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Jan 25, 2017
In a mere eight years, U.K.-based Informa PLC’s Global Exhibitions division has grown from a $100 million company in annual revenues with its business primarily focused in the Dubai region to now a $600 million company in annual revenues, as estimated by Deustche bank for 2017, and shows being held in countries all around the globe. Approximately half of Informa’s core business is in the United States, after a series of high-profile, strategic acquisitions, including the Hanley Wood Exhibitions portfolio, the FIME medical trade show based in Florida and the Penton portfolio of shows that… more
Jan 25, 2017
As the trade show industry keeps on growing, shows and suppliers continue to find new ways of working together. CNTV (Convention News Television) recently signed a trio of contracts, two of which expand on existing business and the third picking up a new client. As an expansion of a three­year deal to produce on­site, same­day video updates at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), CNTV will now produce AAPEX TV year­round. “Our customers love it,” said Mark Bogdansky, senior director of Meetings and Events for the Auto Care Association. “When we decided to enhance the AAPEX TV… more
Jan 25, 2017
From wearable tech to connected home devices to augmented reality, the Internet of Things (IoT) has set fire to the imagination of key players in the consumer technology industry. Like any other nascent technology, IoT comes with its own unique set of implementation challenges. However, mostly because of the tremendous potential it holds, the initial setbacks did not deter the enthusiastic early adopters in the first half of this decade. In 2016, IoT made it from a fringe concept to something that is alive and buzzing in the mainstream consumer consciousness. As per a report/infographic… more
Jan 23, 2017
The year continued to start off strong with several show organizer and supplier companies making new hires and promotions. Atlanta-based meeting management, convention housing and travel services leader Connections Housing kicks off its 30th year by naming Mark Sussman, vice president of Business Development.   As part of a continued growth strategy focused on further strengthening and enhancing In this newly created position, Sussman will focus on developing and growing the Connections client portfolio through his vast knowledge, tenure and connections in the industry.   A 35-year… more
Jan 23, 2017
The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association will be hosting the 2017 HCEA Healthcare Marketing Summit Jan. 25-26 at the Hilton Old Town Alexandria in Alexandria, Va. “I’m really looking forward to this year’s Summit to experience the great program put together by our volunteers and staff,” said Don Schmid, HCEA President. He added, “Of course, one of the great benefits of HCEA and specifically the Summit is to network with other members and gain valuable industry insights from those that I would not normally run across in my daily job.  This is sure to be a… more
Jan 23, 2017
The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association recently released its latest white paper, The Landscape of 1:1 Meetings in the Healthcare Events Industry.   This white paper was researched and produced by Jifflenow, a sales advancement platform for the event industry.   This document explores the different kinds of 1:1 meetings, their importance in a healthcare, medical device, or pharmaceutical company’s Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) and the best practices involved in planning, organizing, and analyzing these interactions. The paper organizes meeting… more
Jan 23, 2017
The San Diego Convention Center Corporation is forecasting a record-breaking calendar year in 2017 for medical meetings. A total of 21 medical events, including BIO 2017, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Diabetes, will hold their annual events in San Diego during the next 12 months: that's the highest number of medical meetings ever in a calendar year. "The upcoming year will be one of our strongest ever for medical meetings," said Clifford "Rip" Rippetoe, CFE, President and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation. He added, "… more
Jan 23, 2017
UBM Brazil, a division of U.K.-based UBM, and HIMSS - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, a U.S.-based association whose focus is to improve health through Information Technology, today have signed a cooperation agreement for the organizations to work together in Brazil. The agreement includes launching the HIMSS@Hospitalar summit during UBM Brazil’s Hospitalar. "HIMSS global content and expertise will reach the largest possible audience through our partnership with Hospitalar,” said Jeremy Bonfini, executive vice president of HIMSS International. He added, “… more
Jan 21, 2017
HIP Network won the Professional Convention Management Association’s first-ever “Shark Tank”-style event technology pitch competition in Austin, Texas. The competition was held during PCMA's Convening Leaders annual meeting Jan. 8-11.  First-place honors were given for its newly launched ShowScore™ Business Intelligence Platform and Reporting Standard. In winning, HIP Network beat out content management apps, event check-in tech and social customizations. HIP Network’s Founder and CEO Dan Sherman demonstrated the technology to a veteran group of industry… more
Jan 19, 2017
By Elizabeth Johnson It was retail as far as the eye could see inside Jan. 15-17 the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. The National Retail Federation (NRF) opened its doors to 35,000 industry members for the 2017 Retail BIG Show. This year, well-known figures in fashion and retail, including ABC “Shark Tank’s” Daymond John, NBA Basketball Player Kobe Bryant and Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly. The show caters its content to large brands, as well as small businesses and covers all areas of retail needs from operations to technology to marketing.  Last year, NRF launched an… more

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