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Jan 18, 2012
UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry’s latest crisis barometer report indicates that companies worldwide are pulling back their expectations of growth based on a still fragile worldwide economic situation, according to survey results. When the economic crisis started to take hold in 2008, UFI began compiling a series of Global Exhibition Barometer Survey to track the impact on shows in different regions. The 8th edition of this series of reports showed that, compared with previous results in 2010 and 2011, in the Americas and Asia/Pacific region, seven to eight… more
Jan 17, 2012
In a continued commitment to the AmericasMart Atlanta’s January Atlanta International Area Rug Market, the Oriental Rug Importers Association recently signed a three-year sponsorship agreement for the event. In conjunction with the Atlanta Rug Market, ORIA holds the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS), a show for importers and manufacturers of hand-made, machine-made and antique rugs. “The ORIA - AmericasMart partnership creates an important global platform for the area rug industry,” said Jeffrey DeSantis, ORIA president. He added, “Our membership… more
Jan 17, 2012
Both Philadelphia and Atlanta wrapped up 2011 on a high note and are looking forward to strong bookings going into 2012 and the future. Atlanta’s 2011 fourth quarter was marked by eight large shows that accounted for 111,599 additional hotel rooms bookings and brought estimated 54,000 people to the city. “We finished the year on a high note on the sales side and Atlanta is positioned for another strong year in 2012,” said William Pate, president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Atlanta’s calendar also looks bright into the future, with the… more
Jan 15, 2012
If the opening day energy and bustle on the showfloor at Epoc Messe Frankfurt’s Intersec event, Jan. 15-17 at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, was any indication, then the safety and security industry in the Middle East is healthy and growing. The showfloor posted 15-percent growth in exhibitors, from 817 exhibitors at last year’s event to 910 exhibitors this year, who showed off their products in four main sections focusing on commercial and information security, fire and rescue, homeland and policing and safety and health. The actual size of the… more
Jan 12, 2012
When it comes to top-notch industry education, there was something for everyone at the Professional Convention Management Association’s annual meeting, Convening Leaders. Held Jan. 8-11 at the San Diego Convention Center, the 56th annual event for meeting planners and suppliers offered mpre than 60 education sessions for a wide range of experience levels, industry segments and categories, including workshop-style classes, panel discussions, informal group discussions and two general sessions following a TED Conference-style format. Fine-tuning its meetings industry education to… more
Jan 12, 2012
Renewed optimism and enthusiasm appeared to be the overall tenor at the Professional Convention Management Association’s annual meeting, Convening Leaders. Held at the San Diego Convention Center Jan. 8-11, the 56th annual event for meeting professionals and industry suppliers drew an all-time high in participation, with attendance expected to meet or exceed last year’s figure of 3,743, according to PCMA officials. The event kicked off Sunday evening at the festive Welcome Reception, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Throngs of planners, suppliers and students enjoyed… more
Jan 12, 2012
Performance Art is a collaborative art form that came into favor in the 1960s and 1970s as a fusion of several artistic media; dance, music, video, painting, film, video, drama, and/or sculpture. As a performance presented to an audience, it can be either scripted or unscripted and include a variety of levels of audience participation. The action can be live or via media, or a mix of both.  Performance Art can be presented anywhere, in any venue or setting and for any length of time. It is never “the same old / same old” and often challenges the orthodox and cultural… more
Jan 11, 2012
In order to support small businesses looking to exhibit overseas, Hannover Fairs USA, a subsidiary of Germany-based Deutsche Messe, has partnered with the State of California to offera series of financial State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grants. These grants are geared toward product export and international marketing services to all small businesses in the state’s information technology and manufacturing sectors in hopes to increase exports or export initiatives, according to HFUSA officials. The STEP program is rolling out through other states as well, and HFUSA will be… more
Jan 09, 2012
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s HongKong International Jewellery Show 2012has booked new dates, Feb. 16-20 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and is expected to not only draw 3,000 exhibitors from 46 regions and countries, but also expand the “Hall of Extraordinary” by 25 percent. The “Hall of Extraordinary” features high-endjewellery pieces with high quality stones set in unique designs.The diamonds and precious stones section also hasincreased by 15 percent. In the hall will be gems, as well as classic pieces, such as the “… more
Jan 09, 2012
Thailand-based Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre will host several new MICE events in 2012, with a focus on specialized trade fairs, meetings and world congresses that have never been held in the country before. “Since the beginning of the year 2012 till second quarter, BITEC has many new trade fairs, meetings and congress(es) at BITEC,” said Sarnit Karunyavanij, business development director of Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre. He added, “Starting with the consumer fair of Thailand Game Show 2012, the only fair for all true gamers… more
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