Industry News

Convention Centers Pivot to Offer a Shot of Hope

When the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2020, there wasn’t a trade show executive around who could have predicted what the next year would bring. They certainly couldn’t have guessed that convention centers — the lifeblood of their shows — would become hospitals, testing centers, and, eventually, vaccination centers.

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PCMA’s Hybrid Convening Leaders Attracts 3,500

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is known for innovating, and this year’s hybrid version of Convening Leaders, held January 11-15, was no exception. The meeting combined live gatherings of 50 in Europe and 300 Asia with a robust virtual program that attracted 3,500 attendees from around the globe. “We’re

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CES 2021 Makes History as the Largest Digital Tech Industry Event

ARLINGTON, VA — The first-ever all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 held January 11-14 made history as the largest digital tech event ever. Almost 2,000 companies unveiled next-gen innovation for a better future. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association, the all-digital CES 2021 featured product launches from startups

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THIS Partners with CMG to Promote New Business Model

Total Hospitality Solutions (THIS) has partnered with Chris Meyer Global (CMG) on a new business model designed to help destination marketing organizations, economic development groups and chambers of commerce better connect and collaborate in the wake of COVID-19. “Now is the time to act,” said CMG CEO Chris Meyer, CEM,

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Industry Icon Sheldon Adelson Passes Away

LAS VEGAS — Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a giant in not just the casino industry but in the world of trade shows, has died at the age of 87. Adelson, the chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and a significant donor to the Republican Party, passed away from complications related

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Will COVID-19 Vaccines Be Necessary to Travel Again?

ATLANTA  — As we come up to nearly a year of living amidst a global pandemic, with countries beginning the arduous process of vaccinating their populations, trade show executives are ready to get their shows on the road again. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s preeminent immunologist and infectious disease expert,

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Anna Dycheva-Smirnova Named CEO, Reed Exhibitions UK

LONDON — Anna Dycheva-Smirnova has taken the helm of Reed Exhibitions UK, in addition to her role as CEO of Russia, Turkey, and the Middle East. She replaces Darren Johnson, who spent six years in that role. Dycheva-Smirnova joined the company as Deputy General Manager of Reed Exhibitions Russia in

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Emerald Acquires PlumRiver

NEW YORK — Emerald has acquired PlumRiver, a leading international provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) technology. PlumRiver’s Elastic Suite streamlines the wholesale buying process for both brands and retail buyers, creating a digital year-round transactional platform. “Over the course of 2020, we launched many digital product offerings focused on customer engagement,

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