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Sep 28, 2016

Rachel Wimberly

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI), an association for the food retail industry, has decided to shift its events strategy and cancel its annual trade show – FMI Connect.

The show was scheduled to run next June at Chicago’s McCormick Place and was held this past June along with United Fresh, Global Cold Chain Expo and the International Floriculture Expo.

Nearly 6,500 attendees and 491 exhibiting companies took part in FMI Connect in June 2016.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin offered the following statement to its… more

Sep 26, 2016

The 31st edition of the IMTS 2016 (International Manufacturing Technology Show), which was held Sept. 12-17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, drew the highest number of exhibiting companies in the show’s history, with 2,407.

The number of attendees was the 3rd highest ever, with 115,612, and the size of the showfloor, 1,370,256 net square feet, also was the third largest ever. In addition, there was   76 million pounds more weight brought into this year’s show at McCormick.

“IMTS has grown not only in size, but in the overall scope of manufacturing… more

Sep 22, 2016

On the Top 10 trade show list of companies ranked worldwide by revenues in 2015, as tracked by AUMA Association for the German Trade Fair Industry, Germany and U.K. are dominant.

With the exception of a few, most companies on the Top 10 are German or British, with Reed Exhibitions and UBM topping the list.

The numbers were the result of a study concluded by the AUMA in August 2016.

After the British organizers Reed Exhibitions ($1.33 billion) and UBM ($961 million), Messe Frankfurt was the third-ranked company, with revenues of ($728 million), followed by the French… more

Sep 19, 2016

Washington, D.C - When the Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s CEIR Predict Conference was held last week in Washington, D.C., one thing was abundantly clear – as a company in the trade show industry, if you are not already taking steps to create robust intelligence utilizing the reams of data typically collected by every show, then you quickly are going to fall behind the eight ball.

The two-day event, held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, was attended not only by trade show organizers and suppliers, but also… more

Sep 17, 2016

In early 1917, a few amusement park and other outdoor entertainment representatives gathered at the Congress Hotel in Chicago with the goal of establishing an association for the industry. The following year, the National Outdoor Showmen’s Association (NOSA) was officially formed.

When exhibits first appeared at the second Annual Convention, there were only three manufacturers featuring new amusement devices. But the following year, there were 45 exhibits and the trade show element was official.

During those early years, the convention moved around to various… more

Sep 17, 2016

In early 1917, a few amusement park and other outdoor entertainment representatives gathered at the Congress Hotel in Chicago with the goal of establishing an association for the industry. The following year, the National Outdoor Showmen’s Association (NOSA) was officially formed.

When exhibits first appeared at the second Annual Convention, there were only three manufacturers featuring new amusement devices. But the following year, there were 45 exhibits and the trade show element was official.

During those early years, the convention moved around to various… more

Sep 12, 2016

Atlanta-based Shepard Expositions, a provider of trade show general services contractor and event production services, has expanded their service offerings by acquiring Virginia-based Aquarian, a producer of corporate events and large-scale entertainment shows.

“By adding live event production to our portfolio of services, we’ll be in the position to more completely meet the needs of our clients as they look to more fully integrate all aspects of their events into a cohesive experience for their participants,” said Carl Mitchell, president of Shepard.

He added, “… more

Sep 09, 2016

By Elizabeth Johnson

With the rise of digital entertainment options and the fall of attention spans, now just eight seconds on average, engaging attendees beyond a trade show or event has never been more important, or challenging.  Year-round attendee engagement has become critical for building a strong event brand and maintaining attendee retention rates. 

On Event Manager Blog, Kerry Creaswood explained how engagement adds power to events. She wrote, “Event marketing is no longer about creating sales pitch opportunities. It’s about getting… more

Sep 06, 2016

The Future of Events was meant to be a launch, scheduled Aug. 22-24 in Amsterdam, but every starter event’s worst nightmare occurred when organizers decided they needed to cancel it a month beforehand.

A stellar line up of speakers had been scheduled, airline tickets and hotel accommodations were made. Despite the last-minute setback, some long-time event professionals banded together and decided to hold a brand new event any way, and it would all be online.

“(We didn’t want) to lose the chance to have a brain date with the thought leaders of our industry that were scheduled… more

Sep 06, 2016

The trade show industry has a history of being generous to its surrounding communities, and a few companies recently have lent a helping hand to those in need.

SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals, based in Hauppauge, N.Y., continues to be a strong supporter of Long Island Cares, the nonprofit organization based in the same town and founded by the late Harry Chapin, which brings together resources to benefit the hungry on Long Island and meet other vital humanitarian needs.

SmartSource, which has a longstanding tradition of raising funds and volunteerism on… more