by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | June 01, 2008

ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership launched an online buyer’s guide (, which the association says is in response to member requests. The guide will provide greater search capabilities than the printed version, which will continue to be published.

Atlantic City’s city council voted unanimously to prohibit smoking on all casino floors, with the exception of dedicated smoking lounges. The ordinance is expected to go into effect on Oct. 15.

The exhibition industry grew 3.2 percent in 2007, according to the fifth annual Center for Exhibition Research’s CEIR Index. Of the 11 sectors tracked, government meetings performed the best, increasing 12.6 percent over 2006.

New York City’s Piers 92 and 94 are slated to get a $100 million renovation, which will add 215,000 square feet of exhibit space to the existing 140,000 square feet.

Gaylord Entertainment Co. has pulled out of a deal to acquire the Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio for $252 million.