Americas


IMEX America in Las Vegas was the largest ever IMEX Americas

IMEX America came to a close yesterday, 18 October, in Las Vegas’ Sands Expo and Convention Centre. The event set a series of new records, and was the largest ever IMEX. Over 13,000 participants took part in the event, making over 70,000 appointments. The event expanded into an additional hall, creating space for over 3,500 exhibitors representing 150 countries. Carina Bauer (pictured left), CEO of...

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Tarsus Group expands its operations in Mexico with buyout of E.J.Krause Tarsus Americas

UK-based Tarsus Group has bought the remaining 50% share of its joint venture in Mexico with E.J. Krause for $18m. The global organiser has also announced deals in Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates. “Mexico is a large and fast-growing market, and this agreement to acquire the remaining 50% interest in EJK Tarsus Mexico, thereby assuming full control of the Mexican business, represents an...

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FFANY and Informa get in step on footwear shows Americas

The Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), the non-profit organisation that leads FFANY Market Weeks in New York and its NY Shoe Expo Tradeshows, and Informa plc, organiser of FN PLATFORM, MAGIC, Coterie and PROJECT, have announced they will coordinate their trade show calendars for this sector in future. FFANY’s New York Shoe Expo in Manhattan on 5-7 February takes place on the same days as the Informa’s...

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Blackstone confirms acquisition of NEC Group AmericasEurope

Private equity company Blackstone has announced the acquisition of the UK’s NEC Group – encompassing the NEC, Resorts World Arena, ICC Birmingham, The Ticket Factory and more –from the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group (known as LDC) in a deal worth a reported £800m. LDC originally backed a management buyout of the Group from Birmingham City Council in 2015 for £307m. Since then,...

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IMEX America launches new event app Americas

IMEX America has launched a new event app, ahead of the shows running from 16-18 October at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Las Vegas. The app will allow delegates to view appointments with exhibitors, find a booth on the show floor, and stay up to date with the talks taking place on the show floor. The app is powered by eventreference.com, and is...

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Caesars Entertainment to eliminate 200 million single-use plastic straws Americas

Caesars Entertainment has announced a new phased approach to removing all single-use plastic straws from its US locations. The company estimates that they will help eliminate approximately 200 million single-use plastic straws, which would have been used once and discarded every year. The plan began in July 2018, when Caesars moved to an ‘upon request only’ policy for straws. The next phase saw Caesars strategic...

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Pennsylvania Convention Centre installs new digital displays Americas

The Pennsylvania Convention Centre in South Dakota, USA, is enhancing its guest experience with Daktronics LED video displays. The new displays will supplement more than 200 annual events hosted by the facility. They are currently sharing messages with visitors and passersby. John J. McNichol, president & CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, said: “As the world becomes more digitalized, our new digital displays will offer...

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Miami Beach Convention Centre hires general manager Americas

The Miami Beach Convention Center, which is at the tail-end of a US$620m renovation and expansion, has named Freddie Peterson (pictured) as its new General Manager. Peterson, who recently concluded a two-decade tenure leading the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), will now oversee day-to-day operations at one of the largest convention centers in the world. Peterson will provide strategic leadership to position Miami Beach competitively...

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Los Angeles Convention Centre becomes the first in the US with permanent 5G WiFi Americas

The Los Angeles Convention Centre (LACC) has become the first convention centre in the United States to permanently install a 5G wireless network. The cutting-edge technology was deployed at the LACC in conjunction with the “GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas, in Partnership with CTIA” on September 12-14, 2018. Doane Liu, executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Convention and Tourism Development, said:...

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Reed Exhibitions appoints new US president Americas

Herve Sedky, President of Reed Exhibitions (RX) Americas, has announced a change to the company’s leadership structure in the US. Debbie Evans, currently the President of RX South East Asia and Australia, is moving to the US to take on the role of President, RX US. Debbie currently runs an RX business spanning 5 countries and over 50 events. Prior to this, she held the...

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