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  • The AHLA says the Dept. of Homeland Security will expand the number of H-2B seasonal guest worker visas available for this fiscal year.
  • The increase in H2-B visas will help small and seasonal businesses to meet workforce demands critical in peak tourist periods.
  • SMG signed a 3-year agreement to continue managing Cobo Center in Detroit. SMG has been the management firm for Cobo since 2010.
  • Highlights of SMG’s tenure include oversight of a major renovation, reduced operating deficit and creation of a technology department.
  • Ground was broken June 20 on the expansion of the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The 250,000-sf project will wrap up next year.
  • The $130 million expansion includes two new ballrooms, 11 breakout rooms and additional space for the center’s Stay Well Meetings feature.
  • The Louisville Downtown Marriott Hotel is undergoing a $30 million renovation slated for completion in August 2018. The hotel remains open.
  • The Marriott is attached to the Kentucky International Convention Center and offers 50,000 sf of meeting space and 616 guest rooms.
  • AEG plans to acquire four acres in downtown Nashville to be developed as a mixed-use entertainment district at SWVP’s Nashville Yards.
  • The mixed-use district will be anchored by a 4,000-capacity music hall, luxury theatre, live entertainment club, boutique hotel & more.
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May 2017
May 25, 2017

Marketplace Events Adds to Home & Garden Portfolio

Cleveland, Ohio — As its largest single-show acquisition, Cincinnati Home & Garden Show has been purchased by Marketplace Events.
May 24, 2017

mdg Arrives in Midwest with Opening of Fourth Regional Office

Chicago — Event marketing firm, mdg, is expanding. It’s aim, more face-to-face interaction with current and prospective clients in the midwest region.
May 24, 2017

Sharon Enright Named President of NXT Events Media Group

Norwalk, Conn. — NXT Events Media Group has hired event mastermind Sharon Enright as its President & COO to build out the group's portfolio.
May 17, 2017

Feathr Shifts Efforts to Personalization Platform

Gainesville, Fla.— Event personalization specialist Feathr has updated its “DaVinci” platform to embed personalization features for customers before, during and after events.
May 17, 2017

UBM Americas Names New Sales Executive

New York— David Kaye was named Americas Sales Leader for UBM Americas. As the former Chief Revenue Officer for the Americas at The Economist. Kaye's background will lend to his ability to develop new revenue streams for the company.
May 17, 2017

UBM plc Announces Solid Financial Performance at Annual Meeting

London— UBM plc, the largest B2B event organizer worldwide, announced financial results for the current fiscal year. Read about which of their sectors grew and what challenges they experienced.
May 15, 2017

Northstar Travel Group Acquires Burba Hotel Network Investment Portfolio

Secaucus, NJ – Northstar Travel Group acquired the hotel investment event portfolio of Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Burba Hotel Network (BHN), the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and other partners. The move will add BHN’s 10 hospitality investment events to Nort…
May 15, 2017

Equity Firm Acquires etouches, Developer of Event Software

Norwalk, Conn. – The California private equity firm HGGC has acquired etouches, a Connecticut-based developer of software for event management and venue sourcing, it was announced on May 9. JEGI represented HGGC in the transaction. The deal expands HGGC’s presence in the eve…
May 8, 2017

Recap: 2017 IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Draws Largest Crowd to Date

Oxon Hill, Md.— The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) attracted more than 220 attendees – the largest crowd in its five-year history. The sold-out WLF was held May 1-2 at the MGM National Harbor, which opened December 8…
May 8, 2017

Kathleen Thomas Leaves Drake Star, Joins JEGI as Managing Director

New York—JEGI, an independent investment bank for the global media, information, marketing, software and tech‐enabled services sectors, has hired Kathleen Thomas as Managing Director. Thomas, who most recently served as a Managing Partner for Drake Star Partners (formerly Re…