Northstar Travel Acquires Mountain Destination Conference

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Mountain Travel Symposium

Northstar Travel Media has acquired the Mountain Travel Symposium (MTS), an annual conference that typically attracts around 1,200 people involved with operating or promoting mountain destinations. The seven-day event typically takes place in the spring. This year’s conference was held April 9-16 at the Beaver Run Resort in Breckinridge, Colo., with targeted exchange sessions, appointment setting, conference sessions and networking […]

Strong Growth Reported for B-to-B Media in 2013

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While events have been a consistent moneymaker for b-to-b media since 2008, the rest of the revenue pie has shifted dramatically as the industry’s recovery continues. The b-to-b media business grew 5 percent from the prior year in 2013, generating $26.9 billion, according to ABM’s 2013 BIN report, released Wednesday. The revenue total is about even with the 2008 figures […]

Why the Houston CVB Isn’t Competing With Your Events

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In November, John Kajander went to work as a consultant with the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau to both attract and launch health care-related events to Houston. The first major event launch is just a week and a half away: Medical World Americas, April 28-30 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Kajander spoke with Expo Executive Editor Michael […]

Associations Plan Lobbying Push in June

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Congressional lobbying

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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Pack Expo

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. […]

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