Associations Plan Lobbying Push in June

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The International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) will head up a consortium of industry associations as its executives lobby the U.S. Congress in mid-June. Yesterday, IAEE announced plans for an inaugural Exhibitions Day in Washington, D.C., planned for June 16-17 to educate federal legislators on issues of importance to the trade show industry. According to IAEE, among the issues […]

PACK EXPO East Moves Dates to Accommodate Exhibitor Demand

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The 2015 launch of PACK EXPO East has been moved back two weeks to accommodate increased exhibitor demand. According to AJ Janosko, director of expositions for PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing, exhibit booth sales for the new event, originally scheduled Feb. 2-4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, are about 40 percent higher than projections when the […]

Potential Changes Ahead for Houston CVB

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include quotes and information from Greg Ortale, CEO and president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Houston and its CVB are finding out that infrastructure isn’t always enough when it comes to luring convention business. Houston First Corp., the organization in charge of operating many of the city’s primary venues, […]

Marketplace Events Adds Three More Events


Just a few days after its most recent acquisition, Marketplace Events is continuing to expand. The home show producer announced the launch of a new event in Edmonton, Alberta, and a two-year extension and expansion of an existing show in Ottawa. The Edmonton show, to be held at the Edmonton EXPO Centre in either September or October of 2015, is […]

Industry Upswing

The trade show industry capped 2013 with its most successful quarter in nearly two years and several reports indicate the momentum could carry through 2014. The exhibition business grew 3 percent in the fourth quarter and 1 percent for the entire year, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. CEIR measures overall industry performance using an aggregate formula that […]

Forbes Media Expands High-Profile Conferences

Face-to-face conferences have been a bread-and-butter business for business media companies for decades, and consumer magazine brands are increasingly entering the space or expanding their live-event efforts. Although Forbes Media is not new to the conference business, the company has taken a new approach in recent years. In a two-part interview, Mike Federle, chief operating officer, outlines Forbes Media’s current conference strategy. […]

Bold Moves at Emerald Expositions

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David Loechner, CEO of Emerald Expositions, had a busy 2013. Midway through the year, a private equity firm acquired Nielsen Exhibitions, which he was CEO of, and renamed it Emerald Expositions. Then, just before the end of the year, Emerald acquired GLM Shows. Loechner spoke about some of the challenges and opportunities that accompanied these transitions in the opening conference […]

Sheldon Adelson Waxes Nostalgic at SISO CEO Summit

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When this year’s winner of the Robert L. Krakoff Leadership Award was asked the secret to his success, he said to challenge the status quo and, “If somebody throws money at you, don’t duck.” Those were the two tips Sheldon Adelson, chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., had for the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) CEO […]

NYC & Co. Gets a New CEO

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One of the country’s largest trade show and convention destinations has a new top exec. Fred Dixon was named CEO of NYC & Company last week, after eight years as executive vice president of market development with the organization. Dixon has  served as interim CEO since former chief, George Fertitta, left in December. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made […]

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