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  • Freeman takes a giant step into the burgeoning realm of augmented reality and virtual reality with its acquisition of San Francisco-based
  • Helios Interactive.
  • Charlotte is moving forward with plans to renovate and add new meeting space to the city’s convention center. Work begins in 2019.
  • The $110 million project includes new pre-function space and 26,000 sf of meeting space. A new skyway will connect to the Westin hotel.
  • Diversified Communications announced the acquisition of Luxperience, an Australian hosted buyer event focused on luxury travel.
  • It is one of Diversified’s first forays into the hosted buyer segment. The move is expected to complement the company’s
  • British Tourism & Travel brand.
  • Hong Kong’s exhibition industry urged support for an expansion of the city’s convention center. The HKECIA said it will meet future demand.
  • The proposal would raze three buildings near the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and add about 23,000 sm of connected space.
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Industry News Archive

March 2016
March 8, 2016

The Customer-Centric Show

The SHOT Show, owned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), is one of the largest shows in the United States, with 1,610 exhibitors covering 640,000 net square feet of exhibit space, and drawing over 64,000 attendees. It ranked No. 18 on TSE’s Gold 100 list of th…
February 2016
February 29, 2016

Chris Harar Promoted to President of NTP Events

Alexandria, VA – Chris Harar has been promoted to President of the NTP Events Division at National Trade Productions (NTP), announced Chairman and CEO Robert Harar on February 26.Chris started his career as Show Program Coordinator at The Vision Council and Account Executive…
February 29, 2016

Rip Rippetoe Named Head of Expansion-Minded San Diego Convention Center Corp.

San Diego, CA – Veteran venue manager Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe has agreed to lead another convention center and its big plans to expand its presence in the trade show market by becoming the president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corp. (SDCCC). Rippetoe will step…
February 29, 2016

Green Meeting Council to Merge with the CIC

Alexandria, VA – The Convention Industry Council (CIC) announced that the Green Meeting Industry Council (GMIC) was set to merge with CIC, becoming a CIC council with a specific charter to advocate for increased sustainability in the meetings and trade show industry. Both gr…
February 24, 2016

F50 Power Lunch will Feature IDG’s Mary Dolaher and Madeline Kruzel with Informa’s Rick McConnell as Host

Las Vegas, NV – Mary Dolaher and Madeline Kruzel of IDG World Expo will be in the spotlight during the Power Lunch interview at the TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit in May at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Both are at the helm of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the annual L…
February 24, 2016

Informa Acquires WWETT Show for its Construction Portfolio

London, UK – Informa Exhibitions added a new element to its portfolio of construction and real estate shows by acquiring the just-concluded WWETT – Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show from Cole Publishing, the Wisconsin show organizer and b-to-b …
February 24, 2016

Michael Robertson Retires as President, CEO of SGIA; Ford Bowers Steps Into the Role

Fairfax, VA – Michael Robertson wrapped up nearly 33 years with the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and retired as the association’s president and CEO. Robertson, who spent 15 years in the president’s office, was succeeded on February 1 by Ford Bowers, who was m…
February 24, 2016

Jerry Charnizon, Founder of Continental Exhibitions, Dies at 85

New York, NY – Jerry Charnizon, who founded Continental Exhibitions in the 1980s, died in February after a brief illness. He was 85. A funeral service was held February 15 in his beloved hometown of New York City, and the base of his long career in the trade show industry. …
February 18, 2016

Stagnito and Edgell Merge; RFE Acquires New Entity

Deerfield, IL – Stagnito Business Media is merging with Edgell Communications, and will operate under new ownership. The pre-packaged merger of the two event and publishing firms then facilitated the sale of both companies to RFE Investment Partners, a private equity firm.
February 18, 2016

Free WiFi Expanded to Four Corners of Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC – Complimentary WiFi service at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capital now covers the entire building. Events DC and Smart City recently completed an expansion of the wireless infrastructure that extended WiFi service across the ent…