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Mar 27, 0018
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Grapevine, Texas, as the destination for its World Education Congress (WEC) in 2020. The association will collaborate with the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the conference, which is scheduled for June 6–9, 2020, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. Grapevine is centrally located between Fort Worth and Dallas, where MPI is headquartered. WEC is MPI’s signature event through which it delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities in North America.  It attracts more than 2,000… more
Jan 10, 0018
On what was a packed day on the bustling CES showfloor, the massive consumer electronics show, a power blackout occurred at the Las Vegas Convention Center  impacting meeting rooms in the North and South Halls for approximately two hours.  "Today at approximately 11:15 AM (PST), the Central Hall and South Hall bridge meeting rooms at the Las Vegas Convention Center lost power. Power in the South Hall was restored within minutes, and power has now been fully restored to all areas. A preliminary assessment indicates that condensation from heavy rainfall caused a flashover on one of the… more
U.K.-based Informa is set to acquire U.S.-based Penton in a deal worth $1.56 billion from private equity owners MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co. The transaction is subject to approval by Informa shareholders and customary regulatory and closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016. "Today, we are announcing continued progress on our Growth Acceleration Plan with the proposed addition of Penton Information Services,” said Stephen A. Carter, Informa Group CEO.  “This combination will further strengthen our capabilities in Global Exhibitions… more
GES’ second-quarter revenues were up 12.2 percent to $320.1 million from $285.4 million during the same period the year before. “GES delivered second-quarter results that surpassed our prior guidance, with a revenue increase of 12 percent year-over-year and an adjusted segment EBITDA margin of 12.5 percent,” said Viad’s president and CEO Steve Moster. He added, “The upside to guidance was broad-based and fueled by industry growth, solid execution by the GES team and our efforts to position GES as the preferred global, full-service provider for live events with a comprehensive suite of… more
Jul 12, 2018
etouches is now known as Aventri, a new name that stems from three ideas: avenue, events and entry. The rebrand combines these three elements as part of the company’s continuing effort to transform the event experience through products, people and innovation. Aventri’s new tagline “Connect Better” reflects the company’s mission to foster deeper relationships with event, meeting and strategic marketing professionals and enable them to create deeper and more meaningful relationships with their own networks.  “Our rebranding project was ignited by the desire to take our former name and… more
Jul 11, 2018
The board of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) announced this week that its long-serving CEO, Martin Sirk, will step down from his position at the end of this month. Sirk, who joined ICCA as CEO in 2002, has led the association through substantial growth overseeing a rise in membership from 600 to over 1,100 companies and organisations across 97 countries. ICCA will appoint a new CEO in the coming months. In the meantime, ICCA’s Chief Value Officer, Dennis Speets, will stand in as acting CEO. ICCA President Nina Freysen Pretorius, stated, “We would like to thank… more
Jul 11, 2018
Recently, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) published its annual report for the financial year ended 31st March 2018. Revenues generated from the HKTDC’s exhibitions and missions were US$250 million, slightly higher than last year’s figure. The HKTDC’s total revenues, including a government subvention of US$49 million, were US$360 million – also similar to the previous year’s numbers. Revenues from the HKTDC’s magazines and online marketplace dropped 3.7% compared with the previous year, down to US$20 million. Revenues generated from the operation of the HKTDC-owned, Hong Kong… more
Jul 11, 2018
Deputy General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai, Heiko M. Stutzinger, will take an additional role of Deputy Managing Director of MesseDüsseldorf China Ltd. (MDC) in Hong Kong. Heiko M. Stutzinger is experienced in the trade show industry and has long focused on the areas of strategic growth and business development. He joined Messe Düsseldorf in 2008 and became Deputy Manager of Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai in 2015. Hans Werner Reinhard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MDC, commented, “Besides the outbound business, Messe Düsseldorf China is actively developing exhibitions also in… more
Jul 11, 2018
The inaugural edition of Hotelex Indonesia& Finefood Indonesia will be held from 18th to 20th July 2018 at Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in Jakarta. The event is expected to feature more than 200 companies from 26 countries, covering an exhibition space of more than 10,000 m2. Organised by PT Pamerindo Indonesia, a subsidiary of UBM plc, the new food and hospitality show will target the high-end speciality food, drink and hotel sectors. Exhibitors will cover a wide range of products including catering equipment, tableware to catering supplies, fine food, beverage, bakery & ice… more
Jul 11, 2018
The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has appointed Carolyn Johnson as its Director of Marketing and Communications, effective from 9th July 2018. Previously, Johnson was Head of Marketing of Hostplus. She has also held senior marketing positions at various premium brands in Australia. She has extensive experience in customer experience design, development and implementation of business and digital transformation, and communications. MCEC Chief Executive Peter King, stated, “I have no doubt that Carolyn’s background and wealth of experience will serve our venue well. This is… more