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Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Photo courtesy Mandalay Bay
A view of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The Special Event, Catersource Shows to Co-Locate in 2020

The combined TSE/Catersource 2020 show will comprise 100,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The Special Event and Catersource, the leading trade shows in the event and catering space, announced yesterday that they will co-locate in 2020. The combined event will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from March 9-12, 2020.

The combined show comes as the result of the merger of The Special Event’s parent company, Informa, with Catersource’s parent, UBM.

The Special Event was launched in 1985 to serve event professionals. “Catersource is the world’s premier educational and supplier resource serving the catering community,” said TSE show director Tara Melingonis. “By co-locating with The Special Event, our two events bring a combined audience of over 8,500 professionals and 500 suppliers together in one unmatched, sensory-stimulating environment. Ultimately, that means more business value for all our TSE customers and the industry overall.”

BIG SHOW IN 2020 The 2020 event will give exhibitors and attendees a 100,000-square-foot show floor featuring a broader array of suppliers and brand activations including decor, lighting, entertainment, food and beverage, technology, business services, tableware and linens, kitchen equipment and transportation, among other features.

The combined event will also include an expanded conference program for event professionals, venue managers, chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and business owners, featuring immersive and expert-led sessions ranging from professional certification to sales and marketing strategies and artistic food presentation.

“This is an exciting opportunity and what’s bound to be a powerhouse, industry-first event that delivers much more value to you, our customers, association partners and the markets we serve,” Melingonis said.

The Special Event 2019 will take place Jan. 8-10 in San Diego. “I hope to see you in San Diego soon,” Melingonis added. “Still considering your trip to TSE 2019? There is still time to register for an education or trade show pass. Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring in 2019? Space is limited, but we do have a few lucrative opportunities available. Contact our sales team and we’ll get you up and running and driving new leads ASAP!  Please let me know if you have any questions or feedback as we formulate our 2020 plans. See you in San Diego!”


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