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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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December 2004
December 14, 2004

Zinn Retires from the Woodworking Show, but Carves Out New Role with the Association

Atlanta -John Zinn will retire from his position as Senior Vice President of the International Woodworking Machinery and Supply Fair  (IWF) at the end of December. He has been with the organization since 1981 and oversaw the show’s smooth transition from Louisville, KY to At…
December 10, 2004

MGM and Mandalay Bay Merger Is One Step Closer to Reality; Will Become One of the World’s Largest Hotel/Convention Center Conglomerates

Las Vegas - Stockholders of the Mandalay Bay Resort Group approved a merger with MGM Mirage today. The proposed merger will create the largest casino company in the world as well as one of the world’s largest hotel/convention center conglomerates.
December 10, 2004

DOC Selects a Record 42 Shows for Worldwide Promotion in its International Buyer Program

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Commerce has named a record 42 shows to its International Buyer Program for its 2006 fiscal year, which begins October 2005. This is a significant increase over the 36 events selected for 2005 and the 28 chosen in 2004.
December 10, 2004

Washington, DC Convention Center Becomes a ‘Sobriety Checkpoint’; Landmark Program Designed to Prevent Substance Abuse During Move-In/Out

Washington, DC - On December 8th, the Washington, DC Convention Center unveiled a historic Safety and Substance Abuse Prevention Program that will take effect in three weeks.  Here’s how labor unions, local service contractors and center officials made it happen -- and why i…
December 8, 2004

Trade Show Exhibitors Association to Get New President

Chicago, IL - Michael Bandy will step down as President and will leave the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) on March 31st, announced Sal Cavallaro, CME, Chairman of the Board of  TSEA. Bandy joined the association  in April 1987 as Director of Communications and was …
December 8, 2004

Washington DC Convention Center to Expand Meeting Space, and Develop and Own a HQ Hotel

Washington, DC - The Board of Directors of the Washington Convention Center Authority agreed on Dec. 3rd  to expand the meeting and ballroom capacity of the convention center by 75,000 square feet. It will also develop and own a 1,200-room headquarters hotel with 100,000 squ…
December 8, 2004

The Pack Expo Experiment:  Is It Feasible for Show Management to Be Their Own General Service Contractor?

Arlington, VA - In November, all eyes were on PACK EXPO in Chicago's McCormick Place  to see if it was really possible for a show with over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and 2,000 exhibiting companies to act as its own general contractor.
December 8, 2004

Gone in (Less Than) 60 Seconds

Washington, DC – Now you see it, soon you won’t. The “old” Washington Convention Center, which was  built in 1983 between 9th  and 11th Streets NW, will be imploded on December 18th at 7:30 a.m.  The implosion sequence will begin in the middle of the structure and flow outwa…
December 7, 2004

Legislation Authorizes Funding for  Javits Center Expansion

New York, New York - A new bill approving the expansion of New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was signed in a ceremony on December 8th at the exhibition center.
November 2004
November 17, 2004

dmg Expands Oil and Gas Portfolio with Two Newly Acquired Events

Redhill, Surrey, UK - dmg world media has acquired GasTech and the European Autumn Gas Conference (EAGC) from Turret Rai plc. The acquisitions expand dmg’s oil and gas portfolio to eight events and furthers the company’s strategy of extending the division into new internatio…