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Mar 16, 2015
At the ongoing South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, as expected, one of the biggest buzz is about the emerging world of Internet of Things (IoT) for Consumers.  In a number of conference sessions I attended during the first two days at the event, leaders from the technology space shared both their enthusiasm as well as concerns about the impact of IoT on our long term future. Connected smart devices that automatically share information with each other and collect data about the users' activities are set to become ubiquitous. While it is anticipated that these new technologies will… more
Mar 15, 2015
The InnovationLAB platform by Amsterdam RAI and its external partners TNO, 3TU Federatie and Accenture Innovation Awards recently was officially launched. The lab is an environment designed to enable exhibitors and visitors to share their knowledge and experiences in the field of innovation. In addition, it gives knowledge centres, research institutes, innovation partners and the like a platform to market their innovations, further enriching Amsterdam RAI’s exhibitions. “The InnovationLAB is a platform where visitors can see and experience the innovations in their market,… more
Mar 15, 2015
The InnovationLAB platform by Amsterdam RAI and its external partners TNO, 3TU Federatie and Accenture Innovation Awards recently was officially launched. The lab is an environment designed to enable exhibitors and visitors to share their knowledge and experiences in the field of innovation. In addition, it gives knowledge centres, research institutes, innovation partners and the like a platform to market their innovations, further enriching Amsterdam RAI’s exhibitions. “The InnovationLAB is a platform where visitors can see and experience the innovations in their market,… more
Mar 12, 2015
In a series of special reports, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research recently released its latest one - “The Marketing Spend Decision”. This study profiled marketing channel spending of business-to-business exhibitors from small to large-sized organizations, across all exhibition industry sectors. "This report offers exhibitors an invaluable tool to determine whether their marketing expenditures, objectives for exhibiting and success metrics align with industry norms," said CEIR President and CEO Brian Casey, CEM. He added, "The results of this study affirm the enduring… more
Mar 11, 2015
Natural Products Expo West 2015 saw its best year for show attendance when it recently was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, even after a vigorous re-qualification of all attendees and press. “We wanted to make sure that both the exhibitors and attendees had the best experience possible, and to improve the overall quality of the show’s engagement,” said Adam Andersen, group show director, New Hope Natural Media. “We also wanted to ensure the proper attendee would be at the show, so we heightened security that will continue to be in place in years to come.”  With attendance growth of… more
Mar 11, 2015
Going to ExhibitorLive, the annual gathering of trade show and event industry pros and rebranded from EXHIBITOR, is like going to a candy shop. With so much talent, ingenuity and innovation on display, it’s easy to remember why you fell in love with trade shows in the first place and stayed with them even after swearing off them more than once. This year was no exception. Though the industry as a whole has been showing only modest growth since the recession and the spending sprees of mid 2000’s are a thing of the past, there were plenty of ideas to create meaningful engagement in the world… more
Mar 10, 2015
The second edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show was held recently at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) with a record number of exhibitors, three new group pavilions and a debut zone dedicated to precious pearls. The fair, which ran March 2-6, previously was part of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, which ran March 4-8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. "Building on the success of the inaugural 'two shows, two venues' format introduced last year, this Show returns with another dazzling array of precious stones, pearls and raw… more
Mar 10, 2015
London-listed RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier) reported its results for the year ended Dec. 31, 2014. The group’s revenues were £5.8 billion (US$9.0 billion), while excluding for biennial exhibition cycling, revenues were up by 3 percent.  Adjusted operating profit in the period was £1.7 billion (US$2.7 billion), an increase of 5 percent. The group’s exhibitions business generated revenues of £890 million (US$1.4 billion) were up 3 percent year-on-year. While excluding for biennial cycling effect, revenues grew 7 percent. Adjusted operating profit in the year rose by 9 percent,… more
Mar 10, 2015
The second edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show was held recently at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) with a record number of exhibitors, three new group pavilions and a debut zone dedicated to precious pearls. The fair, which ran March 2-6, previously was part of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, which ran March 4-8 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. "Building on the success of the inaugural 'two shows, two venues' format introduced last year, this Show returns with another dazzling array of precious stones, pearls and raw… more
Mar 10, 2015
The 15th Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China 2015) will welcome local and international brands to showcase their latest products July 22-24 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The event will feature more than1,900 suppliers representing 2,650 brands across 200,000 square meters of exhibition space, a 20-percent increase in exhibition scale, compared with 2014. More than 80,000 children and baby products trade buyers are expected to attend, according to show management. "This July, CBME China, celebrates its 15th anniversary. The… more