CVB claims Republicans’ ‘Bathroom Bill’ could cost Texas millions in convention business

Texas Republicans in the US are reaping a convention backlash against their plans, unveiled back in January, for a ‘Bathroom Bill’ in the state senate, under which transgender people would need to use toilet facilities in public schools, government buildings and public universities based on their biological sex. Organisers of several large conventions have threatened to…

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Emerald Expositions acquires InterDrone Conference & Exposition

Emerald Expositions has acquired the International Drone Conference and Exposition (InterDrone), the largest commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) trade show and conference in North America, from BZ Media LLC. Launched in 2015, InterDrone established itself as an event focused on the commercial applications for UAVs. In its March 2016 report, Drones Reporting for Work, Goldman…


Weird and wonderful in Austin, TX

Paul Colston travels to the Lone Star State and sees PCMA bring movie stars, economists and space scientists into the convention collaboration “I could live anywhere I like in the world and I choose to live in Austin,” was the line delivered by Hollywood A-lister and local boy, Matthew McConaughey, at the opening ceremony on…


MCI acquires Network Media Partners

MCI has announced its acquisition of Network Media Partners, a proven sales management organisation specialising in customised media sales, event planning and management, digital and print design and marketing services for associations. “Associations of all sizes and types face increasing economic and market headwinds. Network Media Partners has industry-leading expertise proven to drive association revenue…


Fire at Ontario conference centre

Canada’s Burlington Post reported a fire at the Atrium Banquet and Conference Centre, Ontario, last week. One roof worker was sent to hospital for smoke inhalation but a full evacuation appears to have been successful. It was immediately not known how the blaze began. The Atrium hosts weddings and corporate events on the main floor…

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