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EXHIBITOR Magazine Recognizes Six Award-Winning Convention Centers at IAEE's Expo! Expo!
Earlier this year, Exhibitor Media Group, which produces both EXHIBITOR magazine and Find It – Marketplace, the buyer’s guide to trade show products and services, announced the 20 venues that qualified for its first-ever Centers of Excellence list, which recognizes North America’s best convention centers for trade shows and events. Small, medium, and large convention centers located anywhere in North America were invited to apply, and entrants were evaluated using an objective algorithm weighted to reflect how EXHIBITOR magazine readers value a variety of variables.
In addition to being named among the 2020 Centers of Excellence, a number of facilities qualified for special awards in six categories: Best Convention Center (in four size-based categories), Best Expansion/Renovation Project, and Best Customer Service and On-Site Support. The winners were announced earlier this month in conjunction with Expo! Expo!, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) annual meeting and exhibition.
“Using the same criteria and algorithm employed to identify North America’s top 20 convention centers for trade shows and events, we took things a step further to find the ultimate best of the best,” said Travis Stanton, editor of EXHIBITOR magazine. “These six facilities range dramatically in size, from 60,000 to nearly 2 million square feet of exhibit space. And they vary in geographic location, from the American Southwest to the Canadian province of British Columbia. But they all share one thing in common, and that’s a commitment to excellence.”
Best Convention Center (over 1 million square feet of exhibit space)
Las Vegas Convention Center
Brian Yost, LVCVA COO, accepts the award on behalf of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Best Convention Center (500,000 – 1 million square feet of exhibit space)
San Diego Convention Center
Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE (Certified Venue Executive), President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, accepts the award from LeAnn Fischer, National Advertising Representative, EXHIBITOR Magazine.
Best Convention Center (100,000 – 500,000 square feet of exhibit space)
Vancouver Convention Centre
Pictured: Vancouver Convention Centre
Best Convention Center (under 100,000 square feet of exhibit space)
Overland Park Convention Center
Brett C. Mitchell, CVE General Manager of Overland Park Convention Center (left), accepts the award from Randy Acker, president and COO of Exhibitor Media Group (right).
Best Expansion or Renovation Project
Anaheim Convention Center
Harriet Porter, CTA. Vice President, Convention Sales, accepts the award on behalf of the Anaheim Convention Center.
Best Customer Service & On-Site Support
Minneapolis Convention Center
Pictured: Minneapolis Convention Center
For more information on the Centers of Excellence competition, visit www.ExhibitorOnline.com/Awards/CoE.
For more information on all of the 2020 Centers of Excellence recipients, visit www.ExhibitorOnline.com/FindIt/CoE.asp.
About Exhibitor Media Group
The leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, Exhibitor Media Group publishes the award-winning EXHIBITOR magazine, a monthly publication featuring best practices in trade show marketing. EXHIBITOR's learning events include: EXHIBITORLIVE, Best Practices in Trade Shows and Events; EXHIBITORFastTrak accelerated learning conferences; and EXHIBITOR eTrak, professional online learning. Exhibitor Media Group is also the founder and sponsor of CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer), the industry's only university-affiliated professional certification program. Learn more at www.ExhibitorOnline.com.
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