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Emerald Launches Brand-Building Division, Xcelerator

NEW YORK – Emerald’s new brand-building division, Xcelerator, takes an immersive approach toward creating and building brands, with the ultimate goal of curating year-round communities in emerging and high-growth markets through face-to-face events and digital experiences. “Our use of the word brand is purposeful,” Issa Jouaneh, Executive Vice President of

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Yancy Weinrich Named President of CloserStill Media North America

LONDON, U.K. — Trade show industry veteran Yancy Weinrich recently was named to a newly created position at CloserStill Media: President of North America. In her new role, Weinrich will direct a planned expansion of doubling the size of the business within two years and take charge of high-growth acquisitions

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New Fern Training Program Focuses on Exhibitor Success

CINCINNATI — Fern is once again putting trade show exhibitor success first with a new partnership with Stephan Murtagh, The Exhibition Guy. The Fern Exhibitor Success Program is a series of custom webinars, as well as coaching, that trade show and event organizers can provide for their exhibitors to help

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Visit Seattle Appoints Its First Woman CEO

SEATTLE — Visit Seattle recently named Tammy Blount-Canavan its new President and CEO, marking the first time in history the organization has appointed a woman to the position. Blount-Canavan replaced Tom Norwalk, who recently retired after leading Visit Seattle for more than 15 years. “I am humbled to carry the

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Heavy Hitters Join EV Exchange Advisory Board

DETROIT – Top electric vehicle and energy industry leaders have been appointed to the EV Exchange Conference Advisory Board, and Visit Detroit and ASM Global have signed on as partnering sponsors. The brainchild of MAD Event Management and Sitarian Corporation, The Electric Vehicle + Energy Infrastructure Innovation & Sustainability Exchange (the

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Los Angeles Convention Center Bans Single-Use Plastic Bottles

LOS ANGELES — On Earth Day, the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles announced a ban on single-use plastic bottles throughout the facility. LACC’s exclusive food and beverage partner, Levy Restaurants, has replaced single-use plastic bottles with aluminum bottles throughout cafés and catering operations.

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ADA’s Implications for Live and Virtual Meetings

CHICAGO — The reach of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) on business events has expanded since the pandemic, in two different ways. The key to its reach, however, lies in the language of the law. Show organizers have always had to make their content accessible, but with the return

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AUVSI Partners with Messe Düsseldorf North America to Host XPONENTIAL

ARLINGTON, Va. — There are big changes at the world’s biggest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of uncrewed systems, robotics and autonomy. The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) announced a partnership with Messe Düsseldorf North America, Inc. (MDNA) to co-host its XPONENTIAL trade show, the world’s leading

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Education Takes Center Stage at Vision Expo East 2022

NEW YORK — Vision Expo East 2022 returned to New York City from March 31-April 3 for the first time since 2019, welcoming over 360 exhibitors from around the world to the Javits Center. “We returned to in-person shows in 2021 with Vision Expo East in Orlando, Fla., and then

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