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Aug 06, 2017
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) recently issued a design and feasibility Request for Proposal (RFP) for master planning services for the 70-acre campus of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) in South Boston. “It has been a dynamic and disruptive decade in our industry which has mirrored the dramatic changes that have occurred in South Boston,” said David Gibbons, MCCA's executive director.  He added, “This is an exciting and appropriate time for the Authority to evaluate where we stand in the convention marketplace. We are asking our customers what… more
Aug 05, 2017
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on Aug. 25 in Chicago to determine the final slate from the extraordinary nominee applications for the 2018 open board officer and director positions. After vigilant due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2018 PCMA Board of Directors. According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1. The nominating process, according to the Bylaws (Article XII, Section 1(d… more
Aug 03, 2017
New Horizons Global Exhibitions is gearing up to launch Scafform Global Expo, set for Nov 7-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The inaugural event will be held side by side with the new Hydropower & Dams Global Expo and will be managed by ConvExx, a Las Vegas-based, independent trade show management company. NHG Expo acquired the U.S. and international rights to produce the shows from Istanbul-based DEMOS Exhibitions, producer and owner of trade shows and fairs for Turkey’s construction, geothermal and 3D printing industries, which include the biannual International Scaffolding and… more
Aug 03, 2017
Emerald Expositions’ Interbike cycling show will be leaving Las Vegas and has selected the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nev., beginning in 2018 and continuing through 2022. The city also is the site of the newly created Interbike Marketweek. Interbike Marketweek will begin with a weekend consumer festival at  Northstar California Resort, and will then segue into the trade-focused OutDoor Demo, also at Northstar. “We’re extremely excited about this move for a multitude of reasons,” said Pat Hus, vice president of Interbike. He added, “For the first time in a very long time, we’… more
Aug 02, 2017
The Association for Women in Events (AWE), a non-profit profit supporting gender equality and diversity in the event industry, named its inaugural inductees for the Women in Events Hall of Fame Recognition Program, hosted by the AWE Awards Committee. This Committee was formed with a vision to create an engaged group of elite, industry professionals that exemplify AWE values and serve as an ongoing resource for inspiration, guidance and leadership, according to association officials. The judging panel is made up of 2017 AWE board members who selected the following 2017 inductees: Andrea… more
Aug 01, 2017
By Elizabeth Johnson   Since the first website went live 27 years ago, websites have become a standard piece of the marketing pie. Consumers have adapted to this “new normal” and expect organizations they interact with to have one that enables them to find everything they’re looking for at any given moment. “The website is a very important marketing tool for Digestive Disease Week,” said Alison Moser, DDW director of marketing. “Not only is it the hub for abstract submitters, exhibitors and attendees to find important information, we also conduct retargeting campaigns to prospective… more
Jul 27, 2017
UBM Fashion is gearing up to debut VINTAGE@Intermezzo, its first-ever consumer-facing fair inside Intermezzo Collections, one of six fashion trade shows within the NY Women’s August Marketplace. Set for Aug. 6-8 at the Javits Center in New York City, the show’s newest fair will focus on eclectic vintage apparel for retailers and consumers, with a curated selection of vintage dealers showcasing one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories collections. According to show officials, VINTAGE@Intermezzo was introduced for two reasons: to expose retailers to an entirely new level of product they may… more
Jul 26, 2017
While the inaugural Transform USA conference did not initiate the discussion about data, analytics and digital transformation in exhibitions, it most certainly placed it on the front burner. During the conference, held July 20 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in Washington, D.C., C-suite exhibition executives from across the nonprofit and for-profit exhibition sectors heard from industry colleagues on a variety of subjects, but “disrupt or be disrupted” was the theme of the day. When Denzil Rankine, CEO of AMR International, opened the conference, he promised “practical, not just… more
Jul 26, 2017
Even though Tarsus Group’s two largest biennial shows– Dubai Airshow and Labelexpo Europe – still are yet to be held in the second half of this year, the company’s like-for-like revenues are up 4 percent (adjusting for acquisitions and biennial events), compared with the same period in 2016. First-half revenues were £39.8 million ($52 million), compared with £27.0 million ($35 million) in 2016. Excluding Turkey, which has been challenged with geopolitical issues, like-for-like revenues were up 8 percent. Adjusted profit before tax was £6.8m ($8.9 million), compared with £4.0m ($5.2 million)… more
Jul 25, 2017
PHL Life Sciences, a business development division of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), has successfully positioned Philadelphia as a leading life sciences meeting destination, to the tune of $295 million in economic impact in 2016 alone. To highlight this achievement, PHL Life Sciences’ latest promo video recently was released. Notable locations like The Franklin Institute, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Reading Terminal Market and the Pennsylvania Convention Center serve as the backdrop,  as PHL Life Sciences executive director, Bonnie Grant;… more