April 26, 2017
This Just In

  • The architect for Messe Frankfurt’s new Hall 5 has been selected. Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg will design the building, which opens in 2022.
  • The design will mirror the current two-story Hall 5, but with a column-free first level. Work begins when the Hall 6 renovation is finished.
  • The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) signed with SmithBucklin to provide full-service association management services.
  • Abigail Lynn will serve as Executive Director for AAST, which will move its headquarters to SmithBucklin’s Chicago office on July 1.
  • The Albany Capital Center in upstate New York opened in March with 60+ events on the books for 2017. The overall project cost $78 million.
  • The new center, which is managed by SMG, has approximately 31,700 sf of meeting/exhibit space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
  • The San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) is now a LEED GOLD facility, meeting the standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • New energy-efficient LED lighting, composting all food scraps and low-flow plumbing in restrooms helped the SDCC achieve the Gold rating.
Top Stories
Chicago – Prequalification is now open for Trade Show Executive’s Global Direct™ - “Where U.S. Exhibition Organizers Meet One-On-One with Leading Global Venues,” scheduled for July 12-14, 2017 at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. This hosted buyer event unites managers of major exhibition centers from across the globe with U.S. organizers eyeing international expansion. ...
New York – Emerald Expositions plans to raise $295 million when its upcoming IPO takes place on the New York Stock Exchange. The announcement was made April 17. Renaissance Capital said 15.5 million shares of Emerald Expositions would be offered on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol EEX. The share price was pegged at $18 to $20 with official pricing taking place the week of April 24. ...
Boston – A $550 million full-service hotel with 1,054 guest rooms and 120,000 sf of meeting and event space is officially in the works. Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts last week finalized a deal with the Massachusetts Port Authority to build the full-service hotel on a 2-acre parcel across the street from the Boston Convention & Exposition Center (BCEC). Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed by early 2021.  ...
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New York – Reed Exhibitions is bringing a version of Germany’s Bar Convent Berlin to the U.S. with a new show that will launch next year in trendy Brooklyn. The show is being organized jointly by Reed staff in the U.S. and Germany. It will bring Bar Convent’s worldwide beverage brands to the owners and key employees of influential restaurants and bars in the New York region.  ...
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – The latest plan for the expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center calls for adding 400,000 square feet (sf) of new space, including 68,000 sf of indoor exhibit space. The proposal, which must still be turned into a formal development agreement between Broward County and the development team, puts the construction timeline at groundbreaking next year and completion pegged for 2021.  ...
Reston, Va. – Jim Pittas was promoted to COO of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, in April and was also named the successor to President and CEO Charles Yuska when Yuska retires in 2018. Pittas, who was most recently Senior Vice President of PMMI, has been with the association for 17 years and is the longtime leader of its PACK EXPO portfolio. ...
Secaucus, N.J. – Northstar Travel Group acquired Meetings Quest and other assets from Schneider Publishing and will add them to its Meetings Group portfolio, which is led by both the Meetings & Conventions and the Successful Meetings brands. The deal also includes the TEAMS Conference + Expo, which will form the foundation of Northstar’s new Sports Division to be led by Schneider President and CEO Timothy Schneider. The new division will be part of the Northstar Meetings Group. Northstar will also acquire Schneider’s databases of contacts in both the meetings and sporting event industries. ...
Atlanta -- Charlie McCurdy, CEO of Informa’s Global Exhibitions Division, this week was named the 2017 winner of the Robert L. Krakoff Industry Award of Excellence. The award, presented annually by the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), is given only to the most impactful leaders of for-profit businesses in the exhibition and event industry. It is the only award given out by SISO. ...
Raleigh, NC—The North Carolina state legislature last week repealed HB2—the controversial ‘bathroom bill’ passed in March 2016—after the NCAA threatened to take more sporting events away from the state over the next five years if some action wasn’t taken. Last year alone, the NCAA relocated seven championship events set for the state in 2016-17 immediately after HB2 passed.  ...
San Juan Capistrano, Calif. – Emerald Expositions took the first step toward an initial public offering (IPO) of shares on the New York Stock Exchange by filing an application with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Form S-1 was filed with the SEC on Friday, March 31 with no announcement from either Emerald or its equity owners, Onex Corp.... ...
Dallas–The trade show industry’s growth rate is expected to rebound this year from the slight dip it experienced in 2016, according to the newly released 2017 CEIR Index Report released April 3 by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The CEIR Index, which is available for download here, measures the annual performance of the trade show industry using the year-over-year changes in the four metrics of 14 key industry sectors. ...
Atlanta – On the heels of a successful half-day women’s forum, the Society for Independent Show Organizers’ SISO Women unveiled the results of their survey on gender disparity in the trade show Industry. It revealed a distinct gender imbalance at the executive level of many trade show-related organizations. While that may not be surprising on the surface, the details show a bigger discrepancy than many may suspect. ...
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