Americas

June visitation data for Vegas shows numbers topping one million

Las Vegas welcomed approximately 1,065,000 leisure visitors in June following the staggered reopening of resorts, ending a shutdown of resort properties that spanned nearly three months. June visitation numbers are based on a weighted average of roughly 95,000 hotel rooms that were available to book during the month as several resorts began welcoming back leisure guests 4 June. Re-openings and hot...

IBTM Americas reaches for the Virtual Summit

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced details of its IBTM Americas  virtual summit to take place 25-26 August 2020. The original date for the in-person event had been at the end of May. That was subsequently pushed forward to 26-27 August 2020 at Centro Citibanamex before ultimately being cancelled for 2020. The interactive digital experience will be hosted on the Go To Webcast platform and will b...

Cypress Vending introduces Touchless Mask Station

Cypress Vending, a Canadian vending machine supplier, has announced the introduction of the Touchless Mask Station. The Touchless Mask Station was created by company founders Brad Simon and Travis Grubb. The machine can be mounted on a wall or stand, and can be branded to fit the needs of the space. Each station comes stocked with disposable, three layer, non-medical masks. The machine aims to hel...

Attendify launches new web-based live-streaming feature

California-based provider of self-serve event applications, Attendify have announced a new live-streaming feature for virtual and hybrid events which fully integrates into a virtual event. It is 100% web based with nothing to download. Features include multiple, concurrent sessions, practice rooms and speaker or gallery view. The company says the new solution supports up to five speakers per sessi...

Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board appoints new president and CEO

Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (Los Angeles Tourism), the official destination marketing organisation for the City of Los Angeles, has appointed Adam Burke as president and CEO, removing his interim title. Burke joined Los Angeles Tourism as COO in 2016 and was named interim president and CEO in April 2020 after previous president and CEO, Ernest Wooden Jr., retired 30 June, 2020. Board ...

St Louis selects new venue and client management partners

EventBooking, a cloud-based venue software company has announced that Missouri CVB, Explore St Louis has selected VenueOps to manage its venue facilities, and Simpleview, a partner of EventBooking, to help manage client relationships and marketing. Located in the heart of downtown, Explore St Louis is transitioning from technology that has been in place for the past couple of decades to two intuit...

Evvnt acquires event ticketing platform Geotix

US-based events marketing automation specialist, Evvnt Inc, has announced the acquisition of Geotix, the software-as-a-service SaaS based event ticketing platform. Evvnt partnered with Geotix in November 2019 to automate the creation of ticketed events via self-service to local event creators to begin a relationship that resulted in the acquisition. Evvnt’s publisher network will now be able to of...

US Republicans scrap live convention plans, while Democrats go hybrid in Milwaukee

President Donald Trump has cancelled the pre-election Republican party convention in Jacksonville, as coronavirus continued to rage in Florida. The convention had been scheduled for August. The party will hold a set of scaled-back events in North Carolina instead, where the formal nomination of the Republican presidential candidate will take place. The half-day event will be held on 24 August in t...

klik introduces tech solution to help prevent the spread of Covid-19

klik, a Montreal-based smart event management platform, has launched a new hybrid event solution that aims to create a safer physical environment event attendees. The solution builds on the company’s existing smart wearable tech through additional safety capabilities including contact tracing, touchless interactions, and crowd management features. klik also aims to create a collective experience f...

Eldorado Resorts buys Caesars Entertainment in $17.3bn deal

Eldorado Resorts, Inc. has completed its acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, with the new merged company taking the Caesars Entertainment name. The US417.3bn transaction creates the largest casino and entertainment company in the US. The deal was first mooted back in June 2019 and it has been a long road to gain regulatory approval. The combined company owns and operates more than 55...

INVNT refreshes its group brand story and names new president and CEO

US-based live brand agency INVNT is relaunching itself as a ‘global brandstory project’ group and has added a new set of sub-brands. The international portfolio now comprises Folk Hero, a modern brand strategy firm, HEVĒ, a branded content and digital marketing studio, INVNT, the global live brand storytelling agency, and Meaning, its newly launched creative-led culture consultancy. Scott Cullathe...

Leading New York event professionals appointed to citywide events advisory group

New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management (CECM) has announced the formation of a Citywide Events Advisory Group. Leading members of New York City’s events community have been invited to re-imagine event models and standards for safely proceeding with events in the five boroughs. Over the course of the past months, this group has collaborated with CECM to strateg...