Jun 04, 2015
From very humble beginnings, Dwell on Design has now shattered attendance records, with more than 32,000 attendees on hand checking out 326,000 square feet of exhibit space.  In its 10th year, the show was held at May 29-31 the Los Angeles Convention Center. “We knew when we started this show that this was not going to be a traditional event,” said Michela O’Connor Abrams, president and CEO of Dwell. “We really wanted to introduce something in the venue space that could bring together builders, architects, designers, and clients. This show is a true conduit between the professions and… more
Jun 02, 2015
The 96th annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show and the collocated BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) at NRA Show, held at Chicago’s McCormick Place on May 16-19, posted record exhibit space and a 3 percent uptick in registration in the key buyer category of restaurant and foodservice operators. “Across all three halls and all four days of NRA Show and BAR, the optimism of the restaurant and hospitality industry could be felt around every corner,” said John Metz, Jr., 2015 NRA Convention Chair and Executive Chef, CEO and Co-founder of Marlow’s Tavern. He… more
Jun 01, 2015
In its 26th year, LIGHTFAIR International 2015’s show broke attendance and showfloor records across the board when it was held May 5-7 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York. “The convergence of light and technology is a defining factor in LFI’s 2015 unprecedented success,” said Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of LFI managing partner AmericasMart® Atlanta. He added, “For more than a quarter century, LIGHTFAIR has created the world’s global stage for lighting and design innovation. At LFI 2015, technology emerged as the… more
May 29, 2015
After its purchase of Hanley Wood Exhibitions last November, U.K.-based Informa Exhibitions is adding onto its residential, commercial design and construction portfolio in the United States with the acquisition of Dwell on Design from Dwell Media. Dwell on Design has two annual events in New York and Los Angeles and will be run by Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction and Real Estate division. The buy cements a formal partnership between Dwell Media and Informa with the goal of expanding the existing shows’ scope and taking it international. “Dwell Media, the voice of modern design, has… more
May 27, 2015
Adding to its jewelry portfolio, Reed Exhibitions has acquired Miami-based Jewelers International Showcase (JIS). JIS runs three events all held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Thousands of retailers attend the JIS Events from the United States, Caribbean and Latin America to do business with almost 700 exhibitors. "This is an exciting opportunity to expand our jewelry portfolio, offering our customers broader reach to retailers in the Caribbean and Latin American markets,” said Yancy Weinrich, senior vice president, JCK. He added, “The JIS Events offer a unique opportunity for… more
May 27, 2015
The 2015 American Transplant Congress (ATC), held May 2-6 in Philadelphia, brought in 4,500 attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The American Transplant Congress is the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the American Society of Transplantation. “One of the most exciting themes addressed this week was how to make the most of the organs we have for transplantation, including policy to share this scarce resource more equally around the country, technologies for rescuing marginal organs, surgical techniques for splitting organs into two recipients… more
May 22, 2015
U.K.-based Tarsus Group added to its expanding U.S. medical portfolio with the acquisition of PAINWeek from Aventine Co. for $27.5 million. PAINWeek runs the leading U.S. event for pain management, which takes place annually in September in Las Vegas.  “The acquisition of PAINWeek complements our existing medical businesses enabling us to address all four pillars of the preventative medical market,” said Douglas Emslie, Tarsus Group managing director. “We see a number of opportunities for us to expand the PAINWeek business and to cross-promote our other medical events.” PAINWeek… more
May 18, 2015
More than 1,500 attendees were on hand for the he Experiential Marketing Summit (EMS), held in San Francisco May 11-13, to hear from a wide range of fantastic speakers on new topics and issues facing the industry.  And, it was clear that when it comes to marketing, experimentation has never been more important. In the morning keynote, CMO of Bacardi, Dima Ivanov discussed how Bacardi reviewed their brand and the customer experience in an effort to get back to the roots of the company. One key component was the identification of where the experience takes place, and maintaining that… more
May 13, 2015
The winter thaw finally has occurred in some parts of the United States and that includes a flurry of new business contracts being signed in the past few months. The Massachusetts Dental Society extended its contract with its preferred registration partner, Convention Data Services, through 2017. Under the agreement, CDS will continue to provide full registration services, membership integration, CEU application, lead management and exhibitor services for the annual Yankee Dental Congress. “For the past nine years, the Massachusetts Dental Society has chosen to use CDS for registration and… more
May 11, 2015
Running a large facility with thousands of visitors coming through can be a challenge in the middle of one of the most severe droughts on record in the state of California, but that’s the daily reality for the Los Angeles Convention Center. As a result, LACC officials have implemented several water conservation measures, as well as partnered with LA Green. “Environmental sustainability is an area of critical importance for the Los Angeles Convention Center,” said Brad Gessner, senior vice president of AEG Facilities and General Manager of the Los Angeles Convention Center. He added, “Water… more