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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 Restoration, taking… 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 show's… 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 ballrooms and is… 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,” Davis said.… more
Feb 24, 2014
From vintage splendor to comfortable yoga pants, the latest fashions sizzled at Advanstar’s MAGIC Market Week, held Feb. 18-20 and took over the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. After a slower-than-expected holiday season and several severe storms around the nation that impacted buying patterns, the winter edition of the event came in strong with robust showfloor activity across its 10 trade shows that focus on men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, swimwear, footwear, accessories and sourcing.  “We’re… more
Feb 24, 2014
The Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (Suntec Singapore) snagged a three-year deal with JEC Group to hold its event at the venue. JEC Group is the world’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion of the composites industry that runs JEC Asia Composites Show & Conferences. The show provides a marketplace for composites designers, manufacturers and suppliers to showcase their technologies, expand their expertise, network with a wide array of industry professionals and gain a competitive edge in this dynamic market. JEC Asia, scheduled Nov. 17-19… more
Feb 24, 2014
Informa Exhibitions’ subsidiary, Informa Life Science Exhibitions, expanded its MEDLAB series to Singapore. The inaugural show, MEDLAB Asia Pacific, was held from 18th to 20th February 2014 at the Marina Bay Sands venue. According to the organiser, the new show covered 3,000 m2 of exhibition space featuring exhibitors from the medical laboratory technology industry. Products categories at the show included: disposable items, diagnostic equipment, hospital management, laboratory equipment and biotechnology. The show also provides the industry with a platform to obtain the latest… more
Feb 24, 2014
Trade show organizers collect mountains of data through registration, attendee surveys, session surveys, exhibitor surveys, lead retrieval systems, social media, etc. The question is, how is all that data being used? Is the data being used effectively? The problem most shows face is not how to get more data, but how to make sense of what they already have. Jeremy Figoten, senior vice president of Meetings, Sales and Communications for the National Apartment Association is taking a close look at his show data to better understand exactly why their show has been growing. Figoten… more
Feb 24, 2014
The Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology show has confirmed nearly 200 exhibitors are signed up for its 2014 edition, taking place June 9-12 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex. For its 11th edition, the show will aim to further promote the development of smart cities, energy-efficient buildings, as well as smart grid systems in China’s rapidly growing urbanization projects. Recognized as Asia’s premier platform for electrical engineering and building and home automation technology, the show continues to garner substantial support from leading industry players.… more
Feb 24, 2014
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) hosted 1,565 events in 2013, up 9% from 2012’s 1,442. This represents a new record for the venue. According to KLCC, seven new exhibitions were held at KLCC covering a wide range of industries – rail, security, fire & security, skin care, glass manufacturing and baby products. In the same period, 33 conventions – all new to KLCC – were held at the venue. Of those, 29 were international conferences. During the year, KLCC welcomed about two million visitors and they generated an economic impact of US$212 million to Malaysia… more