April 26, 2017
This Just In

  • 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.
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May 2006
May 14, 2006

New Orleans Convention Facilities Will Not Be Used as Refuge Centers this Hurricane Season, Says Mayor

New Orleans, La. --When New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin announced new emergency procedures for the city, he said neither the Superdome nor Ernest N. Morial Convention Center would be a refuge of last resort. That will  give a boost to the two facilities in their efforts to resto…
May 4, 2006

VNU Gets Higher Offer but Some Shareholders Continue to Voice Opposition

Amsterdam, Netherlands—Results of one of the most-watched acquisition bids were expected on May 4th. But when Valcon Acquisition upped its bid for VNU NV, the deadline for a decision was extended to May 19. The new bid increases the offer from EUR 7.5 billion to EUR 8.7 bill…
April 2006
April 10, 2006

101communications Sold to Group Led by Former Reed Exec Neal Vitale

Chatsworth, CA - After actively seeking a buyer since October, 101communications LLC finalized its sale to 1105 Media Inc. on April 10th.
April 9, 2006

Active Interest Media (AIM) Makes Another Move into Consumer Shows

El Segundo, CA - Active Interest Media Inc. (AIM) has acquired Yachting Promotions Inc. of  Fort  Lauderdale, in a move that marks AIM’s entrée into boating events.
April 9, 2006

CEIR Index Justifies Continued Optimism for Exhibition Industry

Charlotte, NC - For most sectors of the exhibition industry, 2005 was a good year.
March 2006
March 8, 2006

VNU Board Accepts Buy-out Offer

Amsterdam, Netherlands — During a late meeting this past Wednesday, the supervisory and management boards of VNU NV, the Dutch media and information company, agreed to accept a EUR 7.5 billion ($8.9 billion) buy-out from a consortium of six companies.
March 7, 2006

AGI Acquires Six Consumer Shows from Plus Events

Ventura, CA - AGI Events, a division of Affinity Group, Inc., has acquired six consumer shows from Las Vegas-based Plus Events. The sportsmen and home and garden shows will be combined with AGI’s April launch of the Pomona RV and Lifestyle Show to form a southwest regional g…
March 7, 2006

AMA Conference Chair Urges Event Marketers  to Get More Strategic

Chicago, IL - U.S. businesses spend $15 billion annually on proprietary corporate events and another $21 billion on trade show marketing, according to Ruth Stevens, president of eMarketing Strategy and author of Trade Show and Event Marketing
March 6, 2006

Early 2006 Spending on Marketing Will Be Timid, Says Blackfriars Index

Maynard, MA – Total marketing spend for the year is forecasted to reach $1.047 trillion, matching the combined spending for financial services and insurance for the same period, according to Marketing 2006, compiled by Blackfriars Communications, Inc.
March 5, 2006

Landing the Super Bowl:  It’s All About 'The Show'

Detroit - Making presentations is a way of life for trade show managers, CVBs and other industry executives. But trotting out the old Power Point charts and graphs might not always give you the edge you need to sell your show, your services or your city. Just ask Detroit.