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  • Nort Rittmaster, former chairman and CEO of GES in the 1990s, died in California on Dec. 18 after a brief battle with cancer.....
  • Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Apprise Media, joined the board of 5NET4, organizer of Abilities Expo, to help with brand expansion, acquisitions.
  • 5NET4 is owned by outgoing SISO Executive Director Lew Shomer and David Korse. Abilities Expo takes place in six U.S. cities.
  • McCurdy engineered the major acquisitions and eventual sales of GLM and Canon Communications. He also co-founded Primedia, Inc....
  • An online course on integrating live entertainment into trade shows will be offered by the University of California, Irvine Extension.
  • “Entertainment Arts in Events” runs Feb. 9 -Mar. 22 and covers contracts, operations & communications. Register at extension.uci.edu/mem....
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Washington, DC – The trade show industry chalked up one win and another “incomplete” in the huge federal spending bill passed by Congress on a Saturday night in December. The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package tides the government over until the Fall, and also renewed the Brand USA program. But at the same time, the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act failed to make the cut and will have to be reintroduced in the new Congress next year. Still, the exhibition industry was pleased to see the legislative glass half full.  ...
Washington, DC – The door to Cuba suddenly swung open for trade show organizers and meeting planners in December, although Havana has some work to do on its convention industry infrastructure. President Obama announced that the U.S. and Cuba were ready to normalize relations and remove obstacles to travel to the island, which has been largely closed to Americans since the 1960s. Among the changes will be the freedom to travel to Cuba for “professional research and professional meetings” and the acceptance of U.S. credit cards by Cuban merchants. ...
Dallas, TX – Exhibitors spent the largest chunk of their 2014 trade show budgets on exhibit space while at the same time reducing their outlays for staff travel and the creation of new booths. The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) said in its annual report, “How the Exhibit Dollar is Spent,” that exhibitors shelled out about $25 billion on trade shows this year. Exhibit space costs ate up 39% of each dollar spent, well above the 14% earmarked for travel and entertainment, which was the second-largest expenditure category. ...
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Norwalk, CT – The newly formed show organizer LeftField Media has joined forces with JD Events to kick-start the growth of JD’s recently acquired Audio Expo North America (AXPONA). The partnership gives LeftField the lead role in marketing, content development and community building for the enthusiast event. JD Events remains in charge of show management, operations and sales. ...
Los Angeles, CA – Ready or not, an era of “big data” is intensifying, and what is known as BDaas is dawning for trade show organizers, according to the 2014 edition of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) annual look at the near-term trends in the industry. The report, “Future Trends Impacting the Exhibitions and Events Industry,” noted that the use of mobile apps, RFID name badges, iBeacons and other data-gathering technology has become more affordable and more common on the show floor. ...
Oceanside, CA – Trade Show Executive Media Group has expanded its events division by naming Michael McGuire, CMP its new vice president of global events.  McGuire joins TSE on January 5 and will work with Darlene Gudea, president, and Diane Bjorklund, vice president of events, to expand the TSE event brand in the U.S. and overseas. McGuire earned his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2012. He is very active in Meeting Professionals International (MPI), having served as the president of its 400-member San Diego chapter in 2013-2014, and is now currently serving as its immediate past president. ...
Washington, DC – December 22 is the final day to submit applications for the 2016 International Buyer Program (IBP) organized by the U.S. Commerce Department.  The program promotes select U.S. trade shows to overseas buyers to help boost show attendance and thus increase exports of U.S. products.  Last year, the IBP recruited more than 11,500 buyers from 105 international markets. ...
Houston, TX – If Bitcoin is part of the future of international business travel, the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center in Houston is ready. The GRB unveiled the city’s first Bitcoin ATM on December 10 near the popular Starbucks stand, a familiar landmark for trade show attendees. Bitcoin is a form of digital currency, created and held electronically rather than printed like dollars and euros. ...
Washington, DC – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) is offering show organizers an opportunity to help their exhibitors obtain a discount at the upcoming EXHIBITORLIVE conference.
A new affiliate partnership between IAEE and Exhibitor Media Group provides exhibitors with a 10% discount on the educational sessions at EXHIBITORLIVE, which takes place March 1-5 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Organizers who sign up for the program are provided with a customized Internet link that they can share with their customers. ...
New York, NY – The inaugural NYC Textile Week will debut in New York City next month with three separate trade shows taking place in the fashion and textiles sector. The soft launch January 19-21 will include Texworld USA, MRKet and the Kingspin Show. The official launch will take place in July. “NYC Textile Week will be the link that ties together all of the textile events being held in New York City and will offer diverse textile offerings for attendees from all corners of the globe,” said Dennis Smith, president of Messe Frankfurt, Inc., the organizer of Texworld USA. ...
Anaheim debuts Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center linking regional bus, rail, shuttles and taxis to its convention center. Located near Anaheim Stadium and Honda Center, terminal includes Wi-Fi, restaurants, retail and visitor services in one multi-use hub. ...
Phoenix, AZ – Steve Moster, president of Global Experience Specialists (GES), is now the president and CEO of GES’ parent company, Viad Corp., and a member of the Viad board, following the resignation of Paul Dykstra.  Dykstra stepped down as chairman, president and CEO of Viad effective December 4. Moster will remain president of GES while taking on the additional duties of running Viad’s Travel & Recreation Group, which consists of Brewster Travel Canada, Glacier Park Inc. and Alaska Denali Travel. ...
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