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Aug 11, 2015
Two hundred attendees experienced the best that Dallas has to offer during three days of networking and education at the Society of Independent Show Organizers’ 2015 SISO Leadership Conference, held Aug. 3-5. “Dallas as a destination should be considered by anyone in the industry,” said Lew Shomer, SISO’s executive director. He added, “We put a program together to encourage young professionals to become leaders. The content was directed toward them, and we achieved that goal.” The opening night party kicked off with attendees heading over to the world-famous Gilley’s, where they donned… more
Aug 11, 2015
Organised by China International Exhibitions, ProPak China (The International Processing and Packaging Exhibition) ran from 15th to 17th July. The exhibition attracted 733 companies from 27 countries and regions. The largest group of independent exhibitors came from China. The show drew a total of 17,322 visitors, with over 88% of them from China. There were also nearly 2,000 visitors from 77 different international markets. The largest groups were from Korea and followed by India. The event also featured a Business Matching Programme helping foreign visitors to identify relevant companies… more
Aug 11, 2015
The eighth edition of Secutech Vietnam will open its doors Aug. 18-20 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Organized by Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd, the annual show is widely-renowned as the country’s leading trade fair for the security, fire and safety industry. The three-day event will kick off with the participation of 110 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions, occupying 4,500 square meters of exhibition space. Registered brands include Avigilon, Bao Toan, DH, Flir, Optex, Dahua, Hikvision, HiMaxTruongxua, HIP, Le Phat, Lilin,… more
Aug 11, 2015
Walking the packed showfloor for the American Society of Association Executives’ Annual Meeting, held this week at Detroit’s Cobo Center, it was abundantly clear that the busiest booths, by far, were ones that created a really fun, engaging attendee experience. Some booths went for the straight up business approach with salespeople standing at the ready to talk with customers about the company’s latest offerings, other booths had the traditional promotional items – stuffed animals, pens, water bottles, etc. – and others stepped it up a notch. At the Visit Milwaukee booth, they decided to show… more
Aug 11, 2015
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will organise its Food Expo and Home Delights Expo – both opening on 13th August and through 17th August at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Meanwhile, HKTDC will also collocate two other events – Hong Kong International Tea Fair and International Conference & Exhibition of the Modernization of Chinese Medicine & Health Products (ICMCM) which will be held from 13th to 15th August – also at HKCEC. More than 1,600 exhibitors are set to participate in the four events – with over 1,100 exhibitors participating in the Food Expo… more
Aug 11, 2015
NürnbergMesse China officially has been under new management since July. Darren Guo, already interim managing director since March, now will occupy the position permanently. “Darren Guo has had a bond with NürnbergMesse from the start of his career”, said Dr. Roland Fleck and Peter Ottmann, the CEOs of the NürnbergMesse Group. “His linguistic and inter-cultural expertise make him the optimal connecting link between Nuremberg and Shanghai.” From 2011 to February 2015, in his capacity as International Sales & Business development manager Asia Pacific, Guo was responsible to a key extent for… more
Aug 11, 2015
Global Sources reported total revenues in Q2 of US$68.5 million, up 17% year-on-year. Its exhibition revenues increased by 42% year-on-year to US$46.1 million, accounting for over 67% of Global Sources’ total revenues. The growth was attributed to the strong performance of its large electronics trade show in Hong Kong in April and the move of its SIMM machinery shows from 2014 Q1 to 2015 Q2. “Recently, we completed three important actions to return value to our shareholders and to focus on our core business” commented Merle A. Hinrich, executive chairman of Global Sources. The three major… more
Aug 10, 2015
Emerald Expositions’ASD Marketweek not only scored 14-percent growth in buyer attendance, compared with last year, but also VIP attendance surged 23 percent throughout the four-day show. The increase was attributed to a number of different strategic marketing and internal restructuring initiatives, according to show organizers. “We substantially enhanced our marketing budget this year to invest in a rebranding campaign, increase outreach campaigns including print and digital media buys, expanded engagement across all social media platforms, expanded our VIP buyer program, and launched a… more
Aug 10, 2015
Continuing the tradition of recognizing individual show managers across the industry, nominations are actively being sought for the 2015 edition of The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year Awards. Since 2000, the crystal SMOTY obelisk has been presented to those people creating amazing experiences within their exhibition and convention. “These awards began in order to honor show managers who make our industry great, who exemplify a can-do spirit,” says Ray Pekowski, president and CEO of The Expo Group. He added, “I cannot stress enough that these awards are about the person, not the growth… more
Aug 07, 2015
A study jointly released by ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, Center for Exhibition Industry Research, Destination & Travel Foundation, Meeting Professionals International and Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation, revealed that on average, one in three group room nights in the United States are booked outside of the event contracted room blocks. “Despite general agreement that many attendees book outside the room block, the meetings industry traditionally relies on the historical room block pick-up as one of the most important metrics to value an… more
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