Sep 28, 2017

If the Los Angeles Convention Center’s recent fiscal report is any indication, the Downtown L.A. facility most certainly is not a loss-leader, but rather an integral economic impact generator for the City of Los Angeles.

The LACC recently reported generating a record-breaking $781 million of economic impact for the City in fiscal year 2016/2017, with $478 million attributed to convention attendee direct spending.

An additional $26.4 million was generated in tax revenues to the City, with $18.2 million in hotel transient-occupancy tax contributions to the City’s general fund… more

Sep 27, 2017

Core-apps has updated and enhanced its Access 365 product, an event app feature that allows show organizers to extend the life of their apps beyond their events.

The new updates not only provide associations and event planners with a flexible payment structure but also technical enhancements designed to help turn an event app into a year-round engagement tool.

The new pricing model features a low monthly fee to help mitigate the upfront costs of implementation, thus lowering the barrier of entry so organizers can engage with their audiences 365 days a year. This goes into… more

Sep 27, 2017

A month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a category 4 hurricane, many coastal communities in the Lone Star State now are in the process of picking up the pieces. An unprecedented storm that affected thousands of people in the greater Houston area, Harvey not only flooded homes but also disrupted businesses, including area restaurants and hotels – and their employees.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 330,000 people work in the Houston leisure and hospitality industry, employees that especially are vulnerable to natural disasters like… more

ICCF Miami
Sep 25, 2017

Set to open in just more than two weeks, Reed Exhibitions’ JIS (Jewelers International Show) October 2017 show will relocate to Fort Lauderdale, after receiving news from the Miami Beach Convention Center that it would be unavailable to host the event because of  Hurricane Irma disrupting construction activity and the building not being cleared for public occupancy.

The show now will take place during the same dates Oct. 8-11 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, just 30 miles north of Miami.… more

Sep 24, 2017

The Foundation of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FFPSA) presented a donation of $100,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository during PROCESS EXPO last week.

The donation, a result of its DEFEAT HUNGER Campaign, included food products donated by PROCESS EXPO exhibitors and money raised through virtual donations, which is the equivalent of 400,000 meals, and will be used to help fight hunger in the Greater Chicago Area.

The presentation took place during PROCESS… more

Sep 24, 2017

NACE Automechanika, a show dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive collision and service repair shops, returned to Chicago July 26-29.

More than 360 leading suppliers displayed new automotive service and repair technologies, while connecting to nearly 8,000 attendees who took part in activities throughout Automotive Service and Collision Repair Week.

"NACE… more

Sep 22, 2017

FABTECH 2017 is adding a new twist to its opening keynote presentation by embracing the popular TED Talks concept.

Featuring short, inspirational talks given by industry visionaries relaying messages about transformation, growth and the future of manufacturing, the “FABx Tech Talks” will kick off the keynotes on the first day of the annual trade show and conference for the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries.

Set for Nov. 6-9 at McCormick Place in Chicago, the event is expected to attract more than 50,000 attendees and 1,700 exhibiting companies… more

(L to R) Louisville CVB's Karen Williams, Connect's Cjris Collinson, Louisville Mayor's Chief of Staff Ellen Hesen
Sep 22, 2017

Louisville’s nearly $1 billion in tourism infrastructure improvements, which includes expanding the Kentucky International Convention Center and opening the Omni Louisville Downtown, has attracted yet another big-name event – Connect Marketplace.

Connect Marketplace is a leading event in the meetings, events, travel and tourism industry and will be held in Louisville Summer 2019.

"We are more than excited to partner with our friends at Louisville CVB by bringing our largest… more

Sep 22, 2017

Move over photo booths and gamification – virtual reality could soon be taking the event entertainment world by storm. From exploring underwater worlds and creating large 3D drawings to battling alien spaceships or brain-eating zombies, virtual reality games and experiences at events provide attendees with immersive and engaging experiences that not only help make events more fun, but also more memorable.

Geared specifically toward corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows and private parties, VR Arcade NOLA is a mobile virtual reality entertainment company that… more

Sep 20, 2017

In this day and age, association and event professionals are forever tasked with finding new and innovative ways to attract new members, drive show attendance and engage their audiences before, during and after their events. As storytelling has become an essential part of branding, video has established itself as a powerful and captivating platform, with content that can be easily shared and used over multiple marketing tactics.

No one knows this better than mdg, which has been busy building its suite of marketing services over the past decade by incorporating of new… more