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Jan 19, 2017
The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board has launched Meet L.A., a free mobile destination app for meeting and trade show professionals interested in bringing their events to the City of Angels. Following the launch of L.A. Tourism’s immersive “Virtual Discovery L.A.” last October at IMEX America in Las Vegas, the new Meet L.A. app allows users to quickly and easily view the virtual travel platform, browse through L.A.’s diverse regions and neighborhoods, and contact L.A. Tourism sales staff with any questions or booking requests. Developed in partnership with… more
Jan 17, 2017
A group of veteran industry professionals has launched a consultancy company – the Event Advisory Group – designed to help associations, trade show organizers, publishers and corporations improve the financial, brand and operational performance of their events. Formed in early 2016 and officially launched six weeks ago, EAG features an executive team of five seasoned event professionals, who boast 120 collective years of event management, marketing and operational experience and a comprehensive knowledge of producing and launching events ranging from large global trade shows to small… more
Jan 17, 2017
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has decided to expand its events accreditation scheme. Beginning this year, quality exhibitions and events that focus on national audiences also will be able to apply for, and receive, UFI’s unique recognition – “UFI Approved Event” - opening up the industry’s gold standard to audited national quality shows. Until recently, UFI approval was reserved for exhibitions that meet the highest global standards, provide officially audited statistics and serve an international market. Under the new system, organizers can apply for either UFI… more
Jan 13, 2017
SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals has launched two new technology solutions designed to transform traditional event touchscreen displays into interactive, larger-than-life formats – the iTab Core and Giant Smartphone. The iTab Core turns any touchscreen display into a giant iPhone or Android phone, facilitating access to various apps, social media and games, as well as branding and marketing messages that can be easily uploaded and displayed in real time. Designed to promote digital engagement and customer interaction, the intuitive screen allows users to manage content… more
Jan 11, 2017
For the second year in a row and much to my chagrin, I was unable to attend the Professional Convention Management Association’s Convening Leaders annual meeting.  This year, it was held in the great city of Austin, Texas, and had three days packed with education and networking events. Of course, I had serious FOMO (fear of missing out) – but lucky for me, PCMA holds an online digital event powered by INXPO that streams throughout their live event. In my humble opinion, it is bar none the best digital event out there that coincides with a live event. Here are just a few of the reasons… more
Jan 10, 2017
One week after Will Secombe stepped down from the top post at Visit Florida in the midst of a controversy surrounding a $1 million promotional contract paid to musician Pitbull, Ken Lawson was named the bureau’s new President and CEO.  The announcement was made following a unanimous vote of the Visit Florida Board of Directors during a meeting Jan. 10 in Orlando.  Lawson, who currently serves as the secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), will assume his new position with Visit Florida Jan. 11. “The work VISIT FLORIDA does to promote… more
Jan 10, 2017
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will open its January fairs next week, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The 43rd Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, the 8th Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and the 17th Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will run from 9th to 12th January, while the 15th Hong Kong Licensing Show will be held from 9th to 11th January. The Stationery Fair is organised by the HKTDC and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the others are organised by the HKTDC. Positioned as Asia’s largest toys & games fair, the event will feature a record of… more
Jan 10, 2017
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) announced its development strategies and action plans for 2017 to support the development of its MICE industry. There will be three development strategies: Strategy 1 – To generate revenue towards prosperity; Strategy 2 – To drive the country with innovation towards stability; and Strategy 3 – To drive growth for the mutual benefit of all parts of society towards sustainability. In addition, TCEB has expanded its missions to include three other priorities for 2017: 1) To promote TCEB’s role as a fostering partnerships to enhance… more
Jan 10, 2017
  Recently, NASDAQ-listed Global Sources and Shenzhen Globex e-Services Inc., an integrated e-commerce service provider, announced plans to co-develop an integrated electronic solution to allow more efficient cross-border trade between mainland China-based exporters and overseas buyers. The new service, expected to launch in early 2017, will include electronic customs declaration and clearance; integration of customs, banking and shipment information; as well as completion of tax refund applications directly to the exporter’s account. Oliver Wu, General Manager of Globex, commented, “We… more
Jan 10, 2017
The recently concluded BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA – 4th International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles reported more participants than the previous edition in 2014. Running from 12th to 15th December 2016, at HUDA Ground in Gurgaon/Delhi, the event attracted more than 31,000 participants. A total of 647 exhibitors showcased their latest construction machinery products at the four-day event. Organised by bC Expo India, a joint venture of Messe München and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), BAUMA CONEXPO INDIA… more

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