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Jul 24, 2018
The organisers of Texcare Asia and the China Laundry Expo signed a deal on 18th July 2018 agreeing to merge the two fairs into a single show covering the textile care and laundry chain industries in Asia. The event will be co-organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Company, Unifair Exhibition Service Company, the China Laundry Association, and the China Light Machinery Association. The first edition of the merged fair will be held in September 2019 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). It is expected to occupy 30,000 m2 of floor space featuring some 300 exhibitors and 25,000… more
Jul 24, 2018
A total of 526 exhibitors and 655 brands presented the summer sports trends of the coming season at ISPO Shanghai from July 5-7. More than 14,500 trade visitors, four percent more than at the previous event, learned about new products in the segments of Running, Health & Fitness, Outdoor and Water Sports at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC). The sports market in China is growing in all categories. Half of the Chinese population – approximately 700 million people – buys sports products.  “China is on its way to becoming the largest market for sports articles in the… more
Jul 24, 2018
Last month, UBM Asia concluded the 31st edition of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (June Fair). The event attracted a total of 28,131 visitors from 91 countries and regions. This represents an increase of 9.7 percent from last year’s figure. Overseas visitors increased 14 percent year-on-year, reaching 18,589 visitors. The top five visiting countries and regions outside of Hong Kong were China (12,144), India (967), the Philippines (903), Taiwan (784) and Japan (452). According to the organiser, visitors from the Philippines, China and India recorded the most significant… more
Jul 23, 2018
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) will move out of the crowded car show fall/winter timeframe and into summer starting in 2020 in Detroit. In addition, the show will transform into one that was traditionally held just inside the Cobo Center, to taking on more of a ‘festival’ environment and holding events in venues around the city, including outdoors. “Our show is undergoing its most significant transformation in the last three decades,” said Rod Alberts, Executive Director, NAIAS. He added, “Detroit will continue to be a global stage for some of the world’s most… more
Jul 20, 2018
Puerto Rico’s newly established destination marketing organization has been officially dubbed Discover Puerto Rico.  Established July 1, the new DMO will be responsible for all global marketing, sales and promotion of Puerto Rico as a premier destination for leisure and business travelers.  Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico unveiled the entity's new name during the Destinations International Annual Convention, a yearly gathering that attracts more than 1,600 destination marketing and management professionals from across the globe, held July 10-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in… more
Jul 20, 2018
Event and conference mobile app developer, Eventbase, has raised $8.56 million in funding from Madrona Venture Group and the BC Tech Fund. The Vancouver-based tech company has also received additional financing from Silicon Valley Bank and Espresso Capital and has raised a total of more than $19 million to date. Founded in 2009 and formerly known as Xomo, Eventbase has worked with major companies including Microsoft, IBM, Cisco and Salesforce, and was named the three-time Gold Winner for “Best Event App” at the 2017 Experience Design & Technology Awards. “Eventbase has taken tremendous… more
Jul 19, 2018
On July 16, Caesars Entertainment Corporation broke ground on its newest development: the CAESARS FORUM Las Vegas conference center. Slated to open in 2020, it will feature 550,000 square feet of flexible meeting, event and convention space. As the emcee for the ground-breaking ceremony, Roger Dow, president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association and long-time meetings industry veteran, spoke about how when he was first starting in the industry, the meetings market was an afterthought for Las Vegas. Forty years later, the city is now the leading destination for meetings within the U.S.   … more
Jul 18, 2018
UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, taking the pulse of the industry. One of the key findings: for the first time in the past 10 years, all four global regions have reported a positive turnover development simultaneously. In terms of operating profit, most companies maintained a good level of performance in 2017, and more than 40 percent of companies from all regions declared an increase of more than 10 percent, compared with 2016. However, the prospects for 2018 are currently lower globally… more
Jul 18, 2018
It goes without saying that trade shows can be frontiers of innovation and creativity, an incredible forum for viewing what industries are developing as the next best products or ideas. In only a matter of days, a leading trade show can display hundreds or even thousands of products, services and ideas in front of a global audience.  Yet all this added exposure on the showfloor can also serve as a catalyst for intellectual property disputes, including over trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and patents on developing inventions and designs. So, what can exhibiting companies do to protect… more
Jul 17, 2018
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released the fourth and final report in its new “How to Grow Attendance” series for event attendee marketers. By uncovering attendee marketer commitments to improve existing approaches and evolve with fast-changing marketing norms, Report Four: Plans on Where to Improve Approach in Near-term Future offers a look at the most popular marketing approaches and the characteristics that are tied to success in attendee growth. “This is the last report in the series,” explained Nancy Drapeau, CEIR senior research director. “It provides… more