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Feb 17, 2015
In a letter to UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry’s members, UFI President Andrés Lopez-Valderrama said Paul Woodward, the organization’s managing director, would be stepping down later this year. Lopez-Valderrama added that Woodward had made the decision “to spend more time with family and to cut down on travel and business commitments. UFI is in a very strong position, but we now have to embark on the task of finding a replacement for Paul.” Woodward, who has been in the position for the past five years, will remain in his post until at least after the Milan Congress,… more
Feb 16, 2015
USITT 2015, which is run by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, is on tap in Cincinnati and now boasts a record 280 exhibitors – including 60 new ones. USITT Stage Expo Manager Ron Procopio says he is excited to welcome so many companies new or returning after years away to the 55th Annual Conference & Stage Expo. The event will fill some 45,000 square feet of Cincinnati’s Duke Energy Convention Center March 19-21. “As the industry and economy changes, so does USITT’s Stage Expo floor,” Procopio said. “So, besides our huge showing of big industry names, we’re attracting… more
Feb 13, 2015
Cybersecurity is a topic affecting every business that utilizes the Internet, including meetings, conferences, and trade shows where business intelligence and private information is exchanged and communicated regularly over wired and wireless networks. While it only takes ONE major incident to compromise the integrity of an organization, most trade show planners are oblivious to the risks and remedies available to them. In this TSNN webinar, event-technology journalist Michelle Bruno speaks with cyber-security expert Michael Robinson about what to look for, how to prepare, and who… more
Feb 12, 2015
This month on Interview with a Trade Show Exec, part of an ongoing TSNN series conducted by Traci Browne, we’ll be getting to know a bit more about another one of our industry’s rock stars. While it may not have the Gothic setting of an Anne Rice novel, I think these main characters are just as complicated and deep as were Lestat de Lioncourt and Louis de Pointe du Lac, but without all that brooding undead thing going on. Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr. Vice Chairman, president & COO AMC Inc. AmericasMart shows and markets and LIGHTFAIR 29 years in the trade show industry Traci Browne: Where… more
Feb 12, 2015
One of the biggest stories at CES last month was the throng of wrist wearables on display.  While some experts are not convinced that wearable technology will take over the technological world, there are many people who are jumping on the wearable bandwagon. So, how can you incorporate this technology when you develop your booth engagement strategy? First, consider what the pull is for having a wrist wearable.  The idea is to have a ton of tech available to stay in touch with what is going on around you, including emails and calls coming in from your smartphone.  It is about… more
Feb 12, 2015
One of the biggest stories at CES last month was the throng of wrist wearables on display.  While some experts are not convinced that wearable technology will take over the technological world, there are many people who are jumping on the wearable bandwagon. So, how can you incorporate this technology when you develop your booth engagement strategy? First, consider what the pull is for having a wrist wearable.  The idea is to have a ton of tech available to stay in touch with what is going on around you, including emails and calls coming in from your smartphone.  It is about… more
Feb 11, 2015
The Kentucky International Convention Center, located in Downtown Louisville, is set to begin an expansion and renovation project in August 2016 with an early completion date of summer 2018. Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO Rip Rippetoe said that the accelerated construction schedule will “keep this renovation on time and within budget which is certainly a top priority.” The Fair Board oversees the center. The renovation of the convention center is projected to cost $180 million. The investment will increase contiguous exhibit space by more than a third, from 146,000 square feet to… more
Feb 11, 2015
The upcoming Taipei 5-in-1 Mega Motoring Show will showcase 3,800 booths from almost 1,400 exhibitors from 14 countries at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Exhibition Hall 1 and Nangang Exhibition Hall. The show will run from 8th to 11th April 2015. The five concurrent shows include Taipei AMPA, AutoTronics Taipei, Motorcycle Taiwan, EV Taiwan and Tuning & Car Care Taiwan. Exhibitors from Thailand, Malaysia and China will each have large-scale national pavilions. Other international exhibitors include those from Germany, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, the… more
Feb 11, 2015
The ITE Group announced the acquisition of Diversified Communications’ India-based entertainment technology portfolio for an undisclosed amount. The co-located events, PALM Expo and Music Expo, along with two publications, Pro Sound Systems and Studio Systems, will be managed by ITE’s Indian partner company, Asian Business Exhibitions and Conferences (ABEC).   The 14th edition of PALM Expo was held in May 2014 and attracted some 144 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors. This year’s PALM Expo and Music Expo will run from 28th to 30th May at the Bombay Exhibition Centre.   Russell Taylor,… more
Feb 11, 2015
Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, together with its convention venue, MAX Atria, will host a range of large-scale international events which are expected to attract an estimated 50,000 foreign visitors in 2015. Some major events scheduled to be held at Singapore EXPO in 2015 include a medical event, International Brain Stimulation Conference 2015; a logistics event, Last Mile Fulfilment Asia 2015; Radiology Asia 2015 for medical imaging technology; 28th Southeast Asian Games, Jeunesse’s Global Expo Unite Annual World Conference and Gastech 2015, which will be held in… more

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