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Tampa Convention Center Gets $20m of Upgrades

Over the coming three years the Tampa Convention Center will roll out major upgrades, including new and renovated meeting spaces, as part of a $20 million investment. In 2020, 18 new meeting rooms totalling 16,000 square feet will open overlooking the Hillsborough River. Then in 2021, the existing meeting rooms will be renovated. From Successful Meetings…

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Exhibition Attendance to Grow, Says Research

Attendance at trade shows has been rising for a decade, and will grow for the foreseeable future. That’s according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The fourth instalment of its “Attendee ROI Playbook” shows 54 percent of attendees plan to maintain their attendance level, and 26 percent to attend more often. From Successful Meetings…

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Washington State CC Expansion Underway

Ground has been broken on an expansion to Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. The existing building will now be called “Arch”, and the new part opening in 2022 “Summit”. In five years, Visit Seattle says, more than 350 events were declined because of space or timing restrictions, losing more than $2.13 billion. From Meetings & Conventions…

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“Not Now” for San Diego CC Expansion Hotel Tax

The San Diego City Council has voted against adding a hotel tax measure to the November ballot that would have funded expansion of the city’s convention centre. Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the San Diego Convention Center President and CEO, said “Today’s outcome is not a ‘No’, it’s just ‘Not Now’. From Meetings & Conventions…

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Three Questions: Vancouver Convention Centre’s Claire Smith

Claire Smith is Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at Vancouver Convention Centre, and also Chair of PCMA. Here she answers three questions: about how working with associations has changed for her over the years, about the kind of meetings her venue targets, and about the future of the association sector itself. From Boardroom…

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IMEX America 2018: A Sustainable Event

IMEX America has always been run with sustainability in mind. This time around, sustainability education will feature throughout, attendees are urged to bring a reusable water bottle to the show, and IMEX America will also continue to beat the drum about the positive impact of giving back to destination communities. From the Event…

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