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  • Broward County officials formally accepted a proposal for an expansion of the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center and an 800-room hotel.
  • Design and financing details of the project are still being worked out. The target date for completion is 2020.
  • Donald Stephens II died August 13 of cancer at the age of 63. Funeral services will be held August 17 at our Lady of Hope in Rosemont, IL.
  • Stephens was the village’s police chief & son of Mayor Donald Stephens. He was among the leaders who built Rosemont’s convention center.
  • Albany Capital Centerheld a topping off ceremony to mark a construction milestone. The convention center is on track to open in March 2017.
  • The ceremony took place at the completion of the steel construction phase. The downtown center already has 18 events booked.
  • Airbnb began collecting a room tax on Airbnb rentals in Los Angeles on Aug. 1. The levy will be automatically added to the renters’ bill.
  • Los Angeles has a 14% hotel tax rate. The proceeds collected under the 3-year agreement will fund housing vouchers for the homeless.
  • Oscar & Associates now offers Libris digital management system for show photos and videos. Oscar works with 175 trade shows and conferences.
  • Libris is a central repository for images. Show organizers can access content and share it with external partners such as ad agencies.
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Baton Rouge, LA – The flooding in Louisiana – which left 13 people dead and 60,000 homes damaged in and around Baton Rouge -- is being called the worst natural disaster in the US since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. There were no events at the convention center but two events scheduled at the Baton Rouge River Center in the next few weeks have been relocated to other cities, said Karron  Alford, Director of Marketing & Information Technology for Visit Baton Rouge, since the convention center is being used as a shelter for flood victims. Most hotels in the area are occupied by flood survivors, recovery workers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff and other personnel related to flood damage and recovery. ...
San Juan Capistrano, CA  Emerald Expositions has announced the launch of two trade shows scheduled for 2017 and a strategic partnership with the PROSPER Show, which will be co-located with ASD Market Week in March 2017.  Emerald will launch the Pizza & Pasta Northeast show at the Atlantic City Convention Center in October 2017. Emerald is also launching Jewellery Box, a curated trade show for high-quality, on-trend jewelry at price points ranging from entry level to moderate. It will be co-located with Emerald’s Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch event at the Las Vegas Convention Center in June 2017. ...
Pittsburgh, PA – Questex is expanding its Nightclub & Bar Show brand to the East Coast with the launch of a new foodservice show next Fall in a partnership with Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo). The  Pennsylvania Foodservice Expo will launch October 23-24, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. The show will cater to the restaurant, nightlife, hospitality and foodservice industries. A unique feature will be a series of pavilions on the exhibit hall floor that will carry the Nightclub & Bar Show brand and provide tastings of various products.  ...
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Salt Lake City, UT – August is back-to-school month and the thousands of attendees at the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition were eager to hit the classroom. Nearly 4,800 association leaders and their industry partners enjoyed the hospitality of Salt Lake City August 13-16 while also feasting on a full menu of educational offerings that will help their organizations and events thrive. ...
Oceanside, CA – The results are in, and growth metrics for major medical conferences and exhibitions was mixed and lackadaisical in the First Half of 2016, with exhibit space retreating slightly, according to Trade Show Executive’s Semi-Annual Medical Show Report, to be released September 1. Exhibit space drifted (0.2)% lower compared to the First Half of last year even though the number of exhibitors grew 1.5%. Attendance was up a slight 0.6%. The mixed results continued the general lack of momentum for medical shows in 2015 as well.  ...
Norwalk, CT – LeftField Media, an organizer of pop-culture consumer events in the US, was acquired by Urban Expositions, a Clarion Events Company. Urban Expositions bought out the stakes of three of LeftField’s founders: Britton Jones, Sharon Enright and Mac Brighton.. The fourth co-founder, Greg Topalian, will remain with the company as president and minority owner along with LeftField’s staff. ...
Cleveland, OH – After hosting the Republican National Convention (RNC) in July, Cleveland was more than ready for the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) Leadership Conference, August 9-11 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. The conference featured 10 sessions on topics that ranged from “Learn How To Launch From The Experts” to “Increase Your Event’s Value by Providing Meaningful Content.” One networking event was at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and another at the House of Blues Cleveland, one of the city’s biggest hot spots for live music performances. The event drew 101 show organizers and a total of 174 attendees, said David Audrain, Executive Director for SISO. ...
Carlsbad, CA – When Trade Show Executive’s Gold 100 Awards & Summit is held next month in Carlsbad, CA, experts from Asia, Australia, Europe and North America will share ideas on driving show growth, integrating acquisitions, seizing new opportunities and capitalizing on new technology and research findings. The event is set for September 21-23 at the five-star Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA. “The Gold 100 is TSE’s annual salute to the show organizers who produce the 100 largest trade shows in the US,” said Darlene Gudea, President of Trade Show Executive Media Group. “Staking a ranking on this list is a premier achievement for the less than 1% of the organizers who make the cut.” Here is a look at the Summit sessions. ...
Atlanta, GA – The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau announced its plans for the Georgia World Congress Center as part of the broader 2020 Vision Strategic Plan for the convention center corridor. The plan includes revamped exhibit space at the convention center that will give the GWCC 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space by linking the current space in buildings B and C.  The GWCC is the fourth largest convention center in the nation, with 1.5 million square feet of prime exhibit space, according to Trade Show Executive’s 2016 World’s Top Convention Center rankings. ...
Rosemont, IL – Donald Stephens II, whose father’s name is on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, died August 13 at the age of 63. Funeral services were scheduled for  Wednesday, August 17 at Our Lady of Hope in Rosemont. Stephens, who had been battling cancer, was part of the iconic Stephens family that was instrumental in building the diminutive 1.9 square mile Village of Rosemont into a major trade show powerhouse. Stephens recently retired as head of the village’s police and fire departments.  ...
London, UK – The strong US dollar helped boost UBM’s financial performance in the First Half of 2016 and had company executives looking forward to solid returns in the final six months of the year. Events revenues for UBM grew 1.3% in the First Half compared to the same period last year. However, it was a 6.5% “currency tailwind” that pushed the London-based company’s continuing revenues up by a robust 8.0%. ...
Las Vegas, NV – GES increased its capabilities in the live events arena by acquiring ON Event Services, LLC, a suburban Atlanta-based audio-visual provider with a heavy presence among hotels and corporate clients. Steve Moster, President of GES and President and CEO of parent company Viad Corp., said ON Event Services, which has about 225 employees in a dozen cities, brings an up-to-date arsenal of technologies that will serve GES well as it expands its services to corporate events and trade shows. The company’s services include audio, video, lighting, mapping and scenic design as well as translucent “look-through” displays, interactive displays, and video micro-tiles used for stage backdrops. ...
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