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  • Informa has reportedly struck a deal to acquire UBM for about $5.2 billion. Informa has until Feb. 13 to produce the formal offer.
  • Visit Indy says Indianapolis will not expand the Indiana Convention Center but will pursue plans for a new hotel with a ballroom next door.
  • The RV Industry Association has pulled the plug on the National RV Trade Show and will launch a new event with a refined focus in 2019.
  • Organizers of the Fresno Food Expo renewed their registration contract with CompuSystems for the July event.
  • Hannover Fairs USA will launch the DOMOTEX USA floor-coverings show Feb. 28-March 2, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
  • RSAV has acquired Lanham, Md.-based Hargrove, Inc, expanding PSAV’s presence in the trade show industry. The power outage that disrupted CES
  • Groundbreaking for Phase II of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion took place Jan. 8, adding about 1.4 million square feet by 2021.
  • CES set a new show record of 2.75 million nsf of exhibit space when it opened Jan. 9, topping the 2017 record
  • Visit KC is looking for a new President and CEO because Ronnie Burt will step down Jan. 31 after settlement of a lawsuit.
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January 2018
January 17, 2018

Informa to Acquire UBM for Reported $5.2 Billion

London — Major London-based trade show players Informa and UBM are combining forces under a $5.2 billion deal. Informa has struck a deal to acquire UBM and has until Feb. 13 to present a formal offer under U.K. rules. Both companies already have sizable presence in the world…
January 17, 2018

Messe Frankfurt Middle East Taps into 5.4B Saudi Beauty Market

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Beautyworld is coming to Saudi Arabia in October. Organized by Messe Frankfurt Middle East in partnership with Saudi-based ACE Exhibitions, this latest incarnation of the beauty and wellness trade fair is the 5th Beautyworld globally and taps into Saud…
January 16, 2018

Group Launched to Combat Declines in International Travel, Spending

Washington, D.C. – In response to reports of declining international travel to the U.S., a new group called the Visit U.S. Coalition was launched on Jan. 16 through the U.S. Travel Association (USTA). The number of international travelers to the U.S. has declined 6% over the…
January 16, 2018

Heavyweights Informa and UBM in Talks to Merge

London — Informa is in talks to buy UBM in a deal pegged at more than $4 billion, according to media reports from London. The combination of UBM and Informa would increase the footprint of the two already major London-based players in the global trade show industry. Both com…
January 8, 2018

Groundbreaking Launches Next Phase of Las Vegas CC Expansion

Las Vegas — The next phase of the ambitious expansion and renovation of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) kicks off Jan. 8 with a groundbreaking ceremony off Elvis Presley Way. The project will add 1.4 million square feet (sf) to the center’s overall footprint…
January 8, 2018

PSAV Acquires Hargrove with Goal of Global Expansion

Washington — Veteran events producer Hargrove, Inc. has been acquired by PSAV in a deal that will expand the presence of both firms in the worldwide trade show industry. Lanham, Md.-based Hargrove will continue to operate as an independent full-service event production compa…
January 6, 2018

Memphis Convention Center Renovations Set to Begin in Q1

Memphis, Tenn. – City officials filed the necessary permits for a $175 million upgrade to the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Pending expected City Council approval, the project will officially get underway in the First Quarter of 2018 and is to be completed in 2019. The pla…
January 3, 2018

AmericasMart Founder John Portman Dies at 93

Atlanta — John Portman, the prominent architect who led the development of AmericasMart Atlanta, died Dec. 29 at age 93. AmericasMart originally opened in 1957 at a time when downtown Atlanta was rapidly losing residents and businesses. Portman’s accomplishments also include…
January 3, 2018

Shepard Makes Second AV Acquisition of the Winter

Atlanta – Shepard expanded its presence in the Washington, D.C., market by acquiring Production Associates, a Virginia company that provides comprehensive AV services for association, government and corporate events. The deal comes on the heels of a similar acquisition in De…
December 2017
December 28, 2017

ISSA, RAI Restructure Deal to Stimulate Expansion for Cleaning Industry Shows

Northbrook, Ill. — ISSA, the leading worldwide cleaning industry association, and RAI Amsterdam, which owns the trade show platform known as “INTERCLEAN” have restructured their agreement to foster growth. Under the new agreement, the Amsterdam and Istanbul shows will be par…