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Oct 09, 2018
More than two million pets and other live animals are transported by air every year in the U.S. While the U.S. Department of Transportation offers guidelines, each airline establishes its own company policy for the proper handling of the animals they transport. In April 2000, the U.S. Congress passed the Safe Air Travel for Animals Act. Many airlines responded to this law by implementing restrictions on accepting pets as cargo. United Airlines is currently the only domestic airline that will cargo-transport brachycephalic, aka flat-faced, short-nosed dogs such as bulldogs and pugs who are… more
Oct 08, 2018
IBTM China 2018 closed on a high, with over 6,600 pre-planned meetings happening during the two day-long event, which took place from 12–13 September at China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing. Over 300 exhibitors from 20 countries were joined by more than 280 Hosted Buyers and 3,400 visitors for two days of meetings, networking and educational sessions. “We are excited to be here this year. San Francisco is a very popular destination for Chinese tourists. We received over 500,000 visitors this year and we hope to grow this number next year. We do attend some other IBTM shows… more
Oct 08, 2018
Out of 901 events held in the first eight month of the year, 237 or 26 percent were new events choosing the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) for the first time. From Jan. 1-Aug. 31, corporate meetings and banqueting events (corporate sales segment) recorded the biggest growth of the Centre’s business segments, with a jump of 161 events which was a 22% increase in comparison to the same period last year. Elaborating on this, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “We are pleased with our performance so far this year, especially in the corporate sales segment. This… more
Oct 08, 2018
Earlier this week, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) announced it acquired the rights and equity in AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) held by IEC Investments Limited, as well as the ownership of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited, for HK$900 million (US $115 million). This deal reduces the shareholders of AWE to just two – the Hong Kong Government and AA. At the same time, AsiaWorld-Expo CEO, Allen Ha left the organisation. He was immediately replaced with Irene Chan who was previously with the Airport Authority.  Ha had been in the role of CEO for 11 years. Chan has been with the AA since 2007.… more
Oct 08, 2018
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is pleased to have received two major awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Special Event category and Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award in the Paid Advertising Campaign category both honor the HKTDC’s Fashion Hong Kong campaign at New York Fashion Week. The awards were presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, Oct 2 at the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept 29-Oct 3 in Atlanta, Georgia. “We are honored to receive these two awards from such… more
Oct 05, 2018
With the help of a newly launched exhibitor co-marketing solution, VIP Guest Invites, some major U.S. trade shows are seeing a significant spike in invited guest attendance.  The new system, recently launched in partnership with several UBM events, empowers event organizers to offer their exhibitors a free, fully customized marketing toolkit to simply and easily promote their show presence as well as invite customers and prospects to an event.  “We started VIP Guest Invites to assist frustrated event managers who were seeing low engagement in existing exhibitor co-marketing solutions… more
Oct 04, 2018
TSNN is thrilled to announce that the 10th Annual 2019 TSNN Awards: Celebrating Trade Show Excellence will head Nov. 15-17 to Dallas to celebrate the top U.S. fastest-growing trade shows in net square footage and attendance (www.T-awards.com) Attendees will be hosted not only at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center for the TSNN Awards education conference, breakfast and lunch, but also the Omni Dallas Hotel for gala celebration and other activities. “We are very excited to host the 2019 TSNN Awards in Dallas,” said Phillip J. Jones, president and CEO of VisitDallas. He added, “… more
Oct 04, 2018
Some of the construction in downtown San Francisco will be ending soon, with a positive impact for event planners and attendees. The $551 million Moscone Center expansion project is due to be completed at the end of 2018. Started in November 2014, the expansion adds more than 157,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space to Moscone North and South, increasing the center’s total exhibit space to more than 504,000 sq. ft. According to Tom David, executive vice president and chief sales officer for San Francisco Travel Association, the expansion was driven by the need to both keep and… more
Oct 03, 2018
Two large U.S. footwear trade show operators are teaming up to better meet the evolving needs of the industries they represent. Spurred on by a clash of show dates in February of next year as well as the need for a consistent market calendar based on industry demand, the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY), the organization that leads FFANY Market Weeks in New York and its NY Shoe Expo trade shows, and Informa, organizer of FN PLATFORM, MAGIC, Coterie and PROJECT, are forming a collaborative industry partnership designed to address the footwear industry’s emerging and evolving… more
Oct 02, 2018
The National Restaurant Association and Winsight, an information services company in the foodservice industry that publishes “Restaurant Business”, have announced the formation of an equity partnership through which the National Restaurant Association will become an equity partner of Winsight, and Winsight will assume operational ownership and execution of the annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show. The National Restaurant Association Show, the largest annual gathering of foodservice professionals in the world, will continue to be branded under the name of the… more