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Jun 23, 2012
I recently read a post on trend spotting in terms of catering your next show/event from Key Events.  Now you may ask, so how do the newest drinks really translate to my booth?  Well, let me do some explaining and see if you agree.   First trend:  more hard alcohol. I honed in on this trend first. Hard alcohol is being offered at more events versus the standard beer and wine. What that means to the trade show manager: Budgets are getting a bit looser. Companies are allowing hard alcohol at their events, which costs more because of the cost of the item… more
Jun 23, 2012
On June 28th, Michelle Bruno will be presenting a TSNN webinar on Tradeshow Technology Trends You Need to Know About.  Michelle is an TSNN blogger and Co-Producer of the EastVirtual Event Workshop. She also serves on the EIBTM TechWatch Committee – the largest event industry technology competition in the world.   Technology is changing so fast – it’s becoming nearly impossible to keep up. There are global business trends that affect the trade show industry. There are trends within the industry and there are trends within trends that affect the technology decisions… more
Jun 21, 2012
Chicago trade show industry stakeholders continued to move forward on making the city’s convention venues easier to use for existing and potential shows by striking an agreement between the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority, which oversees McCormick Place and Navy Pier, and two unions - the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 134, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 2. The agreement allows IATSE stagehands to complete a type of work previously completed by IBEW electricians.  IATSE members will now be allowed to… more
Jun 20, 2012
The Face2Face Series is sponsored by MarketArt. Talk to most trade show managers and executives and you might notice a common theme: they seem to have no idea what they’d be doing if they weren’t working in the trade show industry. The same rings true for 23-year industry veteran Alan Sims, who like many trade show lifers, began working in and around events right out of school, realized it was a good fit and never looked back. “Relationships are important to me and face-to-face interaction is important, so (the industry) suits my skill set well,” Sims said. He… more
Jun 19, 2012
Trade Show News Network, a division of U.K.-based Tarsus Group, is pleased to announce the 2012 TSNN Top 50 Fastest-growing Trade Shows in Attendance and Net Square Footage Growth in the U.S. that will be honored during the 3rd Annual TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence Nov. 2-4 in Louisville, Ky. A full list of winners can be found below and HERE on www.T-awards.com. “During some of the most challenging years in the trade show industry, the 2012 TSNN Top 50 Fastest-growing Trade Show winners not only managed to thrive, but also by very impressive numbers,” said TSNN… more
Jun 18, 2012
The newly named Exhibit & Event Marketers Association (E2MA), formed by the combining of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association (TSEA) and the Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association (EACA), has unveiled plans for the 3rd annual Red Diamond Congress.   The event will be held July 10-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.   This year’s event will be focused on both advocacy and education issues, said Jim Wurm, executive director of E2MA.   “This will be the first meeting of these combined associations,” he added. “We will have general sessions each… more
Jun 18, 2012
In this difficult financial climate, it can be a good thing to be a trade show representing an industry comprised of multiple market segments, especially when some of them are growing at a very rapid pace. Case in point is InfoComm International, the largest annual exhibition and conference for the professional audiovisual and information communications industries, held June 13-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to show officials, the event’s attendance grew by 4 percent, with 34,000 attendees from more than 90 countries and 925 exhibiting companies spanning 487,000 net… more
Jun 18, 2012
The Outdoor Industry Association and Outdoor Retailer will expand their partnership to offer more Outdoor University educational sessions at Outdoor Retailer trade shows.   Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which takes place in early August in Salt Lake City, will feature a broadened curriculum designed to help the outdoor industry stay ahead of the curve on critical business topics. As part of the partnership, OIA's Outdoor University will work hand in hand with Outdoor Retailer to program the education curriculum at each OR trade show, with Outdoor Retailer contributing to the… more
Jun 18, 2012
EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centres Association, and UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, have signed an agreement to create the European Exhibition Industry Alliance.  This new alliance will bring together Europe’s leading exhibition associations in a coordinated effort to promote awareness of the vital contribution that the exhibition industry plays to economic development and job creation, according to UFI officials. At the top of the EEIA’s action list is the promotion of the exhibition sectors’ common interests towards the framework… more
Jun 18, 2012
A task force comprised of snow sports industry representatives recently met in Denver to discuss and approve plans for a new trade show entitled Sourcing Snow. The new event is member-owned by the textile and material suppliersand will be collocated with the 2013 SIA Snow Showon tap Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Colorado Convention Center’s Mile High Ballroom. Sourcing Snow will showcase companies that manufacture materials and components essential to hundreds of snow sports brands, according to show organizers. “The dedication and commitment of SIA to its members is quite impressive,… more
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