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Jan 09, 2017
Eco Expo Asia 2016, held Oct. 26-29, closed amid great acclaim with record-breaking exhibitor and visitor numbers. The Expo was jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, and co-organised by the Environment Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The four-day event attracted 325 exhibitors from 19 countries and regions, including 15 overseas and local pavilions and group participation. The growth signifies stronger engagement by the green building, energy efficiency and green transportation sectors driven by the… more
Jan 09, 2017
Freeman, a provider of brand experiences, is integrating several of its creative services across the Asia Pacific region, including China and Singapore, under the company’s agency division, FreemanXP. The move comes after Freeman acquired Staging Connections Group Limited in November 2015. The event services company, with operations in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, operated in Singapore as The Event Company and in China as ETGSC. “Today’s integration announcement better aligns our teams to address the needs of clients by combining the Freemanagency resources with ETGSC and The Event… more
Jan 09, 2017
Instead of ending on a quiet note, last year finished up with a flurry of new hires and promotions at venues, convention bureaus and other companies. John Gonzalez, the long-time director of event and guest services at the George R. Brown Convention Center, has been promoted to the new vice president position at Houston First Corporation’s downtown convention complex. In his new role, Gonzalez will assist HFC COO Luther Villagomez in the administration of the George R. Brown and its central role in shaping the new Avenida Houston convention and entertainment district. Gonzalez will interface… more
Jan 06, 2017
Smart data collection, mining and analysis techniques are transforming business operations across the globe today. Results from multiple research initiatives currently being undertaken and published by leading agencies are all pointing to the growing emergence of multi-dimensional data-driven business intelligence and decision making. According to a survey conducted by Honeywell, the insights gained from big data analytics and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to drive greater manufacturing intelligence and operations performance is considered essential by 68 percent of manufacturers… more
Jan 05, 2017
The 2016 ibtm world conference in Barcelona, Spain, was a good place to be for Orlando-based event software company, Shoflo, which walked away with the event’s coveted Technology and Innovation Watch Award for its event production software. Presented in partnership with EventMB, and regarded as the most significant technology award for the meetings industry, the annual ibtm award recognizes innovators and talented entrepreneurs poised to revolutionize the meetings and events sector. “It’s an absolute honor to receive this award from ibtm world and EventMB,” said… more
Jan 03, 2017
Before 2016 wrapped up, a few suppliers signed new contracts and renewed others to provide services to shows and venues. The American Telemedicine Association selected Convention Data Services (CDS) as its new registration partner. The contract runs through 2018 and calls for CDS to provide full registration and lead retrieval services, along with housing and membership integrations for two events: the ATA International Conference & Tradeshow and the ATA Fall Forum. ATA, the largest telehealth-focused organization, produces these two events to help educate industry professionals and… more
Jan 01, 2017
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has opened the Call for Nominations for its 2017 IAEE International Excellence and IAEE Woman of Achievement awards. The deadline for submitting nominations for these awards Feb. 19. “These awards honor outstanding individuals who elevate the exhibitions and events industry by going above and beyond the call of duty on a very special level,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. He added, “Our global presence is growing by leaps and bounds, and the International Excellence Award recognizes the contributions… more
Jan 01, 2017
The American Society of Association Executives recently hosted a successful pilot for their newest event, Xperience Design Project (XDP). Held Dec. 16, the exclusive, one-day, sneak peek of XDP was at the Gaylord National® Resort & Convention Center, and it brought together more than 80 association meeting, marketing, programming, and technology professionals, as well as industry partners to test and fine-tune the new format. The inaugural event, May 23-24, will attract upwards of 1,800 total guests, according to ASA officials. “XDP is an innovative, business-focused experience… more
Dec 29, 2016
Eventbase Technology, an app platform for premium events, is powering the indoor and outdoor wayfinding technology in the CES® 2017 mobile app using the largest deployment of proximity beacons at the show to date, according to Eventbase officials. “CES has grown to record-breaking size over the last 50 years,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, CES and corporate business strategy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™. “We want attendees to be able to effortlessly navigate our multiple… more
Dec 28, 2016
It’s not often that a business idea is sparked by a trip to the dentist, but that’s what happened to Julian Sandler. The dentist asked if he knew of anyplace where he could rent a computer. Sandler, a nuclear physicist turned serial entrepreneur, thought there had to be other businesses and organizations needing short-term computer rentals, which led him to found Rent-a-PC in 1984 with two employees. The company was based (and still is) in Hauppauge, New York, so early clients were primarily corporate accounts on the East Coast, renting brand-name PCs and peripherals. From the late… more

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In early April, select media got a first look inside Elon Musk’s $52.2 million underground transportation system 40 feet below the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Featuring a neon-clad ride in all-electric Tesla vehicles, it makes getting around the 200-acre campus, and potentially other Las Vegas venues in the future, faster and a lot more fun.