Women Executives Lead Huntington Place Back to Business As Event Industry Recovers

As events return to convention centers after the pandemic, the Huntington Place, Detroit team regroups led by three strong industry leaders, all women. The venue’s three top executive positions are filled by Karen Totaro, general manager of Huntington Place/ASM Global; Becky Bixby, assistant general manager of Huntington Place/ASM Global and Lisa Canada, chair of the […]

Hangout Festival Returns with Bandit Lites

GULF SHORES, AL – After two years of waiting, fans of the Hangout Festival returned to the beachfront for a weekend of live music. Headliners included Post Malone, Fallout Boy, Halsey, Tame Impala and Megan Thee Stallion. More than 40,000 fans turned out for the sold-out, three-day event, and Bandit Lites provided the festival lighting […]

Caesars Entertainment Announces Additional Property Enhancements at Caesars Atlantic City

A cornerstone of Caesars Entertainment’s $400 million investment in the Atlantic City market, Caesars Atlantic City is undergoing a $200 million resort transformation, including a new valet and hotel lobby, an outdoor pool experience, additional room and suite enhancements, world-class dining experiences, and more Atlantic City, New Jersey (June 7, 2022) –  Caesars Entertainment announced today […]

McCormick Place Sees a Busy First Quarter

CHICAGO, IL — From March 5-7, ASM Global-managed McCormick Place welcomed back The Inspired Home Show (IHA), which was the first show to cancel at McCormick Place in March 2020 due to COVID-19. The show attracted 60,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors with an economic impact of $77 million prior to the pandemic and is expected to be the largest tradeshow held […]

New Convention Center on the Horizon for Dallas

DALLAS, TX — Visit Dallas recently announced that the Dallas City Council has approved plans for a new 2.5 million-sq.-ft. convention center located adjacent to the 2021 F&D Prime Site Award-winning Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The new center will feature 800,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and 400,000 sq. ft. of breakout space, including a 100,000-sq.-ft. ballroom. Construction on the $2 […]

Tower City Center Development and New Hotels Coming to Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OH — Conventioneers headed to Cleveland will soon have new lodging options, as well as a new shopping, dining and entertainment hub to visit during their free time. Tower City Center is being developed in an iconic, 1930s art deco building in the heart of downtown. Visitors will be able to explore a collection of small and […]

Savannah Convention Center Expansion on Track for Completion Next Year

SAVANNAH, GA — After breaking ground last year, the Savannah Convention Center expansion project is on schedule for completion in 2023. The project will add a 100,000-sq.-ft. exhibit hall, 40,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, 15 meeting rooms and 900+ parking spaces. In August, the new route of egress and temporary stairs in the existing East Concourse were completed. The State of Georgia […]

Atlantic City Sees Strong Q1 Meetings Business

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Large-format, in-person meetings and events have returned to Atlantic City. Meet AC reports that more than 230,000 room nights for meetings, conventions, events and motorcoaches were booked in 2021. The DMO anticipates over 23,211 room nights and more than $40 million in future delegate spending in the months to come. “We are seeing great pent-up demand for live business and consumer […]

OVG Facilities Welcomes New President of Food Services

LOS ANGELES, CA — Oak View Group (OVG) welcomes Kenneth Gaber as President, Food Services, OVG Facilities. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Gaber reports to Chris Granger, CEO, Oak View Group Facilities. Gaber’s appointment follows OVG’s acquisition of Spectra, one of the industry’s leading food and beverage and hospitality providers, to create a leading full-service live events company. “Since completing the acquisition […]