Jun 03, 2012
Following a strategic review, Gaylord Entertainment has decided to sell the Gaylord Hotels brand and the rights to manage its four convention center/hotels properties to Marriott International for $210 million. Once the sale is finalized, Gaylord will continue to own its hotel properties and other businesses and will reorganize and elect to be treated as a real estate investment trust (REIT) effective Jan. 1. By transferring day-to-day control of the hotels to Marriott, Gaylord expects to save $33 million to $40 million a year. The four properties include the Gaylord Opryland Resort and… more
May 31, 2012
Trade Show News Network will be wrapping up its collection of the 2011 TSNN Top 50 Canadian Trade Shows June 14, so if you are a Canada-based show organizer submit your show as soon as possible. Please click HERE to submit your event. The 2010 TSNN Top 50 Canadian Trade Shows can be viewed HERE. The list is culled from show management and data supplied to TSNN, the list represents the top 50 trade shows held last year in ranked by net square footage in Canada. The top show in Canada in 2010 was the Regina Exhibition Association’s Western Canada Farm Progress Show, with a whopping 1,… more
May 29, 2012
IMEX Group’s 10th annual IMEX event, held May 22-24 in Frankfurt, snagged impressive numbers, with the show scoring a 21-percent increase in buyer appointments with exhibitors to reach a total of 64,000. Forty thousand of those appointments were individual ones, and the remaining were group appointments, according to Ray Bloom, chairman of the IMEX Group. Bloom also said that just fewer than 4,000 hosted buyers attended the show from an overall total of nearly 9,000 visitors from around the world.   Exhibitors at IMEX 2012 gave the show positive reviews. “The number of… more
May 28, 2012
Detroit’s Cobo Center $221 million renovation and expansion has marked an important milestone in stage one of Phase III of the five-year project, with the onset of construction of the three-story atrium that links the main floor of the venue with a new entrance facing the Detroit River. "Today's the day when the caterpillar officially enters its cocoon and begins its transformation into a butterfly," said Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority Board Chair Larry Alexander. He added, "When complete, this area will be the most visually dramatic and breathtaking… more
May 23, 2012
Consumer Electronic Association’s 2012 International CES was the biggest of the big, with records being broken in number of exhibitors, overall attendees and international attendees, according to an independent audit. There were a record-breaking 3,319 exhibitors that showed off their technologies at the 2012 International CES event, a 22-percent increase, compared with last year’s show. There also were a record number of international professionals – 35,734 – who attended the show from more than 150 countries, which was an increase of 13 percent, compared with last… more
May 21, 2012
Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd, along with China Council for the Promotion of International Trade – Shanghai Pudong Sub-Branch and Shanghai Hongshan Exhibition Service Co Ltd, will launch the Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology fair Sept. 20-22 at Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. According to organizers, the event will meet the growing demand from China’s intelligent building market. Focused on the theme “Intelligent Building“, the fair will occupy approximately 6,000 square meters of exhibition space. Exhibitors will be offering… more
May 21, 2012
When the American Psychiatric Association Heart Rhythm Society recently held their annual meetings, they decided to leave a lasting impact and give back to the local host communities. The APA’s meeting was held May 5-9 at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center and the association made a pledge to make a group donation to the Philadelphia Mental Health Center at the culmination of the event. Donations were made throughout the convention, and the APA matched every dollar that was donated by attendees. The APA 2012 Meeting also featured host Edward M. Kennedy, Jr. as the… more
May 21, 2012
The newest premiere jewellery event will be held in Eastern China Oct. 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the capital city and political, economic and cultural center of Zhejiang province. Organized by UBM China, the International Colored Gemstone Association and the Jewelry Jade Industry Association of Zhejiang, the three-day event will give the province’s sophisticated jewellery consumers, private collectors and high-end jewellery retailers the opportunity to admire and purchase jewellery, diamonds, gemstones, pearls and jadeite from esteemed international jewelers.… more
May 21, 2012
ATA 2012, a trade show focusing exclusively on telemedicine, telehealth, mHealth and remote healthcare technologies, has grown even larger, expanding 20 percent in total exhibit space.   The ATA 2012 exhibit hall hosted nearly 200 vendors, showcasing thousands of telemedicine products and services, many of which were seen for the first time.   ATA 2012 was held April 29-May 1 in San Jose, Calif.   "The entire spectrum of the telemedicine industry will gather at ATA 2012," said Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, before the event.   He… more
May 21, 2012
The Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre held its first-ever drawing competition - “A Landmark for Success Drawing Competition 2012” – in which 16 young primary and secondary school students received prizes at an Award Presentation Ceremony for their submissions. The purpose of the drawing competition was to give local school students the chance to visit the HKCEC and, by looking at its architecture and interior design from an artistic perspective, learn more about how it contributes to Hong Kong’s economy, according to venue officials.   Millions of… more
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One of the most iconic names on the Las Vegas Strip just got an upgrade. Mandalay Bay has everything that your business needs from a refreshed convention space designed to inspire productivity and creativity, to an impressive selection of world-class restaurants and amenities. If you're looking for a venue that's both inviting and innovative, you have to be here. New Wave Experiences Mandalay Bay continues to invest in a new wave of enhancements both in the convention space and within the resort as a whole. New restaurant openings including Orla by Michael Mina, drawing inspiration from the award-winning chef’s childhood in Egypt and with flavors and décor inspired by the spices found in markets common to coastal Mediterranean towns, as well as Caramá by Wolfgang Puck, bringing the essence of Italy and spirit of Wolfgang into one concept, are recent additions. The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas also experienced a recent remodel of all 424 rooms. Swingers, a high-end, adults-only golf and entertainment concept will debut in Fall 2024. Enhanced Technology Creating a truly effective conference venue requires careful thought into what a business needs: the right technology, capacity, and inspiration to bring ideas to the next level. As part of the resort’s refresh, Mandalay Bay implemented state-of-the-art technology upgrades, installing cutting-edge Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout the convention center. This advancement doubles the frequency of data transmission, enabling lightning-fast speeds up to 9400% faster. The convention center now boasts 11 dynamic digital walls, spanning up to 24' x 13', strategically positioned for brand placements, sponsorships and targeted event messaging. Additionally, attendees can benefit from 20 double-sided 55" mobile flexible display units, facilitating effortless navigation to meeting rooms and events. RFID locks were installed on all meeting room doors, and over 200 motion detection cameras have been placed throughout the space. Refreshing New Design & Fine Art The newly remodeled convention space provides a bright and vibrant atmosphere that complements Mandalay Bay's tropical-inspired brand. Featuring white-washed walls and ceilings adorned with bold floral patterns in cerulean and coral tones, the space is complemented by warm walnut accent walls. In addition to the redesign of all pre-function spaces, meeting rooms and ballrooms, Mandalay Bay's 1 million square feet of exhibit space has undergone a rejuvenation, including new paint, covered pillars and relocated strobe lights. Sustainable Spectacles Mandalay Bay is committed to Focused on What Matters and creating more responsible meetings. Refillable water stations all available around the resort, cutting unnecessary plastic usage from single-use bottles. The Mandalay Bay campus’ recent upgrades represent a bold step forward in redefining the Las Vegas experience. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and unparalleled service, Mandalay Bay sets a new standard for excellence in business hospitality. Whether you're seeking cutting-edge conference facilities, world-class dining options, or simply a luxurious retreat, an unparalleled meeting experience awaits.