News

Jan 26, 2017
One of the largest trade show companies in the U.S., Emerald Expositions, is exploring a possible sale that would value the company at $2 billion, according to a Jan. 25 news report from Reuters citing unnamed sources. Private equity firm Onex, which owns Emerald, has brought on Bank of America to manage the sale process of Emerald, the sources said. David Loechner, president and CEO of Emerald Expositions, declined to comment. Onex bought Nielsen Expositions, which was renamed Emerald Expositions, in June 2013 for $950 million. Since then, Emerald rapidly expanded its portfolio with… more
Jan 24, 2017
Make: and Reed Exhibitions are partnering up to launch Maker Faire Chicago 2017. Set for April 22-23 at McCormick Place, the two-day, family-friendly event will be collocated with the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). Co-founded in 2006 by Maker Media, Maker Faire festivals gather together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors to celebrate innovation, creativity and hands-on collaboration across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Upon its debut,… more
Jan 23, 2017
Want to take your trade show and turn it into a compelling, not-to-miss industry event? Try strapping a few live action cameras to some of your attendees, let them loose on the showfloor, live stream their experiences on Facebook and voila – you’ve not only given your at-home audience a glimpse of what they’re missing, you’ve also turned your event into a cutting-edge attendee marketing machine! One Atlanta-based trade show did exactly that, and with overwhelmingly positive results. As a biennial trade show and conference for the woodworking, design, and material processing industry, the… more
Jan 20, 2017
As part of TSNN’s Research Series, we currently are collecting survey responses from show organizers for the Event Technology Trends & Future Outlook study. The link is HERE and everyone who completes the survey will receive an executive summary of the report, as well as a 20-percent discount on the full 30-40 page report on the latest event technology trends. Events and technology have a unique and powerful relationship. Yet the pace of technological change is unprecedented and accelerating, and even staying on top of trends is a challenge. To help event management analyze these… more
Jan 19, 2017
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition had a busy 2016 advocating to prove the value of the meetings industry, and 2017 looks to be even busier, as MMB continues to push existing initiatives forward and launch new ones. “Meetings Mean Business continues to grow as a coalition, attracting new supporters and elevating the industry,” said Richard Harper, MMB co-chair and HelmsBriscoe executive vice president. He added, “In 2017, we are excited to build on this momentum and expand our reach through the newly launched Meeting Planner Taskforce aimed at engaging this important audience, a global… more
Jan 18, 2017
Three years after Nashville’s Music City Center was built, the local Convention Center Authority just approved to expand the venue. The center now has a $19.9 million construction budget to build a new food and beverage outlet and expand the Exhibit Hall and Davidson Ballroom concourse space. “We are thrilled that the Authority agrees we should continue to invest in and enhance the Music City Center,” said Charles Starks, president and CEO of the Music City Center. He added, “As we have listened to our meeting planners’ feedback over the last three years, we’ve identified these as areas we… more
Jan 17, 2017
HANNOVER MESSE USA, the newly branded North American industrial technology trade shows collocated at IMTS 2018, will feature 130,000 square feet of exhibition space and special display areas. This marks a 44 percent increase, compared with the collocated shows’ total floor space at IMTS 2016. For the first time since the collocated shows launched at IMTS 2012, the exhibition space and three special display areas will be located on two floors of the East Building at McCormick Place. HANNOVER MESSE USA is organized and managed by Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA), the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche… more
Jan 16, 2017
More than 1,200 association executives, consultants and industry professionals converged at the 2016 ASAE Technology Conference & Expo for three days of networking, education, insights and information about the latest trends, technologies, and strategies needed to take their organizations in a more forward-thinking direction. Held Dec. 12-14 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, the association’s 11th annual event offered 32 high-level education sessions, a host of networking opportunities and an expo that featured135 exhibiting companies spanning… more
Jan 12, 2017
CES, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show, had yet another record-breaking year. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center and venues throughout the city Jan. 5-8, the 50th annual event for the global technology industry boasted a 2.6 million net square foot showfloor occupied by 3,800 exhibitors and more than 175,000 attendees, including 55,000 from 150 countries. Final attendance figures will be released after the show’s independent audit late this spring, according to officials from the Consumer Technology Association, which owns and produces the show. Last year, CES attracted… more
Jan 11, 2017
The Craft & Hobby Association has transformed its CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show into Creativation, a refreshed, reimagined event for the crafting industry. Set to debut Jan. 19-23 at the Phoenix Convention Center, the rebranded and reinvented show will feature new programs, learning opportunities and networking events; a targeted focus on innovation, collaboration and creative entrepreneurs, and at the heart of it all, a completely redesigned trade show floor. As the annual trade show and conference for the global creative products industry, the event brings together manufacturers… more