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Harrah’s Cherokee to complete $250m expansion

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina, USA, is set to complete its four-year expansion project this autumn. The $250m development, which broke ground in June 2018, includes a new 725-room hotel tower, 83,000-square-foot (7,710sqm) of convention space, new food and beverage offerings and more. “We are thrilled to see this project come to completion and to be able to offer our ...

SISO puts out call for US eventprofs to support Hospitality Job Recovery Act

The Society of Independent Show Organisers (SISO) has put out a call for support to the USA’s Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act. The Act is designed to support the event, travel and hospitality industries in the US. SISO are joining other industry bodies in calling for those who work in the United States’ MICE sector to support it. They are encouraging people to use this link to contact th...

Los Angeles reopens meetings for under 300 people

The city of Los Angeles in the USA has announced that groups of under 300 can now gather again for meetings. The city is reopening museums, indoor dining and outdoor live events, including spectator sport, with capacity control. This has now extended to meetings. Los Angeles has also announced an initiative to verify the health security of all its hotels, alongside digital health company Sharecare...

Colorado Convention Center launches its own hybrid platform

Image Audiovisuals has created a new virtual event platform for the USA’s Colorado Convention Center. The platform recreates the look and feel of the Colorado Convention Center, allowing virtual attendees to interact and connect with the venue as though they were attending in-person. The platform features locations around the venue including the lobby, Bellco Theater, and the Blue Bear. It can be ...

Orange County Convention Center lines up $123m of summer business

The Orange County Convention Center in the USA says it is expecting to bring in an estimated $123m of economic impact from eight major sporting events this summer. The events, which include the Sunshine Volleyball Classic, All Star Challenge Cheer & Dance and AAU Volleyball Classic, are also expected to bring in 95,000 guests combined. Other events on the schedule include the Orlando Boat Show...

ASM Global appoints Ron Bension as new CEO

US-based venue & event management company ASM Global has appointed Ron Bension as its new President and CEO. Bension brings over four decades of experience to ASM including, most recently, a long tenure at Live Nation as president of House of Blues Entertainment. Prior to this, he held President and CEO roles across public and private companies including Tickets.com, GameWorks, MCA Recreation ...

US Senate passes budget amendment giving support to event industry

The US Senate has passed a budget amendment which prioritises aid for the events, entertainment, tourism and travel industries. The amendment will see the creation of a new reserve fund to support these industries. Specifics of the finances have yet to be announced, and more information will be coming in the future. It was introduced in the Senate by Senator for Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto, who ...