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Nov 01, 2017
Leading a show from a top for-profit business-to-business exhibition company or an association with a sizable trade show is no easy task. That’s why TSNN and Access Intelligence Research & Consulting recently partnered with the Society of Independent Show Organizers to take a deeper look into what current challenges leaders in the exhibition industry are facing. The TSNN Research Report – “The Exhibition Management Leadership Study:  How SISO Members and Top Associations are Positioning for Growth and Innovation” - is the latest in a series of reports from TSNN and AI. “SISO is… more
Nov 01, 2017
Trade show and meeting planners choose their destinations carefully, bringing many factors into the decision-making process. One factor is the city’s appeal as a travel destination. According to International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE’s) Decision to Attend Study, 78 percent of attendees cite the destination as a top driver for attending a convention. It’s little surprise then, that Convention and Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) are helping planners promote the destination to their audiences. “We’ve seen a pretty dramatic shift over the last few years in convention and event… more
Oct 31, 2017
NPE2018: The Plastics Show has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce to participate in its 2018 International Buyer Program (IBP). The IBP is a joint government-industry effort under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) that brings thousands of international buyers to the U.S. for B2B matchmaking with U.S. firms exhibiting at major industry trade shows. Every year, the IBP results in approximately a billion dollars in new business for U.S. companies and increased international attendance for participating U.S. trade show organizers… more
Oct 31, 2017
The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has launched a new tool to enable show organizers to calculate the exhibitor retention rate for a given event and then measure it against key benchmarks, including the overall exhibition industry and the specific industry sector. Leveraging business intelligence services powered by a2z, the CEIR Exhibitor Retention Benchmarking Tool uses standardized data derived from 900+ tradeshow, analyzed over a period of three years. Each event in the dataset is categorized based on its CEIR industry sector assignment. "The CEIR Exhibitor Retention… more
Oct 30, 2017
Kicking off with an opening night reception Nov. 1 at the Johannesburg, South Africa-based Sandton Convention Centre, the 84th UFI Global Congress is set to gather hundreds of exhibition organizers and suppliers from all over the world to take a deep dive into “Raising the Odds: Pressures and Profits in the Exhibition Industry.” “UFI‘s Global Congress brings together the global leaders of the exhibition industry. We will welcome more than 420 participants from more than 55 countries this week in Johannesburg,” said UFI Managing Director/CEO Kai Hattendorf. He added, “Besides the… more
Oct 27, 2017
Event industry service providers TRC and Swoogo have come together to launch ShowSimple – a do-it-yourself badge printing solution in a box. Perfect for small events, the ShowSimple rental kit comes complete with everything an event organizer would need to print DIY badges, including two bar code scanning stations; a full-color printer; choice of badges and lanyards, and a self-contained router with internet access. Organizers simply set up their badge printing stations, import attendees from any registration source, choose a full-color badge design and start printing. To help planners… more
Oct 26, 2017
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has released a travel advisory warning African-Americans about their safety and wellbeing when traveling on American Airlines flights. In a statement released Oct. 24, the nation’s oldest and largest social justice advocacy organization stated that it has been monitoring “a pattern of disturbing incidents” involving troublesome conduct by American Airlines that suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias on the part of the airline. The statement went on to alert travelers, especially… more
Oct 26, 2017
In an effort to expand its UAV technology portfolio and create the largest commercial drone event in North America, Diversified Communications has acquired Drone World Expo from JDEvents. The announcement was made yesterday at Commercial UAV Expo Americas, taking place Oct. 24-26 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. As the third acquisition Diversified has made in 2017 so far, including two events in Australia – Naturally Good and Luxperience, the acquisition of Drone World Expo builds upon the company’s recent launches in the expanding UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) market,… more
Oct 25, 2017
New dates. New space in the Jacob K. Javits Center. New collocation relationship. The National Broadcasting Association made some substantial changes to its NAB Show New York this year changes that contributed to a different kind of feel for the show. They brought more energy and excitement to the already innovative event, which was held Oct. 18-19. The inaugural collocation partnership between NAB and Audio Engineering Society (AES) made sense for both organizations because they have an overlap in audiences on the broadcast side but limited overlap in exhibitors. Both events draw about 15,… more
Oct 24, 2017
The 12th Eco Expo Asia will be held Oct. 26-29 at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government, the expo will feature nearly 340 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions.New group participations from Bavaria (Germany), Italy, Korea and Shanghai will join 14 international pavilions, including those from Canada and the Netherlands, which will stage the country's largest group exhibition to date, along with returning… more