Aug 23, 2016
Committing to venue and event sustainability, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is the first organization in Hong Kong to attain the ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management System certification.   Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) took a further step to launch the LoveGreen Meeting Package, which can help event organizers to meet their corporate responsibility goals. In the package, HML aims to offer green meeting experiences to event organizers and delegates from event setting, menu options to after event… more
Aug 23, 2016
The 16th Shanghai International Children Baby and Maternity Products Industry Expo (CBME China 2016) closed its three-day run at the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) July 22 with 85,111 trade buyers in attendance. There also were 2,366 suppliers (+10.2% YOY) representing 3,673 brands (+29.5% YOY) showcased their latest products in 223,305 square meters of exhibition space (+8.9% YOY). 32% were from overseas brands. A number of brands in attendance included: Angel’s Face, Babience Baby Coccole, Babyauto, Baby's Only Organic, Babystyle, Bellamy, Besafe, Brevi, Cocolico,… more
Aug 23, 2016
Sudesh Sharma has been appointed as Deputy Director of Operations of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC). The new role is part of a plan to create internal support and succession planning. With 25 years of experience in hotel, banquet and convention industry, Sharma is well-positioned to manage various large-scale conferences, conventions and trade shows held in KLCC. Alan Pryor, General Manager of KLCC commented, “I am pleased to welcome Sharma to the team and I believe his extensive industry experience will undoubtedly be an add asset to the Centre. His appointment reflects our… more
Aug 23, 2016
The expansion project of Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) is scheduled to be completed in November 2016. The venue’s management anticipates that US$170 million renovation and expansion will better position BITEC to attract major international concerts and theatre shows. The expanded BITEC will feature three new event halls, 12 meeting rooms, three convention halls, retail and dining areas, an outdoor concert area and a mixed-use office building. More convenient transportation options such as the SkyTrain connection are included in the plans. After construction is… more
Aug 23, 2016
Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau has decided to form a dedicated body to coordinate the promotion, branding and facilitation of MICE events in Kuala Lumpur. As a part of the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025, this initiative aims to develop a Kuala Lumpur-specific MICE unit with focused strategies and initiatives. The new body will provide event support and facilitation for organisers as well as assistance such as liaising with Kuala Lumpur City Hall for event approvals. Noraza Yusof, General Manager at Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau, said that the dedicated unit will be managed by KLTB. It… more
Aug 23, 2016
An economic impact study, commissioned by the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA), concludes that the exhibition industry contributed HK$52.9 billion (US$6.8 billion) to Hong Kong’s economy in terms of expenditure in 2014, which was equivalent to 2.3% of the city’s total GDP. That represents a 29% increase from the previous study covering 2012. According to the study, the industry’s compound annual growth rate was 13.9%. International exhibition visitors and exhibitors reportedly spent on average 61% more than general overnight tourists. Visitor expenditure… more
Aug 22, 2016
Close to 4,800 association professionals and industry partners took part in the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, held last week in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attendees took part in more than 120 education sessions, two keynotes and five Game Changers, as well as 20-plus OpenSpace pop-ups and events. ASAE Foundation’s The Classic event also sold out for the second year in a row.  The final attendance breakdown includes: 2,669 executives, 1,739 exhibitors, 381 others, including guests, spouses, press, vendors, and staff, for a grand total of 4,789. A total of 424 companies… more
Aug 21, 2016
As part of a consistent effort to provide added-value services that benefit all its trade show attendees, IMEX America has turned its sights on helping buyers to ‘match and meet’ other buyers.   A new service, which will be provided by networking specialists Zenvoy, will use intelligent data profiling to facilitate face-to-face introductions between pre-registered IMEX America hosted buyers and buyer attendees. The move follows feedback from IMEX America 2015 which revealed how hungry buyers are to connect directly with each other and expand their networks of… more
Aug 16, 2016
Before the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, held Aug.13-16 in Salt Lake City, the ASAE Board adopted a Diversity + Inclusion advocacy and policy model and approved new contract language for future events. The board also received updates on the major strategic initiatives, new AssociaMetrics platform and passed the budget, which includes Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 17) Program of Work and specific projects in all areas of ASAE and the ASAE Foundation. ASAE developed a business model that offers accountability and flexibility for D+I advocacy and policy influencing social justice issues,… more
Aug 15, 2016
The trials and tribulations of launching a new show, successfully leveraging digital, mapping the attendee and exhibitor journey, new tech innovation and utilizing content marketing were just some of the hot-button topics discussed at the Society of Independent Show Organizers’ Leadership Conference, held Aug. 9-11 in Cleveland, Ohio. David Audrain, SISO’s executive director, said there were about 174 people at the event, which was on par with last year. "We are receiving very positive comments from our members on both the content and location of this year's SISO Leadership Conference,”… more

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