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) -- Catersource, the world’s premier educational resource and expansive network for the catering and events industry, in conjunction with The Special Event, 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.”

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About Catersource
Catersource is the world's premier resource dedicated to the education and growth of catering and event professionals. Catersource provides the most expansive network relevant to the catering and events business, producing in-depth educational offerings at the largest industry conference and tradeshow. Catersource's live education also extends itself into the digital world year-round, with rich editorial content in its e-newsletter products, its website, and in its annual January show issue, printed and mailed to over 30,000 industry influencers. For more information, visit

Catersource is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit and

About The Special Event
The Special Event (TSE) is the industry's largest conference and tradeshow for event professionals where you can connect with 4,000+ event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors; learn from more than 100 education sessions across multiple tracks; attend exciting showcasing events to experience the latest trends; and explore the latest products and services in the exhibit hall to incorporate into your next event. For more information, visit

About Informa
Informa PLC is a leading, international business to business information services Group, operating in over 30 countries. We create transaction-led exhibitions and content-based events, specialist data, intelligence and marketing services products, as well as scholarly research and specialist reference-led academic content. Our products and services help businesses and professionals connect, learn, do business and gain an edge over the competition. Informa is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

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