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Feb 14, 2012
The popular video gaming convention PAX East has decided to make Boston its home for 10 more years, signing a deal with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority to keep the show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center through 2023.   PAX East, operated in partnership with PAX East and Reed Exhibitions, has attracted more than 70,000 attendees each year to Boston since the show launched in 2010 at the Hynes Convention Center. Last year, the show moved to the BCEC, where it will run again in April.   This year was the final one on PAX East’s contract at the BCEC,… more
Feb 14, 2012
With temperatures hovering near zero degrees and heavy snow blanketing the area, 70 exhibition industry CEO leaders braved the elements to attend the UFI CEO Forum Feb. 1-3 in Istanbul. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry held the three-day event at the host venue IFM – Istanbul Expo Center. “This was my first UCF, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Haluk Kanca, general manager of IFM. He added, “There were group dynamics at play that I have never seen at another industry meeting. The program was really educational and the… more
Feb 13, 2012
Randall-Reilly’s Great American Trucking Show, one of the fastest-growing shows in attendance in the United States, will attract even more of a crowd later this year with the collocation of the ProPickup Truck Expo. Both events will open their doors Aug. 23-25 at the Dallas Convention Center. The ProPickup Truck Expo will showcase pickups and accessories used in construction, trucking, landscaping and other industries that the trucks typically are used for. “With the addition of our ProPickup Truck Expo, we will be providing attendees with the unique opportunity to see vehicles… more
Feb 09, 2012
The year ahead looks to be a promising one for the city of Cincinnati, which is anticipating a busy convention schedule, consisting of national and international events, as well as repeat and new group business. In fact, according to the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Queen City is preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to the region this year. “We’re welcoming thousands of visitors in 2012 who represent repeat convention business – people who came to Cincinnati, loved it and wanted to come back,” said Dan Lincoln, president and… more
Feb 06, 2012
UBM continued to expand its rapidly growing portfolio, with the purchase of the 4G World Exhibition and Conference for its UBM TechWeb division from Yankee Group Research for an undisclosed sum. The 4G trade show is billed as the “largest independent telecoms and wireless event serving the U.S. market,” according to UBM officials. “This acquisition expands our offering in the rapidly-accelerating mobile broadband market,” said Tony Uphoff, CEO of UBM TechWeb. 4G World serves the fast-growing mobile broadband market, which is expected to reach 2.5 billion 4G… more
Feb 05, 2012
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry’s UFI Open Seminar in Asia is filled with two days of education sessions, featuring show organizers from companies such as Reed Exhibitions Japan, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and UBM Asia, to name a few. Joining the show organizers Feb. 23-24 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre in China, will be several suppliers as well, including the Thailand Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Shanghai New International Expo Centre and others. With the U.S., Europe and other countries worldwide still struggling with… more
Feb 05, 2012
Despite a tough global economic climate, Pico Far East Holdings had a successful year, reporting earnings results for year-end Oct. 31 of not only turnover that increased 14.1percent to a record HK$3.5 million, but also profit attributable to owners of the company that increased 29.2 percent to a record HK$248 million. In addition, gross profit jumped from HK$880,352 to $HK1.04 million. “The improvements in our results are due to our entrepreneurial and creative culture that enables our people to pursue initiatives swiftly and develop them into business opportunities and revenue,… more
Feb 05, 2012
Exhibitions in Hong Kong continue to draw significant numbers of attendees – the latest being the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Messe Frankfurt’s Hong Kong International Stationary Fair. The exhibition, which ran Jan. 9-12 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, drew 15,000 visitors, up 4 percent, compared with last year. Domestic visitors numbered 7,441, a rise of 10 percent, and more than 8,100 international visitors from 117 countries and regions came,  mainly from Australia, the Chinese mainland, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines,… more
Feb 05, 2012
Phoenix-based Viad, the parent company of Las Vegas-based Global Experience Specialists, recently posted fourth-quarter and year-end earnings results, with full-year revenues of $942.4 million, an 11.6-percent increase from the same period during 2010. Fourth-quarter company revenues also saw upticks from $186,965 in 2010 to $197,407 in 2011, a 5.6-percent increase. Viad also closed out 2011 with net income from continued operations of $8.8 million. The company’s marketing and events group, which has been impacted in the past few years by the global recession and GES is a part of,… more
Feb 05, 2012
Thailand will be the home for yet another internationally branded exhibition, with Mack Brooks Exhibitions bringing its global Fastener Fair brand Sept. 6-8 to the Bangkok International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Fastener Fair Thailand 2012will feature the latest technological innovations and cost-effective solutions for the automotive, electronics, infrastructure, airport and general manufacturing industries, with 120 international and local exhibitors, several international pavilions and an estimated 5,000 trade visitors. One of the pillars of Thai industry is automobile… more
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Overview: The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) goes the extra mile to make every day extraordinary by offering customer service excellence and industry-leading partnerships. From their dedicated in-house Rigging team to their robust Exhibitor Services, The Center of Hospitality brings your imagination to life by helping you host unforgettable meetings and events. With more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space, world-class services and a dream destination, we are committed to making even the most ambitious conventions a reality. In October 2023, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve allocating Tourist Development Tax funding for the $560 million Phase 5A completion of the OCCC. The Convention Way Grand Concourse project will include enhancements to the North-South Building, featuring an additional 60,000 square feet of meeting space, an 80,000- square-foot ballroom and new entry to the North-South Building along Convention Way. “We are thrilled to begin work on completing our North-South Building which will allow us to meet the growing needs of our clients,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “As an economic driver for the community, this project will provide the Center with connectivity and meeting space to host more events and continue to infuse the local economy with new money and expanding business opportunities.” Amenities: The Center of Hospitality goes above and beyond by offering world-class customer service and industry-leading partnerships. From the largest convention center Wi-Fi network to custom LAN/WAN design, the Center takes pride in enhancing exhibitor and customer experience.  The OCCC is the exclusive provider of electricity (24-hour power at no additional cost), aerial rigging and lighting, water, natural gas and propane, compressed air, and cable TV services. Convenience The Center is at the epicenter of the destination, with an abundance of hotels, restaurants, and attractions within walking distance. Pedestrian bridges connect both buildings to more than 5,200 rooms and is within a 15-minute drive from the Orlando International Airport. The convenience of the location goes hand-in-hand with top notch service to help meet an event’s every need. Gold Key Members The OCCC’s Gold Key Members represent the best of the best when it comes to exceptional service and exclusive benefits for clients, exhibitors and guests. The Center’s Gold Key memberships with Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World greatly enhance meeting planner and attendee experiences offering world-renowned venues, immersive experiences and creative resources for their events. OCCC Events: This fiscal year, the OCCC is projected to host 168 events, 1.7 million attendees, and $2.9 billion in economic impact.  The Center’s top five events during their 2022-2023 fiscal year included:  AAU Jr. National Volleyball Championships 2023 200,000 Attendees $257 Million in Economic Impact MEGACON 2023 160,000 Attendees $205 Million in Economic Impact Open Championship Series 2023 69,500 Attendees $89 Million in Economic Impact Sunshine Classic 2023 42,000 Attendees $54 Million in Economic Impact Premiere Orlando 2023 42,000 Attendees $108 Million in Economic Impact