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Mar 03, 2017

It goes without saying that trade shows and events are incredibly tough on the environment, producing massive amounts of waste and carbon emissions each year. According to MeetGreen, the typical conference attendee creates more than four pounds of waste and just under 400 pounds of CO2 emissions per day.

As a show organizer, you know you should do your part to help the planet by taking your events in a more sustainable direction, but you’re concerned that going green will not only be more labor intensive, but also more expensive.

But what it if was possible to make… more

Mar 02, 2017

U.K.-based Informa's Global Exhibitionsdivision bought Yachting Promotions, the operator of some of the largest yachting and boat shows in the U.S., for $133 million.

“With this acquisition, Informa Exhibitions becomes the world’s leading yacht show organizer,” said Charlie McCurdy, Informa Exhibitions’ CEO.

He added, “Combining the world’s premiere show, based in Europe, with these five shows in North America creates a scale player in this attractive and growing vertical, further strengthening our relationship with leading yacht brokers and builders, providing good… more

Mar 01, 2017

In a year when two of its largest biennial shows – Labelexpo Europe and Dubai Airshow - did not run, U.K.-based Tarsus Group scored like-for-like revenue growth of 8 percent and across the portfolio buyers increased by 7 percent on a like for like basis in 2016, well ahead of the company’s target of 5 percent.

“Our 'Quickening the Pace' growth strategy continued to deliver in 2016. Organic growth was strong at 8 percent, and we grew our buyer attendance, a key metric for us, by a very encouraging 7 percent,” said Douglas Emslie, Tarsus Group’s managing director.

He added, “… more

Feb 28, 2017

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition, a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, is introducing a platform for industry professionals in every corner of the globe to better advocate for the power of face-to-face meetings.

A newly created licensing agreement will allow partners in countries and regions outside of the United States to use MMB branding, messaging and research to form one strong, cohesive voice for the industry.

 “We are thrilled to welcome more international partners into the MMB family through this global expansion,” said Paul Van Deventer,… more

Feb 27, 2017

The Center for Industry Research released its latest CEIR Total Index Report that indicated growth of the trade show industry declined during the fourth quarter of 2016.

Driven by a 1.8 percent drop in real revenues, the performance of the industry posted a modest year-on-year decline of 0.4 percent, after 25 consecutive quarters of year-on-year growth.

"The decline was a temporal set back as economic fundamentals still point to moderate growth for the exhibition industry" said CEIR Economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., chief economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates.

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Feb 24, 2017

Haymarket Media Group has announced a new joint venture with Comexposium, a leading global event organizer of food and farming events. 

The new partnership with will include Haymarket’s Cereals and Fruit Focus exhibitions, two U.K.-based technical events for the arable farming and fruit industries, respectively. 

The collaboration is expected to leverage the strengths of the two event organizers – Haymarket in delivering outdoor events with practical hands-on features, and Comexposium’s extensive international network and dedication to showcasing the latest… more

Feb 23, 2017

One week after Emerald Expositions announced it would not be considering Utah to keep its Outdoor Retailer shows in when the contract runs out, officials from another show – the North American Handmade Bicycle Show – said they would no longer hold their event in the state.

Both shows, along with Emerald’s Interbike show that also took Utah off its list as a possible new home, are leaving in protest of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s attempts to undo federal protections of Bears Ears National Monument.

The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is scheduled to run March 10-12 at the… more

Feb 21, 2017

HMP, a provider of healthcare content and continuing medical education events, recently completed its acquisition of EMS World from SouthComm.

As part of the agreement, HMP will assume ownership of EMS World Expo, North America's largest EMS, EMT and paramedic event.

Also included in the acquisition is EMS World, a 45-year old print and digital… more

Feb 21, 2017

With such a wide variety of trade shows and events moving in and out of the Georgia World Congress Center on a weekly basis, it would make perfect sense for such a busy facility to devise a multi-faceted food and beverage venue able to satisfy all kind of culinary tastes and preferences.

Enter Social Table, a flexible restaurant concept designed to suit the unique dining needs of individual trade shows and their attendees.

“Each convention center event brings a new set of attendees who move, see and dine differently,” said Cindy van Rensburg, division president of Levy… more

Feb 20, 2017

The 2017 Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) West Conference brought manufacturing of the future into the present day at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The exhibition and conference took place Feb. 7-9, with more than 30,000 manufacturing technology professionals, engineers, designers and executives engaging with more than 2,000 exhibitors on nearly 400,000 net square feet of exhibit space, the most exhibit space to date for the show. 

“We have seen an increase in net square footage,” said Nina Brown, vice president of events for UBM.

She added, “With an… more