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July 15, 2015: Officials Warn of Ticket Scams for Pope’s Visit, How 'Forbes' Is Perfecting the Business Award Event, Art Basel Looks to New York for New Director

1. OFFICIALS WARN OF TICKET SCAMS FOR POPE’S VISIT: Scammers may try to sell invalid tickets for Pope Francis's visit to New York, warned New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office this week. Mashable: “The governor's office said that ticket scams can include the selling of used tickets, reselling of lost or stolen tickets, online auction fraud, counterfeiting, tickets for non-existent events and fake websites. … The New York Department of State's Division of Consumer Protection urges consumers to check the validity of the ticket source, avoid links from unsolicited offers and not wire transfer money.”

2. HOW 'FORBES' IS PERFECTING THE BUSINESS AWARD EVENT: Now in its fourth year, the “Under 30” list of up-and-coming entrepreneurs by Forbes has turned from a simple list to a money-making event. By expanding its categories, creating a loyal group of alumni, and seeking valuable sponsorships, the event has grown and become a valuable part of the magazine. Folio: “With a festival-like atmosphere, Forbes is able to build in a variety of integrated sponsorship opportunities. Food and beverage categories are a natural fit. Themed drives around host city Philadelphia offer an automotive sponsorship, and lounges and a heavy video presence lend themselves to technology brand sponsorships.”

3. ART BASEL LOOKS TO NEW YORK FOR NEW DIRECTOR: Art Basel Miami Beach’s new director is Noah Horowitz, currently the executive director of the Armory Show in New York. The New York Times: “Art fairs have become increasingly popular places for dealers and artists to showcase their work and for visitors to experience the latest trends in art. After galleries and auction houses, fairs have also become a place where high-end art buyers are doing a lot of their shopping. Over the years, Art Basel has benefited from a global boom in art buying, drawing an ever wealthier and more demanding clientele. The Miami Beach fair, meanwhile, has evolved since 2002 into one of the most important events on the art world calendar, with curators and moneyed collectors flying in from all over the world for a week of glamorous parties and million-dollar purchases.”


AUSTIN:  The SXSW Gaming Expo will move back to the Austin Convention Center next year. Austin Business Journal:

CHICAGO:  Bernie’s will open in River North this month. Serving Mediterranean-inspired fare such as roasted oysters and wood-fired pizzas, the venue will seat 100 guests in its main dining room. A rooftop patio will open in August and have an additional 80 seats.

LAS VEGAS:  The International Pool, Spa, Patio Expo is slated for November 10-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

For some racy entertaining, the Aussie Hunks male strip show is slated to open in the Showroom at the D Las Vegas on July 31.

LONDON:  New York’s Hotel Chantelle restaurant and nightlife spot is expanding with a London location that opens this week. The venue will serve executive chef Seth Levine’s American and French fare in a 2,500-square-foot space that seats 100.

LOS ANGELES:  AEG Facilities’ Los Angeles Convention Center, in collaboration with telecommunications provider Smart City, has announced major upgrades to the existing Wi-Fi network, as of July 1. The upgrades include increased Wi-Fi coverage, a stronger signal, and expanded free Wi-Fi availability.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Angelina Bastidas is the new executive chef at Piripi Restaurant at Merrick Park. She plans to update the Spanish restaurant’s menu in the coming weeks.

NEW YORK:  VH1 is seeking to break the Guinness World Records title for largest parade of tandem bicycles, as the network hosts a two-mile bike ride with 150 sets of twins in Central Park today. The event is promoting the network's new reality series Twinning, which premieres July 22.

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center has launched a redesigned website that now allows exhibitors to order electrical, carpentry, and telecommunications services online. The website also offers an expanded portal for event managers, and includes photo and video galleries that show the venue's recent renovation.

Live Nation and Gotham Air are offering Jones Beach concertgoers flight packages this summer. The package, "Fly. Rock. Repeat,” offers round-trip helicopter rides to concerts at Jones Beach through September 2 and also comes with perks including backstage tours and pre-concert boat rides.

Local event listings from the new Masterplanner:

ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  Jason Kern is the new general manager of the Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.

PHILADELPHIA:  A 6,000-square-foot indoor skydiving facility is being built in King of Prussia. Philadelphia Business Journal:

SAN FRANCISCO:  San Francisco Beer Week 2016 will kick off January 22. Running until January 31, the promotion will include some 700 events hosted by breweries, restaurants, bars, and retailers.

TORONTO:  The Templar Hotel will host the “Home for the Holidays” media preview on July 22 and 23. The event showcases beauty goods, accessories, and other items that will be sold as holiday gifts in the upcoming season; there are also wine and beer tastings and an "organic face serum station."

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  Penthouse Pool & Lounge at the Yards will host a swimwear fashion show Thursday of designs from Dar Be Dar by Tala Raassi.

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With contributions from Jenny Berg in Chicago, Alesandra Dubin in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, Anna Sekula, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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