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  • AVIXA, organizer of InfoComm in Las Vegas, is teaming with InfoCommAsia to launch InfoComm Southeast Asia in Bangkok May 15-17, 2019.
  • Shomex Productions will partner in the Unmukt Festival, which will target the senior citizen market in India and launch in December.
  • Lance Fensterman has been promoted to President of Global ReedPOP, the pop culture division of Reed Exhibitions.
  • The Las Vegas City Council votes April 4 on a proposal to build a new $76 million 350,000-sf downtown exhibition center.
  • Hilton will cut commissions to housing firms and other agencies that book room blocks at its U.S. and Canadian hotels from 10% to 7% in Oct.
  • The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority announced a 4-year deal for SMG to operate four major Reno-Sparks venues.
  • RetailX will co-locate GlobalShop, Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) and RFID Journal LIVE! June 2019 in Chicago.
  • Freeman is launching cloud-based digital floorplan management system BlueprintTM in the U.S. to make real-time booking data available.
  • A new CEIR report provides benchmarks for all phases of a marketing campaign and details characteristics for success in growing attendance.
  • Mad Event Management is launching UAS/Drones for Disaster Response April 19-20 in Miami. First responders are the target audience.
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Italian Exposition Group (IEG) and Emerald Expositions have partnered to bolster the presence of Italian jewelry manufacturers in the U.S. at Emerald’s events, including the Couture show and the recently launched Premier show, both of which take place in Las Vegas. The move is part of IEG’s push to strengthen its overall presence in the U.S., which represents a large portion of the global trade show market. Earlier this year, IEG acquired a 51% share in U.S.-based FB International, Inc., a trade show display outfitter. ...
Endeavor Business Media has acquired nine hosted buyer events, which serve the Transit Bus, School Bus, Trucking, Parks & Recreation, Fire Chiefs, Waste Haulers, Public Works and Jewelers industries, from Gallo Business Media. Established late last year, Endeavor was set up to acquire and operate trade publications, websites and events. “I am very impressed with the buyer conference model Michael Gallo and his team developed,” Endeavor CEO Chris Ferrell told Trade Show Executive. ...
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The deal is officially done! The combination of UBM and Informa has created the world’s largest B2B exhibitions and trade show organizer. It’s been reported that UBM shareholders will get 1.083 Informa shares plus 163.00 pence or approximately $2.20 in cash under the deal.  Last week, Informa Group CEO Stephen A. Carter spoke with employees from each of UBM’s regions. “We're combining the companies because of the future. Our job is to make our customers and their businesses successful,” said Carter during the meeting. “All of those things are much easier to do when you have scale, as well as the capabilities, the resources, the relationships and the talent that comes with bringing the best of Informa and the best of UBM together.” ...
Overall, the Trade Show Executive Dashboard of Monthly Trade Show Metrics showed a 1 percent dip in exhibitors and 0.9 percent decline in attendance in April 2018. Exhibit space eeked up 0.8 percent. By comparison, April 2017 tallied a 0.7 percent increase in exhibitors, a 2.9 percent increase in attendance, and a 2.6 percent growth in exhibit space. ...
UBM further expanded its healthcare events portfolio while increasing its presence in the Latin American healthcare sector with the recent purchase of Mexico-based ExpoMed and Brazil-based Live Healthcare Exhibitions. “The UBM Americas business continues to pursue acquisitions that expand our portfolios into exciting growth markets,” UBM Americas CEO Scott Schulman told Trade Show Executive. “Healthcare is a strategic vertical for UBM Americas, particularly in Mexico and Brazil, where public and private healthcare spending and service markets are growing rapidly.” ...
Marketplace Events, which operates in 32 markets across the U.S., just expanded its portfolio for the fourth time this year by acquiring the Minnesota Home & Patio Show from Minneapolis-St. Paul-based Cenaiko Productions. Prior to the purchase, Marketplace already operated four shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including two holiday shows and two home shows. “We like the St. Paul deal for many reasons,” Marketplace CEO Tom Baugh told Trade Show Executive. “Obviously, it’s a nice tuck-in acquisition in a terrific consumer show metro where we have a significant presence and record of success.” ...
Industry insiders gathered in Chicago June 13-15 for Trade Show Executive’s annual Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, which recognizes the fastest-growing trade shows in the country during the past year. This year’s award winners represented a broad spectrum of sectors, from construction to Catholic education. Both CONEXPO-CON/AGG and MJBizCon picked up two awards each. The coveted Rockstar Award went to American Society of Hematology (ASH) for its Annual Meeting & Exposition. ASH was the top performer in the medical and healthcare sector which is the leading sector in the fastest 50 list, the show’s impressive numbers were a 38.5% increase in the number of exhibitors and a 22.3% jump in exhibit space. ...
Industry professionals will converge on Orlando, Fla., where UFI is set to host its 8th Educational Forum on Sustainable Development, the first time it’s being held in North America. Scheduled for Aug. 6-7, the one-and-a-half-day event will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, a facility known for its innovative and large-scale sustainability program. “Thanks to UFI’s global network, the event will see 13 speakers from seven countries from the Americas, Europe and Asia sharing best practices, measurement initiatives and much more,” UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf said. ...
More than 200 industry executives gathered to discuss the key issues facing the trade show industry at the 17th annual Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) held May 29-30 at the JW Marriott. ECEF is a one-day event for C-level executives who work for associations and independent organizers. At the close of this year’s sessions, ECEF added a two-hour TechDemo and reception in which seven companies participated. ...
Caribou Media Group, owner of various gun industry publications such as Gun Digest, has entered the knife realm with its acquisition of BLADE magazine and two related events — BLADE Show and BLADE Show West — from F+W Media. The BLADE Show is held annually at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, where it draws a reported 15,000 attendees and 800 exhibiting companies who occupy 170,000 square feet of exhibit space. The recently launched BLADE Show West will kick off later this year in Portland, Ore. ...
A decade after UBM attempted to purchase Informa, the reverse is one step closer to happening. Announced in December, Informa’s $7.45 billion acquisition of rival UBM was cleared May 31 by Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority. In April, a majority of Informa and UBM shareholders officially approved Informa’s offer to acquire UBM. The deal is expected to be completed sometime during the second quarter. ...
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