This Just In
  • The power outage that disrupted CES for about two hours Jan. 10 was traced to a transformer “flashover” at the LVCC.
  • Hannover Fairs USA will launch the DOMOTEX USA floor-coverings show Feb. 28-March 2, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
  • RSAV has acquired Lanham, Md.-based Hargrove, Inc, expanding PSAV’s presence in the trade show industry.
  • Groundbreaking for Phase II of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion took place Jan. 8, adding about 1.4 million square feet by 2021.
  • CES set a new show record of 2.75 million nsf of exhibit space when it opened Jan. 9, topping the 2017 record
  • Visit KC is looking for a new President and CEO because Ronnie Burt will step down Jan. 31 after settlement of a lawsuit.
  • CES experienced an opening day power outage at the LVCC affecting the Central Hall. South and North Halls reportedly were up and running.
  • A memorial service will be held Jan. 6 for Raymond Moriarity, 71, co-owner of Paradice Expo Services who died on Dec. 28.
  • A memorial service is pending for John Portman Jr., 93, founder of the company that became AmericasMart Atlanta. He died Dec. 29.
  • Shepard is acquiring Production Associates, an audio-visual provider based in the Washington, D.C., market.
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October 2014
October 28, 2014

PRG to Acquire Gearhouse LLC of Dubai

New York, NY – Entertainment and event technology giant Production Resource Group (PRG) will extend its worldwide reach with the acquisition of Gearhouse LLC, a market leader in the Gulf Region. The acquisition will become a critical hub in PRG’s worldwide network of 40 offi…
October 28, 2014

PMMI Names Ray Luca Director of Expositions

Reston, VA – Veteran trade show manager Ray Luca was named director of expositions for PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies. Luca will oversee the team responsible for the management and operations of PMMI’s events portfolio, most notably PACK EXPO…
October 21, 2014

SMG to Manage European Venues through New Joint Venture with Artexis easyFairs

Brussels, Belgium – SMG has entered into a joint venture with Belgium’s Artexis easyFairs that will offer management services for convention centers in Europe. The new company will be known as Artexis-SMG and will be based in Brussels. It will operate separately from Artexis…
October 21, 2014

Houston CVB Still Without CEO

Houston, TX - When Greg Ortale tendered his resignation as president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) last April, the CVB and Houston First Corp. were in the throes of negotiating a strategic alliance. Houston First is the public/private …
October 12, 2014

GES’ Acquisition of onPeak and Travel Planners is a Game Changer

Las Vegas, NV –  When Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading provider for live events, announced bright and early on October 8 that it had acquired onPeak and Travel Planners, it emerged as a major provider of housing services overnight. The two firms will be combine…
October 12, 2014

From Zero to $175K in Two Days: How an E-Mail Appeal Worked Wonders in Raising Funds for the CEIR Foundation

Dallas, TX – The trade show industry proved its generosity this month by pledging $175,000 in just two days to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) Foundation. The pledges came soon after an e-mail appeal for donations from IAEE hit industry in-boxes. The first…
October 12, 2014

Reed Restructures North America Business Development Team

Norwalk, CT – Reed Exhibitions promoted Marie Browne to vice president of business development as part of a restructuring of its business development team for the U.S. and Latin America. She reports to Les Weir, senior vice president, business development for Reed Exhibition…
October 12, 2014

Diversified Communications Reorganizes Leadership Team

Portland, ME – Diversified Communications reconfigured its executive ranks into two teams overseeing operations in the U.S. and overseas. The move will bolster Diversified’s management of its international ventures while ensuring that the core U.S. market continues to thrive…
October 12, 2014

Marriott to Pay FCC Fine of $600K over Opryland Wi-Fi Dispute

Washington, DC – Marriott has agreed to pay a $600,000 fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its blockage of personal Wi-Fi networks at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. The hotel chain said in a written statement that …
October 8, 2014

GES Acquires Housing Firms onPeak and Travel Planners

Las Vegas, NV – Global Experience Specialists (GES) expanded its services into event housing by acquiring onPeak and Travel Planners today. Separately, the two firms dominated in market share of the largest shows in the nation in 2013. Together, the union creates an even big…