News

Jun 08, 2015
SmithBucklin acquired The Townsend Group, a Chevy Chase, Md.-based advertising, exhibit and sponsorship sales and management organization for associations. The announcement was made by Henry Givray, president and CEO of SmithBucklin, and Holly Townsend, founder and CEO of The Townsend Group. The addition of The Townsend Group will provide associations with more opportunities for non-dues revenue generation. The Townsend Group will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of SmithBucklin and Holly Townsend will continue as president, reporting to James McNeil, senior vice president at… more
Jun 03, 2015
For the sixth year in row, Trade Show News Network is holding its prestigious and original TSNN Awards program that honors the top fastest-growing shows in attendance and net square footage Nov. 6-8 in Atlanta. The list of 50 shows that will be feted during the three-day, celebration-filled weekend can be found below and HERE.   “The Top 50 fastest-growing show winners were chosen by their show’s growth rate between 2012-2014 in attendance and net square footage,” said TSNN President and Editor-in-Chief Rachel Wimberly. She added, “We are really excited to fete all of the… more
Jun 03, 2015
UBM has bought the largest health care show in Latin America – Hospitalar – from SPFC Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  "We are delighted to have acquired Hospitalar.  It is a "must-attend" show with an increasingly international customer base and will further strengthen our position in Brazil. It also fits very neatly with the wider UBM portfolio and we are excited about the opportunity to leverage UBM's strong position in the Medical Device and Manufacturing sector,” said UBM CEO Tim Cobbold.  He added, “We are already planning to collocate a MD&M show… more
Jun 02, 2015
The 2015 Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum, held May 27 in Washington, D.C., drew more than 200 trade show organizers and suppliers to a packed room at the J.W. Marriott to take part in a day filled with engaging sessions.  In its 14th year, ECEF drew not only a record number of registrants, but also a record number of sponsors and participating publications, according to ECEF Founder Sam Lippman. “This year has been a great year,” he added.  The full day kicked off bright and early with a keynote by Scott Schenker, general manager, Events and Production Studio,… more
Jun 01, 2015
The severe winter weather in much of the U.S. didn’t put a damper on the trade show industry, with the Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s quarterly CEIR Index Report tracking growth to be 4.6 percent in Q1 2015, compared with the same time period in 2014. It is the highest increase since the second quarter of 2007, in other words, before the recession hit. "The performance in the first quarter was remarkable considering that the east coast was frequently paralyzed under severe winter weather," said CEIR Economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Global Economic Consulting… more
Jun 01, 2015
2015 will be considered a watershed year in the history of mobile devices. This is the year when mobile adoption finally has surpassed PC adoption, something experts had been predicting since at least 2010. This also is the year when leading search engines have made serving mobile users their official priority. Web and app design teams now are putting in special effort in adopting emerging best practices to ensure that the needs of the ever growing number of mobile users are catered to. However, there still is a lot of confusion about what mobile users really want. It also doesn’t help… more
Jun 01, 2015
2015 will be considered a watershed year in the history of mobile devices. This is the year when mobile adoption finally has surpassed PC adoption, something experts had been predicting since at least 2010. This also is the year when leading search engines have made serving mobile users their official priority. Web and app design teams now are putting in special effort in adopting emerging best practices to ensure that the needs of the ever growing number of mobile users are catered to. However, there still is a lot of confusion about what mobile users really want. It also doesn’t help… more
May 31, 2015
Even after a public attack by Budweiser during Super Bowl 2015 mocking craft beer drinkers, it didn’t seem to faze those who are in the industry at all, with the recent Craft Beverage Expo selling out its showfloor. In its second year, CBE 2015 not only gathered professionals in beer, wine, spirits and cider, but it also expanded its audience to include mead, sake and soda segments. “The CBE staff has worked tirelessly to provide attendees with a diverse set of resources,” said Kellie Shevlin, executive director of Craft Beverage Expo. She added, “We know these craft beverage producers are… more
May 31, 2015
Naylor Association Solutions acquired exclusive U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Blue Sky Broadcast’s full range of online learning services for the association industry, including the Path™ Event Learning Platform, launched in late 2014. Founded in 2002, Blue Sky Broadcast helps 200-plus associations capture educational content from live or virtual settings, and facilitates the management and delivery of content to a global audience through its award-winning learning platform. “Associations know the value of the education that occurs during their face-to-face and… more
May 31, 2015
Naylor Association Solutions acquired exclusive U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Blue Sky Broadcast’s full range of online learning services for the association industry, including the Path™ Event Learning Platform, launched in late 2014. Founded in 2002, Blue Sky Broadcast helps 200-plus associations capture educational content from live or virtual settings, and facilitates the management and delivery of content to a global audience through its award-winning learning platform. “Associations know the value of the education that occurs during their face-to-face and… more