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  • Jim Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, was named to the state’s Lodging Association Hall of Fame.
  • Rooney was honored February 26 for his career in the Massachusetts hospitality industry. He has led the MCCA since 2003...
  • A tentative agreement is allowing normal unloading operations at West Coast ports to resume after a long slowdown by union longshoremen.
  • The 5-year contract should be ratified, but shippers warn the cargo backlog could still delay delivery of trade show freight from overseas..
  • The Riviera Hotel will be razed to make way for expanding the Las Vegas Convention Center & the Las Vegas Global Business District.
  • The Las Vegas CVA board voted Feb 20 to buy the 26-acre Riviera site for $182 million. The landmark casino & hotel will be closed in May...
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Rosemont, IL – Mia Rampersad, manager of the annual International Home + Housewares Show for the past 24 years, is expected to announce she is stepping down as vice president, trade show, of the International Housewares Association (IHA). With a week to go before opening day of the Housewares show March 7-10 at McCormick Place, Rampersad did not immediately comment on the report that this would be her final show. Adrienne Tiritilli, who has been assistant general manager of sales and events for McCormick Place, will succeed Rampersad. ...
New York, NY – Penton hired former UBM Tech vice president John Ecke as vice president, digital products, for its Agriculture Group. Ecke will remain in New York City and be in charge of digital sales and product development for the group. The Agriculture Group includes The Farm Progress Show and three regional farm shows as well as The Farm Press and other digital brands.  ...
Oceanside, CA - A total of 91 dynamic trade shows earned a ranking on the just-released Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 list after growing by leaps and bounds last year. The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Emerald Expositions produced the two exhibitions in 2014 that topped the list of the fastest-growing shows in the U.S., growing more than 50% from 2013 to 2014. These shows and 89 other growth leaders will be honored by Trade Show Executive; Title Sponsor Choose Chicago; Platinum/Registration Sponsor CompuSystems, Inc.; and some 30 other sponsors in a three-day celebration May 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  ...
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Washington, DC – Roughly 135 of the leading trade show and meeting destinations in the U.S. will be meeting with representatives of the exhibitions industry during Destinations Showcase on March 25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. An estimated 1,100 to 1,200 show organizers, meeting planners and other key executives will be scouting out potential venues for their events and taking advantage of the speakers and educational sessions planned by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). ...
Dallas, TX – Michael Woody will join Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in March as chief operations officer. Woody is currently assistant executive director of the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau in suburban Dallas. He will step into his new position March 23. ...
Chicago, IL – Henry Givray will give up his duties as president and CEO of SmithBucklin at the end of the year, the association management firm announced February 19. Matt Sanderson, who is currently executive vice president, will take the reigns as president and CEO, effective January 1, 2016. Givray will remain as chairman of the board in a non-executive role. ...
Los Angeles, CA – Comexposium Group has acquired Mobile Media, LLC, the Los Angeles organizer of the Mobile Media Summit conference portfolio.“This rapidly growing industry is integral to the group’s international development strategy and represents a portfolio of leading events that will work in synergy with our existing ones,” said Renaud Hamaide, managing director of Paris-based Comexposium, which organizes 114 public and professional events worldwide in 17 industry sectors. ...
Oceanside, CA - Minimum wage proposals and legislation are becoming as frequent as news about the Kardashians. That might be alarming to show organizers trying to control costs for their events. But the devil is in the details, and those details increasingly appear to address local issues or are targeted to certain sectors like hospitality and retail trades. Trade show industry professionals are keeping an eye on how these proposals play out.  ...
Attendance at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville jumped by 16,000 and totaled 310,589, the second-largest crowd in show history.  The Feb. 11-14 show also drew more than 850 exhibitors and filled the sprawling Kentucky Exposition Center... ...
Las Vegas, NV – The trade show industry chipped with an increase in the number of visitors it brought to Las Vegas during a record-breaking year for crowds in the tourism Mecca. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) said 41.1 million visitors cruised The Strip and took in the many attractions the city had to offer in 2014, including nearly 5.2 million trade show and meeting attendees, the highest number in that crucial visitor category in six years. ...
Dallas, TX – The latest Guru Report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) gives trade show marketers a glimpse at how their potential exhibitors decide whether or not a particular exhibition is the way that they should go. The report, written by Barry Siskind, is titled “The Right Place to Exhibit – A Strategic Approach.” Siskind urges exhibitors to dive as deeply as possible into the demographics of their target audience, and match them up with the types of trade shows most likely to draw them. ...
Paris, France – Paul Woodward will step down as managing director of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry at the end of the year, the organization announced via Twitter on February 17. Woodward has been in the position since 2010. He will likely depart sometime after UFI’s annual meeting in Milan, Italy on November 4-7. There was no formal announcement on the UFI website, but UFI sent a letter to members, and Woodward’s lone tweet @pwoodwardhk said the Paris office of the search firm Heidrick & Struggles had been retained to find his successor. ...
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