1. WHAT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE LOOKS LIKE TODAY: As the nation commemorates the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, here's a look at how New York is rebuilding the World Trade Center site, including the National September 11 Memorial Museum, expected to open next year. New York Daily News: http://nydn.us/17ZbQe1
2. 'GQ' BANS OWN AWARDEE FROM AFTER-PARTY FOR NAZI JOKE: Comedian Russell Brand was banned from the after-party for the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London after he joked about the Nazi history of sponsor Hugo Boss. Gawker: “Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis,” Brand told a sideswiped audience at London's Royal Opera House. “The Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look fucking fantastic, let's face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality.” http://bit.ly/18TWb0K
3. A.E.G. EXECUTIVES CLEARED IN MICHAEL JACKSON DEATH: In a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's family, a judge dismissed two A.E.G. Live executives named in the suit but will allow the case to continue against the company itself. Reuters: “A.E.G. Live has argued that Jackson had prescription drug and addiction problems for years, while Rowe testified that physicians took advantage of the singer and over-prescribed medications to compete for his business.” http://reut.rs/1eDdclK
Tim Novoselski, who helped found the International Special Events Society and the Special Event industry convention, died last month of cancer. Obituary: http://bit.ly/18TYxwz
* LOCAL NEWS *
COAST TO COAST: Vacation Express has added new nonstop charter flights for corporate groups from New York, Newark, Atlanta, Nashville, and Cincinnati to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The flights will begin in 2014.
BOSTON: Friends of Boston's Homeless will host its third annual Harvest Dinner at the farm at Boston's Long Island Shelter on September 19. Prepared by four local chefs, menu items will include roasted pumpkin and sage soufflé, beet fusili, and roasted pumpkin cornmeal porridge.
The M Bar & Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Boston hosts a Game Day Pop-Up on days that the Red Sox are playing at home. Menu items include New England lobster roll sliders and Peronis.
CHICAGO: MKTG has added the following staff to its New York and Chicago offices: In Chicago, Scott Malaga is senior vice president of business development and Ryan Carter is vice president, client service; Katie Kirby joined the New York office as director of communications.
The Langham Chicago hosted its grand opening celebration on Tuesday. Here's a video to introduce the property, which offers meeting space, a spa, and a Mediterranean-inspired spa.
LAS VEGAS: The final section of the rim of the Las Vegas High Roller was put into place on Tuesday, marking a milestone in the construction of the world’s largest observation wheel. The High Roller will be the focal point of the Linq, Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million retail, dining, and entertainment district under development.
Global Experience Specialists announced that Penton has selected it as its official services provider through 2018. GES has partnered with Penton for more than 25 years and the new contract covers 10 shows including Natural Products Expo West, Natural Products Expo East, WasteExpo, and LDI.
LONDON: Newtonstrand provided technologies including delegate voting and digital posters at MPI's conference in São Paulo, Brazil, last month.
Eclipse Presentations has hired Charles Steward as head of managed services and John Michaels and Martin Worman as area managers to coordinate site teams working across the 18 central London venues for which the company provides event services, technical production, and audiovisual equipment.
LOS ANGELES: More than 250 fund-raising professionals are expected to attend the AFP-GLAC Regional Philanthropy Conference September 17 at the Omni Hotel downtown. A panel called “Giving USA” will feature Peter Fissinger, president of Campbell & Company, and Wendy Garen, president of the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, among others.
The Lincoln Motor Company along with Vanity Fair and Film Independent screened its series of original short films on Tuesday. The films, which reimagine the classic Hollywood themes of screwball comedy, '70s road-heist, and thriller-noir premiere on Lincoln’s Web site, hello-again.com today.
Former director of trade shows for the National Association of Music Merchants John Vincent passed away September 7 after an illness. He oversaw the planning and implementation of the group's annual trade shows from 1984 to 1994.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/losangeles
MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA: Art Miami returns for its 24th edition during Art Week, December 3-8, and has expanded to include two new contemporary art fairs: Context in a 45,000-square-foot pavilion adjacent to Art Miami in the Wynwood arts district, and Aqua Art Miami at the Aqua Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach.
NEW YORK: White Plains Linen, which supplies the restaurant, catering, and hospitality industries, announced a renewable energy partnership for its laundry operation that should reduce its carbon footprint by more than 90 percent.
CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings announces the hire of Julia Hinkle as district account executive for sales in the company’s New York district.
Tonia Tecce will make her cabaret debut today at the Metropolitan Room, with additional performances September 15 and September 26.
The fifth annual Broadway Salutes is September 24 in the Times Square Visitors Center. The free, public event will be hosted by Holland Taylor with performances from Phantom of the Opera, Ain't Misbehavin', and Funny Girl.
GLM announced plans to introduce “signature mix marketplace,” a new branding platform at its spring 2014 events including the National Stationery Show, Creative & Lifestyle Arts, and the premiere of Gift It.
Local event listings from Masterplanner: http://www.masterplanneronline.com/newyork
ORLANDO: The Westin Orlando Universal Boulevard broke ground on a meeting and special event center that will add 5,576 square feet. With total meeting space soon to reach 13,685 square feet, the hotel will be able to accommodate events for groups of 370 for banquet settings and 330 for meetings. The space is slated to open in February.
SAN FRANCISCO: Keith Bruce, a veteran of the sports and event industry, has been named C.E.O. of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee. The city will host Super Bowl L in 2016. San Francisco Business Times: http://bit.ly/18TY65q
The Yosemite Gardens Park development team selected Rim Hospitality as its hospitality development and management company. The hotel complex, 45 miles from Yosemite National Park, will include at least 1,600 hotel rooms, a retail center, a youth baseball and sports complex, and a 100-acre botanical gardens. The project is expected to break ground sometime next year, and Rim Hospitality will select the hotel brands.
Conference Hound has acquired OnTrade, a Miami-based lead generation and deal marketplace for the B-to-B sector of the travel and trade show industry. The company will continue to be based in San Francisco and led by current Conference Hound C.E.O. Bruce Carlisle.
TORONTO: Krispy Kreme's inaugural film festival takes place on Thursday at the Royal Cinema. 'N Sync's Chris Kirkpatrick is the special guest judge.
WASHINGTON: See renderings of the new Trump hotel planned for the Old Post Office, planned to open in late 2015 or early 2016. Washingtonian: http://bit.ly/16i3t0y
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