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Mar 26, 2024
Meeting and convention facilities across the country and around the globe have been inking new deals with leading hospitality and management providers, upgrading technology infrastructure and launching new premium spaces to accommodate the ever-growing demand from event organizers. Smart City Networks Completes Network Upgrade at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Smart City Networks, provider of utilities, technology and telecommunications services for convention centers and hospitality venues, completed an almost $1 million network upgrade for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention… more
Mar 25, 2024
Celebrated every March, Women’s History Month is an opportune time to celebrate the female achievers of the trade show and events industry. In this third in a series of exclusive interviews with outstanding female industry professionals, we had the pleasure of speaking with Freeman President Janet Dell and beMatrix CEO Tara Ericson to find out how their organizations are supporting women, how the industry can accelerate gender equity and inclusion and what advice they can offer women to reach the C-suite. Janet Dell, President, Freeman Current role: Dell oversees Freeman’s long-term… more
Mar 22, 2024
Gerilyn Horan’s journey into the hospitality industry began unintentionally when the insurance company she was working for part-time while in college phased out its entire department. However, the unfortunate experience turned out to be a serendipitous one for the young student. “Fortunately, a new Hilton had just opened nearby, and through a friend, I secured a role as a cashier in the coffee shop,” Horan explained. “I fell in love with the business, and out of a desire to create impactful experiences, I evolved through a series of front-of-the-house, commercial and leadership roles.”… more
Mar 21, 2024
Celebrated every March, Women’s History Month is an opportune time to celebrate the female achievers of the trade show and events industry. In this second in a series of exclusive interviews with several outstanding female industry professionals, we had the pleasure of speaking with Maverick Payments Creative Director Jessica Reinhardt, who will oversees exhibits at 10 events in 2024, to find out how her company is supporting women and what we as an industry can do to accelerate gender equity and inclusivity. Jessica Reinhardt, Creative Director, Maverick Payments Current role: Reinhardt is… more
Mar 20, 2024
Exclusively sponsored by Honeycomb Strategies. When events adopt sustainability goals such as reducing water and energy, organizers are then tasked with finding host venues that have the systems in place to support such goals. We’ve compiled this guide for event planners on what to look for and which questions to ask when reviewing convention centers and meeting spaces for sustainability. 1. Certifications Sustainability certifications show that the building’s operations and infrastructure have been reviewed and approved by an established third-party authority. They are a great shorthand… more
Mar 19, 2024
Cvent CONNECT, an annual user conference that drew 10,000 meetings, events and hospitality professionals in 2023, in-person and online, unveiled its full 2024 agenda and its first keynote speaker, Blackstone Global Head of Portfolio Operations Jennifer Morgan. As the co-CEO of SAP, she is the first female to lead a company on the DAX, a stock market index consisting of the 40 major German blue-chip companies trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Previously held in Las Vegas, the 2024 edition of Cvent CONNECT is moving to San Antonio for the first time and will be held June 10-13 at the… more
Mar 18, 2024
How do you take your corporate event from good to great? The first step is understanding your audience, advised Senior Event Marketing Leader Kimberly Kee — who has managed event programs for MCI, Hughes, Boeing, Arrow and TeamViewer — during a session at EXHIBITORLIVE 2024.  “Be prepared to ask a lot of questions to find out where you need to focus your planning priorities,” she said. “Understand both objective and subjective data by using online survey tools combined with more personal tactics.” Here’s an overview of nine more steps for planning a great corporate event. 1. Event branding… more
Mar 15, 2024
What’s new for events in Anaheim? The Southern California city is expecting to host nearly 1 million attendees in 2024, said Visit Anaheim Senior Vice President, Sales & Services Ronnie Collins. The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is home to a number of major conventions, including the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show, Natural Products Expo West, WonderCon, VidCon, D23 and more.  Visit Anaheim, the city’s official destination marketing organization (DMO), has confirmed 148 conventions, meetings and events for 2024, which are projected to generate 610,000 room nights… more
Mar 14, 2024
Celebrated every March, Women’s History Month is an opportune time to celebrate the female achievers of the trade show and corporate events industry. In this first in a series of exclusive interviews with several outstanding female industry professionals, we had the pleasure of speaking with Kitty Ratcliffe, president of Explore St. Louis and Kathy Springstead, general manager, convention center operations for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, to find out how their organizations are supporting women, whether they believe we are making progress when it comes to gender diversity in the C-suite… more
Mar 12, 2024
Are you attending Connect 2024 Spring Marketplace in Las Vegas? Considering it?  Connect Spring Marketplace is scheduled for April 2-4 at The Venetian, Las Vegas. Designed for event professionals, Connect Spring Marketplace is expected to draw more than 2,000 leaders who produce association, citywide, corporate, sports, eTourism and diversity events. We’ve got the scoop on what you need to know before you take off for this popular desert destination for trade shows. 1. Speed date with suppliers. Engage in personalized 1:1 sessions with representatives from top destinations, hotels and… 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, more