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The Center for Exhibition Industry Research said the trade show industry in the U.S. grew 1.7% in the Fourth Quarter of 2014 compared to the previous Q4. It was the 18th consecutive quarter of growth tracked by the CEIR Index. Attendance led the way with a 2.6% gain…….

 

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is becoming a hot spot for birds in Manhattan. The latest count showed 11 species of birds making themselves at home on the center’s seven-acre green roof in the Spring and Summer of 2014. Observers counted 524 individual birds on the roof…….

 

Jim Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, was named to the state’s Lodging Association Hall of Fame.  Rooney was honored on February 26 for his career in the Massachusetts hospitality industry. He has led the MCCA since 2003 ……..

 

The Farnborough International Air Show moved a step closer to adding new permanent exhibit space. The British government approved a loan that show organizers will use to pursue additional funding for the $38.5 million project. The plan would replace the existing Hall 1/1A with a new building that also includes meeting space and restaurants……

 

Messe Dusseldorf will switch its massive printing show, drupa, to a triennial schedule after the next show in 2016. The event had been held in Germany every four years. The change was made in part due to shifts in the print process chain caused by the evolution of digital technology……

 

Messe Frankfurt and ITE Group teamed up to acquire Comtrans and Autotrans, two leading trade shows in Russia for buses and commercial vehicles. The Russian subsidiaries of the two European organizers will each hold 50% of Comtrans and Autotrans. Contrans, the largest of the shows, drew 447 exhibitors and 25,000 attendees in 2013……

 

Messe Frankfurt will expand its worldwide Automechanika brand into Saudi Arabia next year. Automechanika Jeddah will launch January 26-28 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums & Events. The show is a joint effort of Messe Frankfurt and the Al-Harithy Company for Exhibitions……..

 

Hyatt Hotels began offering free WiFi service to its guests beginning in February. The program is effective worldwide and covers unlimited devices in guest rooms and social spaces. Members of upper-tier guest programs can receive a free upgrade to premium WiFi service……..

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