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  • 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.
  • @BluePay will handle credit card and ACH processing for IAEE members, resulting in increased security and lower processing fees.
  • The deal will increase security and lower processing fees for IAEE members. @BluePay will be present at Expo! Expo! to answer any questions.
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December 2004
December 14, 2004

VNU Names Friedman the Group Show Director of Merchandise Sector

Los Angeles - Howard Friedman has joined VNU Expositions as Group Show Director of the ASD/AMD Merchandise Group, announced Sam Bundy, Group President.
December 14, 2004

Zinn Retires from the Woodworking Show, but Carves Out New Role with the Association

Atlanta -John Zinn will retire from his position as Senior Vice President of the International Woodworking Machinery and Supply Fair  (IWF) at the end of December. He has been with the organization since 1981 and oversaw the show’s smooth transition from Louisville, KY to At…
December 10, 2004

MGM and Mandalay Bay Merger Is One Step Closer to Reality; Will Become One of the World’s Largest Hotel/Convention Center Conglomerates

Las Vegas - Stockholders of the Mandalay Bay Resort Group approved a merger with MGM Mirage today. The proposed merger will create the largest casino company in the world as well as one of the world’s largest hotel/convention center conglomerates.
December 10, 2004

DOC Selects a Record 42 Shows for Worldwide Promotion in its International Buyer Program

Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Commerce has named a record 42 shows to its International Buyer Program for its 2006 fiscal year, which begins October 2005. This is a significant increase over the 36 events selected for 2005 and the 28 chosen in 2004.
December 10, 2004

Washington, DC Convention Center Becomes a ‘Sobriety Checkpoint’; Landmark Program Designed to Prevent Substance Abuse During Move-In/Out

Washington, DC - On December 8th, the Washington, DC Convention Center unveiled a historic Safety and Substance Abuse Prevention Program that will take effect in three weeks.  Here’s how labor unions, local service contractors and center officials made it happen -- and why i…
December 8, 2004

Trade Show Exhibitors Association to Get New President

Chicago, IL - Michael Bandy will step down as President and will leave the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) on March 31st, announced Sal Cavallaro, CME, Chairman of the Board of  TSEA. Bandy joined the association  in April 1987 as Director of Communications and was …
December 8, 2004

Washington DC Convention Center to Expand Meeting Space, and Develop and Own a HQ Hotel

Washington, DC - The Board of Directors of the Washington Convention Center Authority agreed on Dec. 3rd  to expand the meeting and ballroom capacity of the convention center by 75,000 square feet. It will also develop and own a 1,200-room headquarters hotel with 100,000 squ…
December 8, 2004

The Pack Expo Experiment:  Is It Feasible for Show Management to Be Their Own General Service Contractor?

Arlington, VA - In November, all eyes were on PACK EXPO in Chicago's McCormick Place  to see if it was really possible for a show with over 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space and 2,000 exhibiting companies to act as its own general contractor.
December 8, 2004

Gone in (Less Than) 60 Seconds

Washington, DC – Now you see it, soon you won’t. The “old” Washington Convention Center, which was  built in 1983 between 9th  and 11th Streets NW, will be imploded on December 18th at 7:30 a.m.  The implosion sequence will begin in the middle of the structure and flow outwa…
December 7, 2004

Legislation Authorizes Funding for  Javits Center Expansion

New York, New York - A new bill approving the expansion of New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center was signed in a ceremony on December 8th at the exhibition center.