Develops Guidelines for Exhibitor Points Programs

Dallas – Independent show organizers tend to follow the money when it comes to awarding priority points to their exhibitors while associations place a high value on loyalty, a new report from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) said. The report, Ex…
October 15, 2016

LVCC Update: Nevada General Assembly Passes Expansion; Adds 1.44 million sq

Las Vegas—The Nevada General Assembly approved the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Friday. The project is expected to add 1.44 million square feet of exhibit space in Phase 2 of the project at a cost of $860 million. Phase Three will include $5…
October 14, 2016

Galen Poss Joins Firm as Senior Advisor; Keeps Vice Chairmanship at dmg events

New York—It was announced that Galen Poss, industry veteran, joined Drake Star Partners as a Senior Advisor. Poss will continue his current duties with dmg events in addition to his new responsibilities with Drake Star Partners where he will focus specifically on the not-for…
October 14, 2016

Taffy Events to Manage Plumbing Expo

Arlington, Va.—Taffy Events announced that it has won the contract to manage the 2018 American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Convention & Exposition scheduled for October 1-2 in Atlanta. "Taffy Events provides us with a seasoned team of event management profession…
October 12, 2016

Emerald Expositions Adds Another Gem with New Purchase

San Juan Capistrano, Calif.—Emerald Expositions, LLC, announced on Tuesday that it has purchased Digital Dealer Conference & Expo from Dealer Communications a multi-platform business serving the automotive dealership market. Emerald Expositions, a business-to-business tr…
October 12, 2016

UFI Global Congress Set to Support and Inspire This November

Paris—UFI Global Congress, the international gathering of leaders from the exhibition industry, will meet Nov. 9-12 in Shanghai for its 83rd annual conference. The Congress, which is entitled "Ripples: The Exhibition Industry in Transformation," comes at a time of uncertaint…
October 7, 2016

Despite Hurricane Matthew, IBEX Breaks Attendance Records as Co-Ownership with RAI Announced

Tampa, Fla.—RAI Amsterdam, owners and producers of METSTRADE (The Marine Equipment Trade Show) announced this week that they have purchased a 50% stake in IBEX from WoodenBoat Publications Inc., for an undisclosed price. Now, RAI Amsterdam will partner with the National Mari…
October 7, 2016

Microsoft Ignite Heads to Orlando in 2017; $30 Million Impact Predicted for Region

Orlando, FL – Microsoft announced it will stage its “Ignite” conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The conference brings together industry professionals and Microsoft users for training sessions, work sessions and news about upcoming products. The fiv…
October 7, 2016

IAEE Announces Roster of Individual Award Winners to be Honored at Expo! Expo!

Dallas - The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) announced the recipients of its annual individual awards program who will be honored in Anaheim, Calif. at the Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition in December. The awards recognize members and m…
September 2016
September 29, 2016

NCTA Cuts the Cord on Its Cable-Industry Trade Show

Washington, DC—With headlines that say "Farewell" and "A New Chapter," NCTA- The Internet & Television Association recently announced that it is out with the old and in with the new. Last week, NCTA introduced its new brand, but this week, the organization announced that…
September 29, 2016

Shepard Buys Markey’s Exposition Services; Second Purchase This Month

Atlanta, GA - Shepard, an Atlanta-based event-production company, announced that it had purchased Markey’s Exposition Services of Indianapolis for an undisclosed price. "We are delighted to welcome the Markey's expo team to the Shepard family. Their local expertise and clien…
September 29, 2016

Capsule to Open Store in Los Angeles

New York, NY - Capsule, the global curated trade show for progressive and advanced contemporary brands, will open a retail shop in Los Angeles, a first for the company. The shop, which will be named Capsule Concept, is scheduled to open October 4 with a month-long "Beach" th…
September 28, 2016

Food Marketing Institute Recasts Events Strategy, Pulls FMI Connect

Arlington, VA – The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) announced today that FMI Connect, which was next scheduled for June 13-15 as a co-location with United Fresh in Chicago, will be discontinued. Instead, the association will shift its focus to designing an event more in-line …
September 28, 2016

Questions Arise Over Marriott-Starwood Megamerger

Bethesda, MD –Marriott completed its purchase of Stamford, Connecticut-based Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Friday, September 23 in transactions involving cash and Marriott stock. Marriott's stock was trading at $69.36 on Friday as questions began to surface abou…
September 23, 2016

TSE Reveals Grand Award Winners at Gold 100 Awards Gala

Carlsbad, CA - CES, produced by the Consumer Technology Association, was named the “Largest Trade Show of 2015,” and Cosmoprof North America, produced by North American Beauty Events LLC, was honored as “The Greatest Show of 2015” at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards …
September 23, 2016

Medical Fair Asia 2016 Sets New Attendance Records

Chicago, IL – The Medical Fair Asia 2016, organized by Messe Düsseldorf Asia, announced that the 11th biennial show set records for the number of exhibitors and attendees at its most recent event in Singapore. The show, which includes hospital, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, me…
September 23, 2016

Security Leadership Exchange Set to Address Next-Gen Needs for Corporate Security Execs

Southboro, MA – nGage Events and MIS Training Institute (MISTI) have teamed up to stage an invitation-only business forum dubbed Security Leadership Exchange to address the needs of corporate security officers who hold top-level positions in their organizations. The goal of …
September 23, 2016

LeftField Media to Launch Anime NYC in November

New York, NY – Just two years after launching LeftField Media LLC, owner and President Greg Topalian announced the launch of Anime NYC to be staged at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City November 17-19, 2017. The convention will focus on anime, manga and J…
September 23, 2016

New Tool Designed to Help Exhibitors Sharpen their Performances

Dallas, TX—The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced on Monday that it is providing exhibitors with a new tool to sharpen their event performance. The new tool, CEIR Index Event Performance Analyzer (IEPA), enables exhibitors to determine how their exhibit…
September 23, 2016

All Show Services Buys the Home Decorating and Remodeling Show

Nashville, TN - All Show Services announced that it has purchased the Home Decorating and Remodeling Show in Nashville, TN, the state’s largest home show, for an undisclosed price. “Acquiring the Home Decorating and Remodeling Show is a wonderful addition to our portfolio of…
September 15, 2016

Who’s Speaking and Who’s Attending the Gold 100 Awards and Summit?

Carlsbad, CA – Change seems to be coming more quickly in the exhibitions industry, and not just in terms of technology. The Trade Show Executive (TSE) Awards & Summit once again presents a stellar lineup of industry leaders who will probe today’s unique issues as they co…
September 15, 2016

Informa to Acquire Penton in a $1.56 Billion Deal

London, England - Britain’s Informa will acquire US-based Penton from its private equity owners MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co. in a deal worth $1.56 Billion. The transaction, which is subject to approval by Informa shareholders and customary regulatory and closi…
September 15, 2016

Sports Groups Join Businesses, Conventions and Trade Shows in Opposition to ‘Bathroom Bill’

Indianapolis, IN - The furor over North Carolina’s Public Facilities & Security Act (known as HB2 or “the bathroom bill”) that took effect last April was reignited when the NCAA yesterday announced it will relocate seven championship events that were set for North Caroli…
September 14, 2016

Bartizan Connects and Core-apps Form Strategic Partnership

New York, New York – Bartizan Connects LLC and Core-apps LLC announced they have formed a strategic partnership to offer comprehensive functionality to customers, but that is just the beginning. Bartizan and Core-apps will offer each others' products and services with plans …
September 14, 2016

SingEx Exhibitions Wins 2016 UFI Marketing Award

Paris, France – UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, today named Singex Exhibitions Ventures Pte. Ltd., which is based in Singapore, the winner of the 2016 UFI Marketing Award. Singex Exhibitions, also known as SingEx, was named winner for its marketing  o…
September 13, 2016

Freeman Receives International Certification Award

Dallas, TX – Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, announced Monday that it has received the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification, the first in its industry to do so on a global scale. "Environmental and social responsibility ha…
September 13, 2016

Fern is Expected to Grow with KiwiLive Investment

Cincinnati, OH – Fern Exposition & Event Services, a Cincinnati-based national service contractor serving more than 1,000 expositions and events held annually throughout the United States and Canada, announced today that it has made a strategic investment in KiwiLive, a …
September 13, 2016

Shepard Makes a Splash with Aquarian Purchase

Atlanta, GA – Shepard, a nationwide general-service contractor that offers a full array of event production services for trade shows, conferences, corporate events, and exhibits, announced on Monday that it has purchased Aquarian, producer and manager of large-scale events, …
September 9, 2016

ASAE Pushes Back Against Controversial Laws with Force Majeure Contract Clause

Salt Lake City, UT —The board of directors of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) unanimously approved new diversity and inclusion initiatives at the group’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City in July. Those initiatives include a new anti-discrimination claus…
September 9, 2016

Lodging Industry Wants to Slam the Door on Fraud

Washington, DC — The American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), which represents the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, on Friday commended two US Senators for urging the federal government to investigate the growing issue of deceptive online booking practices i…
September 9, 2016

Dan Corcoran Promoted to COO of Corcoran Expositions

Chicago, IL – Dan Corcoran was named Chief Operating Officer of Corcoran Expositions, Inc. and will continue as the head of the company’s sales team. Corcoran joined the family-owned firm in 2009 and was named Sales Director in 2011. Corcoran’s promotion gives him oversight …
September 9, 2016

Move of TSE Headquarters to Chicago Completed

Oceanside, CA – Trade Show Executive (TSE) has shifted its headquarters to Chicago, the home base of its corporate parent, United Service Companies, at 1550 South Indiana Ave.  Staff members based at TSE’s former headquarters in Southern California will work out of their hom…
September 9, 2016

UFI Congress to Accommodate Special Interests

Shanghai, China – Attendees at the 83rd UFI Congress this Fall will be able to hone in on their particular areas of interest more easily by selecting from a menu of sessions and educational tracks. The November 9-12 conference in Shanghai features session tracks on operation…
September 9, 2016

Messe Frankfurt North American to Launch Avanprint USA in 2017

New York, NY – Messe Frankfurt North America has announced the launch of Avanprint USA, a show that will bring innovative digital printing concepts to the fashion design industry when it debuts in conjunction with the Summer 2017 Texworld USA at the Javits Center in New York…
August 2016
August 26, 2016

Convention Center in Baton Rouge Houses Victims Displaced by Historic Flooding

Baton Rouge, LA – The flooding in Louisiana – which left 13 people dead and 60,000 homes damaged in and around Baton Rouge -- is being called the worst natural disaster in the US since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. There were no events at the convention center but two events sch…
August 26, 2016

Emerald Expositions Launches Two Shows; Announces Partnership

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Emerald Expositions has announced the launch of two trade shows scheduled for 2017 and a strategic partnership with the PROSPER Show, which will be co-located with ASD Market Week in March 2017.  Emerald will launch the Pizza & Pasta Northeast s…
August 26, 2016

ExpoDevCo, Questex Team Up on Pittsburgh Foodservice Show

Pittsburgh, PA – Questex is expanding its Nightclub & Bar Show brand to the East Coast with the launch of a new foodservice show next Fall in a partnership with Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo). The  Pennsylvania Foodservice Expo will launch October 23-24…
August 26, 2016

Variety Spices Up Sessions at ASAE Annual Meeting

Salt Lake City, UT – August is back-to-school month and the thousands of attendees at the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition were eager to hit the classroom. Nearly 4,800 association leaders and their industry partners enjoyed the hospitality of Salt Lake City August …
August 17, 2016

Med Show Metrics Flat in First Half of 2016

Oceanside, CA – The results are in, and growth metrics for major medical conferences and exhibitions was mixed and lackadaisical in the First Half of 2016, with exhibit space retreating slightly, according to Trade Show Executive’s Semi-Annual Medical Show Report, to be rele…
August 17, 2016

LeftField Media Acquired by Clarion’s Urban Expositions

Norwalk, CT – LeftField Media, an organizer of pop-culture consumer events in the US, was acquired by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events Company. Urban Expositions bought out the stakes of three of LeftField’s founders: Britton Jones, Sharon Enright and Mac Brighton.. The f…
August 16, 2016

SISO Leadership Conference Rocks Cleveland

Cleveland, OH – After hosting the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July, Cleveland was more than ready for the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) Leadership Conference, August 9-11 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. The conference featured 10…
August 16, 2016

Gold 100 Takes on a Decidedly International Flavor

Carlsbad, CA – When Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit is held next month in Carlsbad, CA, experts from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America will share ideas on driving show growth, integrating acquisitions, seizing new opportunities and capitalizing on…
August 16, 2016

Georgia World Congress Center to Revamp Exhibit Space, Add Convention Hotel by 2020

Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau announced its plans for the Georgia World Congress Center as part of the broader 2020 Vision Strategic Plan for the convention center corridor. The plan includes revamped exhibit space at the convention center that w…
August 16, 2016

Donald Stephens II Passes Away; Son of Rosemont CC Namesake

Rosemont, IL – Donald Stephens II, whose father’s name is on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, died August 13 at the age of 63. Funeral services were scheduled for  Wednesday, August 17 at Our Lady of Hope in Rosemont. Stephens, who had been battling …
August 12, 2016

UBM Bullish on Second Half after Strong Dollar Boosts Performance

London, UK – The strong US dollar helped boost UBM’s financial performance in the First Half of 2016 and had company executives looking forward to solid returns in the final six months of the year. Events revenues for UBM grew 1.3% in the First Half compared to the same peri…
August 12, 2016

GES Boosts Live Events AV Prowess by Acquiring ON Event Services

Las Vegas, NV – GES increased its capabilities in the live events arena by acquiring ON Event Services, LLC, a suburban Atlanta-based audio-visual provider with a heavy presence among hotels and corporate clients. Steve Moster, President of GES and President and CEO of paren…
August 12, 2016

Emerald Acquires Swimwear and Active Wear Collective Shows

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Emerald Expositions, LLC acquired Active Collective and Swim Collective, two leading trade shows serving this fast-growing vertical category of the  apparel industry. The shows will be added to Emerald’s Specialty Sports and Apparel Group. “I am con…
August 11, 2016

IAEE and Commerce Dept. Join Forces on Trade Show Promotion

Dallas, TX – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) expanded its relationship with the US Department of Commerce in August by signing a memorandum of agreement (MOA) aimed at using exhibitions to drum up exports for US companies. It includes cross-pro…
August 11, 2016

Gudea Announces Retirement from Trade Show Executive; Weiss Named Managing Editor

Oceanside, CA  - Darlene Gudea, President, Publisher and Editor of Trade Show Executive Media Group (TSE), announced her intention to retire in July 2017 after nearly 40 years in the exhibitions industry. She plans to remain connected to Trade Show Executive and serve on var…
August 11, 2016

Moscone Center VP Dick Shaff Passes Away

San Francisco, CA – Richard Shaff, Vice President and General Manager of Moscone Center and a highly respected leader in venue management nationwide, passed away this week. Arrangements for funeral services were not immediately announced.Shaff belonged to the International A…
August 11, 2016

Core-apps Acquires Medical Conference Note-Taking App

Arnold, MD – Core-apps has entered into an agreement to acquire a note-taking mobile app developed for medical conference attendees by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. Core-apps plans to take the Conference Notes iPad app beyond the hallowed halls of medicine to a wid…
August 11, 2016

Emerald Acquires International Gift Exposition in the Smokies

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Emerald Expositions has acquired the International Gift Exposition in the Smokies (IGES) from M&M Gift Shows and will add it to its already strong portfolio of gift exhibitions. Held annually in Tennessee’s scenic Great Smoky Mountains, the IGES…
July 2016
July 28, 2016

IAEE, ESCA Provide Input on Event Security

Dallas, TX - The trade show industry will provide a healthy dose of input as the US government develops a set of guidelines on security at the nation’s convention centers. The International Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Associati…
July 28, 2016

SISO Housing Deadline is Today

Cleveland, OH – Registration is still available for the August 9-11 Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) Leadership Conference in Cleveland, although the deadline for housing is already here. This year’s Leadership Conference takes a closer, tactical look at the ide…
July 22, 2016

Emerald’s Liz Crawford to Join RV Industry Association as Senior VP

San Juan Capistrano, CA – Liz Crawford, longtime executive with various independent organizers, was named Senior Vice President of Exhibitions & Events for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) effective August 22. The newly created position places Crawford …
July 22, 2016

July 29 Deadline Looming for the TSE Gold Grand Awards Nominations

Oceanside, CA – The deadline for nominating the best trade shows for the 2016 Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Grand Awards is just seven days away with entries being accepted through Friday, July 29. The event will not only honor the largest shows of the past year but al…
July 19, 2016

ASAE to Tap Beacon Technology at Annual Meeting & Expo

Washington, DC — The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) will deploy beacon technology for the first time at its annual meeting, August 13-16 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT. The meeting is expected to draw some 5,500 attendees. ASAE w…
July 19, 2016

Anaheim Jumpstarts Boom in Upscale Convention Hotels with Tax Rebate Plan

Anaheim, CA – The City of Anaheim approved a key hotel tax rebate plan this Summer that clears the way for construction of three new upscale hotels that trade show organizers will put to good use in the coming years.  The city council voted 3-1 in favor of the plan to allow …