Apr 13, 2017

The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will be getting much-needed nearby hotel room inventory when a new Omni Hotel & Resorts-branded hotel opens in early 2021.

An agreement for the $550 million project was signed between the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) and Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts.

With a variety of innovative guest amenities, the hotel will be among the city’s largest, with 1,050-plus rooms and suites, as well as 110,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, which includes a 25,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom.

These are key features… more

Apr 13, 2017

The trade show industry continues to be alive and well, with several suppliers inking new deals with to manage venues, oversee housing and take care of registration.

Aberdeen City Council has named SMG to manage the existing AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre in Scotland) ahead of a move to its newly built home near Aberdeen International Airport in 2019.

The partnership follows last year’s announcement that SMG was awarded preferred bidder status to manage, operate and program the new $416 million complex.

The new state-of-the art venue will include a 12,… more

Apr 11, 2017

Italy-based BolognaFiere has launched a new copyright trade and licensing show dedicated to publishing, international rights and licensing.

The show will bring U.S. publishers and agents together with their global counterparts and will attract booksellers and librarians to both groups. ,

The new event is scheduled for May 30– June 1, 2018 and will be held in midtown Manhattan.

“BolognaFiere is dedicated to fostering cross-cultural cooperation and international trade among publishers,” said Franco Boni president of BolognaFiere. “With the debut of this new trade show,… more

Apr 10, 2017

The winter months ended with a flurry of hirings and promotions in several for-profit companies and association show organizations, as well as suppliers to the trade show industry.

Comexposium Group has appointed Simon Foster as CEO as of August 2017. At that time, Renaud Hamaide will transition from CEO to executive chairman.

Foster will lead the Comexposium Group strategic development and implementation across the Globe, managing existing products and teams, optimizing products’ performance, as well as overseeing new business launches and acquisitions… more

Apr 10, 2017

With so much technology supporting events, much of it digital technology that runs on or is facilitated by the Internet (aka back door for hackers), event organizers would be remiss in not making sure that every technology they use is secure.

In this week’s #Expochat, moderator Michelle Bruno will tweetchat with Jon Johnson, cofounder and CTO of Core-Apps to find out how vulnerable the industry really is and what organizers and technology providers can do to safeguard company and personal information on event apps and platforms.

If you’ve got questions of your own or would… more

Apr 07, 2017

By Elizabeth Johnson

 

International Vision Expo East, held March 31-April 2 at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in New York City, added even more content to an already successful event.

The annual trade show and conference provides a venue for fashion designers to display their latest eyewear and for eye care professionals to find resources improve their businesses.

While the show saw an increase in exhibiting companies, with 714 exhibitors spanning 270,326 square feet of expo space compared to 2016, when 631 exhibiting… more

Apr 04, 2017

Northstar Travel Group acquired not only the TEAMS Conference + Expo and Meetings Quest conferences from Schneider Publishing, but also magazine titles SportsTravel and Association News.  

Timothy Schneider, president and CEO of Schneider Publishing, joins Northstar Travel Group as founder and chairman of the company's new Sports Division.

The division will be a part of Northstar's Meetings Group, which includes Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Meeting News, and Incentive, and… more

Apr 04, 2017

More and more trade shows are making corporate social responsibility in their host communities an annual tradition, and EXHIBITORLIVE is no exception.

For the third year in a row, the annual trade show and conference for trade show marketers held a book drive in partnership with Spread the Word Nevada, a Henderson, Nev.-based non-profit dedicated to advancing childhood literacy within low-income communities by providing books for at-risk elementary school students.

Held March 12-16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, EXHIBITORLIVE attracted 5… more

Mar 31, 2017

Just two months after Emerald Expositions was rumoured to be going on the sales block for an estimated $2 billion, the company switched gears and has filed with the SEC to raise an estimated $250 million in an initial public offering, according to a regulatory filing today.  

The San Juan Capistrano (Calif.)-based company generated $323.7 million of revenue, $22.2 million of net income, $63.6 million of adjusted net income and $89.6 million of free cash flow in 2016.

Emerald President and CEO David Loechner declined to comment at this time.

According to news… more

Mar 31, 2017

A record 300-plus C-level executives, sponsors and guests spent a few sun-drenched days at The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla., for the 2017 Society of Independent Show Organizers’ CEO Summit.

“The SISO CEO Summit is the largest and more important event of the year for the for-profit side of the global exhibition/event industry and the most valuable part of the event are the participants, they make the event the success it is,” said SISO Executive Director David Audrain.

He added, “The majority of the program is an open dialogue and contribution from our members/… more