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Sep 05, 2018
The trade show industry mergers and acquisitions market does not look to be slowing down any time soon, with another deal being announced today: GS Media and Events bought eight recreational vehicle, Boat & Outdoor Sports Consumer Shows from RJ Promotions for an undisclosed sum and ITE Group proposes to sell off part of its Russia division to Shtab-Expo. “This acquisition for GS Events expands their reach into several new markets and makes them the dominant producer of RV related consumer shows,” said Nick Curci, president of Corporate Solutions.  “GS Events was the natural buyer of… more
Sep 05, 2018
Beginning in January of 2021, the Western & English Sales Association (WESA) will be relocating its International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Markets to the Dallas Market Center.  Known as the producer of the world’s largest trade events for the equestrian industry, the biannual event is moving from Denver Mart in Denver, Colorado, a venue it had called home for decades. To be held each January and August, the WESA Markets in Dallas will be the largest global showcase of western and English resources as well as the global marketing headquarters for many of the largest… more
Sep 04, 2018
Just before the long holiday weekend in the U.S., two companies made portfolio sales that covered several conferences, a trade show and digital products. AC Business Media sold its business-to-business portfolio that was comprised mainly of publications and one trade show to Florida-based private equity firm Boyne Capital. The assets included in the sale are the following 12 publications, the DHI ConNextions trade show for the non-residential door and hardware industry, one digital marketing services brand, several related websites and digital products. “This acquisition for Boyne… more
Aug 30, 2018
As the exhibitions industry continues to surge full speed ahead, more and more destinations are recognizing the need to upgrade, revamp and expand their convention centers in order to compete for major trade shows and events.  These days, myriad facilities are celebrating ground breakings, undergoing new construction projects or anticipating grand openings, while others have put their plans on hold.  Here are some of the major U.S. convention centers proposing, building and completing bigger, better, state-of-the-art spaces. Caesars Forum On July 16, Caesars Entertainment broke ground on … more
Aug 30, 2018
Convention industry telecommunications services provider, Smart City Networks, has finalized a contract with the Miami Beach Convention Center to provide extensive technology upgrades as a part of the facility’s two and half-year-long, multi-million-dollar renovations project. Effective June 1, the agreement is on a fast track to finishing in early September to coincide with the completion of the MBCC’s $620 million, venue-wide renovation project.  The facility’s tech upgrades, with the partnership of the local internet service provider Hotwire Communications, will include enhanced network… more
Aug 29, 2018
The most recent edition of the 2018 Connect meetings series, which collocated Connect Association, Connect Corporate, Connect Sports, Connect Expo and Connect Specialty and was held Aug. 23-25 in Salt Lake City, Utah, added several new dimensions to the traditional hosted-buyer model of 1:to:1 meetings between industry suppliers and meeting planners. “If you’ve got different buyer groups, you’ve got some scale and some opportunity for a lot of cross-fertilization and learning and a different experience that some people like,” said Doug Emslie, managing director at Tarsus Group, which owns a… more
Aug 29, 2018
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition has chosen Trina Camacho-London, vice president of Global Group Sales at Hyatt Hotels, as its next co-chair.  Camacho-London will join Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, in leading MMBC, which comprises more than 60 organizations from across the meetings and travel industry that work to advocate the value that business meetings, conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibitions and incentive travel bring to people, businesses and communities. “Trina is a long-time member of MMBC who exemplifies… more
Aug 28, 2018
The Shenyang New World EXPO (“EXPO”) successfully hosted one of the largest Chinese international conferences ever to be held in northeast China. The 2018 Chinese Conference on Oncology was held Aug. 18-19. Delegate attendance on the opening day of the Conference exceeded 18,000. The event maximized the use of all areas of the venue including the 24,000 sqm (258,000 sq. ft.) of exhibition/multi-purpose space and 4,000 sqm (43,000 sq. ft.) of meeting space. During the 2-day event, the venue provided F&B services as well as venue safety and security services to ensure efficient crowd… more
Aug 28, 2018
Organised by the HKTDC, the mega promotion "In Style, Hong Kong" is making its debut in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in September.   Following its previous successful editions in Jakarta, Bangkok and Malaysia, this year's campaign aims to highlight Hong Kong's vibrant lifestyle and unique creativity, and showcase the city's branded, design-led products and world-class professional services, and how Vietnamese companies could leverage on Hong Kong's advantages to expand business globally.Vietnam is Hong Kong's largest export market among ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries… more
Aug 28, 2018
Cinte Techtextil China opens its doors next week, with around 480 exhibitors from 22 countries and regions preparing for another successful showcase of the world’s leading textile innovations. Leading international and domestic brands will feature in halls N1 – N3 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre from 4 – 6 September, making Cinte Techtextil the ideal place to make connections and gain insight into Chinese and Asian market trends. The technical textile industry in the Asia region, and China in particular, has been growing steadily and is predicted to continue doing so. China’s… more