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  • AVIXA, organizer of InfoComm in Las Vegas, is teaming with InfoCommAsia to launch InfoComm Southeast Asia in Bangkok May 15-17, 2019.
  • Shomex Productions will partner in the Unmukt Festival, which will target the senior citizen market in India and launch in December.
  • Lance Fensterman has been promoted to President of Global ReedPOP, the pop culture division of Reed Exhibitions.
  • The Las Vegas City Council votes April 4 on a proposal to build a new $76 million 350,000-sf downtown exhibition center.
  • Hilton will cut commissions to housing firms and other agencies that book room blocks at its U.S. and Canadian hotels from 10% to 7% in Oct.
  • The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority announced a 4-year deal for SMG to operate four major Reno-Sparks venues.
  • RetailX will co-locate GlobalShop, Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) and RFID Journal LIVE! June 2019 in Chicago.
  • Freeman is launching cloud-based digital floorplan management system BlueprintTM in the U.S. to make real-time booking data available.
  • A new CEIR report provides benchmarks for all phases of a marketing campaign and details characteristics for success in growing attendance.
  • Mad Event Management is launching UAS/Drones for Disaster Response April 19-20 in Miami. First responders are the target audience.
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July 2018
July 20, 2018

Funeral Held for Jesus Franco Abascal; Led Cintermex from 1991-2010

Former Director General of the Cintermex convention center Jesus Manuel Franco Abascal, who ran the center from its opening in 1991 into 2010, died July 11. Cintermex called Franco a “leader, visionary, and promoter of the tourism industry.” Trade Show Executive Publisher Em…
July 20, 2018

Latest UFI Report Shows Synchronized Growth Globally

Important industry metrics are up in the latest edition of UFI’s Global Exhibition Barometer. For the first time in more than a decade, all four global regions reported a “positive turnover development.” Operating profit is up, too, with more than 40% of companies from all r…
July 20, 2018

MGM Asks for Shift to Federal Courts for Route 91 Shooting Decisions

MGM has requested a federal court oversee lawsuits tied to the mass shooting in 2017, believing it falls under the SAFETY Act -- part of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 -- and provides for victims of acts of terrorism or mass violence. MGM has endured a steady beat of crit…
July 11, 2018

MAD Event Management, LLC and Pepsi Center WTC to Launch Mexico City Comic Con

H.A. Bruno Events Mexico, MAD Event Management, LLC and Pepsi Center WTC will jointly launch the Mexico City Comic Con March 21-24, 2019. “We are expecting this to turn into a destination event in Mexico, Latin America and the U.S. within a short amount of time,” MAD CEO Mar…
July 10, 2018

Registration Opens for This Year’s TSE Gold 100

Registration is open for this fall’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards & Summit. It takes place Oct. 10-12 at the Monarch Beach Resort in Southern California’s scenic Orange County. Register at; a special rate is available for attendee…
July 6, 2018

Taffy Events Strategies to Manage APWA’s PWX Event

Management of next year’s American Public Works Association’s (APWA) PWX Event will be turned over to Taffy Event Strategies. Taffy will manage show sales and operations as well as exhibitor marketing for the 2019 edition of PWX, which will take place in Seattle in September…
July 6, 2018

UBM Acquires The Battery Show Europe

The Battery Show Europe is officially part of the UBM portfolio. Now part of Informa after a recent merger, UBM also acquired the co-located Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Europe from U.K.-based Smarter Shows. The Battery Show Europe features scores of expert …
June 2018
June 25, 2018

Endeavor Business Media Acquires SouthComm Business Media

SouthComm Business Media has been acquired by Endeavor Business Media. The purchase (price undisclosed) includes publications, websites and events. Endeavor reportedly retained most of SouthComm’s staff. Vice President of Events Ed Nichols, will stay on in the same position.…
June 22, 2018

CEIR report unveils ways to use messaging to boost attendance

A new report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) unveils approaches for boosting attendance. “Messaging that Resonates and Delivers,” released June 19, is the third and latest of CEIR’s four-part “2018 How to Grow Attendance Report” series. The eight-page…
June 20, 2018

Partnership to Boost Italian Jewelry at Emerald Events

Italian Exposition Group (IEG) and Emerald Expositions have partnered to bolster the presence of Italian jewelry manufacturers in the U.S. at Emerald’s events, including the Couture show and the recently launched Premier show, both of which take place in Las Vegas. The move …