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Jan 10, 2016
Sponsorships are a critical revenue stream for most exhibitions. As shows grow, they attract more sponsors, organizers are compelled to deliver more sponsorship opportunities, and the sponsorship sales process becomes more time-consuming and complex. Moving sponsorship sales online provides organizers with a number of efficiencies and benefits. What are online sponsorship sales? As with online booth sales, there is an evolution occurring with online sponsorship sales. At one end of the spectrum, organizers exchange paper contracts with sponsors, manage sponsorship inventory and issue invoices… more
Jan 08, 2016
Exposition Development Company (ExpoDevCo) will launch the Virginia Restaurant & Lodging Expo, an annual trade show serving the restaurant, foodservice, lodging and hospitality industry, in Virginia. The inaugural show will be held Oct. 24-25 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va. The show will be developed with the support of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA). “The association is looking forward to the launch and by partnering with ExpoDevCo we can utilize their already existing foodservice show network and expand on that to… more
Jan 07, 2016
Julie Coker Graham officially stepped into her new role Jan. 1 as the president and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). She assumed the role following the retirement Dec. 31 of former President and CEO Jack Ferguson. In June 2014, Coker Graham was promoted to executive vice president of the PHLCVB as part of a strategic succession plan that allowed her to continue leading the organization’s convention sales efforts, while expanding her responsibilities to include overseeing all of the PHLCVB’s departments and operational duties. A 21-year Hyatt Hotel Corporation… more
Jan 06, 2016
East Norriton, Penn.-based Expo Logic, an event registration and lead retrieval solutions provider, has acquired EPIC, another registration and lead retrieval provider for associations, based out of Charlotte, N.C. “We are very excited to have the seasoned professionals from EPIC join Expo Logic’s team,” said Jeff Cooper, CEO of Expo Logic. He added, “This acquisition provides additional talent and knowledge that will benefit our clients. Additionally, this acquisition demonstrates Expo Logic’s continuing mission to re-invest in our development and offerings, thus bringing the highest quality… more
Jan 03, 2016
Cox Business and InSite have partnered with the Las Vegas Convention Center on wireless service for customers as they navigate the venue’s 3.2 million square feet.  AT&T, Sprint and a third major wireless carrier have signed agreements to launch this service powered by Cox and InSite on the new state-of-the-art distributed antenna system (DAS). During the last 18 months, the LVCC, the site of the annual CES® trade show and other top-attended global conventions, has boosted the number of WiFi access points from 166 to 2,100 in order to improve onsite access to wireless… more
Jan 03, 2016
Cox Business and InSite have partnered with the Las Vegas Convention Center on wireless service for customers as they navigate the venue’s 3.2 million square feet.  AT&T, Sprint and a third major wireless carrier have signed agreements to launch this service powered by Cox and InSite on the new state-of-the-art distributed antenna system (DAS). During the last 18 months, the LVCC, the site of the annual CES® trade show and other top-attended global conventions, has boosted the number of WiFi access points from 166 to 2,100 in order to improve onsite access to wireless… more
Jan 01, 2016
The Aria Resort & Casino has unveiled plans for a major expansion of its LEED Gold-certified convention center in Las Vegas. The $154 million project will feature an additional 200,000 square feet of technologically advanced, flexible meeting space across four stories, highlighted by indoor/open-air spaces and a glass-enclosed venue with views of The Park and new Las Vegas Arena. With the completion of the expansion, ARIA will feature more than 500,000 square feet of meeting space for its clientele. Construction is scheduled to begin May 2016 with anticipated completion February 2018.… more
Jan 01, 2016
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the selection of Aaron Bludworth, CEO of Fern, as the incoming Chairman of the Board along with the new slate of officers and board members during its meeting held Dec.1 in Baltimore, Md. The 2016 officers of the CEIR board of directors are as follows: ·  Chairman: Aaron Bludworth, president and CEO, Fern; ·  Vice Chair: Steve Moster, CEO, VIAD and president, Global Experience Specialists (GES); ·  Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Priest-Heck, president and COO, Freeman; and ·  Immediate Past Chair: Britton Jones,… more
Dec 13, 2015
Longtime hospitality executive, David M. Gibbons of Rockport, Mass., was named by board of directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority as its executive director. Gibbons becomes the third leader in the history of the MCCA, taking over most recently for James Rooney, who left to run the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Gibbons appointment comes after a several-month search process led by executive search firm Korn Ferry.  In his role, Gibbons will oversee ownership and operations of the Authority’s four facilities, including the Boston Convention & Exhibition… more
Dec 13, 2015
The International School of Hospitality (TISOH) has installed cutting-edge technology for its special events and meetings students – the Giant iTab – an oversized interactive touchscreen intended to increase digital engagement and keep students on top of trends in the industry and at TISOH. “When we teach our students about successful meetings, we want to expose them to every facet of planning, production and ultimately the experience of their attendees,” TISOH Executive Director Tim Lam said. He added, “That includes bringing in the most innovative technology… more