Latest TSE Who’s Who Mega Guide to be Released in April

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Oceanside, CA – Make way for the Mega Guide.  Trade Show Executive (TSE) will release its 2015 Who’s Who Mega Guide on April 9with expanded listings of the industry’s leading show organizers, service contractors and convention bureaus.

The Mega Guide once again combines previously separate TSE directories into a single handy edition filled with useful contacts for the year ahead. It includes four main sections listing independent show organizers and managers, association show organizers, convention and visitors bureaus, and providers of various show services. Readers can search by company or key executive.

“The Mega Guide keeps you on top of the changes in the trade show industry and up to date on the right people to reach out to when organizing your show,” said Manager of Directories Carri Jensen.

The Mega Guide will be noticeably meatier in 2015. The number of companies listed has increased in three of the four categories, and reflects the acquisitions and ownership changes that made the past 12 months one of the industry’s most exciting.  “There are many new names and faces, which is reflected in this year’s Mega Guide,” Jensen said.

Independent Show Organizers

It was a busy year for independent show organizers, Jensen noted, thanks to a surge of acquisitions and consolidation involving some of the major players in the industry:

  • Advanstar Communications is now part of UBM
  • Britain’s Informa Exhibitions acquired Hanley Wood Exhibitions and Virgo Publishing and also created a U.S. division.
  • Emerald Expositions acquired Vendome Group and Macfadden Protech LLC
  • Summit Professional Networks is now part of ALM Media, LLC
  • Stagnito Business Information acquired b-to-b assets from Fulcrum Media

The Mega Guide includes listings for 336 company headquarters and 96 regional offices, down from last year’s 346 headquarters and 111 regional offices. “Acquisitions and office consolidations were two key trends that led to these lower numbers, but the numbers may be deceiving if one is analyzing the growth of independent organizers,” Jensen noted. “It was a classic case of the big organizations getting bigger.”

Association Show Organizers

Associations produce many of the largest trade shows in the U.S. and Canada. This year’s Mega Guide lists 366 such organizations, up by 168 from the 198 listed in the 2014 edition.

Convention & Visitors Bureaus

The CVBs were well represented last year, and one more organization was added for 2015, bringing the total up to 84. The Mega Guide includes eight advertorials focusing the spotlight on exciting individual cities.

Show Services

The number of listings increased to 300 companies in 30 different categories, including 80 general services contractors and 220 specialty firms. Last year included 290 total companies and 78 general services contractors.

The Mega Guide includes contact names, email addresses, websites, and telephone and fax numbers for all of these companies, making it an invaluable resource for expanding your reach in the trade show industry.

Reach Carri Jensen at (541) 286-4014 or cjensen@tradeshowexecutive.com