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  • 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

October 2009
October 5, 2009 Signs Broadcast Deal with Chicago TV Station; Will Give Chicagoland Viewers a Look at MAGIC

Chicago, IL – is taking its on-the-floor reporting on trade shows to the general public through a deal that will air video snippets from various trade shows on a Chicago television station.
October 5, 2009

Canon Acquires Three Canadian Packaging, Plastics Shows

Los Angeles, CA – Canon Communications moved into the Canadian market with the acquisition of three trade shows in the packaging and plastics industries in two separate transactions.
October 5, 2009

San Jose Mayor Considers Meeting on Teamsters Labor Exclusive

San Jose, CA – The mayor of San Jose is expected to schedule a meeting with representatives of the trade show industry to discuss concerns over a controversial labor agreement at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.
October 5, 2009

Chicago Auto Show CEO Jerry Cizek Announces Retirement

Chicago, IL – Jerry Cizek III announced his retirement as CEO and general manager of the Chicago Auto Show after more than 20 years in the position.
October 5, 2009

Industry Veteran Jack Chalden Joins The Augusta Group

Carrollton, TX – Jack Chalden, who managed SUPERCOMM, the Atlanta Market Center, World of Concrete and several other trade shows in more than 40 years in the exhibition industry, has joined the consulting firm The Augusta Group.
September 2009
September 30, 2009

UFI Barometer Sees Revenue Decline in Last Two Quarters of 2009 as Industry Awaits Recovery

Paris, France – The worldwide recession continues to weigh on the trade show industry without much hope for a letup until next year.
September 29, 2009

CONEXPO Named Largest Show; Nielsen and Reed Exhibitions Tie for Top Show Organizer; MD&M, MEDTEC Take Leading Brand

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) picked up three Gold Grand Awards and the triennial giant CONEXPO-CON/AGG won two, including the “Largest Show” of 2008 and the one that delivered the highest economic impact
September 29, 2009

Advanstar Restructures $385 Million Debt and Gets $35 Million Infusion of Capital

Woodland Hills, CA - Advanstar Communications reached an agreement with its lenders late Monday night to eliminate about $385 million of debt.
September 22, 2009

Follow the Gold 100 Awards & Summit on Twitter

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – Trade show executives can turn to Twitter to hear about all the exciting news emanating from Trade Show Executive’s 2nd Annual Gold 100 Awards & Summit, which begins September 23 and ends the morning of the 25th.
September 22, 2009

Cygnus Business Media Emerges From Chapter 11; John French New CEO

Fort Atkinson, WI – Cygnus Business Media announced it had emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and had named John French as its new CEO.