The Celtic Manor Resort of Newport (pictured), South Wales is thinking about building one of the largest convention centers in Europe. Land was designated for a stand-alone facility when the hotel opened in 1999, but has gone undeveloped. “The Celtic Manor Resort has made no secret of its ambitions to build a new convention center capable of hosting the largest conferences and international summits,” says a venue spokesman.
Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center is projected to come within $60,000 of breaking even in 2013, venue management says. The Center, which “perennially has operated at a deficit,” will receive about $2.75 million in hotel room taxes and $3.5 million in state subsidies. The Pittsburgh Business Times is less optimistic, reporting that, due to a dearth of big one-time events, the city will likely generate less convention revenue than it did in 2012 though.
American and Pakistani entrepreneurs will showcase their respective products at the newly formed Pakistan Trade Expo and Festival (April 5-8) in Washington, D.C. this year. Organizers expect 200 exhibitors to attend the “four-day extravaganza of food, music and business.”
Nielsen Expositions has acquired The Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show, along with the Tailgating industry Association, for an undisclosed sum. “We have a significant amount of licensing activity already taking place at our shows,” says Darrell Denny, svp of Nielsen. “We are eager to present this opportunity to our manufacturing, distribution and retail clients.”
The convention business in Mobile, Ala. has been helped by funding received from BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that spilled more than 4 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. “As a result, we’ve been able to book close to 60 conventions of varying sizes through 2015,” says David Randel, President and CEO of the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Society of Environmental Toxicology will hold its 2015 annual meeting at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, the city announced. Salt Lake City outbid Denver, Phoenix and San Diego, according to the report, due in part to its demonstrable commitment to the environment.
The Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center in the suburbs of Chicago made $1.8 million in 2012, and expects to add 10 percent more in 2013.
Bob Jameson was named president and CEO of the Fort Worth (Tx.) CVB, replacing David DuBois who left to serve as president of IAEE in October.
ITE Group will launch a new event, the India Bicycle Expo, for that country’s rapidly expanding market in November of the coming year.
The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association has joined the growing trend and will allow consumers onto its showfloor at its annual tradeshow this summer (July 13-17, Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas).