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  • The power outage that disrupted CES for about two hours Jan. 10 was traced to a transformer “flashover” at the LVCC.
  • Hannover Fairs USA will launch the DOMOTEX USA floor-coverings show Feb. 28-March 2, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
  • RSAV has acquired Lanham, Md.-based Hargrove, Inc, expanding PSAV’s presence in the trade show industry.
  • Groundbreaking for Phase II of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion took place Jan. 8, adding about 1.4 million square feet by 2021.
  • CES set a new show record of 2.75 million nsf of exhibit space when it opened Jan. 9, topping the 2017 record
  • Visit KC is looking for a new President and CEO because Ronnie Burt will step down Jan. 31 after settlement of a lawsuit.
  • CES experienced an opening day power outage at the LVCC affecting the Central Hall. South and North Halls reportedly were up and running.
  • A memorial service will be held Jan. 6 for Raymond Moriarity, 71, co-owner of Paradice Expo Services who died on Dec. 28.
  • A memorial service is pending for John Portman Jr., 93, founder of the company that became AmericasMart Atlanta. He died Dec. 29.
  • Shepard is acquiring Production Associates, an audio-visual provider based in the Washington, D.C., market.
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London — Major London-based trade show players Informa and UBM are combining forces under a $5.2 billion deal. Informa has struck a deal to acquire UBM and has until Feb. 13 to present a formal offer under U.K. rules. Both companies already have sizable presence in the world market. ...
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Beautyworld is coming to Saudi Arabia in October. Organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Saudi-based ACE Exhibitions, this latest incarnation of the beauty and wellness trade fair is the 5th Beautyworld globally and taps into Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning $5.4 billion beauty and personal care market. ...
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Washington, D.C. – In response to reports of declining international travel to the U.S., a new group called the Visit U.S. Coalition was launched on Jan. 16 through the U.S. Travel Association (USTA). The number of international travelers to the U.S. has declined 6% over the past two years and those who are still arriving have been holding their wallets more tightly. The Visit U.S. Coalition includes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ASAE, SISO, IAEE and several national associations. It aims to bring together travel industry leaders seeking ways to partner with the Trump administration in an effort to reverse an overall decline in international visitors. Overall international travel to other destinations is up 8%. ...
London — Informa is in talks to buy UBM in a deal pegged at more than $4 billion, according to media reports from London. The combination of UBM and Informa would increase the footprint of the two already major London-based players in the global trade show industry. Both companies have sizable presences in the world market, including the U.S. where they organize such landmark shows as MAGIC, Licensing Expo, and World of Concrete. ...
Las Vegas — The next phase of the ambitious expansion and renovation of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) kicks off Jan. 8 with a groundbreaking ceremony off Elvis Presley Way. The project will add 1.4 million square feet (sf) to the center’s overall footprint, including approximately 600,000 sf of prime exhibit space. The expansion will enable the center to host more exhibitions and accommodate the growth of major shows. Officials at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority anticipate completing Phase Two in time for CES 2021. ...
Washington — Veteran events producer Hargrove, Inc. has been acquired by PSAV in a deal that will expand the presence of both firms in the worldwide trade show industry. Lanham, Md.-based Hargrove will continue to operate as an independent full-service event production company. The two companies summed up the deal as opening a new door to the trade show industry and the booming live experiential events sector for PSAV. ...
Memphis, Tenn. – City officials filed the necessary permits for a $175 million upgrade to the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Pending expected City Council approval, the project will officially get underway in the First Quarter of 2018 and is to be completed in 2019. The plan includes new meeting, function and flex space that will open up new skyline and waterfront views for attendees. The Memphis Cook Convention Center currently includes 160,000 square feet of prime exhibit space, placing it 94th on the Trade Show Executive World’s Top Convention Centers rankings.  ...
Atlanta — John Portman, the prominent architect who led the development of AmericasMart Atlanta, died Dec. 29 at age 93. AmericasMart originally opened in 1957 at a time when downtown Atlanta was rapidly losing residents and businesses. Portman’s accomplishments also include development of Peachtree Center, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, and the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Outside Atlanta, Portman led the construction of Detroit’s Renaissance Center, the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, China’s Shanghai Centre and Marina Square in Singapore. A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined. The Portman family requested that contributions be made to the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University. ...
Atlanta – Shepard expanded its presence in the Washington, D.C., market by acquiring Production Associates, a Virginia company that provides comprehensive AV services for association, government and corporate events. The deal comes on the heels of a similar acquisition in December when Shepard added McCune Audio-Visual Lighting, a staging, lighting and AV firm based in the San Francisco area. Production Associates will continue to operate out of the Northern Virginia suburbs. ...
Northbrook, Ill. — ISSA, the leading worldwide cleaning industry association, and RAI Amsterdam, which owns the trade show platform known as “INTERCLEAN” have restructured their agreement to foster growth. Under the new agreement, the Amsterdam and Istanbul shows will be part of the RAI portfolio while the cleaning shows in the Americas and Mexico will continue to be ISSA events. The ISSA events will be rebranded beginning with the ISSA Show 2018 in Dallas next fall. The rebranding will include shows in Mexico, Australia and South Africa. No show dates for ISSA or INTERCLEAN will change in 2018. ...
Secaucus, N.J. — Northstar Travel Group announced its second acquisition of 2017 in the hotel sector when it picked up HotelsWorld, which serves senior hospitality executives and investors in Australia and New Zealand. HotelsWorld will be added to Northstar’s growing portfolio of events for the hotel and hospitality sectors. HotelsWorld includes four specialized conferences held over three days in Sydney and draws around 500 attendees. Their next event will be held July 24-26 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth. ...
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