Aug 21, 2018
Emerald Expositions continued to grow its portfolio even more with the acquisition of EH Media, which focuses on technology events and a group of complementary technology intelligence brands, for approximately $28 million. “We are thrilled to welcome the EH Media team and their highly valuable brands and assets to Emerald. Ken Moyes has built an impressive group of interconnected, technology-oriented brands that are focused on the integration of audio, video, communications, IT, security and energy management products into buildings of all types,” said David Loechner, Emerald’s president… more
Aug 20, 2018
We are currently lining up topics for the Fall season of #Expochat, resuming Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. ET and as a vital part of our trade show community, we want to know what topics YOU want to see covered! Sponsored by TSNN, #Expochat is a live, hour-long Twitter-based conversation that covers some of the hottest and most pressing topics impacting the trade show industry today. Held most Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, this lively online chat tackles a single topic each week: a recurring pain point, innovative ideas, evolution of the industry, best practices and what works or doesn’t work. … more
Aug 16, 2018
Even with a slight dip in revenues for GES in the second quarter this year mainly due to negative show rotation, from $320.1 million to $315.3 million, that’s not what may have caught someone’s attention after their latest earnings call. As is the trend with what used to be traditional general service contracting companies, GES continues to go outside of this core offering and grow its business in a myriad of ways. “During our earnings call, I … shared that we’re strengthening our partnerships with clients through our offerings that enhance the attendee experience,” said GES/Viad President… more
Aug 16, 2018
Thanks to the flexibility and modern allure of the newly expanded Anaheim Convention Center, trade shows including the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Natural Products Expo West have booked the facility for multiple years.  Completed in September of last year, the ACC expansion provides an additional 200,000 square feet of meeting space allowing for an even greater variety of event uses at what is known as the West Coast’s largest convention center. Having met in Anaheim for almost 40 years, NAMM will make ACC its home through 2023. The association’s 2018 show in the… more
Aug 15, 2018
Many attendees of NY NOW at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City made their way north to West 46thStreet, where a new home and gift event with a fresh approach was launching at the Metropolitan West.  Shoppe Object is a new semiannual home and gift trade show created by Jesse James, founder of the showroom and agency Aesthetic Movement, and Deirdre Maloney and Minya Quirk, two founders of the apparel trade show, Capsule.  The event is intended to be a well-curated, stand-alone showcase for the gift market.  “It felt like it was time to create a smaller, elevated, hyper-edited… more
Aug 14, 2018
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors selected Steve Hill as the next Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept. 1. Hill will be the ninth leader of the LVCVA, succeeding the retiring CEO, Rossi Ralenkotter. “I am honored the Board of Directors selected me as CEO of the LVCVA,” Hill said. “The Authority is an integral part of the Southern Nevada economy.” He added, “I look forward to working with our tremendous team and our mission partners to innovate, improve access to and around the destination and drive growth to keep Las Vegas the number one choice for… more
Aug 14, 2018
The Georgia World Congress Center is about to get even larger. Late last month, the downtown Atlanta facility officially broke ground on a $55 million expansion project, the venue’s first major expansion since 2002.  As a component of the Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s 2020 Vision strategic plan, the project features a new 100,000 square-foot exhibit hall that will join the GWCC’s B and C Buildings, creating more than 1 million sq. ft. of contiguous exhibition space. Expected to be completed by the end of 2019, this new fixed “gateway” will enable the downtown Atlanta facility to… more
Aug 13, 2018
The disco ball spun, and the music pumped, with winners enthusiastically dancing up to the stage to accept their awards at the 2018 TSNN Awards gala celebration held Aug. 11 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.   The overall fastest-growing award for attendance went to UBM/Informa’s CPhI North America & Informex, a show that launched in the last few years and has grown in leaps and bounds. “This is an embarrassment of riches,” said Brand Director Joseph Marks. Earlier in the evening he also had accepted the award for fastest-growing for-profit show for attendance. “Thank you,… more
Aug 10, 2018
The greeting card and social expression industry is about to get a brand new trade show. Starting in May of next year, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) will launch and manage its own event that will be exclusively focused on greeting cards.  “After extensive conversations with our membership and potential show management partners as well as surveying exhibitors and retailers, I am excited to announce that the GCA Executive Committee voted unanimously to launch this show, which will represent the vitality, creativity and innovation of the greeting card industry and deliver ROI to our… more
Aug 09, 2018
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released its second and third fact sheets in its 2018 Attendee ROI Playbook series, a multiple fact sheet series that identifies general attendee practices and insights on differences by specific attendee categories. Released late last month, “Fact Sheet Two: B2B Exhibitions Top-Ranked for Value in Meeting Business Information & Purchasing Decision Needs” explores the range of sources that business professionals who attend B2B exhibitions relied upon to meet their business information and purchasing decision needs in comparison to… more