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Sources Say Advanstar for Sale

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Reuters is reporting that Advanstar Communications is “exploring a sale that could fetch more than $900 million.” The news agency cites only “people familiar with the matter.” Advanstar Communications officials told Expo that they would not comment on market rumors. Advanstar produces more than 50 trade shows and 100 other conferences and events, and generates about $95 million annually in […]

New Canadian Anti-Spam Law May Impact U.S. Trade Shows

Canadian anti-spam law

A new anti-spam law in Canada could have a serious impact on trade show attendance marketing initiatives and exhibit sales on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. According to the new law, which became effective July 1, the sender of any commercial electronic message—be it email, text or possibly a social media posting—must have the prior consent of the Canadian […]

Outdoor Retailer, Tailgating Show Collaborate on Launch of Tailgating @ OR

Tailgating and Sports Licensing Show

Outdoor Retailer, Tailgating Show Collaborate on Launch of Tailgating @ OREmerald Expositions’ Outdoor Retailer Summer Market and Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show will collaborate as a version of the latter, Tailgating @ OR, will be an exhibit area and host a number of events during the summer version of Outdoor Retailer Aug. 6-9 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in […]

Why Less Is More for AIBTM

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Last month, at the close of its AIBTM (Americas Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exposition) in Orlando, Reed Travel Exhibitions announced it would revamp the event next year, reducing the number of exhibitors from 500 to 250 and the number of attendees from 1,200 to 250. It said it would set up a detailed system of appointments between buyers and […]

People on the Move 7.7.14

Staff Shifts at AEM The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has announced several staff changes, including a new CONEXPO-CON/AGG staff show director. • Sara Truesdale Mooney has been named CONEXPO-CON/AGG show director, managing AEM’s flagship exposition. Mooney is now AEM senior director exhibitions and strategy, show director for ICUEE-The Demo Expo and exhibitions lead for AEM’s agriculture sector. • Mooney […]

Dept. of Commerce Picks Shows for International Buyers Program

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Looking to expand your international attendee base? The U.S. Department of Commerce can help. The DoC selected 24 trade shows across a variety of markets to participate in its annual International Buyer Program (IBP) in 2015. Entrants will receive aid from the DoC in marketing their shows overseas and recruiting pre-screened foreign buyers, sales representatives and business owners. The IBP […]

Orange County Convention Center Begins Next Phase of Renovations

Orange County Convention Center

The Orange County Convention Center has begun the most substantial phase of a five-year, $187 million renovation project that will see the exhibit space and meeting rooms in the West Concourse essentially gutted and replaced with new flooring, ceilings and fixtures. At the same time, Hall WF will be replaced with a 50,000 square foot ballroom and four new boardrooms, […]

Renovations at Minneapolis Venue to Enhance Networking

The Minneapolis Convention Center will spend nearly $15 million over the next two years to enhance the opportunity for people at events to network and engage in “relationship building.” Most significantly, a mezzanine level will be added to the lobby area facing Second Avenue South that will be considered flexible space, available for events and receptions, with seating and a […]

Small Deals Dominate M&A Landscape

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Deal value more than doubled over last year’s first half thanks to a few large acquisitions, but M&A has continued to stay quiet, according to a recent report from the Jordan, Edmiston Group (JEGI). Overall value spiked 132 percent to $64 million, for the 10 media, information, marketing and tech markets JEGI measures, while volume rose 6 percent with 752 […]

Blouin Departs NBAA

Kathleen Blouin has stepped down as vice president of conventions and forums for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) after 22 years with the association. Monday, June 30, was Blouin’s last day with NBAA. However, she will continue to serve as a senior consultant to the association. During her tenure with NBAA, Blouin grew its exhibition component from a single […]

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