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  • SMG has been acquired by private equity firm Onex Corporation for an undisclosed sum. Onex says its acquisition of
  • SMG Holdings Inc. will close in early 2018. SMG manages 240 venues, including many of the major convention centers in the U.S.
  • Halifax Convention Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada, to debut Dec. 15 with first client event scheduled for Jan. 20, 2018. …
  • Three other events — Brides 2018, the Halifax Business Awards and the Franchise Expo —
  • also are booked for early 2018. … In all, the new facility already has 90 events on the books for 2018
  • Dan Lincoln will retire as President and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau at the end of the year. He spent 11 years on
  • the job. COO Mike Laatsch will be interim CEO while a nationwide search for Lincoln’s successor takes place.
  • Shepard has acquired McCune Audio-Video-Lighting in a move to bolster Shepard’s presence in the western U.S. market. McCune has California
  • operations in Anaheim, Monterey and San Francisco and will be absorbed by Shepard’s AV department.
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September 2017
September 20, 2017

Informa Launches B2B Marketing Services Business Informa Engage

The global exhibitions and events company Informa recently launched a product called Informa Engage. In addition to providing sophisticated data and content marketing expertise, it targets audiences of specialists and offers in-depth knowledge of vertical markets that helps …
September 20, 2017

Finalists for the Gold 100 Awards Announced

At the Gold 100, attendees will find a packed schedule of educational sessions, networking events and of course the highly anticipated award ceremony that salutes the leaders of the largest trade shows in the U.S. for their accomplishments. Among all the finalists for this y…
September 20, 2017

Mexico City-based AMEREF OK, Some Venues Slightly Damaged, after Massive Earthquake Strikes Tuesday

A major earthquake registering a preliminary 7.1 rocked Mexico City early Tuesday afternoon, causing widespread damage to structures and injuring or killing an as-yet-unknown number of people. Leopoldo Farías Barlow, Executive Director of the Mexico City-based trade show and…
September 11, 2017

Greg Topalian Promoted to CEO of Clarion UX and LeftField Media, LLC

Events industry veteran Greg Topalian was recently appointed CEO of U.K.-based Clarion UX and Connecticut-based LeftField Media, LLC. During his more than two decades in the industry, Topalian has developed a reputation for his dynamic and people-oriented approach. Some of t…
September 11, 2017

Show Cancellations, Postponements Continue in Southeast

Hurricane Irma battered the Southeastern U.S. over the weekend while the Houston area continued its mop-up efforts from Hurricane Harvey. And Hurricane Jose still lurks in the wings, though it was downgraded to Category 2. That leaves the region to clean up and ramp up plans…
September 7, 2017

Trade Shows Brace as Hurricane Threatens Southeast

Orlando, Fla. —  The Miami area is positioned to take a hard punch from Irma. Convention centers in Miami and Fort Lauderdale were buttoning up in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s expected landfall on Sept. 10. As of Sept. 7, Irma is a Category 5 hurricane that's expected to…
September 7, 2017

Gudea, McCurdy and Tanel Among IAEE’s 2017 Award Winners

Dallas — Trade Show Executive’s Darlene Gudea and longtime show organizers Charlie McCurdy and Megan Tanel topped the distinguished team of honorees for the 2017 individual awards presented by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). They will be recog…
September 7, 2017

A Deep Dive into The Modern Digital Tradeshow

New York — Longtime trade show and events industry consultant Francis J. Friedman’s new book The Modern Digital Tradeshow is out this fall, and industry professionals can download a digital version for free. Subtitled “The Analog to Digital Industry Transformation for Revenu…
September 1, 2017

Trade Shows Outgain GDP in Q2

The trade show industry had a welcome growth spurt in the Second Quarter of 2017, outperforming the nation’s real GDP for the first time since last year. The latest edition of the CEIR Index, released Aug. 31. The report pegged the industry’s overall growth rate at 2.9%.  
September 1, 2017

Texas Devastation Grows, but Few Trade Shows Impacted So Far

Twelve years after the horror of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas and western Louisiana, leaving 51.88 inches of water in its wake so far — more than any single storm in the continental U.S. Employees and volunteers at convention centers …