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Jan 26, 2015
After several slow years during the recession, the mergers and acquisitions market for the exhibition and conference industries had an active year in 2014, according to Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc.’s Year-end M&A Overview. Even with the pickup in deals, though, the number of them fell from 64 in 2013 to 53 last year and deal value was down significantly from $3.75 billion in 2013 to $1.1 billion last year, in part because of major deals switched to broader categories that JEGI tracks. There were several deals that occurred in the last quarter of 2014, the biggest being UBM’s buy of… more
Jan 25, 2015
More than 125,000 housing industry professionals came to Las Vegas for the second annual Design and Construction Week that ran Jan. 18-23.   The event brought together the inaugural members - National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show (IBS), the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the International Window Coverings Expo - and added The International Surface Event and the Las Vegas Market. Registrants had access to all five events with one badge. The move proved to be a success. Attendance at IBS was 55,257, up eight percent compared with last year. The… more
Jan 25, 2015
According to a research published by farrechinc.com, Internet users in the U.S. spend 3x more time on blogs than they do on email. The report, which cited sources included Hubspot, InsideView and FactBrowser, also indicated that 81 percent of online consumers trust information and advice from blogs. In fact, there are many more reasons to promote your organization with a dedicated blog. Here are some worthy of consideration. ·         A blog is an excellent means of spreading the word about upcoming events. ·     … more
Jan 25, 2015
According to a research published by farrechinc.com, Internet users in the U.S. spend 3x more time on blogs than they do on email. The report, which cited sources included Hubspot, InsideView and FactBrowser, also indicated that 81 percent of online consumers trust information and advice from blogs. In fact, there are many more reasons to promote your organization with a dedicated blog. Here are some worthy of consideration. ·         A blog is an excellent means of spreading the word about upcoming events. ·     … more
Jan 23, 2015
For organizers looking to spruce up their sponsorship models, hosting an experts corner, offering tours or having a fitness pavilion on the showfloor are just a few of the unique ideas that were in Global Experience Specialist’s recently released Comprehensive Sponsorship Study. The study also focused on the following key areas; how organizers and exhibitors can make the most of sponsorships; how organizers can best sell sponsorships; what organizers can do to align their sponsorships with sponsor objectives; and information and insights for exhibitors to evaluate and optimize sponsorships.… more
Jan 22, 2015
It may have been cold in Chicago in the second week of January, but that didn’t stop a record amount of attendees from coming to the Windy City for the Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders annual meeting. From Jan. 11-14, there were 4,128 convention managers and suppliers who packed McCormick Place West, taking part in educational sessions, keynotes and a bevy of networking and charity events throughout the city. The 2015 event topped the 2014 record-breaking one in Boston, which drew nearly 4,000 attendees. “This year’s program was designed to challenge the most… more
Jan 20, 2015
The Professional Convention Management Association not only brought thousands of convention managers to Chicago for a few days of networking and education last week during its Convening Leaders annual event, but it also gave back to the local community through several programs. “These programs are one way of expressing our sincere thanks to this tremendous community. After our members leave, we hope these donations will leave a lasting impact on the communities, who need assistance in the Chicagoland area.” said Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA Program: Party With A Purpose… more
Jan 20, 2015
At last week’s North American International Auto Show Charity Preview in Detroit’s Cobo Center, at which more than 14,000 attendees dressed in tuxes and evening gowns took part, an interesting thing happened on the showfloor. Several of the exhibitors, which were the largest car manufacturers from around the world, had really fun, interactive and engaging things to do that not only showed off their products, but also created buzz. With more than 800,000 attendees expected throughout last weekend and this week, it’s an opportune time for the companies to grab people’s attention. Over at the… more
Jan 19, 2015
The International Association of Exhibitions & Events had a very busy 2014 as evidenced by the list of accomplishments it had throughout the year. "2014 was an incredibly busy year for IAEE," said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. "I am very proud of the committees, task forces and staff who have worked tirelessly to fulfill objectives set forth in our strategic plan, including our two main pillars of focus – Education and Advocacy."  Education Highlights ·  Total Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) recipient growth was up 23.8 percent… more
Jan 19, 2015
Penton has acquired iNET Interactive, an event and digital information company that focuses on the cloud, hosting and data center segments of the technology sector and includes HostingCon and Data Center World trade shows. These segments are expected to experience annual growth of 25-30 percent in the years ahead, according to industry experts.    “A core element of our strategy is creating scaled positions in advantaged sectors.  This acquisition doubles our tech sector footprint, and does so in exceptionally fast growing segments.  The acquisition of this high quality… more