This Week in Tradeshows | Dec. 17

Messe Frankfurt surpassed expectations to haul in a record $710 million in revenue in 2012, up 15 percent or $52 million from last year. The growth was led by strong international sales which rose 28 percent to $223 million for the year. Messe Frankfurt organized 109 tradeshows and exhibitions in 2012, hosting 77,300 exhibitors and nearly 3 million attendees.

The International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show will be managed by the newly-formed Hospitality Media Group (HMG) beginning with the 2013 event, Nov. 10-12 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. Phil Robinson has been appointed vice president and group show director of HMG, and will oversee management of the show.

Android users beware: The iLounge Pavilion at this year’s International CES (Jan. 8-11) is expanding more than 40 percent. Stocked with the latest Apple iGadgets and accessories, more than 500 exhibitors will occupy the 120,000 sq. ft. pavilion. The 2012 show featured 350 exhibitors over 85,000 sq. ft. of space.

In other CES news, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has named Karen Chupka senior vice president of the event. Chupka has been with the CEA for 23 years and has been primary manager of CES since at least 2001.

The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau will start fresh in 2013, changing its name to the San Diego Tourism Authority on Jan. 1. “The name change better represents the key role we play as the authority on all things related to San Diego’s tourism industry,” says Eric Lund, the organization’s vice president of community relations.

The world’s largest power generation and public utilities expo and conference got a little bigger in 2012. Power-Gen International announced a record attendance approaching 22,000 for its 2012 event Dec. 11-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. More than 1,400 exhibitors were in attendance for the 24th annual show.

The New Orleans CVB opted for a homegrown public relations solution, picking local firm Deveney Communication as its agency for 2013. Deveney replaces New York-based Weber Shandwick who, holding the contract since 2007, helped the city navigate the tough post-Katrina tourism market.

Appropriately, there will be some new media debuting at the 2013 New Media Expo (NMX) Jan. 6-8 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Robert Tercek’s closing keynote presentation will be broadcast live as the premiere episode of a new web television series, Inventing the Future. “This is a great example of what our conferences are all about,” says Rick Calvert, CEO and cofounder of NMX.

The Colorado Convention Center became the first event venue to achieve compliance with new ASTM International guidelines for environmental responsibility. The certification is the latest in a line of green initiatives for the SMG-managed venue, which features 2.2 million sq. ft. of meeting space and hosts more than 400 events per year.

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) named Scott Craighead and Rick Jennings as vice presidents. Craighead becomes vice president of exhibitions and events after serving in an events operations role with IAEE for the past four years. Jennings, who worked in marketing and advertising for six years with IAEE, is now vice president of partnership relations.

The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International will honor Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, and Howard Feiertag, faculty member at Virginia Tech, with lifetime achievement awards at its annual Adrian Awards Gala in New York (Jan. 28).

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