Catersource and The Special Event Join Forces for New 2020 Experience

Inaugural co-located experience will take place March 9-12, 2020 in Las Vegas, NV

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CatersourceOpens in a new window, the world’s premier educational resource and expansive network for the catering and events industry, in conjunction with The Special EventOpens in a new window, the premier conference and tradeshow for event professionals, announced the launch of its inaugural co-located experience for catering and event professionals. The combined event will take place March 9 – 12, 2020, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and bring over 500 suppliers and 8,500 professionals together to provide an unmatched opportunity to source, network and learn in one-sensory stimulating environment.

“By combining these market-leading events into one experience, we deliver far more business value to our customers,” said Aharon Shamash, managing director of KNect365 New York. “With the recent increase in quick-serve restaurants entering the catering space, the ever-evolving demands of event planners, and the rapid digital enablement in both markets, there is a huge opportunity for us to better serve our audience and stay ahead of those trends as one community in one place.”

The co-located event will showcase an expanded conference program for event professionals, venue managers, chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and business owners, featuring immersive and expert-led sessions ranging from professional certification to sales and marketing strategies and artistic food presentation. The highly experiential exhibit hall, spanning 100,000 square feet will feature a broad array of suppliers and brand activations spanning décor, lighting, entertainment, food and beverage, technology, business services, tableware and linens, kitchen equipment and transportation, among others.

“As the catering and event planning industries evolve and increasingly intersect, we recognized the need for a single source of inspiration and expertise,” said Scott Dominguez, brand director, Catersource. “We are thrilled to create the first-ever combination event with The Special Event, further enhancing the experiences of attendees and broadening the activations and conference content to better fit their needs.”

“This is exciting news for all of our customers,” said Tara Melingonis, show director, The Special Event. “By partnering with Catersource, we are creating a powerhouse event for catering and event professionals and suppliers; a true one-stop shop for education, exhibits, networking and innovation.” (Globe Newswire)