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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

IMEX Group Releases COVID-19 Safety Plan for IMEX America

BRIGHTON and HOVE, UK — The IMEX Group recently published its full COVID-19 safety plans and entry requirements for the 10th edition of IMEX America, to be held in November at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The IMEX team has confirmed that all IMEX America participants must provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to gain entry to the show. […]

MPI Publishes Fall 2021 Meetings Outlook

DALLAS, TX — MPI has published its Fall 2021 Meetings Outlook, a future-focused quarterly report that identifies new trends and innovations. Developed in partnership with IMEX Group, Meetings Outlook presents future industry trends and predictions from MPI members, including meeting professionals on MPI’s Business Research Panel. Research is conducted in house using the Qualtrics survey platform. According to MPI, across the board for most of Meetings Outlook’s evergreen […]

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 […]