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Jun 12, 2018
The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association lowered the curtain on its first InfoComm show in North America as AVIXA, while the annual trade show and conference for audiovisual professionals set new records for size and attendance. Held June 6-9 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the show kicked off with a record-setting TIDE (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.) conference and boasted an exhibition that attracted nearly 43,000 registered attendees from across the U.S. and abroad, a 10 percent increase compared to the last time InfoComm was held in Las Vegas, in 2016.  “… more
Jun 12, 2018
Most event technology is sold through business-to-business (B2B) channels. However, B2B sales processes can take more time than some planners have for smaller events.   To help ease the process, etouches is selling its LOOPD Smart Tags and mobile event apps on a new online store as well as on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. This new low-touch sales model presents a unique way for event professionals to purchase enterprise event technology. The LOOPD Smart Tag enables attendees to network at an event without worrying about lead scanners, business cards or session check-ins. Acting as a… more
Jun 08, 2018
Marketing and promotion music solutions company, TVM.Bio, has released the TVM.Bio Smart Badge, wearable technology that uses advanced Near Field Communication (NFC) designed to make trade show registration quicker, easier and more profitable. Rather than the traditional printed attendee badges that can be wasteful to print and vulnerable to damage, loss and badge “swapping,” the Smart Badge’s USB card securely and conveniently stores attendee registration information with SSL Encryption.  Along with extensive online support and a user-friendly mobile portal, the Smart Badge helps event… more
Jun 07, 2018
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has hired Joyce Leveston as General Manager to oversee Boston’s Hynes Convention Center and Boston Convention & Exhibitions Center. She begins her new role July 16. “It is a privilege and an honor to be welcomed into the MCCA family. I look forward to supporting the vision and growth of such well respected professionals in the industry,” said Joyce Leveston. She added, “It is my intention to build on Boston’s outstanding industry reputation for customer service excellence as we welcome and host visitors from around the world to the MCCA’… more
Jun 07, 2018
Clarion UX has implemented two new key buyer programs across its restaurant and foodservice event portfolio designed to quantifiably enhance exhibitor ROI.  Created to deliver VIP restaurateurs, foodservice professionals and retail buyers, the programs will be driven by Karen Gillis, key accounts manager for the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo; Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show; International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York and each show’s collocated Healthy Food Expo. Gillis will serve as a liaison with VIP attendees while providing them with personal customer… more
Jun 07, 2018
Exhibition professionals around the world came out in record numbers for the third Global Exhibitions Day (GED) June 6. Not only did this highlight the industry’s role as a driver of economic growth, but also established GED 2018 as the biggest day of advocacy for the exhibition world so far, with 85 countries taking part, according to data from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. This year’s GED focused on two key areas: first, to advocate industry issues with politicians and stakeholders, and secondly, on finding new ways to connect with young people to attract the… more
Jun 06, 2018
Last month, Tourism Vancouver signed a pioneering technology deal with China industry giant Tencent in an effort to attract more Chinese tourism, now known as the world’s fastest-growing travel market.  This first-of-its-kind deal will include Tencent Travel and its partner, Trip Advisor China, working to promote Vancouver as an international model for smart city tourism.  As part of the three-year agreement, Tencent will provide Vancouver with cutting-edge mobile technology that will offer interactive digital services to Chinese travelers and set a global benchmark, while Trip Advisor… more
Jun 06, 2018
Marketplace Events has purchased two shows from O’Loughlin Trade Shows, the largest producer of consumer shows in the Pacific Northwest.  Marketplace Events now will operate both the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival, held each February at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle and the Tacoma Home & Garden Show, held in January at the Tacoma Dome.   “From both a personal and professional standpoint, this is a meaningful deal,” said Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events, which is known as the largest producer of business-to-consumer home shows in North America. He… more
Jun 05, 2018
With the trade show industry continuing to grow, according to the latest Center for Exhibition Industry Research, there were plenty of new hires and promotions up the ranks recently. The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC), owned by the City of Los Angeles and managed by AEG Facilities, welcomed Nancy Walker as the new vice president of Sales and Marketing. Walker joins the LACC with more than 20 years’ experience in the events and trade show industry, most recently as the director of sales, North America at Reed Travel Exhibitions. Prior to her work with Reed, Walker was the vice… more
Jun 05, 2018
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre as winner of the UFI Digital Innovation Award 2018, thanks to its cutting-edge HybriD solution. HybriD is a 3D digital tool, providing 360-degree visualisation capabilities. It can be installed on any digital device, enabling users to instantaneously visualise a room, hall or exhibition space area in their desired set-up configuration (e.g. theatre seating, banquet setting, classroom, and so on). HybriD combines realism with convenience, allowing organisers to remotely… more