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Jun 26, 2015
The trade show industry continues to be busy, with several promotions and new hires within supplier and show management companies. Rick McConnell, who already was president of Informa Exhibitions U.S. Construction & Real Estate, has expanded his role to include being named president of Informa Canada as well. “McConnell’s tradeshow career, expertise in growing businesses and strong leadership skills made him the natural choice for this dual role in managing and growing these North American teams,” said Will Morris, CEO of Informa Exhibitions. He added, “With his outstanding track record,… more
Jun 25, 2015
Following the trend of dropping the lengthier monikers, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau now is called Visit Anaheim. After more than 20 years as AOCVCB, the bureau streamlined its name and introduced a new brand. “A year’s worth of brand exploration, consumer, meetings and travel trade research told us clearly that we needed a name and brand that is reflective of our organization’s mission,” said Jay Burress, president & CEO, Visit Anaheim. He added, “Visit Anaheim is a name that travel enthusiasts and conventioneers can easily find and understand. It evokes a… more
Jun 22, 2015
After 27 years with Reed Exhibitions, Chairman Mike Rusbridge will retire at the end of 2015. Chet Bruchett was promoted to CEO of the company earlier in the year.  “Mike’s achievement at Reed Exhibitions has been outstanding,” said Erik Engstrom, RELX Group CEO. “Over the two decades he has led the company and built the world’s largest exhibitions business, delivering consistent growth over 20 years. I wish him well for the future.” Rusbridge joined Reed Exhibitions as its CEO Europe in 1988, becoming president of Europe and Asia in 1994 and appointed Chairman & CEO in 1996. During… more
Jun 21, 2015
Messe Duesseldorf has made plans to participate in the AACC Clinical Lab Expo 2015 in order to promote its worldwide program of international medical trade fairs These fairs include MEDICA 2015, World Forum for Medicine, and COMPAMED 2015, International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology; MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2015; MEDICAL FAIR INDIA 2016, MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2016; and MEDICAL MANUFACTURING ASIA 2016; as well as the MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2016. AACC Clinical Lab Expo 2015 is on tap July 26-30 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. At Messe… more
Jun 21, 2015
Asia was one of the major highlights of the 18th edition of Vinexpo 2015 in Bordeaux, and plans are well underway for the upcoming editions of the exhibition: Vinexpo Hong-Kong (May 24-26, 2016) and Vinexpo Tokyo (Nov. 15-16, 2016). The Vinexpo brand has had a presence in Asia since 1998, and continues to grow and support the business goals of wine and spirits professionals in that part of the world.  Considered Asia’s business center, Hong Kong is a promising market for the wine and spirits industry. The 2016 Vinexpo Hong Kong will be a major international… more
Jun 21, 2015
When PACK EXPO Las Vegas kicks Sept. 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, it will be collocated with Pharma Expo – which will have the latest manufacturing advances for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device industries. Pharma EXPO is produced in partnership by PACK EXPO owner and organizer PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). Together, the two shows will provide access to 2,000 processing and packaging solutions providers and 30,000 attendees. “Co-locating… more
Jun 21, 2015
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions’ Asian Attractions Expo (AAE) 2016 will take place June 13-16 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Since 1997, Asian Attractions Expo has been the premier international trade show and conference for the multibillion-dollar leisure and attractions industry in the Asia-Pacific region. IAAPA, the trade association for the attractions industry worldwide, produces the annual Expo.  "We are thrilled to take Asian Attractions Expo back to China," said … more
Jun 21, 2015
For the sixth year in a row, Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association partnered with a local charity at the site of their Annual Meeting, which was held June 20-23 in Denver. Urban Peak helps youth experiencing homelessness and youth at risk for becoming homeless overcome real life challenges by providing essential services and a supportive community. Their goal is to empower them to become self-sufficient adults. HCEA Annual Meeting attendees had the opportunity to help Urban Peak in a number of ways, including a community service project, “Chip for Charity” golf outing and “Dots for… more
Jun 21, 2015
Coex’s 2nd Vietnam International Baby & Kids fair, held June 11-14 at the Tan Binh Exhibition & Convention Center (TBECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, drew a record crowd and exhibitors. There were 14,900 registered attendees at the show, making it the event with the biggest number of visitors at TBECC. If including the  accompanying family members, the total attendance is to reach 34,000. Vietnam International Baby & Kids fair first launched in Vietnam market November 2014 by South Korea’s biggest trade show organizer, Coex, together with its South Korean partner SEGE fairs… more
Jun 21, 2015
ibtm world, previously EIBTM, an event for the meeting and events industry, has announced that applications are now open for the Technology and Innovation Watch 2015 Award (previously known as the Technology Watch award). Graeme Barnett, senior exhibition director, ibtm world, who announced the opening of the Technology and Innovation Watch 2015 at the Event Tech Lab, which took place as part of London Tech Week, said, “This new all-encompassing name for this award illustrates its evolution, recognising the importance of both innovation and technology within the industry.” The… more
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Dallas already boasts 35,000 hotel rooms, award-winning global cuisine, and a walkable downtown. But we are just getting started. Visit Dallas is thrilled to announce that the city of Dallas is doubling down with a massive new convention center and entertainment district. Featuring 800,000 square feet of exhibit area, 260,000 square feet of meeting rooms, and 170,000 square feet of ballroom. The center will connect business travelers with dining and shopping options in the popular Cedars District means more places to get down to business, and even more ways to unwind. “Dallas is already a great meetings and conventions destination, with the accessibility of two major airports, affordable labor, and an outstanding hotel product,” said D. Bradley Kent, Visit Dallas senior vice president and chief sales officer. “The new center and Convention Center District will enhance Dallas’ competitive position and are exactly what our customers’ need and have been asking for." What’s New – AT&T Discovery District Located in the heart of Downtown Dallas, this new district on the AT&T corporate campus is tailor-made for groups of all sizes. It boasts a multi-sensory experience, including outdoor event space, the AT&T Theater, and multiple dining outlets including JAXON Beer Garden and The Exchange, a bustling food hall. Hotels Coming Soon Names like the JW Marriott (Downtown), lnterContinental Dallas (Uptown), and Hotel Swexan (Uptown) are adding luxury amenities and bountiful event spaces. The projects will debut in 2023 and beyond. JW Marriott This new, 15-story, 283-room hotel will open in the heart of the city’s downtown Arts District this year. The property features a 25,000-square-foot grand ballroom, as well as a spa, restaurant, lobby bar, fitness center, and a rooftop pool deck and bar. InterContinental Dallas  Located in Cityplace Tower in Uptown, InterContinental Dallas will feature sweeping panoramic views of the Dallas skyline. Guests will enjoy spacious, high-end rooms and amenities, including more than 21,000 square feet of event space.   Hotel Swexan Hotel Swexan, a new, 22-story luxury property, is rising in Uptown’s Harwood District and will make its mark on the Dallas skyline. Opening this year, it is a sculptural building with cantilevered upper floors, as well as a 75-foot rooftop infinity-edge swimming pool and a hidden underground lounge.