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  • TSE took home three top regional Azbee Awards for excellence in journalism including a gold in the group profile category.
  • Tunnel excavation is complete for the LVCC Loop & on track for CES in Jan. Shuttle to take 2 minutes to move attendees across campus.
  • Gregg Caren, EVP of Sales & Strategic Business Development at ASM Global appointed to PHLCVB President and CEO. Official start date June 8.
  • UFI releases framework for a unified approach for show management to reopen shows, advocate with policy makers post COVID19 pandemic.
  • Germany excludes exhibitions from “mass gatherings”category, gives states authority to open shows, N. Rhine-Westphalia to open shows in May.
  • Freeman launches Go LIVE Together--a coalition with more than 80 founding members from 113 countries Visit: www.golivetogether.com to join.
  • ASPBE recognizes TSE as national finalist for overall excellence in cross-platform reporting and four other prestigious Azbee Awards.
  • ISSA’s Global BioRisk Advisory Council launches the GBAC STAR accreditation program which cleans for infectious agents, such as COVID-19.
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May 2009
May 18, 2009

Medical Mart Plan for Nashville Unveiled

Nashville, TN – Market Center Management Company (MCMC) of Dallas announced plans to build a medical mart facility in downtown Nashville that would be larger overall than the proposed Music City Center.
May 11, 2009

Dallas Vote Defeats Challenge to Convention Center Hotel

Dallas, TX – Dallas voters this weekend turned down a challenge to the construction of a new 1,000-room Omni hotel that will serve the Dallas Convention Center.
May 11, 2009

dmg Shedding Gift Shows; COO Michael Franks Retires

San Francisco, CA – dmg world media says it has sold the California Gift Show to Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) and has put its remaining gift shows on the West Coast and in Canada up for sale.
May 8, 2009

Liz Crawford Named Director of Licensing International Expo

Woodland Hills, CA – Liz Crawford has rejoined Advanstar Communications, Inc. and was named show director for the Licensing International Expo.
May 8, 2009

Key Approval Granted for Cleveland Convention Center Sale

Cleveland, OH – The Cuyahoga County Commission approved the purchase of the Cleveland Convention Center to make way for the new medical mart and exhibition hall to be built on the downtown site by Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI).
May 7, 2009

China Extends Processing Period for Visa Applications to Six Days

Washington, DC – Apparent concerns over the H1N1 flu outbreak prompted China to suspend its fast turnaround service for U.S. visa applicants and require a listing of the states and countries they have recently visited.
May 6, 2009

GWCC Drilling Wells to Irrigate Grounds and Revive Fountains

Atlanta, GA – A pair of wells will revive the parched lawns and dry fountains in the 200-acre campus around the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) in the coming months.
May 6, 2009

ABM Survey: B-to-B Trade Show Revenues Grew 4.3% in 2008, But Began Decline in Q4

New York, NY – Revenues from U.S. B-to-B media company trade shows grew 4.3% last year, although the Fourth Quarter was less encouraging with an 18.5% decline over Q4 2007, according to American Business Media’s 2009 Media Financial Survey.
May 4, 2009

Exhibitor Pullback Costs GES; Q1 Revenues Down 28%

Phoenix, AZ – The slump in the trade show industry will mean continued tough sledding for GES Exposition Services after a First Quarter in which revenues were 28% below what they were at the beginning of 2008.
May 1, 2009

Penton Cuts Staff Hours

New York, NY – Penton Media, Inc. will institute a four-day work week this Summer along with a corresponding reduction in pay for all employees as the company rides out the recession.
April 2009
April 27, 2009

Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Provides a Model for Sustainability

Vancouver, BC - At a time when talk of green buildings is common, there is little that is common about the green design of the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion, which opened in April.
April 23, 2009

Myrtle Beach Convention Center Open Despite Wildfire

Myrtle Beach, SC – The Myrtle Beach Convention Center was conducting business as usual April 23 as an uncontained wildfire destroyed as many as 70 homes in the popular resort area.
April 23, 2009

Retail Associations Merge; No Change in Show Plans

Washington, DC – The National Retail Federation (NRF) and the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) agreed to merge to improve their clout in Washington, but have no plans to alter their respective flagship trade shows.
April 22, 2009

Quiet Crisis: CVBs Stick to Positive, Honest Communications as Economy Stumbles

San Diego, CA – While not as dramatic as a hurricane or disruptive as a broken water pipe, the recession has had enough of an impact on trade show venues that convention and visitors bureaus (CVBs) should consider a crisis communications strategy for dealing with their local…
April 22, 2009

AEM Links Up With Chinese Shows, Scrubs CONEXPO Asia

Milwaukee, WI – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) shelved plans for a CONEXPO Asia this year and will instead throw its weight behind the bauma China trade show.
April 20, 2009

NürnbergMesse Group Jumps into Brazil by Acquiring Nielsen Subsidiary

Nürnberg, Germany – NürnbergMesse Group became a major player in Brazil this Spring when it acquired Nielsen Business Media Brasil and its portfolio of eight trade shows in a range of industry sectors.
April 17, 2009

GWCC Takes Composting Seriously as Part of Zero Waste Zone in Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta, GA – The staff at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) had every right to feel proud on Earth Day on April 22 because their participation in an ambitious zero waste recycling program has been literally giving back to Mother Earth in the form of food waste that i…
April 17, 2009

MGM Mirage Makes CityCenter Payment Amid Bankruptcy TalkS

Las Vegas, NV – MGM Mirage announced April 17 it had provided $70 million to continue the construction of its ambitious CityCenter development in Las Vegas amidst media reports that investor Carl Icahn was urging management to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
April 15, 2009

Diversified Business Communications Acquires Hong Kong Organizer

Portland, ME – Diversified Business Communications moved into the Hong Kong market by acquiring a majority stake in Asia Business Events, Ltd. (ABE), the organizers of two trade shows in the hospitality and retail sectors.
April 9, 2009

Major Expansion to Hong Kong Exhibition Centre Completed

Hong Kong – A major expansion that dramatically increased the exhibit space of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) made its public debut in mid-April.
April 6, 2009

Joe Loggia Turned 50 on April 6

Woodland Hills, CA - The year was 1959 and throughout the world, change was happening at a breakneck pace.
April 6, 2009

Award-Winning Art Director Joins Trade Show Executive

Carlsbad, CA - Trade Show Executive named Ken Whitney as its new creative director. He will be responsible for all design work on TSE’s magazine, directories and website; the Gold 100 Awards Gala & Summit; and all exhibits and promotional materials.
April 6, 2009

OTC’s Goldesberry Passes Away

Houston, TX - TSE has learned that Sally Goldesberry, the director of meetings and exhibitions for the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), died in late March after a short battle with cancer.
April 3, 2009

The Nielsen Company Sees Murky Year for Exhibitions

New York, NY – The Nielsen Company reported a 4.5% increase in revenue for 2008 but predicted a tough year ahead for its trade show operations and its overall business.
April 3, 2009

No Oil Slump for Reed as Offshore Show Sells Briskly

Aberdeen, Scotland – Low oil prices have apparently not deterred exhibitors from signing up for a record amount of space at this Fall’s SPE Offshore Europe (OE 2009).
April 3, 2009

China’s Local Markets Seen as Next Exhibition Growth Area

San Diego, CA – Local trade shows serving the domestic market are considered the next major growth area in China as the world comes out of the current recession, top executives of the global exhibition industry agreed.
April 2, 2009

CTIA Executive Dies of Heart Attack at Association’s Trade Show

Las Vegas, NV - Mark Desautels, a senior vice president with CTIA –The Wireless Association, died of an apparent heart attack March 30 while at the group’s trade show, CTIA WIRELESS 2009.
April 2, 2009

San Diego CVB CEO Peckinpaugh Stepping Down

San Diego, CA – David Peckinpaugh will step down as CEO of the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau (ConVis) when his contract expires June 30.
April 2, 2009

Diane Stone Retires as COO of The WSA Show

Encino, CA -- Diane Stone retired as COO of The WSA Show. ENK International Trade Shows, which owns The WSA Show, declined comment and did not immediately name a replacement for Stone.
March 2009
March 30, 2009

Ned Krause Honored with SISO’s Krakoff Award

San Diego, CA – Edward “Ned” Krause was named the recipient of the second annual Robert J. Krakoff Award March 30 by the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO).
March 30, 2009

SISO CEOs See No Signs of Economy Upturn

San Diego, CA – Show organizers have battened down their hatches as much as possible for the recession and are now waiting for signs that the economy is starting to recover.
March 30, 2009

Exhibition Industry Declines 5.7% in Q4 and 3.1% in 2008

Dallas, TX - In 2008, the exhibition industry experienced its first annual decline since 2002, decreasing 3.1% from 2007, led by declines of 6.0% in Q3 and 5.7% in Q4, according to the CEIR (Center for Exhibition Industry Research) Index, a leading measurement of exhibition …
March 27, 2009

The Money Show Acquires Two Canadian Financial Brands from Diversified Business Communications

Sarasota, FL – The Money Show expanded into Canada with the acquisition of The Financial Forum & Wealth Management Expo and The Canadian Technical Analyst Summit from Diversified Business Communications.
March 26, 2009

Innovation Awards DEADLINE is Almost Here: March 27

Carlsbad, CA – Final entries for Trade Show Executive’s 7th Annual International Innovation Awards must be submitted by March 27.
March 25, 2009

Julian Sandler, Founder of Rent-a-PC, Dead at 64

Hauppauge, NY – Julian Sandler, founder of Rent-a-PC, Inc., which later was renamed SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals, died March 20 at the age of 64 after a brief illness.
March 25, 2009

Penton Completes Reorganization; Trims 8% of Exhibition Staff

New York, NY – Penton Media, Inc. has completed a timely reorganization that began as the U.S. economy entered its current swoon and has since made the company more streamlined and equipped to ride out the storm.
March 20, 2009

Lori Kisner Departs Surf Expo; Becomes SVP at AmericasMart Apparel

Atlanta, GA – Lori Kisner rode a 20-year wave of success in the trade show industry with dmg world media’s Surf Expo and now into a new position running apparel leasing and trade show sales for AmericasMart Apparel.
March 20, 2009

Five Inducted into CIC Hall of Leaders

Alexandria, VA – Tom Mobley, senior vice president of convention centers for Global Spectrum, is among the five 2010 inductees to the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) Hall of Leaders.
March 19, 2009

2010 British International Motor Show Cancelled Due to Economy

London, England – The faltering world economy claimed a high-profile event with the cancellation of the 2010 British International Motor Show (BIMS), which is billed as the largest consumer show in Great Britain.
March 19, 2009

Economic Stimulus Plan Prompts Rescheduling of SUPERCOMM 2009 to Fall

Washington, DC – The owners of the reconstituted SUPERCOMM said the move from June to October was made to coincide with the anticipated arrival of Federal economic stimulus contracts in the broadband telecommunications industry.
March 12, 2009

Travel Execs Win Obama’s Support at White House Meeting

Washington, DC – A delegation of travel industry executives met with President Obama in early March to firm up the administration’s support for tourism and business travel and came away convinced he was on the right page.
March 11, 2009

TSEA Poll Sees 17% Drop in Exhibitor Activity for 2009

Chicago, IL – Both the number of shows exhibitors participate in and the size of trade show budgets will be down 17% in 2009, according to new research from the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA).
March 11, 2009

Nevada Legislature Passes 3% Hike in Occupancy Tax

Las Vegas, NV – The Nevada Legislature on March 10 passed a 3% hike in the occupancy tax that will impact hotels in Clark and Reno Counties and pump an estimated $200 million annually into the general fund.
March 10, 2009

SDC Convention Services Shuts Down

Los Angeles, CA – Southern California’s SDC Convention Services closed its doors and ceased operations.
March 5, 2009

USTA Launches Website, Ad Campaign to Counter Anti-Travel Rhetoric

Washington, DC – Saying business travel was “under siege” by ill-informed politicians and the media, the business travel industry launched a new website and outreach campaign to pitch the benefits of meetings and events.
March 4, 2009

UFI Poll: Most Organizers See Revenue Drop of 10% or Less

Paris, France – Business was down at the end of last year for the majority of trade show organizers that responded to the first Economic Crisis Barometer survey conducted by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.
March 3, 2009

USTA Hosts Industry Conference Call on Travel Crisis

Washington, DC – An emergency conference call is scheduled for March 4 at 2 p.m. EST for exhibition industry members to discuss the growing crisis in business travel.
March 2, 2009

Access Intelligence Acquires Energy, Satellite Trade Shows

Rockville, MD – Access Intelligence, LLC added to its portfolio of energy and satellite conferences and publications when it acquired EnergyOcean and Offshore Communications from Technology Systems Corporation.
March 1, 2009

ASAE Urges Sen. Kerry to Reconsider Addition of More TARP Travel Rules

Washington, DC – The exhibition industry urged Congress to defer to new rules from the U.S. Treasury on the participation of firms receiving government financial assistance in events rather than adopt even tougher restrictions that could further dampen the meetings industry.
March 1, 2009

Travel Promotion Act Passes; Program’s Launch is Next Step

Washington, DC – Passage of the U.S. Travel Promotion Act and its anticipated signing by President Obama was saluted by business travel leaders as a time to both celebrate and encourage Washington to move forward with implementing the measure.
February 2009
February 19, 2009

Dallas Council Moves Convention Center Hotel Forward

Dallas, TX – The Dallas City Council this week approved contracts for the construction and operation of a new Omni hotel to be built adjacent to the city’s convention center, setting the stage for the final steps in the launch of the $346 million project.
February 18, 2009

Trade Show Executive Innovation Awards Open

Carlsbad, CA – Entries are still being accepted for Trade Show Executive’s 7th Annual International Innovation Awards, although the March 27 deadline is fast approaching.
February 18, 2009

DC Blizzard Spawns ‘Snowcial Media’ Conference

Washington, DC – At the height of Washington’s February blizzard, a remarkable example of the potential of social media and the tech-savvy trade show industry occurred:  A group of snowbound attendees threw together an impromptu conference to replace the event that had been …
February 18, 2009

Tulsa Convention Center Adding State’s Largest Ballroom

Tulsa, OK – Work is underway at the Tulsa Convention Center on a $50.5 million expansion project that will emerge as the largest ballroom in Oklahoma.
February 18, 2009

Farber and Son Launch Investment Venture

Encino, CA – Trade show veteran Skip Farber and his son, Jason, have launched a new investment firm that will focus on opportunities with small and micro-market companies.
February 16, 2009

CIC Endorses Meeting Travel Guidelines

Washington, DC – The Convention Industry Council (CIC) formally endorsed guidelines on meetings and incentive travel for companies receiving Federal financial assistance.
February 14, 2009

ABM Summit Offers Marketing Tips; Discount for TSE Readers

New York, NY – American Business Media (ABM) is offering a discounted registration worth $25 for Trade Show Executive readers who sign up for ABM’s February 26 Events Summit on brand marketing at the Digital Sandbox Network Events Center in New York City.
February 13, 2009

Organizers Can Make Views Known on Economic Stimulus

Santa Monica, CA – The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) has compiled a list of Capitol Hill fax numbers to make their views known on the Federal government’s economic stimulus plan. The numbers will connect organizers to key committee members so they can offer t…
February 10, 2009

White Paper Says Audits Reassure Exhibitors in Recession

Shelton, CT – A new survey indicates that the quality of the attendees rather than their sheer numbers is the primary factor in an exhibitor’s decision to take part in a particular trade show.
February 9, 2009

Melbourne Convention Centre Open as Fires Rage on City’s Outskirts

Melbourne, Australia – The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) was open for business Tuesday despite a ring of fire that virtually surrounded the city.
February 9, 2009

SISO Summit in Three Weeks Helps  CEOs Adeptly Tackle New Challenges

Carlsbad, CA – The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) annual CEO Summit is expected to draw an estimated 200 senior executives to The Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego March 29 to April 1. 
February 9, 2009

President Obama’s Remark About Las Vegas Brings Event Travel to Forefront

Washington, DC – The issue of curbing travel to meetings and trade shows was in the media spotlight after President Obama implied that trips for executives of financial companies receiving emergency taxpayer assistance were an unnecessary excess.
February 9, 2009

Freeman Acquires Hotel AV Provider AVT Event Technologies

Dallas, TX – Freeman has acquired AVT Event Technologies, an in-house audio-visual provider for hotels that offers full-service audio-visual, staging, lighting and production.
February 5, 2009

Travel Industry Coalition Reminds That Jobs Depend on Corporate Meetings

Washington, DC – The travel and meetings industry is presenting a united front in response to a wave of corporate cancellations by reminding Congress and the public that such events are productive for businesses and also generate jobs and tax revenues.
February 5, 2009

ANPEEC Represents Mexico’s Show Organizers

Mexico City, Mexico – Trade show organizers in Mexico are reaching out to their international colleagues through a newly formed association.
February 3, 2009

UFI Develops ‘Crisis Barometer’ to Provide Running Tally of Exhibition Performance

Paris, France – UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is polling its members from 83 different nations to determine how the industry is weathering the current economic downturn.
February 2, 2009

UBM Tech Units Ready to Face the Recession

Carlsbad, CA – The restructuring of the old CMP Technology by its new owner, United Business Media (UBM), into four separate subsidiaries was completed just in time for the biggest economic roiling that the trade show industry has seen since 9/11.
February 1, 2009

Ex-Penton CEO Tom Kemp Named Head of Northstar Travel Media

Secaucus, NJ – Tom Kemp, a former chairman and CEO of Penton Media, was named CEO and chairman of Northstar Travel Media (NTM), the publisher of Meetings & Conventions and other magazines geared to the hospitality industry. Northstar is part of the Boston Ventures portfo…
January 2009
January 29, 2009

ASAE Launches Economic Impact Survey

Washington, DC – How will the economy impact associations? A new survey conducted by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and The Center for Association Leadership is expected to provide insights on how the ailing economy may impact membership in association…
January 27, 2009

Edlen Electrical VP Steven McMahon Dies

Las Vegas, NV – Steven McMahon, vice president of administration for Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services, died January 24 in Las Vegas. He was 52.
January 24, 2009

CEIR: Ingredients of Good ROI Hold Up in Recessions

Dallas, TX – While attendance and the sale of exhibit space at trade shows may flag during a recession, new research from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) indicates tough times don’t necessarily cool the enthusiasm of trade show professionals with buying pl…
January 23, 2009

Global Recession Knocks U.K.’s Expomedia Group into Bankruptcy

London, U.K. – Bankruptcy administrators were appointed to run the affairs of Britain’s Expomedia Group Plc on January 16 as the world economic downturn torpedoed the company’s earlier optimistic expectations.
January 13, 2009

ABM Rings the Opening Bell at NASDAQ in Honor of Women in B-to-B

New York, NY – The American Business Media (ABM) took the B-to-B world to Wall Street when it was given the honor of ringing the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock exchange in Times Square on January 14.  
January 12, 2009

Messe Frankfurt Launching New York Textiles Show

New York, NY – Messe Frankfurt, Inc. will launch a sourcing exhibition in New York City for international textile producers this Summer.
January 12, 2009

MPI: Remote Access to Meetings to Increase

Dallas, TX – The high ROI provided by trade shows and meetings means clients will be unwilling to give up on face-to-face events even though attendance and budgets will be lower in 2009.
January 12, 2009

Illinois Lawmaker Proposes MPEA Board Shakeup; Controversial Labor Proposal in Limbo for Time Being

Springfield, IL – Response to the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority (MPEA) proposal to overhaul the labor environment at McCormick Place came quickly this week in the form of a bill in the Illinois State Legislature. The bill would effectively oust the MPEA board …
January 9, 2009

AIM Acquires Log Home Expos in Swap with F+M

El Segundo, CA – Active Interest Media (AIM) acquired the Log & Timber Expo in early January as part of a cashless swap of assets with F+W Media, Inc. The ten shows and the online operation, Log & Timber Network, were part of a package that also included four F+W mag…
January 9, 2009

It’s a Buyer’s Market for Exhibitions,  According to AdMedia Survey of M&A Activity

New York, NY – A survey of media executives worldwide found that while nearly all expected the pace of mergers and acquisitions within the industry to slow in 2009, more than half said they expected to strike a deal or two themselves. 
January 5, 2009

New England Boat Show Sold to NMMA

Boston, MA – The annual New England Boat Show will take place in Boston as scheduled February 20-28 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center after being sold by North America Expositions Company to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).
January 5, 2009

Cygnus Co-CEOS Move On as Sale of Publisher Becomes Imminent


Westport, CT – Tony O’Brien and Carr Davis stepped down as co-CEOs of Cygnus Business Media on December 31 in anticipation of the impending sale of the company.
January 4, 2009

Ownership of HOK Sport Venue Event Transferred to Management

Kansas City, MO – HOK Sport Venue Event, noted for its designs of convention centers and high-profile sports venues worldwide, completed the transfer of ownership to management led by an executive group that consists of 13 existing senior principals.  
January 3, 2009

Hasselback Becomes CEO of Parent Company Diversified Communications as Lowell Retires

Portland, ME – Nancy Hasselback, president and CEO of Diversified Business Communications (DBC), became CEO of parent company Diversified Communications at the start of the New Year following the retirement of CEO David Lowell. Lowell stepped down on December 31, 2008 after …
January 3, 2009

Industry Veteran Bryan Montgomery Passes Away at Age 79

Buckinghamshire, England - Bryan Montgomery, a former director of the Andry Montgomery Group and former president of UFI – the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, died in London on December 14 at the age of 79.
January 3, 2009

Show Organizers May Need Basic Changes to Survive

Istanbul, Turkey – Trade show organizers may have to make some fundamental changes to the way they do business if they are to survive the recession that is expected to batter the global economy this year.
January 3, 2009

ACOM Founder William Just Dies at Age 68

Atlanta, GA - William Just, founder of the Association for Convention Operations Management (ACOM), died in Atlanta December 19 at the age of 68 after a long illness.
January 3, 2009

IAEE to Resume a Mid-Year Event; Announces Ten-Year Partnership with National Trade Productions, Owner of TS²

Miami Beach, FL – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) achieved a major goal of re-establishing a Summer event when it struck a partnership deal with National Trade Productions (NTP) which owns TS² – Total Solutions Marketing for the Exhibit and Eve…
December 2008
December 29, 2008

TSEA Polling Members on Show Audits, Participation Trends

Chicago, IL – The Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) will begin the New Year in the midst of an online survey that will forecast trade show activity in 2009 and gauge exhibitors’ attitudes toward attendance audits.
December 20, 2008

Seattle Center Looks to Add Exhibit, Meeting Space

Seattle, WA – A request to greatly expand the exhibit space at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center (WSCTC) in Seattle will likely come before the state legislature this Winter.
December 19, 2008

MGM Mirage Deals Treasure Island for $775 Million

Las Vegas, NV – MGM Mirage sold the venerable Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, located across the street from Sands Expo Center, to Kansas real estate mogul Phil Ruffin for $775 million.
December 19, 2008

NürnbergMesse North America Opens Atlanta Office

Atlanta, GA – NürnbergMesse North America opened a new office in Atlanta in December. The new facility at 400 Interstate North Parkway will serve as the new headquarters for the North American subsidiary that Germany-based NürnbergMesse GmbH launched in 2007.
December 2, 2008

DeSilva+Phillips Forms Team to Help Troubled Media Companies

New York, NY – The investment banking firm DeSilva+Phillips is helping media companies take some proactive steps to avoid trouble in the developing economic downturn by creating a new team dedicated to helping companies restructure their operations.
December 1, 2008

Las Vegas Voters Support Bed-Tax Boost; No Proposal from State Legislature Yet

Las Vegas, NV – An advisory vote passed by Clark County voters on November 4 did not mean that the Las Vegas hotel room tax would be increased, but it did open the door for such a move in the near future.
November 2008
November 29, 2008

Doug Ducate Honored with  4th Industry Award

Marco Island, FL - Doug Ducate, the president and CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), added another award to his long list of honors when he received the Hazel Hays Award from the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) last night at their a…
November 20, 2008

Las Vegas Sands Digs in for the Slowdown

Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Sands Corp. said it had rearranged its development priorities and secured $2.1 billion in new financing through a stock offering to help the company weather a global economic downturn that it expects to include a soft convention and trade show marke…
November 18, 2008

Wildfires Stay Well Away from Anaheim Convention District

Anaheim, CA – Tourism officials in Anaheim said the wildfire that devastated parts of Orange County over the weekend did not disrupt convention and tourism activities in the city.
November 18, 2008

Gaylord Drops San Diego Bay Project

Nashville, TN – Gaylord Entertainment cited infrastructure costs and red tape in announcing it had scuttled plans to build a convention facility in the San Diego area.
November 18, 2008

McKay Named Senior VP for World Market Center Las Vegas


Las Vegas, NV - Phillip McKay joined World Market Center Las Vegas as senior vice president.
November 18, 2008

New Leadership at SISO Developing New Business Model

Santa Monica, CA – The new management of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) is working on some potential changes to its popular CEO Summit held each Spring and is also reaching out to U.S. universities and international trade show associations.
November 7, 2008

Even the Billionaires Are Hurting in This Economy

Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Sands Corp. stumbled into the weekend with its stock price below $10 but vowed it would forge ahead with its U.S. operations and a major resort project in Singapore.
October 2008
October 21, 2008

William Reilly, Founder of Primedia and Summit, Passes Away

New York, NY – Bill Reilly, who teamed with private equity firms to found Primedia and later Summit Business Media, died October 17 at the age of 70 after a year-long battle with cancer. A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, October 22 at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New Y…