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  • SMG has been acquired by private equity firm Onex Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Onex says its acquisition of
  • SMG Holdings Inc. will close in early 2018. SMG manages 240 venues, including many of the major convention centers in the U.S.
  • Halifax Convention Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, to debut Dec. 15 with first client event scheduled for Jan. 20, 2018. …
  • Three other events — Brides 2018, the Halifax Business Awards and the Franchise Expo —
  • also are booked for early 2018. … In all, the new facility already has 90 events on the books for 2018
  • Dan Lincoln will retire as President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau at the end of the year. He spent 11 years on
  • the job. COO Mike Laatsch will be interim CEO while a nationwide search for Lincoln’s successor takes place.
  • Shepard has acquired McCune Audio-Video-Lighting in a move to bolster Shepard’s presence in the western U.S. market. McCune has California
  • operations in Anaheim, Monterey and San Francisco and will be absorbed by Shepard’s AV department.
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Toronto — Onex Corporation, the Canada-based equity firm that owns Emerald Expositions, acquired SMG, the management company that runs many of the largest convention centers in the U.S. Gregg Caren, SMG Executive Vice President, Convention Centers & Business Development, told Trade Show Executive that SMG’s trade show operations would stay the course. “The same close relationships that we have enjoyed with the trade show industry for decades will remain intact,” he said. ...
Dallas — Overall performance drifted (0.7)% lower in the Third Quarter, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). CEIR said, however, the dip was not a sign of trouble for the entire industry. The red ink stemmed from softness in the Consumer Goods and Retail Trade (CG) and Sporting Goods, Travel, and Amusement (ST) sectors. CEIR said that culling those two broad sectors from the overall numbers produced a 2.8% increase in Q3 compared to the same period in 2016. ...
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Atlanta — Exhibitions service provider Shepard has expanded its presence on the U.S. West Coast by acquiring San Francisco-based McCune Audio-Visual-Lighting. McCune, which has branch offices in Anaheim and Monterey, Calif., will be added to the audio-visual division that Shepard launched just last year. ...
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. — Emerald Expositions Events Inc. has entered the hosted-buyer arena by acquiring Connecting Point Marketing Group (CPMG), a New Hampshire organizer of hosted-buyer events held across the U.S. The 19-member staff of CPMG will join Emerald, including Senior Vice President/General Manager Nancy Splaine, who will report to Emerald CEO and President David Loechner. ...
Washington — New government data released in November indicates a 3.9% overall drop for international inbound travel to the U.S. through June 2017. The business travel decline was steeper than the drop in those visiting for pleasure. ...
San Antonio — FreemanXP Vice President Dan McKinnon officially took over as Chairperson of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events Board of Directors on the day before the opening of IAEE’s annual Expo! Expo! in San Antonio. McKinnon, Vice President, Client Solutions - Global at FreemanXP, succeeded 2017 Chairperson Ryan Strowger, who remains on the board as Immediate Past Chairman. Prior to joining Freeman in 2014, McKinnon was Vice President of Events for the Energy & Engineering Group at Access Intelligence. ...
San Antonio — Feathr and mdg kicked off Expo! Expo! by announcing they had extended their partnership and would offer show organizers the entire Feathr product suite at a discounted price. Their expanded pact designated mdg as the first Feathr Implementation Partner; the two companies also will jointly host a series of workshops around the country in 2018 for show managers on best practices in digital marketing. ...
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – Emerald Expositions Events Inc. released its third quarter financial results in early November, showing a slight decrease in revenue to $100.4 million compared to $100.5 million for the same period last year. The company said the decrease was primarily due to the impact of Hurricane Irma on the Surf Expo and ISS Orlando shows, both of which were forced to close two days early due to the hurricane. Net income of $19.2 million in the third reporting quarter was up roughly 4.4% from $18.4 million for the same period in 2016.  ...
Chicago—Trade Show Executive’s Vice President and Associate Publisher Irene Sperling has announced that she will retire as of December 2017. The long-time sales and marketing executive said she hopes to travel more for pleasure and spend more time visiting family members. Sperling helped shape Trade Show Executive during her tenure and was awarded many accolades throughout her career including IAEE’s Chairperson’s Award in 2016. TSE Advertising Manager Linda Braue will take the majority of Sperling’s advertising clients. ...
Chicago — UBM plc has acquired three shows in the Americas, including THE Aesthetic Show in Las Vegas and two green energy events in Latin America signaling the company's continued growth in events-driven business. UBM announced the acquisition of THE Aesthetic Show and its related media assets from Medical Insight, Inc. and picked up the Mexico International Renewable Energy Congress (MIREC) and the Argentinian International Renewable Energy Congress (AIREC) from U.K.-based Green Power Global.   ...
Chicago – TSE is pleased to announce the newly developed TSE Trailblazers program which is meant to showcase the trade show industry’s up-and-comers. The best of the nominees will be selected for the inaugural Trailblazers class and will be invited as guests the Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in June. To qualify, candidates must report to senior show management and have demonstrated ingenuity and/or distinguishing qualities that set them apart in making a show successful. Nominate a candidate today at https://www.tsefastest50.com/tse-trailblazers-nomination/ ...
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