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Sep 13, 2018
Event registration and ticketing platform company, Eventbrite, plans to go public. The company filed for an initial public offering (IPO) on Aug. 23, stating that it intends to raise $200 million from sales of its Class A shares.  Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Allen & Company and RBC Capital Markets are underwriting the IPO and Eventbrite stock will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) with the ticker symbol “EB.”   On Sept.7, Eventbrite announced that it plans to sell 10 million shares priced $19-$21 each, to raise $200 million at the midpoint of that range. The valuation of… more
Sep 13, 2018
A single plastic straw, which might be used for about 15 minutes, will never fully decompose. That depressing fact has inspired two major players in the exhibitions, meetings and hospitality industries to launch a series of sustainability initiatives designed to give single-use plastic waste the boot. As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre has launched “Think Before Plastic,” an initiative debuted at the start of its new fiscal year on July 1 that features a series of new measures focused on cutting back and eliminating plastic… more
Sep 12, 2018
Private equity firm MidOcean Partners has acquired Questex, a B2B information services provider, from Shamrock Capital. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Questex is a global B2B information services company that serves the beauty/spa/wellness, travel/hospitality, life sciences/healthcare and telecommunications/technology sectors. The Company serves these end markets through leading brands and well-developed capabilities, including more than125 tradeshows (such as the industry leading International Beauty Shows), conferences (including ExL events), and hosted buyer… more
Sep 12, 2018
Several shows have canceled at convention centers expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, which is projected to make landfall in the Carolinas as a Category 3 or 4 storm on Friday morning. The National Rifle Association has canceled the second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Sept. 14-16, 2018 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va., due to the impending threat of severe weather associated with Hurricane Florence. “The cancellation was made in the interest of public safety due to the forecasted arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Florence in the mid-Atlantic… more
Sep 12, 2018
On Aug. 13, Governor Rick Smith declared a state of emergency in seven counties along the Florida Gulf Coast, and the red tide continues to have a negative impact on the state’s shores and beaches. The toxic algae bloom is responsible for a drop in tourism that many local businesses worry will continue.  The red tide is a natural phenomenon that has been documented since the 1500s. However, this most recent occurrence has been particularly troublesome. The harmful algae bloom (the term that scientists prefer) emits toxic gasses that have killed a vast quantity of marine life. These gasses… more
Sep 11, 2018
Visit Seattle and Brand USA will host the 13th Annual U.S.–China Tourism Leadership Summit in Seattle September 2019. More than 200 attendees are expected to attend from both nations to foster and build strong relationships between the countries’ tourism leaders, to encourage an open exchange of ideas and to promote tourism between the two countries.      “Visit Seattle is proud to be named host of the 2019 U.S.–China Tourism Leadership Summit. This is an incredibly sensitive time for U.S. and Chinese relations for a number of reasons, but in Seattle and in the wider Puget Sound region, we… more
Sep 11, 2018
Messe Frankfurt Group, the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds, will participate as an exhibitor itself in the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE) to be held in Shanghai this Nov. 5-10. The fair is considered a major diplomatic event for China, supported by the highest levels of the Chinese government, and will feature around 2,800 exhibitors from more than 130 countries and regions. Taking place on the 40th anniversary of China’s economic opening to the world, CIIE is intended to usher in a new round of Chinese economic… more
Sep 11, 2018
Organized by CMIA, Shanghai INTEX, and Messe Frankfurt, Music China, as one of the most reputable musical instruments fairs in the world, will be held on Oct. 10-13 in Shanghai New International Expo Center. With the rapid development of Chinese musical instrument market, Chinahas become a high manufacturing and consumption country of musical instruments around the world. Music China 2018, located in the economics centre of China, is now in the development opportunities of themusical instrument industry. Launched in 2002, Music China is now the largest music show in Asia and the most well-… more
Sep 11, 2018
With its largest edition to date, the concurrent staging of MEDICAL FAIR ASIA and MEDICAL MANUFACTURING ASIA 2018 in Singapore was a resounding success: more than  14,000 trade visitors from 72 countries took part in MEDICAL FAIR ASIA  - a 16 percent increase compared to 2016, while  MEDICAL MANUFACTURING ASIA 2018 registered some 6,000 visitors from 56 nations – a 12 percent growth from two years ago. While 40 percent of the visitors came from outside Singapore, the majority were from Asia with neighboring ASEAN countries particularly well represented. A total of 1,220 exhibitors from 62… more
Sep 11, 2018
The 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show kicked off this week in Chicago by breaking new records for booths and exhibiting companies, as well as the most exhibit space ever reported in the show’s 91-year history. Taking place Sept. 10-15 at McCormick Place, IMTS 2018 is boasting 2,123 booths representing 2,563 exhibiting companies spanning 1,424,232 square feet of expo space.  As of Sept. 7, the number of pre-registered visitors for the biennial show exceeded 113,000, which also is on pace for a possible record, according to officials from the Association for Manufacturing… more