MomoCon 2016 Draws Record Number of Attendees

MomoCon’s 2016 convention welcomed a record 28,000 gamers, fans and pop culture enthusiasts to May’s event at the Georgia World Congress Center. Thousands of people, many in costume, took to the streets in downtown Atlanta for a weekend of entertainment

ShowNets Begets Sky High Wi-Fi for E3, You See

For a trio of days this past June, 52,000 attendees stormed 270 exhibitors at the 24th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It was Atlanta-based showNets’ 18th year of bringing what is a pivotal service

Attached Convention Center Hotel Breaks Ground in Des Moines

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Iowa Events Center recently joined city, county and development partners to celebrate the ground breaking on a new, 330-room Convention Center Hilton Hotel in Downtown Des Moines. The hotel, which will be

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures is known as the premier manufacturer of custom commercial fabric and metal awnings and canopies, fabrication of exhibit components, experiential displays and industrial architectural elements. Lawrence has won numerous industry outstanding achievement awards for fabricating

Positive Proximity Makes Event Tracking Easy—and Affordable

Attendee session tracking just became a whole lot easier and less expensive, thanks to Positive Proximity. The Las Vegas–based company’s Web and mobile app service uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect smartphones and tablets to beacons, and takes all

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North Star Travel Group Acquired

Wasserstein Partners, a private equity firm that focuses on media and communications investments, has acquired Northstar Travel Group, a provider of an estimated 50 events in 13 countries for the meetings, exhibition, and travel industries. Aside from the face-to-face events

CES Still King

In its annual ranking of trade shows, Trade Show Executive has dubbed the International Consumer Electronics Show king once again, but this time with more than a million feet to spare between it and the next highest finisher. According to

Exhibitions Day a Success

According to organizers, the third annual Exhibitions Day held in June was an outstanding success, with more than 100 of the industry’s most influential leaders descending on Capitol Hill together. Once there, representatives met face-to-face with legislators to raise their

I&D Series Part 3 Introduction – I&D and Geography

Tradeshows are the most physical of marketing and sales initiatives.

Building up Boston’s oldest independent contractor

Around the Boston area, the name Bob Dobinski is synonymous with I&D, or installation and dismantle.

A Different Approach to Partnerships

Momentum Management crafts a customer-committed culture

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How Can Exhibitors Maximize ROI? Trade Show Experts Share Their Secrets

Don’t show up to a trade show unprepared and expect a successful outcome – listen to an expert panel and their tricks to creating value from a trade show event. With so much opportunity for highlighting your brand and expanding

Exhibit Force Wins 2016 Best Exhibit Technology Award

ExhibitForce, the industry leader in delivering best practices in business and event management recently announced that they have been named the winner of the BEST Award in the category of Exhibit Technology. The award recognizes ExhibitForce’s innovation and commitment to

Scharenbrioch is ESCA Summer Conference Opening Keynote Speaker

The Exhibition Services and Contractors Association is pleased to be able to have Emmy Award winner, Hall of Fame keynote speaker and entertainer Mark Scharenbroich open its June summer conference. You may be familiar with Scharenbroich from some of the

ShowNets Begets Sky High Wi-Fi for E3, You See

For a trio of days this past June, 52,000 attendees stormed 270 exhibitors at the 24th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It was Atlanta-based showNets’ 18th year of bringing what is a pivotal service

Ribbon Cut for LMG’s Headquarters Expansion; Home of Educational Brand CoIL

LMG, a national provider of video, audio, lighting, and LED support and a fixture in the Orlando high tech community for 32 years, recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce their second expansion to its current Orlando headquarters.  Founded in Orlando, LMG

Nimlok Chicago Launches New Website to Highlight Expertise In Exhibits, Environments and Events

Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, was excited to announce that Nimlok Chicago, the exclusive and expert Nimlok distributor for the Chicagoland area, has recently unveiled a new website. The new website has a clean, organized design,

Storage West Updates its Identity with New Branding

Self-Storage Company Establishes Close-Knit Bond with Renters “We’re not in the storage business – we’re in the trauma or life events business,” says Don Willis (photo below right), director of sales and marketing, Storage West. It’s a bold comment for a

Attached Convention Center Hotel Breaks Ground in Des Moines

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Iowa Events Center recently joined city, county and development partners to celebrate the ground breaking on a new, 330-room Convention Center Hilton Hotel in Downtown Des Moines. The hotel, which will be

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures is known as the premier manufacturer of custom commercial fabric and metal awnings and canopies, fabrication of exhibit components, experiential displays and industrial architectural elements. Lawrence has won numerous industry outstanding achievement awards for fabricating

13th Annual Chicago Randy Charity Golf Outing: Register now for 7/25/16

The following links will help you to customize your experience. REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot. Interested in LEARNING MORE about the charity? There are plenty of SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES available. Please let us know if you can donate a prize to the raffle. We would love to get the

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Amenities Build Loyalty, Research Says

In the fourth installment of a five-report series examining attendee loyalty, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research says that the amenities and ancillary activities of an event are among the most significant instigators of return business for future gatherings. “When

A Walk on the Wild Side – By Haley Freeman

In honor of the San Diego Zoo’s centennial celebration, I got to thinking about some of America’s world class zoos as event destinations that offer the ultimate accommodations for people who value conservancy and sustainability. The San Diego Zoo, San

Tradeshow Booth Visitors LIE

By: Richard Erschik Wow. That’s a pretty harsh and broad brush statement. Let me tone it down a bit by re-stating that tradeshow booth visitors often misrepresent themselves when they visit your booth. That better? Yes, when you are capturing

Urban Vert – By Haley Freeman

By Haley Freeman Posh. Eclectic. Radically distinctive. When you visit an Ace Hotel location anywhere in the world, you will encounter something extraordinary. And inventively green. I recently became lost to the mythic vibe and grand proportions of Ace’s digs

Cow Bellies and Corn Fields – By Jim Obermeyer

By Jim Obermeyer One of the things I have always liked about this industry is the great opportunity we have to learn about other industries and other companies. Part of the process of helping our clients achieve positive results at

The Wedding Planner

My wife and I just spent the weekend with my son and future daughter-in-law.

Green Festival Celebrates the Best in Sustainability

Imagine a place where the latest innovations in green products, services, food, lifestyle and business are gathered together under a single roof – a place where environmentally sound policies are put into practice by a large community of people with

Green Venue Report 2015 Soon to be Released

In 2013, two organizations joined forces to produce the Green Venue Report, a comprehensive industry study examining the sustainability standards practiced by convention venues in the U.S. and Canada.

Corporate Wisdom?

The other day I was reading through some old articles that I had stashed in a ‘management’ folder in my file cabinet.

Greetings to Readers Everywhere!

With the beginning of September starts our four-month look into tradeshow and event labor.

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MomoCon 2016 Draws Record Number of Attendees

MomoCon’s 2016 convention welcomed a record 28,000 gamers, fans and pop culture enthusiasts to May’s event at the Georgia World Congress Center. Thousands of people, many in costume, took to the streets in downtown Atlanta for a weekend of entertainment

Development Resumes on Resorts World Las Vegas

Despite setbacks that initially stalled the project’s progress, a new 3,000-room resort property is on track to open on the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip by 2019. The complex, dubbed Resorts World Las Vegas, will occupy the footprint

JMIC Issues Call for Case Studies

The Joint Meetings Industry Council has embarked on a program to identify and document events that illustrate the broader economic, academic, business and professional achievements of global meetings, conventions and exhibitions. The program will be overseen by a group of

UFI selects future President from Fiera Milano for 2017/2018 term

The UFI Board of Directors have elected Corrado Peraboni, CEO of Fiera Milano, as the President of UFI for 2018. The decision was made at a board meeting during UFI’s Open Seminar in Basel (Switzerland). Hence, the UFI Presidential Trio

Building Bridges to the Future in Istanbul

More than 150 international exhibition and event services professionals convened for the 2016 IFES World Summit, held June 2 – 4, in the world class city of Istanbul, deemed the crossroads of Europe and Asia – “Where the Orient meets

Highlights from Three International Marketing Seminars Recently Held in Chicago

“To be a valuable international trade show marketing partner, staying abreast of political and economic business changes in the world will provide a wee bit of insight when making decisions to invest internationally”… Larry Kulchawik/Trade Shows from One Country to

Busworld Moves to Brussels Expo in 2019

After 45 years in the Belgian city of Kortrijk, Busworld, the globe’s largest trade show for the bus and coach industry, will move to move to Brussels Expo for its 2019 biennial event. Officials say the change was prompted by

Australia Expands Event Space

Leaders have unveiled design drawings for the expansion of the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center, a project that will complement the new International Convention Center slated to open in Sydney in late 2016. The initiatives are being fueled by a

Inaugural Global Exhibitions Day Reports Success

Global Exhibitions Day, which took place on June 8 around the world, is being hailed as a success by organizers who created the inaugural event to spotlight the impact trade shows and events have on the international economy. The International

Reed Exhibitions Acquires Four Korean Shows

Reed Exhibitions, a global events organizer, has expanded its footprint in Asia with the acquisition of four Korean trade shows including the Electronics Manufacturing Korea show and several Home Table Deco Fairs. The fairs join Reed’s expansive portfolio which includes

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Momentum Management Announces Movement of John Knoska to Atlanta-area Office

Momentum Management, a nationwide labor services company, is pleased to announce the movement of a strategic management partner to the Atlanta-area office. John Knoska, Vice President of Field Operations, joined Momentum Management in 2011 as the city manager in Chicago

LMG Hires Rick Hyland as Accounts Manager at the Orange County Convention Center

LMG is pleased to announce the hiring of Rick Hyland as Accounts Manager at the Orange County Convention Center. His role will include creating and fostering relationships with current and prospective OCCC clients, as well as manage and oversee LMG’s

Hargrove Expands Exhibit Sales with Addition of Manager Caitlin Samples

Hargrove, Inc., the creator of world-class experiential environments for trade shows, events and exhibits, announced that it has hired a manager in the exhibit sales department. Caitlin Samples, a former employee of Hargrove, has re-joined the team as Manager of Exhibit Sales Operations. “We

Dylan Friedman Joins Employco USA, Inc. as Account Executive

Dylan Friedman is a new account executive of Employco USA, Inc. Headquartered in Westmont, Illinois, Employco provides employer management and human resource outsourcing, as well as a number of other administrative and progressive employment techniques. Dylan has hands-on experience in

Jizleth Rios Joins Employco USA, Inc. as Account Executive

Jizleth Rios is a new account executive of Employco USA, Inc. Headquartered in Westmont, Illinois, Employco provides employer management and human resource outsourcing, as well as a number of other administrative and progressive employment techniques. Jizleth began her career in

Aoife Delaney named as CIC Pacesetter 2016

Ovation Global DMC is delighted to announce that Aoife Delaney, Director of Global Sales has been honored by the Convention Industry Council with the prestigious Pacesetter Award 2016.  CIC created the Pacesetter Awards in 2012 to celebrate emerging leaders and

Claude Molinari Announced as New General Manager of Cobo Center

Wes Westley, president and CEO of SMG, recently announced Claude Molinari as the new general manager of Cobo Center. Since SMG assumed operations management of Cobo Center in 2010, Molinari has been the assistant general manager under Thom Connors. Mr.

Larry Harrison Joins GES as General Manager of Toronto

Global Experience Specialists, a global full service provider for live events, recently announced that Larry Harrison has joined the company as general manager of Toronto. Harrison has led operations and sales across a number of industries covering manufacturing, distribution, signage

Coastal International Inc. Promotes Kathy Spangler to Vice President of Administration

Coastal International, Inc., a national leader in Installation and dismantle services for tradeshows and events nationwide, recently announced the promotion of Kathy Spangler to vice president of administration. She will have the primary responsibility for all administrative processes throughout the

Sho-Link, Inc. Announces Robert Tarolla as New Las Vegas City Manager and Edward Raburn as Las Vegas Show Foreman

Robert Tarolla, an industry veteran for more than 24 years, has accepted the position of Las Vegas City Manager for Sho-Link Incorporated. Tarolla began his career in the trade show industry in 1991 while attending college in Illinois. He worked

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