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Feb 08, 2017
UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released the results of its 18th UFI Global Barometer survey. After two years of relatively stable levels of operating profit, majority of interviewed companies indicated that they expect increased turnover in 2017. The survey shows an ongoing expansion in the industry’s business activities globally, both in the survey companies’ home market as well as in new geographical markets. The majority of the companies surveyed plan to develop new activities. About 40% also plan to develop operations in new countries. “Some economists are… more
Feb 08, 2017
IMPACT Exhibition Management reports that it has invested US$159.4 million over a three-year period to develop facilities, with the aim of diversifying its offerings and attaining a more balanced revenue stream. The ibis Bangkok IMPACT hotel and The Portal, a four-storey retail building, will open in March. IMPACT Speed Park, a go-kart circuit, was launched late last year. The water park is scheduled to be completed by October 2018, featuring a seven-hectare plot. Construction of Pullman hotel will begin next year, replacing the Eastin Lakeside Hotel and will start operations in 2019. Paul… more
Feb 08, 2017
In preparation for the Shenyang New World EXPO soft opening on March 1st, EXPO's senior staff completed final training at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in December. EXPO General Manager Diane CHEN said she is confident that the staff is prepared to meet the demand of EXPO’s initial customers. "EXPO’s association with HKCEC as a “sister venue” and our direct access with its senior management teamare enormous benefits to EXPO and Shenyang. Three prestigious exhibitions will be held in March followed by 3 more in April,” Chen said. She added, “This specific… more
Feb 08, 2017
UBM Asia, a UBM plc company, organised its China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shanghai (Shanghai Fair) from 18th to 21st November 2016, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. The exhibition attracted almost 4,900 visitors. Covering an exhibition space of over 11,000 m2, the four-day show featured some 260 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, including Australia, Canada, Mainland China, Germany, India, Korea, Thailand, U.S., Hong Kong and Taiwan. Of the 4,870 visitors, 4,636 were from Mainland China and 234 were from overseas and Hong Kong. At… more
Feb 06, 2017
We can talk all day about what the trade show industry and our employers are or are not doing to promote, protect, and compensate women (and we will), but are women doing enough to get the promotions, protections, and compensation that they deserve? Some women will say that we shouldn’t have to do anything, that equality is equality. Others might say that if anything is worth having, it’s worth working toward methodically. There may also be a group of women that is simply happy with where they are and where they’re going. What about you? In this week’s discussion, Michelle Bruno will solicit… more
Feb 06, 2017
The brisk hiring trend that kicked off the beginning of the year has continued, with several companies that serve the bustling trade show industry making hires. RD Whitney was appointed as executive vice president of Business Development Tarsus Americas, a division of U.K.-based Tarsus Group, with immediate effect Feb. 1. RD previously was group vice president at Diversified Communications overseeing a growing portfolio of business communities and events. Prior to Diversified, and in just 27 months as a Partner at Greenhaven Partners, RD transformed former BNA (now Bloomberg) publishing… more
Feb 02, 2017
ibtm events has selected Poken, the 360º event platform, as the technology provider to power its Hosted Buyer compliance program at ibtm arabia in Abu Dhabi and at ibtm america in South Florida following the successful implementation of its proven smart event technologies at ibtm america in 2015 and 2016. “In past years, using Poken’s tools has boosted meeting attendance, while providing great functionality to participants who can review their event journey online, during and after the show,” said Kate Shepherd, head of Marketing Operations, ibtm events at Reed… more
Feb 02, 2017
By Elizabeth Johnson Meetings and events are not immune to crises. Everything from severe weather/natural disasters to protests to a tragic accident can affect an event and require immediate and confident communication with attendees, the media and other stakeholders. And, while many events and the venues in which they reside have operational crisis plans in place, far fewer have communication strategies prepare ahead of time.  “I found that about half of my clients who hosted larger events (500+ attendees) did not have an adequate crisis communication plan prepared for their events,”… more
Feb 01, 2017
With the stroke of a pen last Friday, President Donald Trump put in place an Executive Order calling for the ban of Syrian refugees entering the U.S. for the next four months and anyone from six other countries -  Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – would not be permitted into the United States for the next three months. The action not only created chaos at airports as people were detained, even some who were holding Green Cards, but also protests erupted in several locations. With thousands of trade shows annually held in the U.S., many of which bring in international visitors… more
Jan 31, 2017
Ed Several, formerly senior vice president and general manager of PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions, has been tapped for a new role as senior vice president, integration and commercial optimization–Reed Exhibitions Americas. In his new role and during the transition, Several will continue to assist with relationships and long-term strategy on events from his previous portfolio and will be reporting directly to Hervé Sedky, President of Reed Exhibitions Americas. “Ed Several’s sustained success over the past 12 years in elevating the value of the PGA Shows portfolio, plus multiple additional… more