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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 Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is shining brighter than ever thanks to a recent revamp forged by LED lighting and electrical specialists, Ventola Projects, which was recently tapped to support The Strip property’s lighting needs. Having recently opened The Twilight Zone, a state-of-the-art leisure facility that includes a ten-pin bowling complex, indoor mini golf course and large seating area, Bally’s had a wide range of lighting requirements that needed to be filled.   “When it comes to lighting, Las Vegas is perhaps the most famous place in the world for it,” said Mick… more
Aug 14, 2018
UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, released the 14th edition of its Trade Fair Industry in Asia annual report, covering 17 markets including Greater China and Southeast Asian markets, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, Australia, Cambodia and Myanmar. The report provides complete data on these regions up to 31 December 2017, with additional figures and commentary on likely trends for the following year. Looking at the growth of Asian exhibitions in terms of net space sold, there was an average increase of 7 percent, reaching 22 million sqm. More than half of the total net… 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
Shanghai Smart Home Technology will again join forces with China Smart Home Industry Alliance (CSHIA) to establish a platform that connects key players in the smart home industry. An overwhelming response from exhibitors has resulted in the largest ever exhibition space for the show which will span across 23,000 sqm. The show is due to host more than 250 renowned domestic and overseas companies and welcome more than 28,000 visitors. The 2018 edition of Shanghai Smart Home Technology (SSHT) will be held concurrently with Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology (SIBT) to present the… 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 14, 2018
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) recently hosted the PCMA-ICESAP Knowledge Exchange Kuala Lumpur. The engaging educational programme was short and punchy, and brought together over 30 leading business events industry players, stakeholders and decision-makers to share knowledge and experience on how they are recalibrating their businesses in response to constant digital, political and economic change. PCMA-ICESAP Regional Business Director-APAC, Antonio Codinach, said, “This was our first knowledge exchange event in Malaysia, which made us all pioneers! Being relatively new… more
Aug 14, 2018
Following Informa’s acquisition of UBM earlier this year, Informa has announced changes to the senior management team at UBM Asia. Effective 1st August 2018, Jimé Essink, the current President and CEO of UBM Asia, will become President of the combined business. He will continue to oversee the UBM Sinoexpo and UBM ASEAN businesses for the next 12 months. Margaret Ma Connolly, the current Managing Director of UBM China, will become CEO of the combined business. She will lead the remainder of the UBM Asia portfolio and she will take over leadership of the full UBM Asia business as 1st July… more