Jun 07, 2018
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has hired Joyce Leveston as General Manager to oversee Boston’s Hynes Convention Center and Boston Convention & Exhibitions Center. She begins her new role July 16. “It is a privilege and an honor to be welcomed into the MCCA family. I look forward to supporting the vision and growth of such well respected professionals in the industry,” said Joyce Leveston. She added, “It is my intention to build on Boston’s outstanding industry reputation for customer service excellence as we welcome and host visitors from around the world to the MCCA’… more
Jun 07, 2018
Clarion UX has implemented two new key buyer programs across its restaurant and foodservice event portfolio designed to quantifiably enhance exhibitor ROI.  Created to deliver VIP restaurateurs, foodservice professionals and retail buyers, the programs will be driven by Karen Gillis, key accounts manager for the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo; Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show; International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York and each show’s collocated Healthy Food Expo. Gillis will serve as a liaison with VIP attendees while providing them with personal customer… more
Jun 06, 2018
Marketplace Events has purchased two shows from O’Loughlin Trade Shows, the largest producer of consumer shows in the Pacific Northwest.  Marketplace Events now will operate both the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, held each February at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle and the Tacoma Home & Garden Show, held in January at the Tacoma Dome.   “From both a personal and professional standpoint, this is a meaningful deal,” said Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events, which is known as the largest producer of business-to-consumer home shows in North America. He… more
May 31, 2018
The mergers and acquisitions market continues to tick away with new activity as two recent companies – Endeavor Business Media and Caribou Media Group - both made recent buys. Caribou Media Group acquired two events and one publication from F+W Media. The BLADE Show, now in its 37th year, is the largest knife event in North America.  It is held each year at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, draws 15,000 enthusiast attendees and sells 170,000 square feet of exhibit space to 800 exhibiting companies.  The company recently launched a second annual BLADE event to be held the first time later… more
May 31, 2018
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research reports that the recent growth of the exhibition industry continued during the first quarter of 2018. The performance of the industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a decent year-over-year gain of 1.8 percent, even though it underperformed the overall macroeconomy. "The increase in the first quarter supports our prediction that the exhibition industry will finally enter into an expansion phase in 2018 with the Total Index surpassing its previous peak," said CEIR Economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Global Economic… more
May 30, 2018
Shepard Launched eventVOICE, a voice-driven assistant designed specifically for events to enhance attendee experience, improve exhibitor engagement and help organizers work smarter. This tool is a template-based operating platform that boasts ease of set-up, personalized notifications, and a responsive artificial intelligence database - giving a broader range of event organizers the ability to respond to the demand for voice-first search customer experience.  “The launch of this service aligns with our strategic imperatives to provide clients with innovative solutions which support the… more
May 30, 2018
Mohegan Sun, based in Uncasville, Conn., opened the Earth Expo & Convention Center today, the property’s $80 million dollar expansion, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new center already is making a name for itself as it makes Mohegan Sun home to one of the largest and most attractive exposition sites in the Northeast, with more than 275,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. “We are honored to have you all with us and are excited to be here today to celebrate the grand opening of the new Earth Expo & Convention Center,” said Mohegan Tribal Chairman, Kevin Brown “… more
May 24, 2018
BNP Media’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction Publishing Group is gearing up to launch AEC BuildTech Conference & Expo, an interactive conference and exhibition designed for architects, engineers and contractors to learn and leverage new building processes, materials and emerging construction technologies.  Set for April 30-May 2 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, AEC BuildTech will include an expo floor featuring exhibitors showcasing the products and services needed for the latest trends in building, as well as expert speakers and in-depth,… more
May 24, 2018
E.J. Krause and Associates and Tarsus have purchased a 60-percent interest of Expo Restaurantes, the leading restaurant show in Mexico. “I am excited by this new acquisition in Mexico given that E.J. Krause and Tarsus have a long and successful history of working together in this market. Expo Restaurantes and Pescamar are perfect vehicles for us to enter this growing market in Mexico,” said Ned Krause, president and CEO of E.J. Krause and Associates. Established 18 years ago Expo Restaurantes is the leading restaurant supplier show in Mexico. The next edition will be held on 27-29 June… more
May 23, 2018
E.J. Krause & Associates (EJK) is expanding its 2018 event portfolio with the debut of its Electric Bike Events series, created to cover the recreational electric bicycle sector.  This year, the new series will launch eMTB Experience, a four-city electric mountain bikes (eMTB) tour developed as a collocate with Bonnier Corp., producers of the EnduroCross series, and will include events in Prescott AZ, Reno, Denver and Boise, ID running August through November, respectively.  “This partnership will allow for a unique expansion of the Eudurocross program by engaging consumers through… more