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AEG Facilities said 47 convention centers, arenas and other facilities it manages worldwide took part in Earth Hour on March 28. Lights went off for one hour at the L.A. Convention Center, 02 in London and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in a show of green support …..    Diversified Communications acquired The Sleeter Group, which includes an annual conference for small business accountants and consultants.  Sleeter increases Diversified’s portfolio in the accounts-payable sector. Its assets also include research services and webinars …..

The Oregon state senate passed legislation that removes a roadblock to a new convention center hotel in Portland. The bill affirms the city’s right to issue bonds for the project without a public vote. Hyatt plans to open a 600-room hotel in 2018 …..   The Phoenix Convention Center is moving forward with the adoption of ESCA’s Worker Identification System ID cards for trade show labor.  The Phoenix center will host a customer meeting on April 1. Phoenix will be the 13th U.S. convention center to adopt the WIS worker ID …..    Reed Exhibitions Greater China named Hu Wei as its next president. He will succeed Nat Wong effective April 16.  Hu joined Reed March 16 after 10 years as director of international merchandising for Best Buy. Reed organizes 58 trade shows in China …..    Access Intelligence acquired AdMonsters, organizer of the OPS and Publisher Forums conferences for online advertising professionals.  OPS is held annually in New York and is seen as a promising target for development of a trade show …..

A 7.2% surge in attendance led to a record crowd of more than 71,000 at Natural Products Expo West/Engredea in Anaheim this year.  New Hope Media said exhibit space topped 460,000 nsf with more than 2,700 exhibitors, including 634 first-time participants …..    PMMI and Koelnmesse have teamed up for the launch of a new packaging show in the U.S. for the food and beverage industry in 2017. The name and venue for the new event were not revealed. The show is the latest expansion for PMMI, which launched PACK EXPO East this year …..    The second EXPO PACK Guadalajara drew more than 11,000 attendees. The biennial show featured 48,000 nsf of exhibit space, up 40% over 2013.  EXPO PACK Guadalajara took place March 10-12 in Jalisco. The larger EXPO PACK Mexico takes place June 16-19 in Mexico City …..