Aromatherapy, easier group transportation booking, language interpretation and a cloud-based event management platform were some of the meeting tools vying for the top prize at this year’s Society of Independent Show Organizer’s Event Battlefield. The competition was held during SISO’s Leadership conference, Aug. 1-4 in Philadelphia, at which just under 200 attendees voted for one of five companies. The top company was EventBots by Sciensio, which is a technology that allows attendees at an event to text any question they have about it to the EventBot tool and receive an immediate answer… more
The American Thoracic Society selected Sherpa Solutions to deploy its indoor positioning system at the ATS 2017 International Conference, which is on tap May 19-24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The system will be deployed on multiple floors in all public spaces, including meeting rooms, ballrooms, exhibit halls and poster sessions. “The Sherpa indoor positioning system is the only one of its kind. It’s like providing participants with their very own GPS, accurate to 6’, so they can accurately find their way within the venue. They can locate and meet with the people who… more
At the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo, held Feb. 8-11 in Orlando, attendees had the opportunity to try out something new - a2z, Inc.'s ChirpE Photo Booth. At the booth during the show, not only did people have fun dressing up and sharing photos through social media, it also created a lot of buzz during and after the show. The ChirpE Photo Booth is an easy-to-use iPad-based Photo Booth with robust social media capabilities. The ChirpE Photo Booth enables event attendees to take their own picture, add a quote or testimonial and post it to their Facebook Page… more
Four show managers have been selected to receive The Expo Group Show Manager of the Year (SMOTY) award for excellence in serving their attendee and exhibitor communities. Since 2000, The Expo Group has honored unsung heroes committed innovation and service. “The Expo Group SMOTY awards program is one way we give back to the industry, and we are proud to honor people adopting new ideas and creating change,” said President and COO of The Expo Group Randy Pekowski. He added, “These honorees are not our clients, they are simply show managers doing great work that should be recognized.” 2017 The… more
In mid-April, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) concluded its Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Spring Edition) and International ICT Expo. The concurrent fairs ran from 13th to 16th April, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), attracting more than 3,500 exhibitors from 23 countries and regions. The Electronics Fair, is positioned as the largest spring electronics event in Asia, showcasing more than 2,900 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions, with new exhibitors from Singapore and Spain. New at this edition is a Tech Hall with four themed zones, Connected Home… more
According to an industry review released by the Penang Convention & Exhibition Bureau (PCEB), Penang hosted 1,251 events and generated RM 808 million (US$182 million) in 2016, the first full year of the Penang bureau’s operations. The PCEB supported 37 international and national business events, featuring an estimated 29,000 participants. The majority of international business events originated from Singapore and South Asia. In terms of the incentive segment, 82% were domestic groups, while 16% were groups from Singapore. The average number of participants per congress and corporate event… more
Organised by UBM India, the 9th edition of Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl and Gem Fair (HJF 2016) was held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Novotel from 4th to 5th June. The event is a gem and jewellery trade show featuring more than 100 brands and this year’s trade visitor attendance is expected to be 5,000+ - representing growth of 20% compared with the last edition. Launched in 2008, HJF is a four-city jewellery show (Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi) organised throughout the year by UBM India. At the fair, manufacturers from Hyderabad and the surrounding regions… more
PackTech India and drink technology India, will be combined with Food Pex India next year. The three trade fairs, organized by Messe Düsseldorf and Messe München, will be held from 15th to 17th December 2016 at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. The organizers are anticipating that these three trade fairs will draw over 250 exhibitors, up from 230 the 2015 figure, covering more than 14,000 sqm of exhibition space. The organizers are also expects the events to draw over 13,000 trade visitors – which would represent a more than 30% increase compared to last year’s… more
Plans have been announced for a new mega-venue in Qingdao in Shandong province on China’s east coast. The Qingdao World Expo Centre will be located in the Qingdao West Coast New Area and according to the press release, the developers have targeted early 2018 as the soft opening date. The key investor in the overall project is the China Railway Group which plans to invest over US$8 billion. Current plans include just over 200,000 sqm of gross indoor exhibition area which will be able to accommodate more than 6,300 standard exhibition booths. The Qingdao World Expo Centre will also… more
The 27th edition of INDEX, India’s leading international interiors, architecture and design show, organised by UBM India, was held from 15th to 18th October, 2015 at the MMRDA Grounds. This year, the show featured over 300 exhibitors and 500 brands. In addition, more than 20,000 visitors, including international participants from Turkey, UK, China, Italy, Malaysia, Spain to name a few - attended the four-day event. UBM reported that leading architects and designers, international and domestic buyer delegations and builders & developers from across the country attended the show.
Have you ever heard someone say, “If it weren't for tomorrow, it'd be the future today” or “The future is unwritten?" Well, dear readers, when it comes to the use of augmented reality (AR) technology in the events space, that future is now!