Jan 11, 2016

CES 2016 broke its own record from last year with 2.47 million net sq. ft. showfloor, up from 2.2 million last year, taking over the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sands Expo & Convention Center and the Venetian, as well as the Wynn, Aria, Vdara and Cosmopolitan.

Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association), the world’s largest technology show took place Jan. 6–9.

For the first time, attendance was capped at 176,000 to help with logistics and actual attendance exceeded 170,000.

Commenting on the move to cap… more

Jan 01, 2016

The Aria Resort & Casino has unveiled plans for a major expansion of its LEED Gold-certified convention center in Las Vegas.

The $154 million project will feature an additional 200,000 square feet of technologically advanced, flexible meeting space across four stories, highlighted by indoor/open-air spaces and a glass-enclosed venue with views of The Park and new Las Vegas Arena.

With the completion of the expansion, ARIA will feature more than 500,000 square feet of meeting space for its clientele.

Construction is scheduled to begin May 2016 with anticipated… more

Nov 27, 2015


The 2017 International Buyer Program (IBP) and International Buyer Program SELECT www.export.gov/ibp application period now is open.

Interested shows have until Jan. 8, 2016, to apply. The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program is a joint government-industry effort designed to increase U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance at major U.S. industry exhibitions.

Exhibitors always are looking to connect with… more

Nov 22, 2015

Las Vegas Market has expanded its temporary exhibition space - known as The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market - with the addition of a second location, which is a 50 percent gain in exhibit space for the Winter 2016 Las Vegas Market, on tap Jan. 24-28 at World Market Center Las Vegas.

“Last August’s repositioning and reimagining of temporary exhibits to The Pavilions at Las Vegas Market was met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from buyers, which has fueled record rates of exhibitor renewals,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International… more

Nov 12, 2015

Emerald Expositions acquired the National Industrial Fastener & Mill Supply Expo (“Fastener Expo”) from Jim Bannister and Mike McGuire, the show’s co-owners.

Fastener Expo started 35 years ago and brings together manufacturers and distributors of industrial fasteners, precision formed parts, fastener machinery & tooling and other related products and services with distributors and sales agents in the distribution chain.

The 2015 event took place recently at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas and featured an all-day conference program presented by… more

Nov 10, 2015

Laying the foundation for the eventual departure of Joe Loggia, CEO of UBM Advanstar, at the end of the year, UBM Americas has made several new appointments to its U.S.-based Fashion Group, including bringing Chris DeMoulin back into the fold.

DeMoulin, who previously oversaw Advanstar's fashion business, serving as president of the biannual MAGIC  series of shows from 2008–2012, was named managing director of Fashion for UBM Americas, reporting directly to Simon Foster, CEO of UBM Americas.

DeMoulin most recently served as president of Licensing and executive vice… more

Oct 23, 2015

The Las Vegas Convention Center’s need for renovations and new exhibit and meeting space should have already occurred was the consensus among top trade show organizers who spoke Oct. 22 to the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee.

In a candid fact-finding session, they urged the 11-member committee to think strategically about the Las Vegas future and its position not just as a U.S., but also as a global trade show destination.

The session was the third of five the committee was conducting before making decisions on what would be priorities for next year.

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Oct 15, 2015

As the 5th IMEX America wrapped up in Las Vegas, records were broken across the board, with a total of 3,100 companies representing 150 countries exhibiting, including 80 new booths and 56 expanded booth.

In addition, the IMEX hosted buyer program brought a record 3,000 buyers from 54 countries to the show, for a total 10,600 people participating in the event.

There were 66,000 business appointments of which more than 57,000 were one-to-one appointments and booth presentations.

More than 40 leading buyers from the corporate sector also came for the annual… more

Sep 29, 2015

With Las Vegas being chosen as one of four cities to host a presidential debate during the 2016 election season, any question on whether it’s a city where serious business gets done should be off the table, according to Chris Meyer, vice president of Global Business Sales at the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.

“It takes away all possible argument of shows coming to Vegas,” Meyer said, an issue the city has grappled with, particularly in the government sector.

He added, “We’ll have both presidential candidates here and leadership from both of the parties.”

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Sep 08, 2015

The off-price industry is enjoying a heyday in which more national retailers are turning to the channel looking for a boost, and the OFFPRICE Show in Las Vegas remains a vital place to go for stores of all sizes from across the country.

This year’s summer show, held in August at the Sands Expo & Convention Center during Las Vegas Fashion Week, not only saw an uptick in attendance, but also in net square footage.

The footprint of the showfloor increased from 131,000 net square feet last year to 135,300 net sq. ft.  at this year’s event.  

“It was my first… more