April 26, 2017
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  • The architect for Messe Frankfurt’s new Hall 5 has been selected. Gruber + Kleine-Kraneburg will design the building, which opens in 2022.
  • The design will mirror the current two-story Hall 5, but with a column-free first level. Work begins when the Hall 6 renovation is finished.
  • The American Association of Sleep Technologists (AAST) signed with SmithBucklin to provide full-service association management services.
  • Abigail Lynn will serve as Executive Director for AAST, which will move its headquarters to SmithBucklin’s Chicago office on July 1.
  • The Albany Capital Center in upstate New York opened in March with 60+ events on the books for 2017. The overall project cost $78 million.
  • The new center, which is managed by SMG, has approximately 31,700 sf of meeting/exhibit space that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
  • The San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) is now a LEED GOLD facility, meeting the standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • New energy-efficient LED lighting, composting all food scraps and low-flow plumbing in restrooms helped the SDCC achieve the Gold rating.

Gulf Coast Convention Business Continues Amid Oil Spill Crisis

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
May 4, 2010
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By Hil Anderson, senior editor

New Orleans, LA – A citywide medical conference hummed along in New Orleans where tourism officials predicted that an oil slick spreading across the Gulf of Mexico would not interrupt activities in the Crescent City.

Approximately 15,000 attendees were registered for Digestive Disease Week May 1-5 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The facility is located several miles from the coastline.

Convention centers elsewhere on the Gulf Coast were also open for business May 3. The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, MS was set to welcome Southern Gaming Summit/Bingoworld on May 5. Space at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, AL was being used as a command post for the area by the U.S. Coast Guard, British Petroleum and various agencies. No large events were on the center’s calendar for the near future.

TSE will provide continuing coverage throughout the week.

Reach Keith Levey, director of sales, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, at (504) 582-3023 or klevey@mccno.com; Johanna Merryman, convention manager, Digestive Disease Week, at (301) 272-0022 or jmerryman@gastro.org; Bob Brazier, general manager, Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center, at (251) 208-2100 or bbrazier@mobileconventions.com; Bill Holmes, executive director, Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center, at (228) 594-3700 or bholmes@mscoastcoliseum.com

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