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  • Detroit’s Cobo Center receives ASTM Venue Standard recertification, having first received certification in 2015.
  • Host to this year’s Sustainable Brands Conference, Cobo Center was the 9th facility in 2015 to receive ASTM Venue Standard certification.
  • Convention Data Services broke ground on its new corporate headquarters in mid-March. The approximate 30,000-sf building opens in Q1 2018.
  • The new digs are next to the current CDS HQ in Bourne, Mass. The construction will accommodate the company’s growth and create new jobs.
  • China’s Shenyang New World EXPO opened March 1, hosting 2 exhibitions in its first month of operation, with a third to be held 23-25 March.
  • To date, the largest event was a dental equipment and oral health exhibition, open 16-19 March, which drew more than 39,000 attendees.
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November 2007
November 12, 2007

Bill Norton Joins HMP as VP of Trade Shows

Malvern, PA – Bill Norton was named vp, meetings & trade shows for HMP Communications as the company expands its presence in the healthcare meetings industry.
November 10, 2007

GES Acquires Ethnometrics; Will Offer Value-Added Service to Show Organizers

Las Vegas, NV – GES Exposition Services, Inc. has acquired Ethnometrics Corp., a Michigan firm that specializes in analyzing crowd behavior and traffic flow at retail establishments, trade shows and other large events.
November 6, 2007

Expomedia and Gruner + Jahr Acquire Germany’s BABYWELT Parenting Shows

Berlin, Germany - Germany’s BABYWELT consumer shows have been acquired from Messewelten by GJ EME, a partnership of Expomedia Group plc and magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr AG & Co KG.
November 1, 2007

Mary Dolaher Takes the Reins of IDG World Expo

Boston, MA – Mary Dolaher, the former vice president in charge of E3 Expo for the Entertainment Software Association, landed the  top job at IDG  World Expo today amid media speculation that the company was about to launch a video game trade show of its own at the Los Angele…
October 2007
October 29, 2007

Exhibition Industry Copes with California Wildfires

Carlsbad, CA – Everyone at Trade Show Executive extends their heartfelt thanks to its friends in the trade show industry who expressed their support and concern during the outbreak of wildfires in Southern California.
October 24, 2007

Diversified’s Canada Unit to Acquire Disaster Management Show

Toronto, ON – Diversified Business Communications Canada  is acquiring the World Conference on Disaster Management from the non-profit Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP).
October 13, 2007

Industry Veteran Greg Ortale Returns to Houston as CVB Head

Houston, TX – After 20 years as the first and only president of the convention and visitors bureau in Minneapolis, Greg Ortale has been named president and CEO of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau, where they still remember the mark he left on the city in …
October 12, 2007

Jaarbeurs to Complete Acquisition of VNU Exhibitions Europe

Utrecht, Netherlands - Nielsen Company agreed to sell its 50% stake in VNU Exhibitions Europe to Jaarbeurs (Holdings) BV, the parent holding company of Dutch trade show organizer Jaarbeurs Utrecht.
October 11, 2007

Canon to Launch New Manufacturing Show

Los Angeles, CA - Canon Communications has added a version of its Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) shows to serve the Midwest U.S. market. Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest will debut Sept. 23-25, 2008 as a co-location with five other manufacturing show…
October 11, 2007

Smart City Acquires CCPI; Creates Event Industry’s Largest Telecom Provider

Las Vegas, NV - Smart City has bought out Convention Communication Provisioners, Inc. (CCPI) in a deal that creates the largest telecommunications provider in the U.S. for the convention center, event and theme park industries.