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Dec 19, 2016
The 22nd edition of the China (Shanghai) International Boat Show (CIBS 2017) will make its debut at its new location, the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, April 26-29, which promises to be its biggest exhibition yet. The longest-running and most comprehensive boating event in China, CIBS has firmly established itself as the leading platform for the regional leisure maritime industry with over 40,000 marine industry leaders and enthusiasts from over 50 countries set to attend the event. The new venue will provide easy access for the increasing number… more
Dec 19, 2016
Pico Thailand has announced its full year financial results ended 31st October 2016. The company reported total revenue of US$40 million, up by 12% year-on-year. The business was driven by growth of event marketing business from new customers and more marketing-budget spending from the existing customers. The company posted a net profit of US$1.02 million in the year, dropped 48% from the previous year. The decrease in profit was due to the increase in cost of rendering services of Exhibition and Museum Exhibit business as well as the increase in expenses the selling and administrative.… more
Dec 19, 2016
Last week, ITE Group plc’s subsidiary, ITE Asia Exhibitions Limited, announced that the company had received approval from the Chinese Government to complete the acquisition of a 70% stake in Shanghai Gehua. The initial consideration payable for the transaction is £9.2 million (US$11.5 million) – with £5.7 million (US$7.1 million) in cash and about 2.3 million ordinary shares. The deferred consideration will be capped at £2.6 million (US$3.3 million) and is payable in 2017 based on the audited financial performance in the year ending 31st December 2016. Shanghai Gehua, founded in 2001, runs… more
Dec 18, 2016
The International Association of Exhibitions and Event’s Expo! Expo! showfloor was packed with tech companies serving the trade show industry, many of which launched new products to the throngs of show organizers walking the aisles. Convention Data Services launched the company’s new business intelligence tool, Data Sense. CDS’ Data Sense helps show management visualize, analyze and understand all event data by consolidating data across one or more events into a centralized framework. Event managers now will have the ability to not only see the complete picture of their… more
Dec 18, 2016
Imagine packing the power of 14 cell towers inside a single convention facility. That’s exactly what the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has accomplished at the Las Vegas Convention Center.    Continuing its commitment to ensuring the facility is the most technologically-advanced convention center in the United States, the LVCVA has successfully launched one of the nation’s largest Neutral-Host Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) throughout the property.   Through a partnership with Cox Business/Hospitality Network and InSite Wireless Group, LLC… more
Dec 17, 2016
Freeman Vice Chair Carrie Freeman Parsons grew up in the business, and as the third generation of Freeman leaders (her grandfather is founder Buck Freeman; her father is Chairman Don Freeman), Freeman Parsons employs forward-thinking strategies that maintain the company’s reputation as an industry innovator while staying true to its core values. Freeman Parsons has been frequently recognized by her peers and the industry at large for her outstanding contributions and achievements. She is involved with numerous organizations and nonprofits - one passion is her involvement with… more
Dec 17, 2016
Attendee registration was an incredibly manual and time-consuming process back in 1986 when Doug Fletcher saw the need to modernize it. So, he created Convention Data Services to benefit show management, exhibitors and attendees. Fletcher worked with a business partner who built the software that eventually led to the CDS registration platform. Yankee Dental Congress, Metalcon, Build Boston and SPIE were some of the early clients. The company grew from two to 15 employees within a few years. Working at the Cape Cod office in those early days had the feel of a start-up company — everyone… more
Dec 14, 2016
Emerald Expositions is on a buying streak, snagging another show recently - the American Craft Retailers Expo (“ACRE”) from IndieMe. “I’m so proud of how far we’ve come with the ACRE events, and what we’ve done to help all constituents within the Maker Movement,” said Nancy Vince, president of IndieMe and founder of ACRE. She added, “The timing was right for IndieMe to focus on our online marketplace, while handing over the ACRE reins to a first-class event company that can help it grow and add value for all who exhibit and attend.” This is the fourth recent acquisition for Emerald. They… more
Dec 13, 2016
More than 1,000 industry professionals will gather this spring at the 2017 Visionary Awards to honor these luminaries’ extraordinary contributions. Attendees will experience an Oscars-like evening with red carpet arrival, awards show, and after party, hosted by the PCMA Education Foundation and presented in partnership with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau and Austin Convention Center. “The event last year was an incredible success.” said Chair of the Board of Trustees, Tina Wehmeir. “We are thrilled we have the opportunity to celebrate these three extraordinary individuals who have… more
Dec 13, 2016
U.K.-based UBM bought Allworld Exhibitions, a privately-owned Asian exhibitions business operating 51 tradeshows in 11 countries and across nine industry sectors, for $485 million. Allworld generated revenues of $97.2 million and EBITDA of $37.6 million (38.7 percent margin) during the 12 months ended 30 June 2016. “The acquisition of Allworld is wholly in line with our Events First strategy and represents an exceptional opportunity to accelerate growth by investing in a high-quality events business,” said Tim Cobbold, UMB’s CEO. He added, “In so doing, we cement our position as the… more

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In early April, select media got a first look inside Elon Musk’s $52.2 million underground transportation system 40 feet below the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Featuring a neon-clad ride in all-electric Tesla vehicles, it makes getting around the 200-acre campus, and potentially other Las Vegas venues in the future, faster and a lot more fun.