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  • The deadline for nominations for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers Awards has been extended to March 16. Got to TSE Events for info.
  • MAD Event Management to create a Shanghai show with Shanghai Exhibition Co. Ltd., and run the UAS for Disaster Response Conference in April.
  • The SHOT Show will remain at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas through 2027. The event has been at the venue for nine years.
  • SMG/Cobo Center in Detroit redesigned its exhibitor and services online system to simplify ordering for in-house and vendor event services.
  • A small fire in a booth at the counterculture Champs Trade Show Feb. 20 forced the temporary evacuation of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
  • The L.A. Convention Center is growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers on its rooftop. The 9,500-sf garden includes a row of orange trees.
  • GES launched its Measurement & Insight platform to analyze brand impact, customer retention and other metrics beyond orders booked and ROI.
  • After two decades helming AIME, Reed Exhibitions is relinquishing control of the event to Austrialian-owned Talk2 Media & Events for 2019.
  • Messe Frankfurt acquired the Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Fair. Messe has been with the shows since they launched in 2015.
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ARLINGTON, Va. — The U.S. division of Clarion Events has acquired a stake in The NGA Show from its association owner. The new joint venture with the National Grocers Association (NGA) is the latest partnership between Clarion UX and an industry association. Clarion will bring its resources to the show next year when it takes place in San Diego.  ...
CHICAGO — Bigger exhibit spaces with fewer exhibitors and attendees. That’s what newly released data about December 2017 revealed in Trade Show Executive’s exclusive Dashboard of Monthly Trade Show Metrics. Perhaps the most dramatic number is the 4.4% drop in exhibitors at the 16 trade shows in December. There also was encouraging news in the data: the Fourth Quarter, and the year, finished in the black. Exhibitor space grew by 2.2% in December. ...
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CHICAGO — The exhibitions that led the pack in the trade show industry last year have been assembled for this summer’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in Chicago. The Fastest 50 is the industry’s annual grand salute to the shows that outdid themselves during 2017 in terms of growing their exhibit space, number of exhibitors and attendance. They will be the guests of honor at the prestigious Hyatt Regency Chicago on June 13-15 and will be joined by members of the Next 50, the shows that also grew impressively this past year, but at a slightly steadier pace. ...
BANGKOK — Messe Frankfurt acquired ownership of a pair of construction sector exhibitions in Thailand it has helped manage for the past three years and will add them to their Light + Building portfolio. The Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd. division of Messe Frankfurt acquired the co-located Thailand Lighting Fair and Thailand Building Show from its Thai partners, The Exhibiz and the state-run Provincial Electricity Authority. The partnership dates to 2015 when the two shows were launched. ...
CHICAGO —  The spring deadline is approaching for nominations for Trade Show Executive’s first annual Trailblazers Awards, which will be presented to the most distinguished of the next generation of exhibitions leaders at the upcoming TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit June 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The deadline has been extended to March 16, giving show organizers additional time to single out their stars. The TSE Trailblazers Award showcases the top show executives making their marks on the industry. ...
ANAHEIM, Calif. — The four-day National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show Jan. 25-28, 2018 at the Anaheim Convention Center drew the largest crowds in the show’s 117-year history — more than 115,000 people. That’s a 7.6% increase over last year’s attendance, and a 13.1% increase over 2016. The show’s global appeal is growing too, with an 8% jump in international attendees — nearly 20,000 people in all — representing more than 100 countries. ...
LAS VEGAS – Solid international growth helped GES boost revenues 6.8% in the Fourth Quarter of 2017 and 7.4% on the full year, parent company Viad Corp. announced. Revenues totaled $16.8 million in Q4, a 6.8% increase over Q4 2016. “Looking ahead, we remain focused on leveraging our full suite of services to gain share in under-penetrated and higher-margin areas like corporate events and audio-visual services,” said Steve Moster, Viad President & CEO, and President of GES in a news release. ...
PARIS  A large majority of trade show organizers anticipate revenue growth in 2018, according to the latest UFI Global Barometer. The 20th edition of the survey included input from a record 290 exhibitions organizers from around the world. The results found that 44% of companies enjoyed increases in profits in 2017 with 70% of respondents expecting their revenues to improve during the current year. ...
NEW YORK— UBM plc and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center (MBCC) in Las Vegas partnered to co-develop a new LED lighting system which will debut at MAGIC, a semi-annual apparel, footwear, and accessories trade show, next week. The multi-million-dollar investment will not only increase the brightness in the exhibit halls but also reduce energy usage by 85%, according to UBM. Within the 10-year project life, there will no longer be a need to recycle 26,898 fluorescent lamps, which equals 20.4 miles of lighting. ...
CLEVELAND—Marketplace Events announced the launch of another batch of new consumer shows, including four catering to the Christmas gift market in the Midwest. The new holiday shows are all scheduled to debut in November 2018. Marketplace has been aggressively expanding its consumer shows for the past few years, particularly in 2016 when it acquired nine events and launched another six. Last year, the Cleveland-based company picked up the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show from Hart Productions. ...
CHICAGO — News of a megadeal to combine two of the world’s largest exhibition companies broke early Tuesday. Board members of UK-based UBM accepted an offer from Informa for a reported 3.8 Billion pounds (5.3 Billion USD). The UBM board will recommend the transaction to its shareholders. If approved, both companies will move forward to create a giant B2B information services group.     ...
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