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  • Space rates for the South Texas Oil Field Expo have been cut 50%, reflecting the slump in oil prices that has hit exhibitors.
  • The July show in San Antonio revolves around its exhibit floor and networking. It does not have an educational program.
  • Hong Kong will mark Global Exhibitions Day on June 8 with a conference featuring top industry executives from the Asia market.
  • Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association, UFI and IAEE are organizing the event, which will be followed by a networking gala.
  • SMG says it will take over management of University of Phoenix Stadium. The contract is the 16th venue in a row awarded to SMG.
  • The venue is home to the NFL’s Phoenix Cardinals. SMG says it is also used as an exhibitions venue with 160,000 sf of prime exhibit space.
  • Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter was named president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB. She replaces the retiring Nicki Grossman.
  • Ritter backs expanding Fort Lauderdale’s convention center. She was chosen after a nationwide search. Grossman leaves at the end of May.
  • IAEE is accepting applications for the Helen Brett Scholarship until June 1. The paperwork goes to IAEE headquarters in Dallas.
  • The $5,000 scholarship goes to a student pursuing a career in trade shows. Entries include recommendations from industry leaders or faculty.
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Washington, DC — Hundreds of hoteliers converged on Capitol Hill May 17-18 for the Legislative Action Summit sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA). Their goal:  raise awareness with Congressional leaders of the importance of the lodging industry and its impact on communities around the country. Issues discussed in meetings with Congressional leaders included concerns about the rise of short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and their detrimental impact on the lodging industry. Advocates also raised concerns about online hotel booking scams, “drive-by” lawsuits that abuse the Americans with Disabilities Act, and onerous labor regulations that keep the lodging industry from continuing to grow and create jobs. ...
The CIC Hall of Leaders will induct a new class of honorees at IMEX Americas in October. GES Executive Vice President John Patronski is among the honorees. He is joined by Carol Krugman of Metropolitan State University in Denver, Richard Aaron of BizBash, Patrick Delaney of SoolNua, and protocol consultant Colleen Rickenbacher. (TSE will cover this news fully in an upcoming edition)  ….. Michelle Barton was promoted to the joint positions of Executive Vice President and CFO of AMC, Inc. and its AmericasMart Atlanta subsidiary.  Barton, who joined AMC as Comptroller in 2003, had been a Senior Vice President as well as CFO of AMC and AmericasMart. Her job includes oversight of corporate finances as well as registration services for AmericasMart’s calendar of apparel, gift and home furnishings markets ..… SIA Snow Show is going back to its January schedule after previously announcing it was switching to pre-Christmas dates next year. SnowSports Industries America’s board made the decision after discussions with stakeholders. The risk of no snow in December was one of the considerations … Argyle Executive Forum LLC acquired Innovation Enterprises. The two firms organize executive-level conferences. Argyle President & CEO Danny Phillips says the acquisition will enable his company to offer a comprehensive menu of B-to-B events, business research and marketing services ..… ...
Oceanside, CA – Help douse the flames of burning issues by submitting questions to a panel of experts in the “What’s Trending?” session at the May 25-27 Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Las Vegas. Your queries about key issues affecting trade shows, convention centers, legislation, technology and other topics will be added to those raised by Fastest 50 attendees on site. The always highly-rated “What’s Trending?” panel will be moderated this year by Karen Gebhart, Vice President of Business Development for Helicopter Association International, and includes David DuBois, IAEE President & CEO, and Chair of the Convention Industry Council (CIC); David Audrain, Executive Director of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO); Brian Casey, President & CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR); and Larry Arnaudet, Executive Director of the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA). ...
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Los Angeles, CA – A new trade show borne out of the sold-out Los Angeles Auto Show will blend the lines between the automotive and technology sectors, and will cater to the high-end audience of executives already in town.  Named AutoMobility LA, the day-long trade show will feature a diverse mix of companies ranging from in-vehicle security innovations and autonomous driving solutions to augmented reality and car sharing platforms, said Terri Toennies, Executive Vice President & General Manager of both the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA. It will run three days ahead of the consumer show.  ...
Oceanside, CA – March pretty much reflected the usual pattern of growth for trade shows in recent years, including a 1.2% increase in exhibit space and a modest 0.4% bump in exhibitors, according to Trade Show Executive’s latest Dashboard of Monthly Trade Show Metrics. But what really stood out when the dust settled was the attendance count, which took a (2.7)% drop compared to the same month last year. ...
London, UK – Britain’s ITE Group named Mark Shashoua, one of the company’s founders in the 1990s and its former managing director, to succeed CEO Russell Taylor, who will be stepping down at the end of the Summer. Shashoua will be leaving his position as CEO of i2i Events Group, a position he held since 2011. Shashoua said he was “delighted” about his return to ITE, and saluted Taylor for ITE’s expansion into China, India and Africa.  ...
Long Beach, CA – ReedPop will launch a public festival and exhibition featuring everything on the cutting edge of pop culture this Fall in the Los Angeles market.  ComplexCon debuts November 5-6 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The event will showcase “the creator class” with a series of panel discussions, art displays, food trucks, concerts and retail opportunities geared toward Millennial consumers. Music star Pharrell Williams was tabbed as Cultural Director and Host Committee Chair for the show.  ...
Shenzhen, China – The contract to develop a master plan for the planned Shenzhen International Convention & Exhibition Center (SZICEC) has been awarded to Germany’s jwc GmbH. The riverfront SZICEC, which is slated to break ground in September in the city’s Airport New Town district, will be the largest convention center in the world, jwc said, with 400,000 square meters (4,305,564 square feet) of prime exhibit space. The space will be spread among 18 exhibit halls with 20,000 sm (215,278 sf) each. Another hall will cover 40,000 sm (430,556 sf). The plan also calls for 100,000 sm (1,076,391 sf) of meeting space. ...
Dallas, TX – Freeman has acquired the exposition industry’s leading market research and consulting firm, Exhibit Surveys, Inc.   The acquisition expands Freeman’s scope and depth as a full-service face-to-face marketing solutions provider worldwide. The move also supports the company’s goal to continue to grow its resources to support strategy, design and digital by adding an experienced group of researchers with a deep understanding of data and measurement. ...
Oceanside, CA – Comic-Con International is one of the most visible events of the year, and attendees at this Spring’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit will get a rare opportunity to hear from the show’s organizer, David Glanzer, Chief Communications & Strategy Officer. “A lot has been made of Comic-Con’s growth from a quirky enthusiast event that launched in a hotel basement to an international media event for science fiction fans and, more importantly, the entertainment industry,” said Darlene Gudea, President of Trade Show Executive Media Group. “We are truly excited about giving Fastest 50 attendees the rare opportunity to meet with David Glanzer, who has built Comic-Con into one of the industry’s greatest success stories.” ...
Atlanta, GA – Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo) is teaming up with Progressive Business Media to launch a trade show for the US furniture industry next year.  Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE) will debut at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) on June 7-8, 2017. The show will serve as a marketplace for high-technology products that improve efficiency and reduce costs for US furniture makers who must compete with low-priced imports. ...
Houston, TX – Space City Comic Con will take place over the Memorial Day weekend with that  name after the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) withdrew its request for a temporary restraining order in its lawsuit over alleged trademark infringement. The GHCVB holds a trademark on the term “Space City,” a longtime nickname for the city of Houston, and had asked a federal judge to block the show from using the term in its brand. Bureau officials, however, backed away from its request for a temporary restraining order in late April so that event could take place at the end of May while negotiations on an out-of-court solution continue. “In no way do we want to stop this show from happening and we certainly hope it’s successful because that’s a win for the hospitality community,” GHCVB President Mike Waterman told Trade Show Executive, “But we do want it to take place under a different name — one that is not trademarked.” ...
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