News

Jul 28, 2015
The Association of Women in Events, a new organization launched in March 2015, recently announced its founding board of directors. The association received more than 65 applications for membership on the inaugural board, and founders spent several weeks vetting candidates for these important leadership roles. The Board of Directors is expected to guide the vision of the association throughout the first formative years and shape the community surrounding the organization. The Association of Women in Events was founded by Carrie Abernathy, Tamela Blalock, Mas Tadesse Harris, Mary Higham, and… more
Jul 28, 2015
With one month until the 2015 NACDS Total Store Expo kicks off in Denver, Colo., the National Association of Chain Drug Stores has sold out its exhibit floor at the Colorado Convention Center.  The show will take place Aug. 22-25.  “The one thing that matters most at the NACDS Total Store Expo is the strong engagement of retailers and suppliers, and that strong engagement is aligning again to create another exceptional opportunity for participants at the 2015 event,” said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson. He added, “The industry’s enthusiasm and support for this event are… more
Jul 28, 2015
Reed Travel Exhibitions’ IBTM Americas spent this year in Chicago and will head to Nashville, aptly named “Music City”, June 15-17 next year. ibtm america 2015 featured more than 5,200 pre-scheduled appointments with mutually matched suppliers and buyers in a closed show environment that mixed business with networking and education. Exhibitors averaged 29 appointments during the course of 2.5 days, according to ibtm officials.   “The excitement behind delivering our event in different key convention cities in the US adds variety and new experiences for all our attendees,” said Jaime… more
Jul 28, 2015
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events and the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers have entered into an agreement to extend their offerings to members of both organizations in the interest of advancing the exhibitions and events industry in their respective regions. "The collaboration between MACEOS and the Malaysian Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MYCEB) shows a strong commitment to the development of exhibitions and events in Southeast Asia," said IAEE President David DuBois. He added, "We are honored to be a part of this… more
Jul 26, 2015
As an offshoot of WasteExpo, a solid waste, recycling and organics industry event, Penton will launch a two-day event - the Waste360 Recycling Summit. The summit, produced in partnership with the National Waste & Recycling Association, will take place Sept.9-11 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Chicago, will focus on issues surrounding recycling and sustainability. “Our goal with this event was to match the best and brightest in the recycling industry with major generators of waste to identify and solve problems in the industry,” said Warren Bimblick, group president of Penton… more
Jul 26, 2015
With the proliferation of mobile devices and the Internet of things, trade organizers and exhibitors are looking for new ways to leverage those devices to influence attendee behavior. The trick is in delivering an experience that attendees want vs. forcing an experience on attendees that only benefits the organizer or exhibitor. Most apps and technology that propose to enhance your attendees’ experience and connect buyers with sellers fall into two distinct categories; active and passive technology. Active technology requires the attendee to perform an action. That action might be… more
Jul 26, 2015
With the proliferation of mobile devices and the Internet of things, trade organizers and exhibitors are looking for new ways to leverage those devices to influence attendee behavior. The trick is in delivering an experience that attendees want vs. forcing an experience on attendees that only benefits the organizer or exhibitor. Most apps and technology that propose to enhance your attendees’ experience and connect buyers with sellers fall into two distinct categories; active and passive technology. Active technology requires the attendee to perform an action. That action might be… more
Jul 25, 2015
Following on the heels of the North American Meetings Industry Day, Meetings Mean Business will launch the first-ever Global Meetings Industry Day April 14 next year, which  will showcase the impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. “GMID will unite the meetings industry in a way that has never been done before,” said David Peckinpaugh, MMB co-chair and president of Maritz Travel. “The growth and success of our industry are critical to the world’s economy and we look forward to… more
Jul 23, 2015
For the TSNN “Best of Show” award, we are leaving it up to you to tell us why you think your show is the BEST. This is the fifth year for this special award, and five nominees will be invited to the 2015 TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence Nov. 6-8 in Atlanta.   The overall winner will be announced at the gala awards celebration Nov. 7. To be considered, please, submit your show HERE. There is no specific criterion for the award. Be creative! What challenge(s) did the show face? What was the “Best of Show” solution(s)? And what were the overall results and impact on the show… more
Jul 22, 2015
Emerald Expositions’ 2015 edition of NY NOW, the Market for Home, Lifestyle + Gift, to be held Aug. 15-19 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, will have a record-breaking amount of new exhibitors. The summer market also will feature the largest to date edition of Artisan Resource, now in its fourth year alongside NY NOW.  A record 632 exhibiting companies – of the market’s total 2,600-plus – will be new to the summer Market.  Of these newcomers, nearly 400 are first-time market participants, and 230-plus are returning to NY NOW, following an… more
Partner Voices
One of the most iconic names on the Las Vegas Strip just got an upgrade. Mandalay Bay has everything that your business needs from a refreshed convention space designed to inspire productivity and creativity, to an impressive selection of world-class restaurants and amenities. If you're looking for a venue that's both inviting and innovative, you have to be here. New Wave Experiences Mandalay Bay continues to invest in a new wave of enhancements both in the convention space and within the resort as a whole. New restaurant openings including Orla by Michael Mina, drawing inspiration from the award-winning chef’s childhood in Egypt and with flavors and décor inspired by the spices found in markets common to coastal Mediterranean towns, as well as Caramá by Wolfgang Puck, bringing the essence of Italy and spirit of Wolfgang into one concept, are recent additions. The Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas also experienced a recent remodel of all 424 rooms. Swingers, a high-end, adults-only golf and entertainment concept will debut in Fall 2024. Enhanced Technology Creating a truly effective conference venue requires careful thought into what a business needs: the right technology, capacity, and inspiration to bring ideas to the next level. As part of the resort’s refresh, Mandalay Bay implemented state-of-the-art technology upgrades, installing cutting-edge Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout the convention center. This advancement doubles the frequency of data transmission, enabling lightning-fast speeds up to 9400% faster. The convention center now boasts 11 dynamic digital walls, spanning up to 24' x 13', strategically positioned for brand placements, sponsorships and targeted event messaging. Additionally, attendees can benefit from 20 double-sided 55" mobile flexible display units, facilitating effortless navigation to meeting rooms and events. RFID locks were installed on all meeting room doors, and over 200 motion detection cameras have been placed throughout the space. Refreshing New Design & Fine Art The newly remodeled convention space provides a bright and vibrant atmosphere that complements Mandalay Bay's tropical-inspired brand. Featuring white-washed walls and ceilings adorned with bold floral patterns in cerulean and coral tones, the space is complemented by warm walnut accent walls. In addition to the redesign of all pre-function spaces, meeting rooms and ballrooms, Mandalay Bay's 1 million square feet of exhibit space has undergone a rejuvenation, including new paint, covered pillars and relocated strobe lights. Sustainable Spectacles Mandalay Bay is committed to Focused on What Matters and creating more responsible meetings. Refillable water stations all available around the resort, cutting unnecessary plastic usage from single-use bottles. The Mandalay Bay campus’ recent upgrades represent a bold step forward in redefining the Las Vegas experience. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and unparalleled service, Mandalay Bay sets a new standard for excellence in business hospitality. Whether you're seeking cutting-edge conference facilities, world-class dining options, or simply a luxurious retreat, an unparalleled meeting experience awaits.