(L to R) Louisville CVB's Karen Williams, Connect's Cjris Collinson, Louisville Mayor's Chief of Staff Ellen Hesen
Sep 22, 2017

Louisville’s nearly $1 billion in tourism infrastructure improvements, which includes expanding the Kentucky International Convention Center and opening the Omni Louisville Downtown, has attracted yet another big-name event – Connect Marketplace.

Connect Marketplace is a leading event in the meetings, events, travel and tourism industry and will be held in Louisville Summer 2019.

"We are more than excited to partner with our friends at Louisville CVB by bringing our largest… more

Sep 22, 2017

Move over photo booths and gamification – virtual reality could soon be taking the event entertainment world by storm. From exploring underwater worlds and creating large 3D drawings to battling alien spaceships or brain-eating zombies, virtual reality games and experiences at events provide attendees with immersive and engaging experiences that not only help make events more fun, but also more memorable.

Geared specifically toward corporate meetings, conventions, trade shows and private parties, VR Arcade NOLA is a mobile virtual reality entertainment company that… more

Sep 20, 2017

In this day and age, association and event professionals are forever tasked with finding new and innovative ways to attract new members, drive show attendance and engage their audiences before, during and after their events. As storytelling has become an essential part of branding, video has established itself as a powerful and captivating platform, with content that can be easily shared and used over multiple marketing tactics.

No one knows this better than mdg, which has been busy building its suite of marketing services over the past decade by incorporating of new… more

Sep 19, 2017

As a full-service trade show exhibit provider, TradeTec Skyline relies heavily on the creative talent of professional designers. Yet, it goes without saying that a creative industry can’t survive without new generations of young professionals moving into the field.

To keep its industry thriving, TradeTec makes a practice of giving back to the design community by fostering the development of up-and-coming designers via regular educational events designed to teach college students how to take their education into the professional world, as well as inspire them to apply for the… more

Sep 18, 2017

TSNN, the top online news source for the trade show industry, launched Corporate Event News (www.CorporateEventNews.com) - a brand new web site and enewsletter for corporate event professionals.

This new online hub for industry news, insights, and original content will focus on the information, education and tools for high level corporate meeting and event marketers.

Led by Rachel Wimberly, 7-year president and editor-in-… more

Sep 15, 2017

To commemorate the completion of its $140 million expansion and renovation project, the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio did what most event facilities would do: host a grand reopening celebration to show off its newly expanded and beautified digs.

But instead of just carrying out the usual fanfare at this special event, held Aug. 31, the downtown Columbus facility had another surprise up its sleeve: the reveal of a giant, 3-D interactive art piece.

“As We Are” is a 14-foot, 3-D human head-shaped sculpture made from… more

Sep 14, 2017

Clarion Events appointed Greg Topalian CEO of Clarion UX and LeftField Media.

The event veteran’s 20-year career has included launching New York Comic Con in 2006 and founding boutique event company LeftField Media in 2014.

With his reputation for building dynamic cultures in the markets he serves, Topalian’s people-first approach and ability to attract and retain top talent have propelled the growth of his events both organically and through acquisition, according to Clarion officials.

“We see a great future for the Clarion UX business,” said Simon Kimble, chairman… more

Sep 13, 2017

The IMEX Group has announced the future dates and locations for IMEX America through 2025, which includes moving its usual October dates to September for two years in 2019 and 2020.

“We know that our industry partners from across North America and around the world plan numerous activities and co-located events around IMEX America,” said Ray Bloom, chairman of IMEX Group, which owns and runs the hosted buyer trade show and conference for the incentive travel, meetings and events industry.

He continued, “In addition, the fall is a very busy period for the industry. As a… more

Sep 13, 2017

Eventerprise, a digital event platform that connects event organizers with event suppliers, including products, services, planners and venues, has released a new version of its platform.

The multi-sided SaaS platform connects event businesses with clients through free, interactive profiles that showcase each event planner’s or supplier’s unique offerings, key strengths and any transparent client reviews or ratings.

Eventerprise’s 5… more

Sep 12, 2017

Since opening its doors March 1, the Albany Capital Center in New York has been a busy building.

To date, the six-month-old convention facility has hosted 83 events, with 47 contracted events still to come this year for a total of 130 events scheduled. Total events for 2017 span 184 event days, resulting in 4,225 booked hotel room nights and drawing upwards of 60,000 guests to downtown Albany.

Meanwhile, ACC Operator SMG is continuing to focus on bringing new and more group business to the facility and the Capital Region, with additional events in the pipeline through 2019… more