Nov 02, 2014
1. Responsive Design With smartphones topping 70% penetration and tablets inching toward the 50% mark (Source:, the predictions made in 2013 have come to fruition this year. While this year, website visitors have shown some tolerance for not getting responsive content as webmasters transition to responsive technology, by 2015 they would be ready to abandon any website that does not fit into the screen of their small device and still function as well as it would on a wide screen… more
Oct 30, 2014
Marketplace Events already has bought several events this year to add to their portfolio, and now they have scooped another one for the rapidly expanding Hispanic market – Casa Latina Home Expo. Scheduled for Nov. 15 in New York City, Casa Latina Home Expo is also on tap to launch into two more markets next year; May 29-31 at the Miami Airport Convention Center (MACC), and Orlando, which will run Sept. 18-20 at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.  Marketplace Events CEO Tom Baugh views his company’s new partnership with Casa Latina Home Expo as “a hell of an opportunity that… more
Oct 29, 2014
The National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, which took place Oct. 21-23 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center, held steady this year, with the number of attendees, exhibitors and size of showfloor on par with last year’s event. “This year’s show was an enormous success, filled with announcements and product introductions,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. He added, “The exhibit floor and aircraft displays had lots of activity and excitement. The education sessions were informative and well attended. The event once… more
Oct 29, 2014
More than 300 attendees from 46 nations gathered Oct. 29-Nov 1 in Bogota, Colombia, for UFI, The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry’s 81st Congress The event has not been in Latin America since 1975 and will bring together leaders and strategic thinkers for a three-day review of the state of the exhibition industry. UFI’s Congress was hosted by regional industry association (AFIDA) and Corferias, Colombia’s leading exhibition business. “Our theme this year ‘Fit to Compete’ will have us examine new markets, new structures, new products and new revenue opportunities,” said Renaud… more
Oct 28, 2014
The recent staging of REHACARE 2014, International Trade Fair and Congress “Self-determined Living”, closed in Düsseldorf, Germany to positive results. A total of 51,250 trade visitors, people affected and their families came to gather information about innovative assistive technologies presented by 902 exhibitors from 36 countries. This marks a slight visitor increase, compared with the staging in 2012, the closest year in attendee patterns. According to a survey, 96 percent of the REHACARE 2014 attendees were pleased with the trade fair and its product ranges. “Ageing societies, rising… more
Oct 28, 2014
Keynote sessions will focus on challenges and opportunities in manufacturing operations and pharmaceutical packaging at Pharma Expo, which will be collocated with PACK EXPO International, on tap Nov. 2-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.  The show, a joint venture of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), will feature the keynote addresses as highlights of the Pharma EXPO conference program that will feature presentations about issues and trends that affect all facets of the pharmaceutical industry… more
Oct 27, 2014
Venue management company SMG has had a busy few months, scoring three new venue contracts, as well as forming a joint venture with Europe-based Artexis easyFairs. The three venue contracts all occurred in the past three months and include not only a long-awaited new convention center in Albany, N.Y., but also the highly anticipated new Minnesota Vikings Stadium and the Tucson (Ariz.) Convention Center. The Tucson Convention Center, Tucson Arena, Tucson Music Hall and Tucson Leo Rich Theater contracts began Oct. 1. The firm was selected after a recent “… more
Oct 27, 2014
By Alexa Newman and Benjamin Rabe Exhibitor X has been a staple in your trade show – and your show’s budget – for years. But Steve, the new marketing manager, is questioning his company’s sponsorship next year. “We’re not seeing enough return on investment,” Steve writes in his evaluation. That’s worse-case scenario. Hopefully, you’re already addressing Steve’s concerns before it goes to an eval form. Still, the more your team works on giving sponsors and exhibitors access to your attendees, the more success your show will enjoy. Following are some tips that will help attract and retain… more
Oct 25, 2014
NRG Energy and MGM Resorts International teamed up to unveil the installation of the world’s largest rooftop solar array on a convention center. Covering approximately 20 acres atop the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, the 6.4 megawatt (MW dc) [5.0 megawatt ac (MW ac)] photovoltaic array will produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 1,000 U.S. homes annually and is the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip.   MGM Resorts and NRG also plan to build an additional 2 MW dc (1.5 MW ac) photovoltaic array atop a future expansion of the Mandalay Bay… more
Oct 24, 2014
Among the hundreds of events held at and around the record-breaking IMEX America last week in Las Vegas, the inaugural Technology Showdown featured 11 start-up companies whose products were less than 2 years old. Speecheo, an app that allows attendees to make notes on PowerPoints during educational sessions, won the “experts” award.  As the winner, Speecheo won a free booth for next year’s IMEX America Tech Pavilion, promotion in IMEX publications and the Event Manager Blog. Crowdmics, an app that turns a smartphone into a microphone, was crowned crowd favorite. … more