Thursday, November 25, 2010

Mandalay Bay Convention Center introduces ultimate catering experiences

LAS VEGAS – Mandalay Bay Catering and Convention Services continues to lead the way in innovative programs for meeting and convention groups with five new packages specifically designed for groups of 10 to 50 people.  Whether it's finding just the right event to keep key executives talking about your convention long after they return to the office or an experience your incentive group will put in their "that was amazing" file, look no further than the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

These distinctive and memorable programs – an intimate beach barbecue, a VIP wine tasting, a team-building culinary challenge and the opportunity to work and learn side-by-side with rm seafood celebrated chef Rick Moonen – are sure to be event hits.

"We strive to provide one-of-a-kind experiences to 'wow' our small meeting and incentive groups; we create events that both entertain and enhance team bonding," said Martie Sparks, vice president of Catering and Convention Services for Mandalay Bay. "In addition to the outstanding services already provided to our clients, this program ups the ante for our incentive groups and small conferences; plus it's ideal for key executives or spouse events for our larger groups."


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

International News: Exhibitor Increase at Wire & Cable India 2010

A total of 286 exhibitors from 24 countries showcased their latest products and technologies to 5,600 trade visitors at the recent staging of Wire & Cable India 2010, India's largest and most important trade fair for the wire and cable industry. The number of exhibitors grew by almost 30 percent compared to the 2008 event and gross exhibit space rose by 50 percent.

This increase is a clear indication of a promising market with continued growth in buying power and the need of India's diverse industries for the latest innovations and state-of-the-art technologies.  The majority of the visitors came from the wire and cable applications industries particularly from building and construction, transportation, electronics and machinery manufacturing. A considerable number of the visitors had decision making authority. The event featured country group exhibits from Austria, China, France, Germany, Italy, Taiwan and the U.S.

The positive results were no surprise to many exhibitors given the fast pace of developments in India and the large interest by overseas exhibitors in India's growth potentials. Exhibitors reported sales during the show and expect a good post-show business
.  The majority of exhibitors believe that the buying trends will increase further given India's high economic momentum for the next two decades. It is expected that foreign direct investments will continue to rise rapidly with strong interest in property, construction, IT and telecommunications.

The exhibition was supported by the "Global Technologies for Emerging India" conference with special emphasis on emerging technologies for the wire and cable sector, which was organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The next Wire & Cable India event will be staged from October 29 - 31, 2012 in Mumbai — concurrently with the Tube India and Metallurgy India trade fair and the Schweissen & Schneiden trade show (organized by Messe Essen).
For further information on visiting or exhibiting at Wire & Cable India, Tube India or Metallurgy India 2012, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit their web site; Subscribe to their blog at; Follow us on twitter at

LVCC, SEMA recycle 86 percent of show waste

LAS VEGAS  — The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) recorded its highest percentage of recycled materials from a major trade show during the recent Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show at 86 percent.

"We are very proud to have diverted more than 58 tons of waste from the show floor during SEMA," said Taryle Spain, director of client services for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), operators of the LVCC.  "We have made a commitment to being an environmentally-friendly facility, and our recycling program has had great success."

The LVCVA partners with Evergreen Recycling, a subsidiary of Republic Services, to sort and recycle materials during and after trade shows in the building. 

Evergreen is able to recycle materials such as carpet and padding, metals, cardboard, plastic, and wood that is used during trade shows at the facility.

"We committed to a comprehensive recycling program about three years ago, and we continue to see improvement," Spain said.  "Last year we achieved an overall recycling rate of 66 percent, and we are committed to pushing that past 70 percent this year."

In addition to the successful recycling program, the 50-year-old facility also utilizes environmentally-friendly cleaning supplies, switched to energy-efficient lighting, and purchased a bulb crusher to safely dispose of florescent light bulbs.

The Las Vegas Convention Center is one of the busiest facilities in the country and recycled more than 1,250 tons of waste in the past year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center.  With more than 148,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and 10.5 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever‑increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area.  For more information, go to or

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More than just a Lucky coincidence

More than just a Lucky coincidence

David Lucky knows a good thing when he sees it.

As an investment banker he was involved in corporate liquidations and attended auctions looking for a good buy. In 2004 he just happened to be in attendance when one of the items up for bid was a 40-foot-by-40-foot exhibit booth

He only had a vague idea of what was up for bid. His sole intention was to make a purchase and make a profit.

At that time he did not know much about booths but he did realize he was bidding on a custom booth at a bargain price. [READ MORE]