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Jul 01, 2012
Temperatures are soaring across the U.S., and what’s typically a slower time in the trade show industry is filled instead with a bevy of industry meetings. Destination Marketing Association International’s Annual Convention is on tap July 16-18 in Seattle and will kick off with an opening keynote by Jason Ryan Dorsey, known as “The Gen Y Guy”, who will discuss “Crossing the Generational Divide: Leveraging the Power of Generations for Your Strategic Advantage.” Other events on the schedule for the three-day event include a volunteer activity with locally… more
Jun 30, 2012
Last week, Kazuhiro Tsuga was named incoming president of Panasonic Corporation during their general meeting of shareholders in Osaka, Japan, and the same day, the Consumer Electronic Association announced Tsuga will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 International CES.   The show is on tap Jan. 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and several venues around the city.   Tsuga’s keynote will be Jan. 8 in the Las Vegas Sands’ Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom, immediately following a State of the CE Industry keynote address by Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of… more
Jun 27, 2012
For the second time in the past few years, ownership of the California Gift Show changed hands – this time from Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. to Urban Expositions. In 2009, as part of the slimming down of dmg world media’s gift show portfolio, the event was sold to MMPI. Urban Expositions will take over management of California Gift Show after the event’s July edition on tap at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  “We seized the opportunity to buy this show as we felt it could accelerate our efforts to rebuild the southern California gift market’s brand… more
Jun 25, 2012
 EasyFairs’ StocExpo, Europe’s top event for the tank terminal industry, has joined forces with Singapore-based Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions specialist, Singex, to enhance the development of its bulk liquid storage event in Asia – Tank Storage Asia.   The collaboration between StocExpo and Singex will establish a business platform to support industry professionals from within this and associated sectors.   The first edition of Tank Storage Asia to benefit from this new partnership takes place Dec. 11-12.   Comprised of a two-day… more
Jun 25, 2012
Other regions of the world may be experiencing economic troubles, but according to a recent survey released by the HongKong Exhibition and Convention Industry Association, the exhibition industry in Hong Kong is thriving. The survey tracked exhibitions in Hong Kong last year and the numbers of companies coming to Hong Kong to exhibit, the amount of exhibition space they occupied and the numbers of visitors coming from overseas to exhibitions all grew year over year, in some cases posting double-digit growth. “This is another effective testimony to the importance of the exhibition… more
Jun 25, 2012
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, in cooperation with international exhibition and event bodies, recently held the Thailand MICE International Forum (TMIF) 2012 in Bangkok. The Forum brought together expertise from TCEB, the Asian Federation for Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA) and the U.S.-based International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). With the theme, “Connecting Asia, Connecting Success,” the Forum had two goals. The first goal was to domestically enhance the appreciation among Thailand’s MICE operators of the importance and… more
Jun 25, 2012
Clarion Events North America will launch its first new show in the United States – the Atlanta Foodservice Expo – which will serve the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries in Georgia and the Southeast.   The annual show will debut Oct. 20-22, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center.   “We are excited about the opportunity to bring a focused show to a major market that will not only bring buyers and sellers together, but will also deliver a unique package of services and value,” said David Audrain, Clarion N.A.’s president.   He… more
Jun 25, 2012
Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centrehas appointed Arun Madhok as acting Chief Executive Officer, effective 18th June 2012. Madhok joined Suntec Singapore as Chief Operating Officer in 2009, and has been credited with the development of strategies and modernisation programme that is currently in progress. Former CEO, Pieter Idenburg, has left the company after seven years to explore other opportunities.
Jun 25, 2012
Last week, the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) organised a business forum in Taiwan to promote international Thai exhibitions to Taiwanese trade visitors. TCEB took the opportunity to share information on bilateral trade and business opportunities in ASEAN.   Attending officials from Thailand and Taiwan included the executive director of Thailand Trade & Economic Office – Kriangsak Kittichaisaree, secretary general of Bureau of Foreign Trade Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan – Chiang Wen-Juo and executive vice president of Taiwan External Trade… more
Jun 25, 2012
The Thai Government is looking to private companies to manage the new Chiang Mai International Convention and Exhibition Center. The venue is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter this year after several months of delay due to construction problems. The government reportedly has the budget allocated to hire a professional management company for the venue. The management selection process will be supervised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). In a separate development, the TAT announced development plans to merge the Thailand Travel Fair (TTF) and the Thailand Travel Mart (TTM Plus… more

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