This Week in Tradeshows | Dec. 24

UBM Asia-owned Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) will expand by 25 percent in 2013 after striking a deal with the Muar Furniture Association, a group accounting for almost half of the country’s furniture exports. MIFF attracted 433 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees in 2012.

The Hospitality Design Exposition and Conference (HD Expo) is moving to Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for 2013. The show, which draws more than 7,000 industry professionals and 900 exhibitors, was held at the Sands Expo Convention Center in 2012.

To avoid conflicting with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (Jan. 14-27), India’s Auto Expo will change its dates and location for 2014. The week-long event, which has drawn as many as 7 million attendees, will shift from a traditional early-January start to Feb. 6, and increase exhibit space by more than 30,000 square feet moving from the Pragati Maidan venue to Greater Noida.

Renderings of a hotel and parking garage development project alongside the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center were unveiled. The 500-room, 1,350-vehicle proposal is awaiting approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Lightfair International (Apr. 23-25) announced it will expand product presentation and increase scale with additions of solar power and software categories. With the additions, the 2013 show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is expected to be the largest in the event’s 23-year history.

The Jackson (Miss.) Convention Complex reported a record year for visitors (141,000) and revenue ($26 million) in 2012, but estimates it missed out on almost 50 percent more. “We had about $14 million in lost business that we bid out for because we did not have a connecting hotel,” says a Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau representative. Available land for a potential hotel remains the key obstacle.

A pair of metro Atlanta convention centers are spending close to $2 million to improve WiFi and Internet access at their facilities.

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Posted by Michael Rondon

Michael Rondon is a senior editor for Expo. Reach him @Mike_Rondon or View all articles by Michael Rondon →