May 28, 2024
This spring, a leading venue management company and two U.S. convention and event venues on opposite sides of the U.S. recently announced new sustainability achievements and the start of a long-awaited expansion project. Here’s our latest roundup of venue news to keep you up to date. ASM Global Ditches Plastic During the Acura Grand Prix, ASM Global Acts kicked off its partnership with r.World to introduce reusable service ware in venues throughout the ASM Global’s North American portfolio of 93 convention centers. Debuting in April at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, the… more
May 24, 2024
Orbus Visual Communications — a North American company that specializes in the manufacture of visual communications solutions for exhibits/live events, retail and interiors market segments — has acquired CRĒO Industrial Arts, a Seattle-based custom fabricator that has been producing architectural elements for more than 40 years.  The CRĒO leadership team will stay in place, and the combined companies have nearly 100 employees, according to Orbus Enterprise Vice President of Marketing Natalie Whited. Backstory: CRĒO works with architects, designers and landscape architects to provide custom… more
May 23, 2024
Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, the premier advocacy association for U.S. radio and television broadcasters, the NAB Show is held annually in April in Las Vegas, where it has taken place since 1991. As the largest show for the broadcast, media and entertainment ecosystem, the massive event attracts thousands of content professionals each year. Who, When & Where: NAB Show, April 13-17, Las Vegas Convention Center New leadership: The 2024 edition marked a passing of the torch for NAB leadership, with Executive Vice President and Managing Director, NAB Global… more
May 21, 2024
After more than three decades of operating on the Las Vegas Strip, the Mirage Las Vegas will be shutting its doors on July 17. The landmark 3,044-room resort will undergo a three-year renovation and construction project that will transform the tropical-themed property into the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Guitar Hotel Las Vegas. Expected to open in spring 2027, the new hotel-casino will feature a guitar-shaped, 660-foot hotel tower, similar to its sister property in Hollywood, Fla. “We’d like to thank the Las Vegas community and team members for warmly welcoming Hard Rock after enjoying… more
May 20, 2024
Offering world-class education, innovative firefighting apparatus and fire industry technology, products and services for fire and rescue professionals from across the globe, the 2024 Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) International achieved a blazing success with its most highly attended event in its 89-year history. Organized by Clarion Events, the annual trade show and conference is also one of Indianapolis’s largest conventions.  Who, When & Where: FDIC International 2024, April 15-20, Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis Show size: The event… more
May 17, 2024
Informa, the international B2B events, B2B digital services and academic markets group (which owns Exhibit News Now), issued an update on trading, key appointments and progress on its TechTarget combination. When the world’s largest trade show organizer makes a move, market analysts and industry leaders take note.  Here are three takeaways that impact the events sector. 1. Expecting to reach 2024 financial forecast: ”All Informa’s businesses are performing ahead or in line with 2024 targets, delivering growth and momentum which sees us delivering at the upper end of guidance range,” said… more
May 16, 2024
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released its 2024 CEIR Index Report, which analyzes the U.S. B2B exhibition industry’s performance in 2023 and provides an economic and exhibition industry forecast through 2026. The resilient trade show industry is on track to make a full post-pandemic recovery in two years, according to the report that was released on April 24. Why it matters: “Despite the expectation of moderating economic growth, the exhibition industry is poised to gain from the intrinsic business value of face-to-face participation,” said Adam Sacks, president of… more
May 14, 2024
Modular trade show exhibit systems manufacturer Aluvision opened its third specialty showroom and first-ever parts depot in Las Vegas. Why it matters: Stocked with Aluvision components like connectors, frames, full-length corner profiles and puck lights, the fully operational depot, which is located 20 minutes north of The Strip, provides emergency support or last-minute parts and accessories for exhibitors working Vegas-based trade shows, while the showroom houses an extensive array of Aluvision’s sustainable, modular systems and event design solutions.  What to see: Beyond samples of… more
May 13, 2024
Following the success of its inaugural edition in The Netherlands last June, Women in Exhibitions (WIE) announced its second Women in Exhibitions World Summit, taking place Nov. 18-19 at I Chiostri di San Barnaba in Milan, Italy. Big picture: Dedicated to empowering and advancing women professionals in the global exhibitions and events industry, the summit will build upon the previous edition’s success by further elevating conversations surrounding gender equality and leadership in the exhibitions industry, according to WIE officials. Why it matters: With the theme of “Building bridges,… more
May 10, 2024
U.S. B2B trade show and conference producer Emerald posted a 9.1% increase in revenues in the first quarter (Q1) 2024, compared with the same period last year, according to its 2024 Q1 financial results released on May 7. Emerald generated Q1 revenues of $133.4 million, an increase of $11.1 million compared with Q1 2023 revenues of $122.3 million. Company officials attributed the growth to increased exhibitor and attendee metrics for events in its strongest categories, such as The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show KBIS, Prosper and the International Pizza Expo, as well as the acquisition of… more
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