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  • Clarion Events has been purchased by private equity firm Providence Equity for a reported £200 million.....
  • The firm, headed by Simon Kimble, executive chairman, produces 150+ trade shows and events in the gaming, energy and telecom sectors.....
  • Reed Exhibitions promoted Yancy Weinrich to senior vice president in charge of the JCK portfolio, including JCK Las Vegas.
  • Weinrich had been group VP for the JCK shows and will be in charge of their overall management and strategic direction.....
  • Exposition Development Company was named U.S. sales agent for the Equip Auto Show in Paris, announced David Audrain, CEO of ExpoDevCo.
  • The biennial show takes place in October 2015 & serves the European auto aftermarket sector. It draws 75% of its exhibitors from abroad.....
  • Rebecca Jennings was named show manager for dmg events USA’s two ad:tech shows in the U.S. She had been sales manager for the events.
  • The U.S. ad:tech shows are held in New York and San Francisco. Six other editions take place in London, New Delhi and Asia-Pacific.....
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New York, NY – Penton announced the acquisition of iNET Interactive, organizers of technical events in the data center and cloud computing-hosting sectors. Bringing iNET into the fold adds the HostingCon brand, with conferences and trade shows in the U.S., China and Asia, and grows Penton’s portfolio to 50 events in five sectors worldwide. ...
Atlanta, GA – Atlanta has moved a step closer to the construction of a major convention hotel alongside the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).  The GWCC Authority released a request for qualifications in January for developers interested in bringing a 1,200-room hotel to the GWCC campus. Responses are due February 16.  ...
Boston, MA – The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) will soon have a system in place that attendees can use to find their way around the sprawling building using their cell phone. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority voted to have Sherpa Solutions to install its ActivLocator solution at the BCEC, which will enable visitors to use a mobile app for “turn-by-turn” navigation. Once the navigation’s mobile app has been downloaded, no cellular or wireless connection is needed for the directions to work on a user’s mobile device. ...
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San Jose, CA – JD Events will launch a trade show for the fledgling commercial drone industry this Fall in California’s tech-heavy Silicon Valley, announced Joel Davis, the company’s founder and CEO. Drone World Expo will debut November 17-18 at the San Jose Convention Center. The new show will feature an interactive exhibition with flying drones as well as components, software/cloud services, training/certification, trade groups, universities/research centers, and other products and services to assist vertical industries to implement unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)  technology into their businesses.  ...
Washington, DC – The closely watched legal battle over a controversial exclusive service policy at the San Diego Convention Center was sent back to a federal judge this week when the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to get involved. The rebuff from Washington marked another twist in a case that has had show organizers and service contractors concerned about the ability of convention centers to essentially bar outside companies from working in their buildings regardless of valid, pre-existing contracts and pricing concerns.  ...
New York, NY – The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has completed its first full year since the completion of a stem-to-stern renovation, and 2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the Manhattan landmark. The $465 million overhaul was wrapped up in 2013 after five whirlwind years of activity that resulted in a nearly brand new convention center for meeting planners and trade show organizers who may want to take a second bite of the Big Apple. In the fiscal year ended March 2014, the Javits Center had slashed its operating loss in half from the previous fiscal year. Meanwhile, numerous Gold 100 shows experienced record results. ...
Shanghai, China – Reed Exhibitions has signed a strategic partnership agreement with the China Foreign Trade Centre (Group), the dominant trade show organizing entity and venue manager in China. Reed Chairman Mike Rusbridge and CFTC Chairman Wang Zhiping signed the pact on January 13 in Shanghai.  Rusbridge said the new alliance was a “powerful statement of intent” that Reed and the CFTC would work closely together to boost China’s trade show industry and Reed’s presence in the booming country.  ...
Chicago, IL – A collection of trade shows bringing together like-minded exhibitors and attendees in the printing and food packaging industries will join forces at McCormick Place in Chicago this Fall. The plan, unveiled this week, has GRAPH EXPO 15 and its co-located partner CPP Expo running September 13-16 in the South Hall of McCormick Place. The North and East Halls will host PROCESS EXPO, InterBev Process and the International Dairy Show on September 15-18. ...
Seattle, WA – Reed Exhibitions’ ReepPop division acquired Emerald City Comicon (ECCC), a Seattle show for comic book and science fiction enthusiasts that attracted roughly 70,000 attendees last year. Half of those attendees took in all three days of the event and ...
Detroit, MI – A U.S. version of Germany’s ALUMINIUM will be launched this Fall in Detroit by Reed Exhibitions. ALUMINUM USA [spelled the traditional way for the U.S. launch] will debut November 11-12 at the refurbished and upgraded Cobo Center in Detroit, the historic home of the U.S. auto industry, which is a major consumer of aluminum. The flagship show ALUMINIUM is held at Messe Dusseldorf, and drew approximately 25,000 attendees and covered 70,000 net square meters (753,474 square feet) of exhibit space in 2014. Regional offshoots are held in Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Mumbai and Dubai.  ...
Las Vegas, NV – New records for exhibit space and the number of exhibitors for the International CES were set when the annual mega-show opened its doors to attendees on January 6. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) welcomed more than 3,600 exhibitors assigned to the event’s exhibit halls, which totaled more than 2.2 million net square feet (nsf) and zapped the previous record of 2.06 million nsf set last year. Two keynote speakers intrigued delegates with hints at the technology of the future. ...
Chicago, IL – Philip Ullo, who rose to president & COO of Reed Exhibitions, died in Florida on December 30. He was 74.  Memorial services are set for January 16.  Ullo began his career in the exhibitions industry in 1968 when he joined The Kiver Organization. He increased Kiver’s portfolio from a single show to 33 shows worldwide in 12 years. He remained with the company when it was acquired by Cahners Exposition Group, which was later acquired by Reed Exhibitions. Reed had more than 300 events when Ullo retired. He formed his own company, Ullo International, in a partnership with private equity and Thomas Caridi, who had been executive vice president and CFO at Reed. Ullo International later acquired Full Circle Media Corp. and its 41 events in 1995 from David Cheifetz. ...
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