Jan 23, 2017

The year continued to start off strong with several show organizer and supplier companies making new hires and promotions.

Atlanta-based meeting management, convention housing and travel services leader Connections Housing kicks off its 30th year by naming Mark Sussman, vice president of Business Development.  

As part of a continued growth strategy focused on further strengthening and enhancing In this newly created position, Sussman will focus on developing and growing the Connections client portfolio through his vast knowledge, tenure and… more

Jan 21, 2017

HIP Network won the Professional Convention Management Association’s first-ever “Shark Tank”-style event technology pitch competition in Austin, Texas. The competition was held during PCMA's Convening Leaders annual meeting Jan. 8-11. 

First-place honors were given for its newly launched ShowScore™ Business Intelligence Platform and Reporting Standard.

In winning, HIP Network beat out content management apps, event check-in tech and social customizations.

HIP Network’s Founder and CEO Dan Sherman demonstrated the technology to a… more

Jan 19, 2017

By Elizabeth Johnson

It was retail as far as the eye could see inside Jan. 15-17 the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) opened its doors to 35,000 industry members for the 2017 Retail BIG Show. This year, well-known figures in fashion and retail, including ABC “Shark Tank’s” Daymond John, NBA Basketball Player Kobe Bryant and Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly.

The show caters its content to large brands, as well as small businesses and covers all areas of retail needs from operations to technology… more

Jan 19, 2017

The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has launched Meet L.A., a free mobile destination app for meeting and trade show professionals interested in bringing their events to the City of Angels.

Following the launch of L.A. Tourism’s immersive “Virtual Discovery L.A.” last October at IMEX America in Las Vegas, the new Meet L.A. app allows users to quickly and easily view the virtual travel platform, browse through L.A.’s diverse regions and neighborhoods, and contact L.A. Tourism sales staff with any questions or booking requests.

Developed in… more

Jan 17, 2017

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has decided to expand its events accreditation scheme.

Beginning this year, quality exhibitions and events that focus on national audiences also will be able to apply for, and receive, UFI’s unique recognition – “UFI Approved Event” - opening up the industry’s gold standard to audited national quality shows.

Until recently, UFI approval was reserved for exhibitions that meet the highest global standards, provide officially audited statistics and serve an international market.

Under the new system, organizers can… more

Jan 17, 2017

A group of veteran industry professionals has launched a consultancy company – the Event Advisory Group – designed to help associations, trade show organizers, publishers and corporations improve the financial, brand and operational performance of their events.

Formed in early 2016 and officially launched six weeks ago, EAG features an executive team of five seasoned event professionals, who boast 120 collective years of event management, marketing and operational experience and a comprehensive knowledge of producing and launching events ranging from large global trade shows to… more

Jan 13, 2017

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals has launched two new technology solutions designed to transform traditional event touchscreen displays into interactive, larger-than-life formats – the iTab Core and Giant Smartphone.

The iTab Core turns any touchscreen display into a giant iPhone or Android phone, facilitating access to various apps, social media and games, as well as branding and marketing messages that can be easily uploaded and displayed in real time. Designed to promote digital engagement and customer interaction, the intuitive screen allows users to manage… more

Jan 11, 2017

For the second year in a row and much to my chagrin, I was unable to attend the Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders annual meeting. 

This year, it was held in the great city of Austin, Texas, and had three days packed with education and networking events.

Of course, I had serious FOMO (fear of missing out) – but lucky for me, PCMA holds an online digital event powered by INXPO that streams throughout their live event.

In my humble opinion, it is bar none the best digital event out there that coincides with a live event.

Here… more

Jan 10, 2017

The recently concluded BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA – 4th International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles reported more participants than the previous edition in 2014. Running from 12th to 15th December 2016, at HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi, the event attracted more than 31,000 participants.

A total of 647 exhibitors showcased their latest construction machinery products at the four-day event. Organised by bC Expo India, a joint venture of Messe München and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), BAUMA… more

Jan 10, 2017

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) announced its development strategies and action plans for 2017 to support the development of its MICE industry.

There will be three development strategies: Strategy 1 – To generate revenue towards prosperity; Strategy 2 – To drive the country with innovation towards stability; and Strategy 3 – To drive growth for the mutual benefit of all parts of society towards sustainability.

In addition, TCEB has expanded its missions to include three other priorities for 2017: 1) To promote TCEB’s role as a fostering partnerships to… more