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Shepard Ramps Up Growth of AV Division with Production Associates Acquisition

Event production company, Shepard, has made its second buy this winter with the acquisition of Northern Virginia-based Production Associates, a full-service audio-visual management, staging and consulting company that provides services to association, corporate and government events.

“We are excited to welcome Production Associates to our growing Shepard AV family,” said Stuart Danneman, executive vice president of Shepard AV. “They bring to the team a strong service-based culture, innovative technology and a thriving presence in the Virginia, Maryland and DC markets.”

Convention Data Services, Los Angeles Convention Center and Levy Restaurants Spread Some Holiday Cheer

This article is the third in a series we have been running throughout the holiday season to shine a bright, well-deserved spotlight on companies that are #GivingBack.

December has been a busy month for several trade show industry vendors wanting to make the holidays a little brighter for people in their communities and beyond.

Earlier this month, Convention Data Services kicked off its annual Season of Giving Program designed to assist the local community, industry and employees who could use a little extra holiday cheer.

UFI’s World Map of Exhibition Venues Data Shows Growth of Global Venue Space

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released its full 2017 report on the World Map of Exhibition Venues.

The report analyzes indicators on key regional trends and includes the largest venues for all 28 markets with a total capacity exceeding 200,000 square meters (more than 2 million sq. ft.) of gross indoor exhibition space.

Caesars Entertainment Unveils Plans for $375 Million Conference Center in Las Vegas 

Caesars Entertainment Corporation will develop CAESARS FORUM, a new 550,000 square foot conference center on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip.

Featuring 300,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, the $375 million facility will include two of the largest pillarless ballrooms in North America, according to Caesars officials.

Industry Experts Predict an Emphasis on Human Approach to Events in 2018

In just a few days, 2017 will be history. The year brought event professionals a host of challenges around technological advancements, security, politics and travel, to name just a few. While next year will continue to prove difficult in many of those same areas, experts are pointing out that 2018 will be filled with opportunities for show organizers to rethink how events can capitalize on the human factor.

To wrap-up the year, here are a few predictions from five event industry veterans about what they foresee coming down the pike for events in 2018.

Second Annual Play Fair Returns to the Big Apple, Expands Showfloor

Play Fair, a public celebration of play and entertainment for all ages, returned to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City for its second year with a larger showfloor, more exhibiting companies and a broader itinerary of immersive, family-friendly activities.

Held Nov. 4-5 and Hosted by The Toy Association in partnership with LeftField Media, the event provided a sold-out crowd of more than 20,000 children, parents, families and fans with a first glimpse of the toys, games and entertainment expected to be topping wishlists this holiday season.

Private Equity Firm Onex Buys Venue Management Firm SMG

Private equity firm Onex Corporation has agreed to acquire SMG Holdings Inc., in partnership with its existing management team.

“SMG is the global gold standard in venue management,” said Amir Motamedi, a managing director with Onex. “We’re excited to work with Wes, his management team and the general managers within each of SMG’s venues to continue to provide the same world-class service their clients have come to expect.”

SMG is the leading global manager of convention centers, stadiums, arenas, theatres, performing arts centers and other venues.