December 28, 2011
Urban Expositions Acquires Trade Shows from Western Exhibitors

Urban Expositions has acquired the Portland Gift & Accessories Show, San Francisco Cash & Carry Show, Seattle Cash & Carry Show and Portland Cash & Carry Show from Western Exhibitors.

The latest acquisitions are part of the continued western region growth strategy for Atlanta-based Urban Expositions, which purchased the San Francisco International Gift Fair and Seattle Gift Show from dmg world media in 2009 and launched the Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show in 2007.

As part of the transition plan, Kelly McLoughlin, long-time manager for all four shows under Western Exhibitors’ management, now joins Urban Expositions in the same role.

“With their product and target customer profiles, we felt these shows offered a great opportunity not only to strengthen our presence in the region, but to tap into cross-marketing strategies to further build and grow all of the events we now manage out west,” said Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “We look forward to building upon the quality customer service, friendly show atmosphere and long-term business relationship traits that Western is known for as we take over the reins for these shows.”

Effective immediately, Urban Expositions assumes management duties for all four shows, including sales, marketing, operations and other day-to-day activities. As part of the sales agreement, the Western Exhibitors management team will serve an advisory role throughout the transition process.

“Urban’s hands-on management style and show service philosophy mirror ours, so we felt they were the ideal company to take these events forward,” said Wendy Tonkin, president, Western Exhibitors. “We look forward to working with them to ensure a quick and easy management transition.”

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