News

Mar 28, 2018
Robots sparring with light sabers, t-shirts printed on the spot for a good cause, genetic testing companies and lots and lots of AR and VR were just a few of the highlights at the South by Southwest (SXSW) main trade show that ran March 11-14 at the Austin (Texas) Convention Center. This trade show actually was just one of many that ran during the two-week SXSW main event that drew together 70,000+ attendees in the interactive, film and music industries for parties, brand activations, sessions and keynotes. TSNN touched base with Brittani Mathis, senior exhibitions manager, before SXSW… more
Mar 28, 2018
Michael Fetter has been hired as the director of marketing in the Marketing Communications department for the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Before coming to the bureau, Fetter was a media buyer for Bandy Carroll Hellige (BCH), as well as a marketing manager for Phoenix Process Equipment Company where he oversaw all strategic marketing and communications plans. Fetter returned to BCH in 2016 as an account manager, with the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau among his clients. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in… more
Mar 27, 2018
The Association for Women in Events (AWE), a not-for-profit organization supporting gender equality and diversity in the event industry, has launched 2018 nominations for its Hall of Fame Recognition Program, hosted by the AWE Awards Committee. “Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a lifetime honor,” said Marie-Claire Andrews, AWE board member and chair of the AWE Awards Committee. “It doesn’t begin and end with a simple recognition, rather our winners will be part of our community and celebrated long-term!” This is the program’s second year. See 2017 inductees here. The program… more
Mar 27, 2018
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released the first study in its newest research report series for event attendee marketers, “How to Grow Attendance.” Focused on planning and goal setting to help position an attendee marketing campaign for success, Report One: Planning and Goal Setting that Positions Efforts for Success provides benchmarks for all phases of a marketing campaign, documents the most popular attendee marketing approaches used by show organizers and pinpoints characteristics where attendee growth is achieved. According to Cathy Breden, CEO of CEIR, the “… more
Mar 27, 2018
In an effort to further the mission of its members, the International Housewares Association (IHA) has selected Ungerboeck Software as its new event management solution provider. “We wanted a turnkey system that will provide IHA with streamlined operations to increase productivity and improved reporting with data analytics,” explained Dean P. Kurtis, vice president of finance and information technology of IHA, which produces the International Home + Housewares Show and represents more than 1,700 member companies. According to Kurtis, after evaluating a myriad of options, IHA’s team… more
Mar 23, 2018
Cincinnati Magazine has purchased Cincinnati Baby & Beyond Expo from Hart Productions. Set for Sept. 15-16 at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, the annual consumer show for moms, moms-to-be, parents and extended family attracts more than 10,000 attendees and more than 150 exhibiting companies featuring the latest in baby gear, clothing and accessories, along with onsite child and health care experts and interactive activities to keep kids entertained. According to Ivy Bayer, publisher of Cincinnati Magazine, which has produced the expo’s program since its inception… more
Mar 22, 2018
Freeman has launched Blueprint, a web-based floor plan management system designed to transform the way show organizers plan, manage and sell event booth space. Originally launched in 2009 as ShowPlans in the European, Middle Eastern and Asian markets and now released in the U.S. with new features, the re-branded platform delivers real-time visibility into booth availability during the sales process while helping to improve show planning efficiency. While manual floor planning can be a time-consuming and error-prone process, Blueprint solves this issue by creating and storing digital floor… more
Mar 21, 2018
Reflecting the dynamic growth of the manufacturing industry in Latin America, EXPO MANUFACTURA, the annual trade show and conference for the manufacturing and processing industry in Mexico, recently pulled off its largest show to date at CINTERMEX in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Held Feb.6-8 under the theme “Manufacturing 4.0: Maximum Productivity and Competitiveness,” the 22nd edition of the three-day trade show and conference boasted a five percent increase in attendance with more than 12,944 industry professionals and 336 exhibiting companies showcasing 600 brands and technology… more
Mar 21, 2018
The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, is now accepting nominations from across the industry for The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) Awards. The awards program annually recognizes great leaders in events and trade shows. “Honorees of the SMOTY Awards wow everyone with their commitment, innovation and excellence,” said President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski. He added, “This awards program is a way for us all to recognize people who don’t always receive accolades in the press or within our industry associations. By presenting these… more
Mar 20, 2018
As the development of event technologies continues to accelerate, tech companies looking to transform the industry understand that capturing the hearts and minds of industry executives is key to their success. With its growing focus on technology, the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) has become a popular venue for event technologies vendors vying for sponsorship opportunities. Set for May 30 at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., the annual one-day conference for CEOs, presidents, executive directors, vice presidents and c-level executives at associations and independent… more