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  • Freeman takes a giant step into the burgeoning realm of augmented reality and virtual reality with its acquisition of San Francisco-based
  • Helios Interactive.
  • Charlotte is moving forward with plans to renovate and add new meeting space to the city’s convention center. Work begins in 2019.
  • The $110 million project includes new pre-function space and 26,000 sf of meeting space. A new skyway will connect to the Westin hotel.
  • Diversified Communications announced the acquisition of Luxperience, an Australian hosted buyer event focused on luxury travel.
  • It is one of Diversified’s first forays into the hosted buyer segment. The move is expected to complement the company’s
  • British Tourism & Travel brand.
  • Hong Kong’s exhibition industry urged support for an expansion of the city’s convention center. The HKECIA said it will meet future demand.
  • The proposal would raze three buildings near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and add about 23,000 sm of connected space.
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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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Dallas—Freeman takes a giant step into the burgeoning realm of augmented reality and virtual reality with its acquisition of San Francisco-based Helios Interactive, a company that has made its mark creating experiences for events like the NBA finals, San Diego Comic-Con International and The International Consumer Electronics Show and even a virtual reality cycling tour for IBM’s Watson at South by Southwest.   ...
Norwalk, Conn.—Reed Exhibitions announced it will launch an LGBTQ+ event in London next June. Called “Proud Experiences,” it will be a hosted-buyer event for the LGBTQ+ community. The three-day B2B event will kick off with a conference that will focus on issues surrounding this travel sector, including the economics and value of LGBTQ+ tourism, rights, and dangers of traveling to some destinations, and the growth potential for LGBTQ+ weddings and honeymoons. As an inaugural event, Proud Experiences also will offer a program called “Master Classes” that will strive to educate participants about good business practices for this sector, advice about understanding the transgender traveler, and tips about marketing to this group.  ...
Johannesburg, S.A. — UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, presented its annual progress report, announced new initiatives and confirmed events already set for 2018 in remarks at its Annual General Assembly meeting that took place ahead of the Global Congress held Nov. 1-4 in Johannesburg, South Africa. More than 400 delegates from 56 countries attended the Global Congress. ...
Las Vegas — Diversified Communications has expanded its presence in the unmanned aerial systems market by acquiring the rival Drone World Expo from JD Events. Diversified announced the deal Oct. 25 at the opening of its own drone show, Commercial UAV Expo Americas, in Las Vegas. Drone World will be folded into Commercial UAV Expo Americas beginning next fall. ...
Raleigh, N.C. — In a joint effort by several industry associations, a study on what drives attendance reports that networking in a hip and alluring city remains a powerful draw. The Maximize Attendance survey found that receiving cutting-edge education was a nearly unanimous priority, and more than three-quarters of attendees surveyed considered visiting an interesting destination and networking with peers to be major incentives for taking part in a show. ...
Phoenix — Viad Corp., parent company of Las Vegas-based GES, this week reported third quarter revenue of $339.1 million, an 11.3% year-over-year decrease. GES delivered year-over-year revenue growth of 7.6% and a 90 basis point improvement in adjusted EBITDA during the first nine months of 2017.  The third quarter was impacted by one event that changed venues. When adjusted to exclude the relocated event, U.S.-based same-show growth was 4.2% for the third quarter. Poken by GES, the event visitor engagement technology helped contribute additional revenue of $13.1 million.  ...
New York –In an effort to meet the evolving demands of a global community of brands and retailers, UBM Fashion this month announced changes to its trade show lineup for 2018. Key changes include a women’s New York fashion calendar that will align with the New York Fashion and Market weeks in the spring and fall. The first of those, a pre-collections show, will be introduced in June. Anchored by Coterie, these early events are intended to provide the fashion community with a productive central location focused on that key market period. ...
Westport, Conn. — SPTechCon, the largest independent SharePoint and Microsoft Office 365 conference, has been acquired by Exposition Development Co. (ExpoDevCo) from BZ Media. The deal was arranged through Corporate Solutions of Westport Conn. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  ...
San Jose, Calif. - Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC), presented by Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak, has partnered with IRL Events to plan and produce SVCC 2018. The even will be held April 6-8 at the San Jose Convention Center (SJCC) and surrounding areas. IRL Events has become an equity partner with SVCC, and IRL’s CEO Mary Dolaher will take over as CEO of SVCC. Outgoing CEO Trip Hunter will stay on as a partner and advisor.  ...
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