$200 Milllion Renovation Underway for Jamaica’s Montego Bay Convention Center

The Montego Bay Convention Center in St. James, Jamaica, will receive a $200 million renovation, which government officials hope will enhance the venue’s appeal for large events and stem the financial losses the center has experienced recently. Officials say that

IBTM Announces Landmark 30th IBTM World

IBTM recently announced a series of new initiatives and elements for its milestone 30th anniversary edition IBTM World event, which takes place in Barcelona from 28 – 30 November 2017. The focus of the edition will be on the next

GCI Graphics Expands into New State-of-the-Art Production Facility

The facility provides additional efficiencies and unique capabilities for clients’ grand format printing projects. GCI Graphics, the grand format printing solutions provider, has moved into a new 40,000-square-foot production facility in Atlanta. The state-of-the-art facility provides additional efficiencies for printing

Under AEG Facilities’ Management, LACC Reports its Most Successful Year Ever in its 46-year History

The Los Angeles Convention Center, managed by AEG Facilities, closed its Fiscal Year 2016-2017 with the largest financial and operational surplus, highest occupancy rate and hosted the most Citywide conventions and special events in the LACC’s 46-year history. The LACC

A Quintet of Nimlok Dealers Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries in 2017

Pictured above, Hamilton Exhibits celebrated its 70th anniversary at EXHIBITORLive Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, is proud to announce that five of its expert Nimlok dealers celebrate major anniversaries in 2017. “Nimlok authorized distributors have been


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Daughter Builds on Dad’s Vision: Indoor Event Success in the Great Outdoors – By Jeanne Brei

The dad-daughter duo of Mick and Debbie Parrott (at right) proves that the tradeshow industry can get into your blood. It all began in 1979 when Mick developed a deck and wall product and founded ICON Exhibits in Ft. Wayne,

Digital Age Show Service Kits – By Lesley Martin

Each show provides a packet containing vital information for exhibitors. Photo credit: Hargrove, Inc. What is a Show Service Kit? A show or service kit is a packet that consolidates a trade show exhibitor’s need-to-know information and order forms. What’s

Exhibiting with Our No. Neighbors – By Lesley Martin

Crossing over into other disciplines makes work interesting for Canadian labor crews Overshadowed by the economic climate of the U.S., Canada is often relegated to the background. Yet with recent changes and uncertainties in the U.S. political landscape, especially surrounding

Service Contractors Keeping Time with Changes to the Exhibition Industry – By Cynthya Porter

From the start of the Great Recession to now, the exhibition industry has taken a wild ride, only recently emerging from a veritable free fall that plunged countless businesses into the Recession abyss. Some were never to be heard from

Sharpening Soft Skills in I&D – By Lesley Martin

Transforming Crews to Relationship-based Partners I&D Crews Customer Service – Does it Matter? More than 12 years ago, Randy Eppard and Jim Wurm traveled the country teaching customer service skills to union crews. Back then, customer service was a foreign

Factory in the Forest: ProExhibits Brings Stikwood’s Rustic Booth To Life – By Jeanne Brei

It all began with a vision of a “factory in the forest” and ended with a very successful booth at the 2017 KIBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Orlando in January for Stikwood, an innovative interior design solution company.

Uniting a Fragmented Industry – By Lesley Martin

Two Associations with Renewed Visions and How it Affects the I&D Supplier Segment Pictured at right, the exhibit hall from EDPA ACCESS 2016. EDPA ACCESS 2016 Photo by Padgett & Company Inc. More than any other marketing tactic, the trade

Exhibit City News Announces “Shop to Showfloor” I&D Series for Labor Industry Beginning January 2017

Exhibit City News (ECN), a trade publication serving the meeting, tradeshow and convention industries, announced today the magazine’s new upcoming, dedicated and permanent section focusing on event labor and installation and dismantle services (I&D). Beginning in its January 2017 edition,

I&D Workers’ Health Risks Over Time – ECN Feature By Lesley Martin

Part-time work for full-time pay Ask someone on your install and dismantle (I&D) crew why he’s in the business, and you might get that answer. A hard worker who consistently works overtime and double-time can earn $100,000 or more for

Five Costly Trade Shows Mistakes – By Eric Dyson

Five common trade show mistakes and how to avoid them Trade shows are tremendous investments in both time and resources, so making sure you minimize mistakes and maximize your results is crucial. Below are five of the most common and



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mg Announces Enhanced Permanent Environments Division with Tack Roberts and Paul Kloeckner

As part of mg’s Single Source Simplicity promise to client brands environments, mg is pleased to announce its Permanent Environments division. While many clients have enjoyed mg’s strategy, design, production and installation capabilities on various permanent branded environments, the addition

UFI Global Barometer Shows Positive Outlook

According to research conducted by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, show organizers around the globe have a generally positive outlook for the industry, though that is not universally the case as a handful of regions express pronounced

IAEE Congratulates the 2017 KLI Legend of the Industry Jonathan “Skip” Cox

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events recently announced the selection of Jonathan “Skip” Cox as the 2017 KLI Legend of the Industry Each year IAEE selects a KLI “Legend of the Industry” whose contributions, innovation and leadership have been truly

Prague Congress Centre Goes Green: Respect to Environment Pays Off

The Prague Congress Centre was perceived by the public as a giant who devours an endless amount of energy. But it is not true. Sustainable development and energy saving are clear priorities of the current center. The evidence of it

PCMA Announces Future Conference Destinations

The Professional Convention Management Association annual Convening Leaders event will be hosted in Pittsburgh, PA. and San Francisco in 2019 and 2020 respectively, officials have announced. The event, held each January, is the is aimed at the business events industry

Orbus Doubles Graphic Print Capabilities

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, one of North America’s leading trade suppliers and manufacturers of display, exhibit and event solutions is pleased to announce it recently doubled its display graphic printing capability. With additions of state-of-the-art printing equipment in its

It’s the New Don & Mike Show Podcasts for the Trade Show, Event and Experiential Marketing World

Ever want to make your voice heard on an issue involving trade shows, events or experiential marketing?  Want to be up to date on the latest in these industries?  Have something to say?  Be a part of the newest Podcast

BizBash Live LA 2017: a High-energy Experience Full of Passion – By Gwendolyn C.W. Campbell

Photos by Philip A.Hoffman There is an energy groups of people bring to an event.  BizBash L.A. 2017 brought energy and passion to the forefront along with a new state of conference offerings meant to inspire and inform. BizBash L.A.

Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association Announce Recipients of Scholarship

Scholarship Sponsored by GES The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association is pleased to announce Leanne Dagavarian with MilliporeSigma and Melissa Matarrese with the American College of Surgeons as the recipients of the inaugural HCEAConnect Scholarship, sponsored by GES. The HCEAConnect

AIPC 2017 Annual Conference: Current Centre Issues Meet Emerging Geo-political Challenges

At right, Aloysius Arlando was elected as the new AIPC president A combination of member expertise and global insights addressed an overall theme of “Transformation” at the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Association of Convention Centres this past week in



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Indonesia – Unity in Diversity – By Larry Kulchawik

The International Trade Association recently conducted a trade seminar that focused on doing business in Indonesia. The event was held at the Indonesian Trade Center – Chicago, a part of a global trade network supervised by the Ministry of Trade

The Power of One – By Haley Freeman

I was a kid in the 1970s, and I remember watching the Keep America Beautiful ads on television featuring Iron Eyes Cody, the “Crying Indian.” (Millennials – refer to YouTube.) He cried silently while observing a landscape of fouled waterways

Logic and Innovation – By Jim Obermeyer

Ever wonder why some industries seem to be constantly innovating and improving and changing while others seem completely stagnant and stuck in a rut? I spend a fair amount of time behind a windshield, and that gives me a fair

Reference Checks Could Spell Disaster if Not Done – By Philip H. Kemper

This time, we are going to take a look at reference checks — a difficult, and often unpleasant, subject for many companies. As unbelievable as this sounds, many companies – large and small – never bother to check candidate references. Perhaps it

MPI launches Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills Course – By Calanit Atia

Meeting Professionals International is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the

The Mixed Economy and the IFES Concept for International Harmony – By Larry Kulchawik

The Mixed Economy is a US social institution, but the concept is shared by many other free trade countries. The Mixed Economy is a human solution to human problems. Trade shows are also a human solution to human problems/ challenges.

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk – By Haley Freeman

Las Vegas may be one of the nation’s greatest meeting destinations, with its millions of square feet of convention space, glamorous hotel-casinos and endless entertainment choices. But you have to admit that the desert has one drawback: all beach; no

Leaving Your Legacy – By Jim Obermeyer

It is interesting to me how our chosen careers build upon themselves; how each experience adds to the wisdom base, which then allows you to be able to succeed at the next level. I could not do the job I

What You Need To Consider Before Hiring a Summer Intern – By Philip H. Kemper

Once again, school’s soon out for the summer nearly everywhere—and millions of college students are flocking to a variety of businesses, large and small, for those coveted summer internships. In times gone by, those internships were considered to be cheap

Make a Presence by Exhibiting in Your Industry’s Trade Shows – By Calanit Atia

Last March, thousands of trade show and corporate event marketers converged on Las Vegas for EXHIBITORLIVE 2017— four days of power-packed education. The “trade show for trade shows” draws professional marketers from a wide array of industries. If you do



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Officials Renew Efforts to Expand Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

After years mired in political battles that prevented it from moving forward, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority recently issued a design and feasibility Request for Proposal for master planning services for the 70-acre campus of the Boston Convention and Exhibition

Reed Exhibitions, UBM, Top World’s Largest Exhibition Organizers

According to AMR International, an advisory firm for the exhibition industry, Reed Exhibitions continues to top the list as the world’s largest organizer–a position the company has sustained in the rankings since the last study in 2016. The report, titled

Agenda for SGIA Printed Electronics Symposium Oct. 10 Conference at New Orleans’ ENMCC

SGIA’s 2017 Printed Electronics Symposium will focus on e-textiles, with a day of presentations exploring markets and applications for wearable technology. The October 10 conference will be held at New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in conjunction with the

190 Drone Companies to Showcase Latest Technology at InterDrone Sept. 6-8 at Rio Hotel LV

BZ Media LLC today unveiled the exhibition component of the industry’s largest dedicated commercial UAV show, InterDrone. More than 150 exhibitors have already signed up and another 40 are expected before the show opens its doors September 6-8 at the Rio Hotel

Community Invited to Help Create a World Free from the Pain and Suffering Caused by Breast Cancer

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kickoff Set For August 17, 2017 The American Cancer Society will host a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer kickoff rally and informational meeting at 7:30 a.m. on August 17 at the Red

MGM Resorts, Sydell Group Unveil Plans for Innovative LV Conference Space at New Park MGM

Nearly 80,000-Square-Foot Conference Space to Offer Las Vegas’ First Executive Meeting Center, Ideation Labs, Wellness Features MGM Resorts International and New York-based Sydell Group will debut a new meetings and conference space this fall as part of Monte Carlo Resort

U.K.’s Ideal Home Show to Expand to Shanghai

Organizers of the 109-year-old Ideal Home Show have announced that it will expand to China this year, marking the first time the long-running event travels abroad from its home base in the United Kingdom. The Chinese edition of the event

IT&CM Asia 2017 Localizes Preview Reception in Bangkok To Woo Thai Buyers

IT&CMA, together with the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, put together a special preview roadshow for local Thai buyers in Bangkok, Thailand, last month to showcase the upcoming leading MICE and Corporate Travel event centered in the Asia-Pacific. The event venue and

Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism Endorses the Inaugural Tribal Warrior Challenge August 19

WARRIOR READY! Sarawak’s Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (middle) and his team endorsing the inaugural edition of Tribal Warrior Challenge; an obstacle course race organised by Borneo Tru Events in partnership with

Comexposium to Acquire MFV with Leading Franchise Events in the US, Mexico, and the UK.

Comexposium Group recently announced the entry into an agreement to acquire the group MFV which includes major Franchise trade shows and conferences in the United States (International Franchise Expo in New York, Franchise Expo West in Los Angeles, Franchise Expo



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LVCVA August Board Meeting Celebrates 100 Year-old Employee Bill Darwin

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority honored their eldest staff member,  soon-to-be 100 year old, Bill Darwin on August 8 during the organization’s regular board of directors meeting. Bill Darwin is a vivacious and energetic member of the LVCVA team. He

MCEC Farewells Chairman Robert Annells After Significant 20 Years of Service

After more than 20 years of outstanding service, Mr Robert Annells PSM has officially stepped down as chairman of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Trust, with his significant contribution acknowledged at a private farewell reception last night.  Mr Annells was

Church House Westminster Welcomes New Event Coordinator Sharnez Ritchie

Church House Westminster has welcomed a new member to its events team. Sharnez Ritchie has joined the central London venue as an Event Coordinator, having previously worked for another venue in the capital. In her role, she will work across

mg Grows Las Vegas Team

mg is pleased to announce several additions to its Las Vegas team in response to growth in the Las Vegas and West Coast markets. Bunny Hoskins (top left) has been promoted to senior account manager and will be relocating to Las

Cassie Jones Represents NOENMCC at IAVM Venue Management School

Senior Event Manager Cassie Jones represented the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as a Class Representative at the IAVM Venue Management School, which is considered one of the best professional education programs for venue managers. The New Orleans

Scott Irvine Joins GES as GM of Toronto

Irvine bring experience in logistics, service and continuous improvement GES, a global experiential marketing partner for exhibitions, exhibits, and events, announced that Scott Irvine has joined the company as general manager of its Toronto operation. Irvine brings more than 15

Association for Women in Events Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees Announced

The Association for Women in Events, a not for profit organization supporting gender equality and diversity in the event industry, has announced its inaugural inductees for the Women in Events Hall of Fame Recognition Program, hosted by the AWE Awards

Convention Data Services Announces Tim Orciuch as New Account Executive

Convention Data Services, the trusted registration and lead management partner, has promoted Tim Orciuch to the position of account executive in the sales department. Orciuch brings to his new position 15 years of extensive experience working onsite with show managers.

Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services Hires Cassandra Karns as its Newest Cust. Srvc. Rep.

Hiring of Cassandra Karns Continues Rapid Expansion and Growth at Willwork; Karns Will Support National Operations; She Will Focus on Boston Market Willwork, Inc. Exhibit & Event Services, a national leader exhibition services and event project management, continues its rapid growth

Nimlok Chicago Names Ivan Ouzounov as President

Nimlok Chicago, an exclusive and expert Nimlok exhibit and display distributor based in Des Plaines, Ill., announces that it has added Ivan Ouzounov as president to its growing team of professionals. Mr. Ouzounov joins Nimlok Chicago with 12 years’ experience

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