Atlanta’s Gateway Center Arena Hosts Largest-Ever Collegiate Esports Festival

Inaugural Collegiate Esports Commissioner’s Cup Makes History as Largest Event of its Kind, Solidifying Atlanta’s Position as a Global Esports Leader ATLANTA (June 9, 2022) – The inaugural Collegiate Esports Commissioner’s Cup (CECC) presented by CDW and Microsoft, and powered by CSMG, ESPORTSU, and Skillshot Media, took place May 7-8, 2022 at the Gateway Center Arena in College Park, GA. The two-day festival marked the largest-ever […]

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 […]

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 […]

Major Conventions and Tradeshows Set to Take Place in Orlando

ORLANDO, FL — The 2021 Prime Site Award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) is off to a great start in 2022, hosting a diversity of major conventions and expos in the near future: Orgill Dealer Spring Market 2022, Feb. 24-26 Grainger Show 2o22, Feb. 27-March 2 Keller Williams Family Reunion, Feb. 19-22 ATA Technology & Maintenance Council’s 2022 […]

Philadelphia Has a Vibrant Events Calendar This Year

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia is currently planning to host more than 150 total events generated by the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) in 2022, including 19 citywide, drawing nearly 450,000 attendees, generating more than 498,000 hotel room nights and upwards of $371 million in economic impact. The citywide calendar begins this month with the first weekend of East […]

NEW Industry Recognition: F&D SAFE SITES

Facilities & Destinations introduces a new designation for cities and convention centers: F&D SAFE SITES. Voted on by readers, these destinations and venues are going the extra mile to ensure that visiting groups are as protected as possible from COVID-19 contagion. Criteria for cities includes: • Citywide COVID safety programs • CVB safe meeting support services • Safety […]

Pennsylvania Convention Center Receives GBAC STAR Reaccreditation

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The 2021 F&D Prime Site Award-winning Pennsylvania Convention Center has received Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR reaccreditation, following a comprehensive evaluation process of its cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention protocols over the past year. The annual GBAC STAR reaccreditation process focused on the Center’s program development, through a cycle of continuous evaluation and improvement, to ensure the facility remains […]

Dayton Convention Center Appoints New In-House AV Provider

DAYTON, OH — The Dayton Convention Center, an ASM Global-managed facility, has selected Mills James to serve as the in-house preferred audiovisual production provider. “We’re excited to enhance our partnership with ASM Global at the Dayton Convention Center. We love contributing to the resurgence of the region’s premier event facility as part of our overall nationwide and regional growth […]

Meet Hawaii Appoints Senior Director, Citywide Sales Midwest Region

HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) has appointed sales veteran Adrienne Nudo as Meet Hawaii’s Senior Director, Citywide Sales Midwest Region. Working remotely from Chicago, Nudo will be responsible for promoting Hawaii as a preferred destination for citywide conventions and generating citywide leads and bookings for the Hawaii Convention Center and MCI hotels. Nudo is a hospitality sales leader with more […]