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Mar 03, 2014

Destination Marketing Association International awarded 10 new destinations the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program (DMAP) seal, designed to “illustrate a DMO's commitment to industry excellence and to raising the performance and accountability of DMOs around the world."

"DMAP accreditation requires DMOs to demonstrate compliance across 16 disciplines, composed of 53 mandatory standards and is globally recognized by the destination marketing industry as the highest achievement in destination excellence," said Jack Wert, DMAP Board Chair.

He… more

Mar 02, 2014

a2z, Inc. released an infographic to highlight the results from the super-engaging ChirpE Scavenger Hunt atthe International Association of Exhibitions and Events' Expo! Expo! 2013, held in December in Houston.

Hundreds of attendees visited the ChirpE-powered photo booths in partner locations during the event, clicking and sharing their photos on Facebook in real-time. 

The 632 photos clicked during this fun gaming experience engaged a total of 11,872 people on Facebook between Dec. 7-22, 2013, generating 45,872 impressions in the process.… more

Mar 02, 2014

Like any good exhibitor, RetailNext wanted to capture the attention of retailers at National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Retail’s BIG Show in New York. Like any good exhibitor, they wanted to do something that would be relevant to their business, their booth visitors and they wanted it to drive conversations.

RetailNext helps retailers, shopping centers and even manufacturers analyze data on store traffic and buyer behavior. Their customers are interested in the use of displays to interact and engage with their own customers and potential customers. The question is… more

Mar 02, 2014

D.C.-based general service contracting firm, Hargrove, scored not only several new pieces of trade show, meetings and corporate business to start off 2014, but also secured a number of returning clients.

The Association of American Geographers Annual Meetings has inked a two-year deal with Hargrove, with a possible reup in 2016. This year’s meeting will be held April 9-11 in Tampa, Fla.

Hargrove also snagged another new piece of business, Restore America’s Estuaries for its Seventh National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine… more

Mar 02, 2014

a2z, Inc. released an infographic to highlight the results from the super-engaging ChirpE Scavenger Hunt atthe International Association of Exhibitions and Events' Expo! Expo! 2013, held in December in Houston.

Hundreds of attendees visited the ChirpE-powered photo booths in partner locations during the event, clicking and sharing their photos on Facebook in real-time. 

The 632 photos clicked during this fun gaming experience engaged a total of 11,872 people on Facebook between Dec. 7-22, 2013, generating 45,872 impressions in the process.… more

Mar 02, 2014

Like any good exhibitor, RetailNext wanted to capture the attention of retailers at National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Retail’s BIG Show in New York. Like any good exhibitor, they wanted to do something that would be relevant to their business, their booth visitors and they wanted it to drive conversations.

RetailNext helps retailers, shopping centers and even manufacturers analyze data on store traffic and buyer behavior. Their customers are interested in the use of displays to interact and engage with their own customers and potential customers. The question is… more

Mar 02, 2014

Adding to their travel online, magazine and events portfolio, Northstar Travel Media recently acquired Travel Weekly China, Travel Weekly Asia, and Events China from Contineo Media, a multi-platform information provider based in Singapore, with locations in Beijing and Shanghai.

Northstar already owns Travel Weekly and, according to company officials, the additional Asia-based business-to-business brands will “create an international network with platforms serving the fast-growing global retail/leisure segment of the travel industry.”

Thomas Kemp, chairman and… more

Feb 27, 2014

How do you drive traffic to the slow areas of a trade show and also engage potential attendees online? Western Veterinary Conference that took place Feb. 16-20 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas solved that problem by streaming live action straight from the floor.

To entice attendees to come back to the floor after lunch, the show launched WVC Live!, 20-minute TED-style presentations that covered topics from Zappos corporate culture to the new products in animal care. For the first time, the talks were streamed online for non-attendees and also made available on the… more

Feb 26, 2014

A strong market for discount apparel and accessories, as well as a growing manufacturer confidence were among the driving forces at the OFFPRICE trade show Feb. 16-19 at the Sand Convention and Expo Center in Las Vegas.

Owned by U.K.-based Tarsus Group, OFFPRICE was part of the Las Vegas's biannual Fashion Week, which spread over several venues, including the Las Vegas Convention Center and Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.

At 132,000 net square feet, this winter edition was the largest in the show's history. The Cash & Carry section was moved into its own two… more

Feb 25, 2014

Twelve years ago, Joel Davis sat down and wrote up a business plan outlining a goal of setting up a company that was literally a ‘trade show incubator’ in which he would look for ideas or actual shows that his company would acquire and grow until it was time for them to be sold.

That plan has been successfully realized many times over, with Davis’ company that he is founder and CEO of, JD Events, shepherding several events from their nascent stages to profitable enterprises.

“The entire premise of the business was to be a trade show incubator,… more