Commercial UAV Expo organizer, Diversified Communications, has acquired Drone World Expo from JD Events. Lisa Murry, director of Commercial UAV Expo, announced the business decision during her welcoming remarks at Commercial UAV Expo 2017 in Las Vegas.

“Since 2015, the market has exploded with drone events, making for a congested and complicated landscape for customers to choose from,” Murray explained. “The acquisition of Drone World Expo by Diversified Communications takes two leading commercial UAS events and unites them to form the largest commercial drone event in the market.”

Murray highlighted that that the merging of the similar events will improve the ability to deliver qualified buyers to vendors. Both Commercial UAV Expo and Drone World Expo focus on delivering conference content and solutions that meet the needs of large commercial end user/asset owners in top vertical markets. 

“The combination of these two unique audiences and exhibit floors into one mega event will be powerful and is just what this industry needs at this time,” said Joel Davis, CEO of JD Events, in a statement. “The commercial drone industry is poised for explosive growth. Commercial UAV Expo, organized by Diversified Communications, has emerged as the premier event serving this dynamic marketplace.  I am excited for Drone World Expo to unite with Commercial UAV Expo to form the largest and most important annual event in North America for commercial end users of drone technology.” 

Gretchen West, Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells and Co-Executive Director of the Commercial Drone Alliance, has acted as Drone World Expo’s Advisory Board Chair and will continue to play a vital role going forward.  “The decision to consolidate events to become the largest and most influential commercial drone event is an important step and allows the community to focus resources on this all-inclusive conference and tradeshow to achieve greater value,” West says.

The 2018 event will take place Oct. 1-3 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It will be organized by Diversified Communications under the leadership of Murray.