Special Events

In brief for May 3, 2006

Chicago drops to 3rd in conventions Leading industry publication Tradeshow Week says that former convention-city kingpin Chicago is now ranked third, behind Orlando, Fla., and first-place finisher Las Vegas, as the host for major trade shows. The magazine noted that aggressive faciities expansion, strong tourist attractions, sunny weather and powerful marketing help Vegas and Orlando stay on top ...

Gas pains to persist The high price of gasoline will continue to pose headaches for any company operating a vehicle fleet, despite steps proposed by President George Bush lasts week to offer some relief. Factors such as the shortage of refining capacity, speculation in oil markets and voracious demand both at home and abroad will keep prices high for years to come, industry analysts say ...

Is MPI for you? Dallas-based MPI has started its search for a new chief staff executive. Interested in applying? Click here for details ...

Better pay, better boulevard? L.A. could clean up its somewhat-seedy Century Boulevard, which leads to Los Angeles International Airport, if hotels located there paid higher wages, according to a civic group of clergy, labor and community activists. L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the proposal has his backing ...

Not Durham, England, but Durham, N.C. Award-winning British event production company The Special Event Co. announced that it has opened an office in Durham, N.C., and has named Diana Nelson its strategic business manager.

Photo courtesy Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau

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