This Just In
  • The AHLA says the Dept. of Homeland Security will expand the number of H-2B seasonal guest worker visas available for this fiscal year.
  • The increase in H2-B visas will help small and seasonal businesses to meet workforce demands critical in peak tourist periods.
  • SMG signed a 3-year agreement to continue managing Cobo Center in Detroit. SMG has been the management firm for Cobo since 2010.
  • Highlights of SMG’s tenure include oversight of a major renovation, reduced operating deficit and creation of a technology department.
  • Ground was broken June 20 on the expansion of the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas. The 250,000-sf project will wrap up next year.
  • The $130 million expansion includes two new ballrooms, 11 breakout rooms and additional space for the center’s Stay Well Meetings feature.
  • The Louisville Downtown Marriott Hotel is undergoing a $30 million renovation slated for completion in August 2018. The hotel remains open.
  • The Marriott is attached to the Kentucky International Convention Center and offers 50,000 sf of meeting space and 616 guest rooms.
  • AEG plans to acquire four acres in downtown Nashville to be developed as a mixed-use entertainment district at SWVP’s Nashville Yards.
  • The mixed-use district will be anchored by a 4,000-capacity music hall, luxury theatre, live entertainment club, boutique hotel & more.
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Industry News Archive

February 2010
February 1, 2010

AmericasMart Atlanta Names Fern its Official Service Contractor

Atlanta, GA – George Fern Company has been named official service contractor for AmericasMart in Atlanta
February 1, 2010

Indianapolis CVA Gets $5.4 Million Grant for Marketing the City

Indianapolis, IN – The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association (ICVA) has received a generous boost in the form of a $5.4 million grant from a local foundation to help market the city as a convention and vacation destination
January 2010
January 29, 2010

Attendance Outperforms Other Metrics

Oceanside, CA – With 7.2 million jobs lost since the recession began in December 2007 and thousands of companies out of business, the universe of buyers to attend trade shows has shrunk measurably along with the number of companies to contract exhibit space. 
January 26, 2010

David Causton to Remain McCormick Place GM for Now

Chicago, IL – David Causton says he will remain as general manager of McCormick Place for the time being rather than take early retirement now from the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA).
January 26, 2010

TSE Announces ‘Hot Dates & Hot Rates’ Specials for Show Managers

Oceanside, CA – Trade Show Executive (TSE) launched a new feature on its website where show managers can find special rates and other incentive packages available from venues, CVBs and other service providers. The new service debuted today at…
January 21, 2010

Del Mar Fairgrounds Flooded for Brief Period; Some Flights Suspended in Southern California

Oceanside, CA – The fourth major storm to drench Southern California brought high winds, low visibility and enough water to flood roads and parking lots on January 21, but the region’s stalwart convention centers remained fully functional with few glitches other than soggy g…
January 21, 2010

McCormick’s David Causton Elaborates on MPEA Proposal

Chicago, IL - As industry associations and companies grow increasingly vocal about their opposition to the labor reform proposal of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), Chicago officials are listening but so far, have not retracted any initiatives
January 21, 2010


Las Vegas, NV - The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show and Conference (SHOT Show), currently running at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, has already posted growth over last year’s event.
January 20, 2010

Housewares Show to Look at Options Outside Chicago

Chicago, IL – The organizers of the International Home + Housewares Show are looking at potential new locations for their event, which has been held in Chicago since 1939.
January 20, 2010

Hughes to Step Down From ABM; Replacement Search Begins

New York, NY – Gordon T. Hughes, II, the current president and chief executive officer of American Business Media (ABM), has announced his decision not to renew his contract in July. The association is now beginning a search for his replacement.