The Week in Tradeshows | Jan. 7

The biggest convention center on the West Coast is going to have a little more space available to it when the Grand Plaza at the Anaheim Convention Center officially opens tomorrow. The tree-lined, outdoor, multi-use addition to the center—the venue’s sixth expansion since it opened in 1967—connects the Hilton Anaheim and Anaheim Marriott hotels and can accommodate up to 10,000 visitors for special events.

In an effort to assemble India’s largest exhibition ever on a 1.07 million square foot showfloor, the Vibrant Gujarat Tradeshow (Jan. 8-13, Gandinagar, India) has opened to luke warm reviews. Several areas of the showfloor are not at full capacity, according to India’s Financial Express, while The Indian Express is reporting a lack of qualified buyers. Officials remain hopeful that the numbers will improve with the start of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors’ Summit today.

City officials in Portland, Ore. are considering a $15 million request of state lottery money to fund a proposed Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center. The money would add to the $8 million already made available for the project, but is still well short of the $36.1 million developers say they will need.

The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans will have a new entrance—the first part of a $60 million expansion—when Super Bowl festivities begin at the end of this month.

Preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the Miami Beach Convention Center will be submitted by the end of next month. Portman CMC and South Beach ACE will present their proposals before the city council in June.

Similar news emerged from the Massachusetts Convention Center and Visitors Authority, as two developers—Commonwealth Ventures and Carpenter & Co.—submitted official bids for a two-hotel project adjacent to the South Boston exhibit hall.

The Minneapolis Convention Center announced that it exceeded revenue projections by more than $800,000, totaling $14.8 million in 2012. The venue was also able to save $1 million by reducing energy usage by nearly 20 percent last year.

The Bristol County (Massachusetts) Convention & Visitors Bureau has been cited by the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism for “a lack of fiscal control that led to the theft of funds and a failure to comply with grant agreements,” according to The Herald News. Among other failures, the bureau did not submit an application for a tourism advocacy grant.

Event management group Dubai World Trade Centre and cross-cultural entertainment company The Global Gumbo Group have agreed to launch a series of music festival-tradeshows in 2013 in Dubai.

Stephen Miner was named president and CEO of Solar Energy Trade Shows, moving over from the American Wind Energy Association where he served for 12 years, most recently as senior vice president of conference, membership and business development.

Preliminary plans for what would be Montana’s largest convention center are expected by April. The facility, to be built in downtown Billings, will be between 40,000 and 60,000 sq. ft. and will cost between $20 million and $40 million.

Americade, a yearly motorcycle rally and tradeshow held at Lake George, N.Y., June 1-8, will nearly double its length and expand to an eight-day event. More than 180 vendors are expected to attend.

Roy Benear has been named executive vice president of sales and business development for event and travel company Wyndham Jade. Benear was most recently vice president of sales and business development for the International Association of Venue Managers.

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