Feb 27, 2012
This year has been a busy one so far for association staffing and executive-level changes, with several appointments being announced. National Association of Convenience Stores appointed Molly Hoyt its meetings coordinator. Prior to joining NACS, Hoyt worked at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, where she served as a meetings concierge and eventually assistant banquet manager, supervising all banquet functions at the hotel.   Destination Marketing Association International has named Cindy Kong, CMP, as its director of meetings effective Feb. 22.  Kong has more than 20 years of… more
Feb 27, 2012
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International has decided to extend its MEET brand to all of its 2012 events and will kick the series off with HSMAI’s MEET Mid-America April 3-4 at Navy Pier in Chicago. The keynote speaker for the event also was announced - body language expert Janine Driver. HSMAI’s MEET Mid-America brings a new name and offerings to attendees: HSMAI’s TEEM UP: HSMAI's reverse trade show buyer appointment expo, which adds to the opportunities to learn about new meeting facilities and suppliers during the traditional HSMAI's MEET… more
Feb 27, 2012
Trade association Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has scored more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space and 1,300 exhibitors and their event still is nine months away. The biannual event for the packaging industry also is expecting 46,000 attendees to the show when its doors open Oct. 28-31 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. “Reaching this milestone this far out from the show makes a statement about the role PACK EXPO plays in the realm of processing and packaging,” said Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO of show owner/producer PMMI. He added, “But… more
Feb 27, 2012
Rumors recently had been swirling about the fate of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association, but now the organization’s fate has been sealed with its board voting to transfer its members, intellectual assets and administrative management to the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association.  Pending final approval of this agreement by TSEA’s members, the organization will be dissolved and a newly named umbrella industry association will be formed under the leadership of EACA’s Executive Director Jim Wurm. "This is a tremendous opportunity for greater visibility and… more
Feb 14, 2012
With temperatures hovering near zero degrees and heavy snow blanketing the area, 70 exhibition industry CEO leaders braved the elements to attend the UFI CEO Forum Feb. 1-3 in Istanbul. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry held the three-day event at the host venue IFM – Istanbul Expo Center. “This was my first UCF, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Haluk Kanca, general manager of IFM. He added, “There were group dynamics at play that I have never seen at another industry meeting. The program was really educational and the… more
Feb 14, 2012
Three different associations – the Professional Convention Management Association, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events – recently board and staffing changes. PCMA Board of Directors has elected Martin D. Balogh, director of meetings and travel for the American Bar Association, to fill the one-year Board seat vacancy for 2012. The seat was vacated by Chris Wehking, who began his term as secretary-treasurer of the PCMA board of directors Jan. 12.   A 30-year employee of the ABA, Balogh has… more
Feb 14, 2012
The International Association of Exhibitions and Eventswill launch the first-ever job analysis of the practice of exhibition management. The initial survey invitation has been sent to 10,640 individuals, according to IAEE officials. To take the survey, click HERE. The goal of the IAEE job analysis is to create the exhibitions and events industry's first definition of core competencies in the exhibition management field. The job analysis is a set of procedures designed to obtain descriptive information about the tasks performed within a specific profession and the essential knowledge… more
Jan 31, 2012
When the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show opens Jan. 22.24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center next year, it will run one day shorter, from four to three, than it has in the past. In addition, the Produce Marketing Association’s three-day show will be one day less when that event runs Oct. 27-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center. This year’s show, on tap Feb. 8-11 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, is expected to draw 50,000 attendees and 800 suppliers. The show is down from a high a few years ago of more than 67,000… more
Jan 31, 2012
Two big shows just named power keynotes: President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, will address attendees at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, and the National Association of Broadcasters has chosen Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future, to address NAB Show attendees. The NRA Show is on tap May 5-8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and NAB Show is scheduled April 14-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “President Clinton has a unique perspective on our nation and the world,”… more
Jan 17, 2012
Both Philadelphia and Atlanta wrapped up 2011 on a high note and are looking forward to strong bookings going into 2012 and the future. Atlanta’s 2011 fourth quarter was marked by eight large shows that accounted for 111,599 additional hotel rooms bookings and brought estimated 54,000 people to the city. “We finished the year on a high note on the sales side and Atlanta is positioned for another strong year in 2012,” said William Pate, president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Atlanta’s calendar also looks bright into the future, with the… more