Jul 28, 2014
The second quarter of this year was supposed to be a challenging one for Global Experience Specialists and its parent company Viad, with $12 million in predicted negative show rotation to contend with.Despite that, though, Viad saw an uptick in revenues to $256.4 million during the second quarter of this year, compared with $246.2 million in 2013.Paul B. Dykstra, chairman, president and CEO of Viad, said of the overall company’s results, “As expected, we delivered meaningful growth in the second quarter. The Marketing & Events Group and the Travel & Recreation Group both posted… more
Jul 28, 2014
When the Society of Independent Show Organizers’ Executive Conference kicks off Aug. 11-13 in Atlantic City, N.J., at the Revel Casino Hotel, attendees will have the opportunity to examine the event experience through the eyes of attendees and exhibitors alike.On the first full day of the conference, one of the first sessions on tap – “The Attendee Experience: What Works? What Doesn't?” – led by Tom Mitchell, president of Messe Dusseldorf, and David Adler, founder and CEO of BizBash Media, will take a look at what’s being done to keep events fresh and engaging.Instead of just speaking from… more
Jul 25, 2014
Determined to have a vibrant event, World Pet Association decided to cap the square footage for its 2014 SuperZoo, a trade show for independent pet store owners, that took place July 22-24 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center.“We have a waiting list of about 250 companies that want to get on the showfloor,” said Doug Poindexter, president of World Pet Association that produces the SuperZoo. “Last year, our attendance grew 10 percent and our floor grew 20 percent. So we decided to pull back this year and let attendance catch up.The 2014 event spanned about 190,000 square feet and featured 945… more
Jul 24, 2014
In April, TSNN reported on the Big Telecom Event being produced by Light Reading. CEO and founder of Light Reading, Stephen Saunders had referred to the Big Telecom Event as the anti-tradeshow in an article he wrote announcing the event.BTE took place last month in Chicago, and the question on many people’s minds is: Was the event his readers asked for, indeed an event they wanted. Also, were his sponsors happy not having a traditional trade showfloor?Saunders' goal was to have 1,000 attendees, and he wanted at least half in attendance to be service providers. They ended with more than 1,500… more
Jul 23, 2014
For the “Best of Show” award, we are leaving it up to you to tell us why you think your show is the BEST.This is the fourth year for this special award, and five nominees will be invited to the TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence Nov. 14-16 in Cleveland, Ohio. The overall winner will be announced at the gala awards celebration Nov. 15th. To be considered, please, submit your show HERE.There is no specific criterion for the award. Be creative!What challenge(s) did the show face? What was the “Best of Show” solution(s)? And what were the overall results and… more
Jul 23, 2014
In a move to further showcase Boston as a top meeting and convention destination, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) and the Boston Convention Marketing Center (BCMC) have rolled out a new brand, Signature Boston, and Web site – SignatureBoston.com.Signature Boston will be the customer-facing brand for Boston’s two convention centers, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC), and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center.Signature Boston will replace “Advantage Boston,” the brand previously used by the BCMC since 2004.“Boston is competing strongly as… more
Jul 22, 2014
Coex in Seoul will launch ASIAMANIA!, which will see participation from culture, tourism, and entertainment organizations across Korea, China, Russia, and Japan.ASIAMANIA! is to take place at Coex during Japan’s Golden Week and Korea’s official Tourism Week April 30-May 3.The goalof ASIAMANIA! is to provide a fun and interactive space for Asia’s iconic brands, traditions and products.The expo will include culture experiences, food tasting, cosmetics, arts and crafts, fashion, and travel information, from a variety of countries.Official guest country, Russia, will have their own… more
Jul 22, 2014
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) announced the securing of a host of major international MICE events scheduled for the second half of 2014 and into 2015.Recent major trade shows secured include Food & Hotel Thailand 2014, Intermach 2015 and ProPak Asia 2015. A long list of international conventions and congresses that also will be heading to Thailand include the 10th International Mycological Congress, IT&CMA Asia, CTW Asia Pacific Corporate Travel World 2014, 74th FIP World Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2014, which is expected to draw more… more
Jul 22, 2014
Messe Frankfurt announced the acquisition of two trade shows in India through its subsidiary Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt Ltd. The international organiser acquired the LED Expo and Media Expo from New Delhi-headquartered Media Exposition & Events (MEX) for an undisclosed sum. LED Expo and Media Expo are focused on the LED lighting and components market and the signage, retail and advertising solutions industry respectively. Both shows were promoted by MEX Exhibitions Pvt Ltd. According to Messe Frankfurt, the newly acquired shows will take the total number of… more
Jul 22, 2014
Everything for pets is on show in the New China International Exhibition Center in Peking, where the 18th China International Pet Show (CIPS) will take place Nov. 17-20.  This year’s event already promises to be a record six months before the start, with 650 companies already signed on.Increased awareness of pet care and rising incomes are the major drivers of the growing pet market in China.Last year’s show drew 916 exhibitors who were registered from 23 countries. At this year’s edition, 1,000 exhibitors are expected to occupy some 78,000 square meters, and the organizers are counting… more