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  • Trade Show Ready promoted Senior Vice President Nick McCallion to President. He will remain in charge of maintaining customer accounts.
  • McCallion was named SVP of the event marketing and attendee acquisition company in 2015.
  • The Anaheim Convention Center was upgraded to LEED Gold certification and now is the largest US convention center with the designation.
  • The Anaheim Convention Center is the 14th largest center in the US, according to TSE’s WTCC. It first received LEED certification in 2010.
  • DoubleDutch announced its restructuring & will reduce about 25% of its workforce. The company said the primary reason is profitability.
  • CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE attendees can ride the Las Vegas Monorail at no charge. A complimentary pass will be built into name badges.
  • The Assn. of Equipment Manufacturers says the 3 or 5 day passes will help attendees get around the crowded strip during the March 2017 show.
  • Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino completed the expansion of its solar-power array. The rooftop system is the largest of its kind in the US.
  • The 28-acre project generates a record 8.3 MW of dc power and 6.5MW of ac. It supplies about 25% of Mandalay Bay’s power demand.
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Oceanside, CA – The deadline for nominating the best trade shows for the 2016 Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Grand Awards is just seven days away with entries being accepted through Friday, July 29. The event will not only honor the largest shows of the past year but also those that set the Gold Standard from a variety of other perspectives such as marketing, global strategies, technology,  social responsibility and “The Greatest Trade Show of 2015.” ...
San Juan Capistrano, CA – Liz Crawford, longtime executive with various independent organizers, was named Senior Vice President of Exhibitions & Events for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) effective August 22. The newly created position places Crawford in charge of the entire RVIA show portfolio, which includes a major consumer show in Pomona, CA and the association’s flagship event, the massive Annual National RV Trade Show, held in Louisville. ...
Las Vegas, NV - The Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee (SNTIC) unanimously approved financing and oversight for $1.4 billion in improvements to the Las Vegas Convention Center District. The oversight will be provided by a seven-member committee of officials who live in Clark County. The funding will primarily cover costs for Phase Two and Phase Three of the extensive convention center expansion and renovation, including a new exhibit hall building. ...
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Washington, DC — The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) will deploy beacon technology for the first time at its annual meeting, August 13-16 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT. The meeting is expected to draw some 5,500 attendees. ASAE will tap a new wearable beacon technology powered by TurnoutNow. Attendees who opt in during registration are issued badges with beacons that use Bluetooth wireless technology to transmit to receivers located throughout the meeting areas as well as the 230,000-square-foot expo hall. TurnoutNow’s cloud-based data analytics technology then provides real-time data on everything from show-floor traffic patterns to which education sessions are most popular. ...
Anaheim, CA – The City of Anaheim approved a key hotel tax rebate plan this Summer that clears the way for construction of three new upscale hotels that trade show organizers will put to good use in the coming years.  The city council voted 3-1 in favor of the plan to allow developers to keep roughly 70% of the room-tax revenues from the hotels for 20 years. In return, Anaheim will get a trio of hotels that will meet requirements for AAA Four-Diamond ratings, and give show organizers a major boost in their room blocks near the Anaheim Convention Center. ...
Atlanta, GA – The field has been set for the fourth annual Event Innovation Battlefield to be held at this Summer’s Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) Leadership Conference which takes place August 9-11 in Cleveland.  Five ambitious tech firms will display their newest solutions designed for the events industry at the SISO conference.  ...
Arlington, VA – The rapidly growing trade show Coverings has changed management companies, bringing in Taffy Events Strategies to run the exhibition and conference programs beginning with next Spring’s show.  “We are delighted to team up with Coverings to help drive its goals and add value for the thousands of show exhibitors and attendees,” said Taffy President Jennifer Hoff, who launched the company in 2014. Hoff was previously the president of National Trade Productions (NTP), which provided show management for Coverings. ...
Oceanside CA - In the wake of multiple mass shootings across the US, convention center operators and show organizers face a challenging environment when it comes to allowing guns at public facilities or events. Those issues are playing out in still-unresolved ways in Tucson, AZ and Grand Rapids, MI. They aptly illustrate the balancing act that has evolved among states, cities, venues, show organizers, exhibitors and attendees concerning what types of weapons are allowed at public buildings and events and who can have them. In addition, the very definition of “public building” is subject to interpretation. ...
Kontich, Belgium – Vincent Gérard, former Managing Director of UFI - The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and Secretary-General of InterEXPO, died yesterday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The Belgian-born Gérard joined UFI in 2001 and worked there until he stepped down in 2010. "We have lost a great colleague, a strong promoter of our industry and a close friend,” said UFI President Sergej Alexeev, Vice President of ExpoForum International. ...
Dallas, TX – Exhibitions deliver on exhibitor sales and marketing objectives, according to a new report by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). In fact, 90% of exhibitors surveyed said exhibitions build or expand brand awareness while 85% said exhibitions deliver new sales leads.  The study, “2016 Changing Environment of Exhibitions,” offers research on exhibitor use of the exhibition channel, its positioning in the marketing mix, and perceptions of exhibitors on key issues that can impact the use of exhibitions today and in the future. ...
Las Vegas, NV — In the Spring of 2014, Tony Calanca, Executive Vice President of Exhibitions for UBM, grappled with a challenge.  MAGIC, UBM’s semiannual fashion trade show, which spans roughly one million net square feet of exhibit space each February and August, was growing too big for its host venues, the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  Here’s how the situation and solution unfolded. ...
Detroit, MI – A new technology department was formed by Cobo Center’s management to directly provide the building’s extensive digital capabilities to trade show organizers.
Cobo’s Technology Services department went live in late June with an in-house team to give customers access to the Detroit center’s digital signage, video production studio with satellite uplink capability, mobile building app, and robust WiFi network, which is already scheduled for a bandwidth increase. ...
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