Wis. hotelier breaks ground on AC Hotel Madison

North Central Group (NCG), a Midwest owner, developer and operator of hotels, broke ground on the AC Hotel Madison in downtown Madison, Wis.

San Diego Convention Center wins court battle against cleaning contractor

United District Court Judge Anthony J. Battaglia issued an order Aug. 20 granting summary judgment in favor of San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC) on an interference with contract claim brought by United National Maintenance (UNM).

Growth fuels expansion of LMG in Orlando

LMG LLC, a national provider of video, audio, LED and lighting support, announced plans to expand its headquarters by 50,000 square feet.

Police Security Expo extends stay in Atlantic City

Meet AC, a tourism economic development agency, is pleased to announce and welcome back the Police Security Expo who signed a three-year contract extension to remain in Atlantic City for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Summer 2015 opening set for Exhibition Centre Liverpool

The final preparations are underway on Exhibition Centre Liverpool in England ahead of its opening in August 2015.

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Common Misconceptions about Tradeshow Labor

Who is today’s exhibitor? Despite the fact that tradeshow exhibit management is increasingly complex, there are less tradeshow managers today than 20 years ago.

History of Tradeshows and I&D

America’s Tradeshow Roots Installation labor traces its roots to the 1930s, when the latest fashions and styles were promoted in department store windows in New York and Chicago.

Evolution of Exhibit Booths and Buyer Behavior

Big Budgets, Big Demands In the 1980s, convention centers were in existence across the country, tradeshows had grown, and it seemed that there would be enough work for everyone.

GCs & EACs

What’s the difference between the GC and EAC? Both general contractors and exhibitor-appointed contractors hire from a region’s local labor pool.

Introduction to I&D Series

Installation and dismantle (I&D) companies are some of the most vital suppliers to the tradeshow and exhibit industry.

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CEIR launches insightful new report series

Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), which advances the exhibition industry through research, launched the Industry Insight Series.

PCMA names the proposed 2016 officers and directors

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee, chaired by Johnnie White, 2014 past chair of the Board, met on Aug. 20, in Chicago and reviewed a number of nominee applications for the 2016 open board officers and directions positions.

CIC announces new APEX Committee members

Convention Industry Council (CIC) formally named who’ll be joining the leadership of its Accepted Practice Exchange Standards Committee (APEX), the council’s initiative to develop and implement industry-wide accepted practices.

SLAS2016 will kick off with CDS as its new partner

Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) has just signed a new multi-year contract with Convention Data Services (CDS) to provide full registration services, exhibitor lead management services and onsite support for their international conference and exhibition.

ISES announces 2015 Esprit Award winners

International Special Events Society (ISES) is proud to announce the 2015 ISES Esprit Award winners.

Moss Inc. acquires German supplier Marx+Moschner

Continuing its strategic growth, Moss Inc. acquired Marx+Moschner, a leading European environmental branding supplier headquartered in Lennestadt, Germany.

Tech companies partner for event management solution

Planning and managing flawless events is seamless now thanks to new product capabilities announced by tech companies Zentila and Certain Inc.

Creative Banner Displays recognized for ongoing growth

Creative Banner Displays, a domestic manufacturer and supplier of portable displays, signs and banners, was recognized as one of this year’s fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine.

IMEX America raises the ‘green’ bar

Hosted buyers, visitors and exhibitors alike can all enjoy a greener IMEX America this year thanks to a host of sustainability initiatives focusing on waste reduction and education.

FCC fines Smart City $750k for illegal Wi-Fi jamming

The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today announced a $750,000 settlement with Smart City Holdings LLC for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi at various convention centers around the U.S.

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Your Interview Style Needs Sprucing Up

Our interview style—the way we present ourselves to the candidate, is vital to making a good hire.

Make the Most of your Summer

Summer is here. My son is spending every free moment on his boat at the lake. My daughter is a counselor at a summer camp in Maine for two months.

How to sell your position to the candidate

Let’s face it; many parts of the job market today are mainly candidate dominated. (Sales is certainly one.) The candidate is “in the driver’s seat.”

‘We don’t like their sound’

“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” Decca recording company rejecting the Beatles, 1962

Green Take on a Great Lake

When people think of the most desirable convention cities, they often think of beachy destinations offering a variety of visitor attractions – places like LA and Orlando.

It’s Summer Intern Time Again—Be Careful

School’s 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.

Exhibit City News Announces I&D Series for Labor Industry

Exhibit City News (ECN), a trade publication serving the meeting, tradeshow and convention industries, announced today its upcoming series focusing on event labor and installation and dismantle services, or I&D.

Together everyone achieves more

My first exposure to the phrase ‘together everyone achieves more’ came in 1985. 

Do I have to ask for a raise?

What an awful thought—asking for a raise.

2015 World’s Fair is a showcase for sustainability

It is fitting that only days after people around the globe came together for Earth Day (April 22), the world’s fair, Expo Milano 2015, opened in Milan, Italy with the theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”

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Western Massachusetts sees unique conventions

This past June, Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (GSCVB) and Western Massachusetts hosted the 64th National Square Dance Convention (NSDC).

ExCeL hosts London’s largest congress yet

On Aug. 29, ExCeL London will open its doors for London’s biggest ever congress — European Society of Cardiology (ESC) 2015.

Freeman contact center recognized for service excellence

Freeman has been recognized for contact center operation customer service excellence with its live phone channel for a sixth consecutive year under the J.D. Power Certified Contact Center Program.

SommCon to launch in San Diego

The glass is half-full for oenophiles with the debut of SommCon in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 18-21at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

Urban Expositions purchases Womenswear in Nevada show

Urban Expositions, which produces and manages a portfolio of 40 events serving nine industry sectors, acquired Womenswear in Nevada (WWIN) tradeshow from Specialty Trade Shows Inc.

2016 National Hardware Show undergoes changes

As part of its ongoing efforts to deliver the best possible experience for attending and exhibiting customers, the National Hardware Show will once again host the event in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central and North Halls, beginning in 2016—returning

Hargrove serves as GC for global event in Kenya

A creator of world-class experiential environments for events, tradeshows and exhibits, Hargrove Inc. served as the general contractor for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

Wis. hotelier breaks ground on AC Hotel Madison

North Central Group (NCG), a Midwest owner, developer and operator of hotels, broke ground on the AC Hotel Madison in downtown Madison, Wis.

ibtm world sees uptick in first-time buyers

ibtm world, formerly EIBTM, has confirmed that 47 percent of Hosted Buyers qualified to date will be attending the show for the first time.

Experient raises $6,500 for annual charity event

Experient, the source for integrated meeting and event solutions, hosted the 7th Annual Pack for Impact event in Denver on July 29, achieving donations of $6,500 for Food Bank of the Rockies’ meal programs.

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imago elevates employee to marketing manager

imago, which unifies conference and events venues at Loughborough University in England, has promoted an employee to marketing manager.

FreemanXP taps industry luminary as vice president

Brand experience agency FreemanXP has hired a vice president of special events to lead its expanded global practice.

Freeman names new chief digital officer and CIO

Freeman, the leading global provider of brand experiences, announced two promotions.

GES executive appointed to BPA Worldwide board, committee

David Saef, executive vice president, strategy & MarketWorks, Global Experience Specialists (GES), a global full-service provider for live events, has been appointed to BPA Worldwide’s Board of Directors. Saef will also join BPA’s Sustainability Committee.

Sho-Link appoints national project manager

Sho-Link Inc., a nationwide I&D provider for designers and builders, announced the appointment of a national project manager on Aug. 24.

New director to oversee Annual Convention and Traffic Expo

A convention, tradeshow and meetings industry veteran was named director of meetings and conventions and director of The Foundation for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) headquartered in Fredericksburg, Va.

Sho-Link hires a show foreman in Las Vegas

Sho-Link Inc., a nationwide I&D provider for designers and builders, appointed a show foreman on Aug. 3.

Louisville CVB appoints new employee and promotes another

Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau appointed a convention sales manager to the Convention Development Department and promoted another employee.

ISES elects new international president

International Special Events Society (ISES), an organization for meeting and event professionals, has elected a new international president for the 2015-2016 year.

UBM EMEA appoints biz dev professional for Asia

UBM EMEA, a global exhibitions organizer, has appointed a head of business development, Asia for Routes & ASM.

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