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Aug 04, 2012
For the “Best of Show” award, we are leaving it up to you to tell us why you think your show is the BEST.   This is the second year for this special award, and five nominees will be invited to the TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence Nov. 2-4 in Louisville, Ky.   The overall winner will be announced at the gala awards celebration Nov. 3 Submit your show HERE.   There is no specific criterion for the award. Be creative!   What challenge(s) did the show face? What was the “Best of Show” solution(s)? And what were the overall results and… more
Aug 01, 2012
With the Outdoor Retailer semiannual trade shows outgrowing their home at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City already an issue, the Outdoor Industry Association, one of the shows’ organizers, also recently expressed its discontent with Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert’s public land policies in the state. OIA’s concerns include the governor’s lawsuit challenging the federal government over jurisdiction of the federal public lands and some road claims within national parks, monuments and wilderness areas that would allow motorized vehicles on dirt trails.… more
Jul 30, 2012
Experient scored a coveted contract being chosen as the preferred partner for Nielsen Expositions for event registration and lead management services for 31 shows annually for a five-year term.   “Nielsen is excited to partner with a reputable, industry leader,” said Cindy Sample, Nielsen Expositions’ operations director.   She added, “Experient’s high level of customer service and technologically advanced solutions have exceeded our expectations thus far. We are looking forward to many years of continued success.”   Shawn Pierce, Experient… more
Jul 30, 2012
The world is about to get a little bit greener with a major commitment by the American Society of Association Executives through a partnership with American Forests to plant one tree per attendee to ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition. The meeting, on tap Aug. 11-14 at the Dallas Convention Center, typically attracts approximately 5,000 attendees. This effort, part of American Forests’ new Meeting ReLeaf program, will offset the carbon footprint of the meeting and augment ASAE’s broader sustainability efforts, according to ASAE officials. All the trees will be planted… more
Jul 30, 2012
David Dubois, current president and CEO of the Forth Worth (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau, has been named the new president of the International Association of Exhibitions & Events. Doreen Biela, IAEE’s chair, announced the news, and Dubois’ appointment will be effective in October after current IAEE president Steven Hacker retires. "IAEE is fortunate to have enjoyed a lengthy CEO transition period, which permitted us to engage in a very comprehensive national search for our next chief staff executive and ensure a seamless leadership transition,” Biela… more
Jul 30, 2012
Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, has sold out its PACK EXPO International on tap Oct. 28-31 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. “The sold out status of PACK EXPO speaks volumes to its value as a showcase for the packaging and processing industries,” said Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO, PMMI. He added, “With space completely gone three months out, the show has surpassed even our expectations.” PACK EXPO International 2012 will be the largest edition of the show since 2002, with a record 1,800 plus… more
Jul 30, 2012
Summer might be a slow time for actual trade shows being held, but it’s been a busy time for new hires, signaling a boost in business. The Georgia World Congress Center recently announced the selection of Mark Adams as director of sales for the 3.9 million square foot facility. "We are all looking forward to the addition of Mark Adams to our GWCC team,” said Mark Zimmerman, general manager of the convention center. He added, “I am confident that with his experience he will make an immediate impact on our sales program.” Adams joins the GWCC after working as… more
Jul 30, 2012
NAB Show, in partnership with BPL Broadcast, will debut Connected Media World, an exhibit area set to launch at the 2013 NAB Show April 6-11 in Las Vegas.   “As consumers continue to connect with media and entertainment in new and different ways, it's imperative for content owners and distributors to understand how this evolution impacts business and the overall consumer experience,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations.     The new exhibit area will showcase technologies and services that are advancing how… more
Jul 29, 2012
The city of Los Angeles likely is collectively sighing in relief since the Entertainment Software Association decided to keep the lucrative video game trade show E3 in town through 2015. Even though there were rumblings E3 was considering moving out because of planned construction of a new stadium that will impact the Los Angeles Convention Center where the show is held, ESA signed a new contract that will bring the show back to the city 2013, 2014 and 2015. “We are proud to partner with Los Angeles for another three years,” said Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA, which… more
Jul 29, 2012
Viad chalked up its eighth consecutive quarter of growth with second-quarter revenues for this year up 3.3 percent to $246.5 million, compared with $238.7 million during the same period last year. Net income also was up to $6.1 million in the second quarter this year, compared with $4.5 million during the same period last year. Positive second-quarter revenue results were driven by the U.S. Marketing & Events Group that saw an increase of 15 percent to $165.5 million, compared with $150.2 million during the same period last year. International results for the Marketing & Events… more

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An open-air design featuring the largest digital experience in the U.S. convention and exhibitions industry welcomes attendees to the brand-new West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), just as the city roars back to full capacity and takes major events and trade shows to the next level with impressive, new venues.