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Nov 23, 2014
With the call to action to “Go & Be” – whether it is creative, innovative or strategic – the International Association of Exhibitions & Events will kick off its Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition Dec. 9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. “We hope that attendees take away the notion that IAEE is always pushing the envelope, looking ahead to provide new and innovative ways to make your individual shows better,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois. He added, “We want our guests to have the full ‘Expo Expo Experience’, taking part in the new show features that… more
Nov 23, 2014
For the people who already utilize Salesforce to sell sponsorships and exhibit sales, life just got a whole lot easier with the launch of ShowCycle - the first standalone CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software platform built exclusively for trade show and conference sales teams. The new product will debut at the International Association of Exhibitions & Events’ Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition Dec. 9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and also has been selected to be a part of the event’s New Product Showcase. "Until now, there has always been a… more
Nov 23, 2014
For the people who already utilize Salesforce to sell sponsorships and exhibit sales, life just got a whole lot easier with the launch of ShowCycle - the first standalone CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software platform built exclusively for trade show and conference sales teams. The new product will debut at the International Association of Exhibitions & Events’ Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition Dec. 9-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and also has been selected to be a part of the event’s New Product Showcase. "Until now, there has always been a… more
Nov 19, 2014
How do attendees of the first-ever Niche EventFest get to a networking party? They have a traditional second line parade down the middle of Poydras Street in New Orleans accompanied by a brass band and a police escort. Niche EventFest, held Nov. 3-5, is the creation of Carl Landau, self-proclaimed Grand Poobah of Niche Media and believer that fun and conferences go well together. This isn’t Landau’s first rodeo though. Niche Media is the producer of Niche Media Conference, Niche Digital Conference and Niche CEO Summit. Landau said the idea for Niche EventFest came from the obvious interest in… more
Nov 18, 2014
A new show that will explore the business of space - the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition (SpaceCom) – is set to launch Nov. 17-19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Supported by NASA's Johnson Space Center, SpaceCom is designed to catalyze the economic development of space, the creation of new business models to support that development and the application of space technologies across important industry sectors of the global economy, according to show organizers. "The impact of space commerce is already being felt across the economy… more
Nov 18, 2014
The Professional Convention Management Association has selected the 2015 class for their 20 in their twenties program, which is designed is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the meetings industry by recognizing emerging leaders.  “We are privileged to once again have the opportunity to strategically partner with PCMA, the PCMA Education Foundation and their 20 in their Twenties initiative,” said Bob Lander, President and CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the program’s sponsor. He added, "As an inaugural partner, we were thrilled to… more
Nov 18, 2014
Irving, Texas-based Hanley Wood, a multimedia company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries, has sold its Hanley Wood Exhibitions business to Informa PLC, a U.K.-based publishing and events company that operates in more than 40 countries.  The $375 million sale is subject to customary regulatory review and is expected to close by the end of 2014. Upon the closing of the transaction, the exhibitions business will be rebranded Informa Exhibitions US and will maintain its headquarters in Irving, Texas. Rick McConnell will continue to lead the company as… more
Nov 18, 2014
SACEOS, the Singapore Association of Conventions, Exhibitions and Suppliers and SISO, the Society of Independent Show Organizers, have jointly signed an agreement to share knowledge and information among their respective exhibition industry members. "This agreement will offer our members an unprecedented opportunity to grow their respective brands in and around the Singapore area as we recognize Singapore as central to the entire ASEAN market base,” Rick McConnell, Chairman of SISO, said. SISO, established in 1990, has more than 160 members globally, but with its largest number of members… more
Nov 17, 2014
The National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Education Conference was named the overall fastest-growing show in net square footage and UBM's Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis and MinnPack snagged the overall fastest-growing show in attendance at the 2014 TSNN Awards, held Nov. 14-16 in Cleveland. “It’s been a fantastic weekend and Cleveland is a phenomenal city,” said Laura Pabst, who oversees the NSGC show for SmithBucklin. “NSGC is very grateful for this and will be back next year!” Other big winners celebrated during the gala celebration on Saturday night at… more
Nov 16, 2014
In a research study published recently, researchers demonstrated that a variety of visual factors, such as the color and balance of the elements on a plate, can influence a diner’s perception of, and response to, food. They found that subjects willingly paid higher-than-normal price for a salad that was presented to resemble a famous abstract painting by the artist Kandinsky. Diners also reported enjoying it more than another salad with the same ingredients but plated in a more ordinary manner. Clearly, we have an in-built penchant for experiences carefully designed to please our visual… more