News

Sep 11, 2018
In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, addressing workplace harassment has never been more important or timely, including in the events industry. To address this pressing issue, the Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force will be hosting its first webinar on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. ET, which is free and open to the public, with attendance within the events industry encouraged. Titled “Understanding and Eliminating Workplace Harassment,” this interactive webinar will define workplace harassment, review the different types of sexual harassment and give participants a chance to make… more
Sep 11, 2018
Naylor Association Solutions has partnered with small business marketing platform, MailChimp, to offer email marketing and marketing automation integrations to Naylor’s association management software (AMS) and career center.  As a result, association professionals can now import lists of contacts from their AMS or career center directly into their MailChimp account, enabling them to streamline their workflow even further. Through the Naylor Marketplace, associations that use MailChimp for purposes including member emails, potential member outreach and sponsorship campaigns can add the… more
Sep 07, 2018
The trade show industry continues to modestly grow into the second quarter of this year, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The performance of the industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a moderate year-over-year gain of 1.6 percent, even though it underperformed the macroeconomy. “The growth of the exhibition industry should pick up the pace during the second half of the year as the economy remains strong despite uncertainties surrounding an escalating trade war and the political environment,” said CEIR Economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., chief economist for… more
Sep 06, 2018
Following the combination of Informa and UBM, Informa Exhibitions has appointed Mark Temple-Smith as managing director for the Group’s Fashion Exhibitions business, which includes leading brands such as WWDMAGIC, COTERIE, PROJECT and PROJECT WOMENS, which all run twice a year in Las Vegas during MAGIC. “We are pleased to have Mark take on this essential role as we focus on rolling out such an initiative so important to the fashion marketplace and dedicating the right resources – management, technology and branding – to supporting our customers’ success,” Informa Exhibitions CEO Charlie… more
Sep 06, 2018
Full-service event ticketing and technology solution, ShowClix, has formed an exclusive partnership with Audiencetools, the Australian-based event marketing platform designed to help venues, promoters and event organizers harness their social media reach and increase their ticket sales. “We’re thrilled to bring Audiencetools to our event partners,” said Amy Mrazek, director of marketing at ShowClix, a product of Patron Technology that handles ticketing, marketing and onsite operations for fandom conventions, museums, festivals, attractions and consumer shows.  She continued, “It’s going to… more
Sep 05, 2018
The trade show industry mergers and acquisitions market does not look to be slowing down any time soon, with another deal being announced today: GS Media and Events bought eight recreational vehicle, Boat & Outdoor Sports Consumer Shows from RJ Promotions for an undisclosed sum and ITE Group proposes to sell off part of its Russia division to Shtab-Expo. “This acquisition for GS Events expands their reach into several new markets and makes them the dominant producer of RV related consumer shows,” said Nick Curci, president of Corporate Solutions.  “GS Events was the natural buyer of… more
Sep 05, 2018
Beginning in January of 2021, the Western & English Sales Association (WESA) will be relocating its International Western/English Apparel & Equipment Markets to the Dallas Market Center.  Known as the producer of the world’s largest trade events for the equestrian industry, the biannual event is moving from Denver Mart in Denver, Colorado, a venue it had called home for decades. To be held each January and August, the WESA Markets in Dallas will be the largest global showcase of western and English resources as well as the global marketing headquarters for many of the largest… more
Sep 04, 2018
Just before the long holiday weekend in the U.S., two companies made portfolio sales that covered several conferences, a trade show and digital products. AC Business Media sold its business-to-business portfolio that was comprised mainly of publications and one trade show to Florida-based private equity firm Boyne Capital. The assets included in the sale are the following 12 publications, the DHI ConNextions trade show for the non-residential door and hardware industry, one digital marketing services brand, several related websites and digital products. “This acquisition for Boyne… more
Aug 30, 2018
As the exhibitions industry continues to surge full speed ahead, more and more destinations are recognizing the need to upgrade, revamp and expand their convention centers in order to compete for major trade shows and events.  These days, myriad facilities are celebrating ground breakings, undergoing new construction projects or anticipating grand openings, while others have put their plans on hold.  Here are some of the major U.S. convention centers proposing, building and completing bigger, better, state-of-the-art spaces. Caesars Forum On July 16, Caesars Entertainment broke ground on … more
Aug 30, 2018
Convention industry telecommunications services provider, Smart City Networks, has finalized a contract with the Miami Beach Convention Center to provide extensive technology upgrades as a part of the facility’s two and half-year-long, multi-million-dollar renovations project. Effective June 1, the agreement is on a fast track to finishing in early September to coincide with the completion of the MBCC’s $620 million, venue-wide renovation project.  The facility’s tech upgrades, with the partnership of the local internet service provider Hotwire Communications, will include enhanced network… more