1. VOLVO CUTS BACK ON AUTO SHOWS: Volvo will reduce the number of auto shows where it exhibits, cutting back to just one show per continent: Detroit, Geneva, and Beijing or Shanghai. Instead, the company will put more emphasis on an annual Volvo product day. Financial Times: “Growing numbers in the industry feel the trade shows, still known for scantily clad models draped over gleaming cars, are a waste of time and money. ‘Instead of having a 20-minute press conference in the middle of 50 other manufacturers, we’re going to have our day, our time, our message,’” said Alain Visser, head of marketing. http://on.ft.com/1suICFi
2. THE COLORFUL HISTORY OF THE COUPE GLASS: Here’s a pressing question leading up to New Year’s Eve: Should you serve champagne in coupe glasses or flutes? The answer these days, is neither. Go for a tuliped white wine glass, according to experts in a story on the history of the coupe glass that explores the colorful myths behind the history of the shallow-bowled vessel. Eater: “When cocktail banter runs its course and you're searching the room for something to comment on, it's useful to be able to look down at the glass in your hand and say, ‘Did you know that the champagne coupe is modeled after Marie Antoinette's breast?’ But, alas, it's probably not true.” http://bit.ly/1IAMVDC
3. THE BEST OF TWITTER IN 2014: The World Cup, Super Bowl, and Umbrella Revolution are among the most-tweeted events of 2014. Twitter compiled events, tweets, and hashtags that made up global conversations this year in an interactive timeline: http://bit.ly/1yzGW9Q
* INDUSTRY NEWS *
LeftField Media and JD Events announced an agreement for Axpona (Audio Expo North America), a showcase of audio manufacturers and retailers. LeftField Media will develop strategy and advising on the content development, marketing, and community building initiatives, while JDE will head up sales, operations, and overall show management duties.
The Expo Group’s booth at the 2013 Expo! Expo! in Houston has won #BoothLove, the social media program from the International Association of Exhibitions and Events created to showcase the best booths and exhibit stands from around the world.
* LOCAL NEWS *
BOSTON: Fiorella’s Express has opened a Cambridge location. The Italian restaurant offers catering and delivery, with menu items such as pizza, calzones, pastas, and sandwiches.
CHICAGO: The 16th annual “Chicago’s Best WingFest” is scheduled for February 22. Held at the Bailey Auditorium, the event will offer chicken wings from some 25 local restaurants, competitive wing eating, and wing competitions in six categories (including “best exotic wing”).
HONOLULU: Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa will begin a $100 million rooms renovation, slated for completion in the spring. Dallas-based Looney Associates is the designer.
LAS VEGAS: Robert Scott Sodin has joined the SGA Production Services sales team in Las Vegas. He comes to SGA from MGM Resorts Event Productions. The company also named named Peter Stevens as its lead scenic in its scenic paint department. He will be based in Orlando.
The Swarovski Starburst—a 14-foot-diameter structure composed of 924 custom-cut Swarovski crystal spheres and more than 1,800 points of light—was installed at the soon-to-open retail venue Grand Bazaar Shops Las Vegas. The Young Electric Sign Company oversaw the construction and delivery.
LOS ANGELES: Universal CityWalk’s “New Year’s Eve Movie Night” celebration at the CityWalk AMC Theatres will show five of Universal Pictures’ iconic films, including Jurassic Park, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Back to the Future, and a double feature of Dracula and Frankenstein.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Circa 39, a mid-beach hotel, has reopened following a two-year renovation. The 97-room boutique hotel specializes in small meetings and events and offers a 30-seat meeting room, a smaller meetings suite, a pool deck, and courtyard garden.
NEW YORK: The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center hosted for the first time the International Conference of Shopping Centers' Annual New York Deal Making Conference, setting an attendance record for the event at 9,600 guests—a 26 percent increase from the previous year.
Publicist Annmarie Mercieri has left Mission for Sunshine Sachs and will be handling hospitality and lifestyle accounts, among others.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
SAN FRANCISCO: SF Sketchfest will host the 14th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival January 22-February 8 with more than 200 shows taking place in 20 venues across the city.
TORONTO: The expense claims released by TO2015, the Pan Am Games organizing committee, include everything from flowers and dress shirts to orange juice. Toronto Star: http://on.thestar.com/1zfJoVO
WASHINGTON, D.C.: StarChefs.com will host the DC Area Rising Stars Awards, a gala honoring up-and-coming chefs and other culinary professionals on Tuesday at Union Market.
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