May 05, 2022
Seattle’s main meetings and trade show venue recently unveiled a new name and brand identity. Following more than three decades as the Washington State Convention Center, the leading Pacific Northwest events facility changed its name and logo to the Seattle Convention Center (SCC).  According to officials from SCC parent organization Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District (the District), the rebranding better aligns the venue with its hometown while solidifying the organization’s commitment to maintaining a fiscally responsible, self-sustaining operation that… more
May 02, 2022
There is no doubt that when an event goes the extra mile to make a positive difference in its host community, the impacts can be incredibly meaningful. Case in point: the 9th annual Design & Construction Week (DCW), held at the Orange County Convention Center Feb. 8-10, which generously donated $13,300 in leftover kitchen, bathroom, living room and outdoor items to an Orlando-area nonprofit with support from the venue’s sustainability coordinator.  As the largest in-person trade show to take place at the facility since the onset of the pandemic, the massive event consisted of two… more
Apr 22, 2022
As the world celebrated Earth Day April 22, event professionals, organizations and venues took stock of the impact their carbon footprint has on climate change, implementing initiatives to be more sustainable. Following are three convention centers that unveiled green initiatives to mark Earth Week. Javits Center The rooftop farm at New York City’s Javits Center joined the New York State Grown & Certified program, a statewide effort that identifies local producers who adhere to higher standards in terms of food safety and environmental stewardship. Located more than eight stories above… more
Apr 18, 2022
Circa Resort & Casino, downtown Las Vegas’ first new ground-up casino resort in four decades, is gearing up to debut 35,000 square feet of meeting and convention space in September. The opening of the new event space marks the next phase in the resort’s evolution, designed to deliver a completely new option for planners seeking an upscale and lively Las Vegas experience off the Strip, according to Circa Resort officials. Available to book immediately, Circa’s customizable meeting and convention offerings will feature a ballroom, breakout rooms and banquet space, adjacent pre-function… more
Apr 15, 2022
As the vibrant annual National Cherry Blossom Festival comes to a close this month, Washington, D.C., continues to bloom with a prosperous business events scene—expected to thrive throughout 2022—and a wealth of new developments. The nation's capital is well on the road to recovery as the industry moves out of the pandemic, and it has a positive outlook for the full return of meetings, conventions and trade shows, according to Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC (DDC). “In a good year, we host north of 20 city-wide conventions,” Ferguson said. “Last year, we had four, and… more
Apr 04, 2022
At its Annual Meeting at the Duke Energy Convention Center on March 25, the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau unveiled a new brand identity and announced several key growth initiatives to an audience of 400 business professionals, civic leaders and members of the regional hospitality industry. The 75-year-old destination marketing organization’s new name is “Visit Cincy,” created to better align with the CVB’s sales and marketing efforts, as well as its regional collaboration with meetNKY, the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, to reach key markets for tourism,… more
Mar 28, 2022
Hotels and resorts across the country are continuing to grow and renovate their meeting space inventory as the events industry continues to pick up steam. Take a look! Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk      The Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk recently debuted a new open-air rooftop event space ideal for social events, weddings and intimate gatherings. Dubbed Terrace on 5th, the 6,500-square-foot, sophisticated rooftop venue features an urban oasis ambiance with a spacious lawn and sweeping views of downtown San Antonio. In addition to the new green space, the 1,003-room hotel,… more
Mar 08, 2022
The city of Dallas, Texas, will soon have the ability to attract even larger trade shows and other events to its destination. According to Visit Dallas officials, the Dallas city council approved plans last month for a new 2.5-million-square-foot convention center that will be constructed adjacent to the current Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD). Once construction is complete, all or most of the KBHCCD will then be demolished. The new $2 billion center, which is expected to break ground in 2024 and open in 2028, will feature 800,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space; 300,000 sq.… more
Mar 01, 2022
As the travel and tourism industry shows signs of picking up this year, global hospitality brands are opening new properties and investing in extensive remodeling projects to lure back business and leisure guests seeking upgraded hotel and conference experiences. Take a look! New Hotels Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Canal IUPUI Hilton recently expanded its multi-brand footprint with the Hampton Inn by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton Indianapolis Canal IUPUI, a new hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Ind.. Situated on the Indianapolis Canal Walk and… more
Feb 28, 2022
Rob Svedberg understands what it takes to design a convention center able to meet the evolving needs of the global events industry. As a principal at leading architectural design firm tvsdesign, where he has worked for almost three decades, the Atlanta-based architect’s projects have included the expansion of New York’s Javits Center, Mumbai’s Jio World Centre and the Puerto Rico Convention Center, as well as the expansion and transformation of Nashville’s Music City Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center, including its new West Hall.  An in-demand industry speaker known for his… more