Feb 16, 2014

Most of the time, event mobile apps are selected well after the event management software is in place. Mobile apps are relatively new to trade shows and conferences and implementing the core operations software normally takes priority. This basic chronology can cause integration headaches for event organizers unless they ask some important questions of the mobile app vendor.

Can the data from registration and the event management software be integrated with the mobile platform? To avoid having to re-enter existing registrant, exhibitor and schedule data into the… more

Feb 16, 2014

The 2014 MD&M West show brought together more than 35,000 attendees and exhibitors interacting with more than 2,100 exhibits on an impressive 305,000 square feet of showfloor space.

“We have seen not only an increase in repeat visitors from last year, but also many visitors coming for more than just one day,” said Roger Burg, vice president/Design & Manufacturing Portfolio Director at UBM Canon.

He added, “We have been diligent in creating a conference environment that focuses on not only the attendee/exhibitor interaction, but also… more

Feb 16, 2014

The Wilmington Convention Center, the largest convention center on the North Carolina coast, launched a brand new Web site,

The highlight of the new site is a virtual 360° tour that takes meeting and convention planners on a digital journey of the center’s venues and amenities.

The virtual tour gives users the ability to start with an overview map of the entire facility and to then take a closer look at specific interior and exterior meeting spaces, as well as areas… more

Feb 13, 2014

With more than 80 events in 25 countries around the world, dmg::events has targeted the United States market as a prime area of future growth opportunity for the company.

“We like the U.S. as an events market,” said Galen Poss, vice chairman of dmg::events.

He added, “The combination of quality, experienced talent, great venues in good event cities and a large entrepreneurial domestic audience continue to make the U.S. an exciting events landscape.”

The overall strategy of the company for many years has to take one if its existing brands,… more

Feb 12, 2014

In an effort to give recent college grads an opportunity to get their feet wet in the trade show industry, Reed Exhibitions has launched a Sales Academy at its Norwalk, Conn., office.

The Sales Academy will provide intensive training and hands-on development in a variety of sales competencies and will be offered to a total of 20 budding professionals on an annual basis.

“Our business is growing, and a strategic priority is to develop a deep pool of talented staff to serve our customers in North America,” said Joann Bottoni-Jepsen, senior vice president for Human… more

Feb 11, 2014

The National Retail Federation’s Retail’s Big Show broke attendance records, with 30,000 people, an uptick from 27,500 last year, Jan. 12-15 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York.

There also were 555 exhibiting companies, up from 494 last year, and 205,000 net square feet, up from 168,000 net sq. ft. last year.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be in an industry that is changing on a daily basis,” said Susan Newman, NRF’s senior vice president of conferences.

Driving that change is technology and all the ways that consumers… more

Feb 11, 2014

After a long-awaited time, the Boise (Idaho) Centre, the city’s convention center, will be getting some additional space, with plans to nearly double the 50,000 square feet now available.

The Greater Boise Auditorium District has agreed to purchase adjacent space to the existing center that will allow it to expand by 43,000 sq. ft., including a 15,000 square-foot ballroom, 7,000 square-foot commercial kitchen and an additional 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space and 7,000 sq. ft. of pre-function space.

“After years of exploring expansion scenarios, it appears… more

Feb 10, 2014

Adding to its audiovisual offerings, Dallas-based Freeman recently bought Audio Visual Management Group, an AV provider for association trade shows, business meetings, and special events based in Richardson, Texas.

AVMG will join other Freeman brands such as, Encore Event Technologies, Stage Rigging and Alford Media as part of Freeman Audio Visual.

“As our customers’ needs continue to evolve, we want to maintain our ability to stay ahead of those shifts and meet changes head-on with agility and ease,” said Ken Sanders, president of Freeman AV.

He… more

Feb 10, 2014

The 7th edition of Secutech Vietnam, International Security, Fire & Safety Exhibition & Conference, is scheduled to be held Aug. 20-22 at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Organized by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, Secutech Vietnam provides a platform to both domestic and overseas suppliers of safety as well as security products and solutions.

“Thanks to growing demand for total system solutions, distributors of security and safety products in Vietnam are all expanding their product lines in order… more

Feb 10, 2014

Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre and its convention wing, MAX Atria, held more than 800 events in 2013 – an increase of 13% over 2012. Singex, the venue’s management company reported a total of 7.5 million visitors attended these events, up 25% year-on-year. The venue is forecasting a 10% growth in the number of events and total visitors in 2014.

Large-scale exhibitions currently scheduled in 2014 at Singapore Expo include the International… more