Nov 23, 2012
Mermaids, Hawaiian shirts and just about every type of equipment needed for a treasure hunt in a shipwreck took the spotlight at the 2012 DEMA Show, the world's largest trade-only event for the scuba diving, ocean sports and dive travel industries. It took place Nov. 14–17 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. "Diving is a discretionary industry, which makes it unique that the show is growing in size in this economy," said Robert Harar, chairman and CEO of National Trade Productions that produces the show for the Diving Equipment & Marketing Association.… more
Nov 18, 2012
In March, the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association bought the Performing Racing Industry Trade Show, and now it’s expanded its reach even more, with the acquisition of the International Motorsports Industry Show, held annually in Indianapolis. The two motorsports shows will be combined in the process. “This consolidation is all about helping the racing industry to succeed,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. He added, “Unifying the racing industry’s trade shows makes it more affordable for all to participate and allows us to focus on providing… more
Nov 14, 2012
Peter W. Nathan, president of PWN Exhibicon International, one of the most well-known and storied icons in the trade show industry, has announced he will retire after 58 years of service. “It’s time … I’ve been in this industry 58 years,” Nathan said. “Not that I’m going to fade away. There are a number of volunteer opportunities I want to work with.” Nathan, who is turning 80, started in the industry when he was a 22-year-old and worked with Saul Poliak of Clapp & Poliak. “I had a fabulous mentor,” Nathan said. “His… more
Nov 11, 2012
The American Society of Association Executives will host its 2012 Technology Conference & Expo Dec. 4-6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and focus on how technology and consumers will affect the future of business. CEOs, chief technology officers, chief information officers, other technology staff and marketing and membership professionals also will learn the latest information on technology, social media and web trends, as well as the impact mobile and digital content will have on associations and nonprofit organizations.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take… more
Nov 11, 2012
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) boards of directors recently signed a letter of intent to launch a new combined event in the Fall of 2014. The collocated event will serve the entire advanced materials and composites industry in North America. “We are very excited about the scope of the show and the value it will bring to our memberships and the composites and advanced materials industry,” said Kate Thorpe, SAMPE president. She added, “SAMPE and ACMA are recognized as the… more
Nov 07, 2012
China isn’t the only country in the Asia-Pacific region that companies continue to eye for acquisition opportunities, markets such as Indonesia and Malaysia, among others, also are gaining a lot of attention. “Southeast Asia is becoming the next area of interest,” said Steve Monnington, managing director of Mayfield Media Strategies. He added, “International companies discuss their strategy with us and around 20 have told us that part of (their) strategy is Southeast Asia.” Mayfield Media Strategies works with local organizers helping them to find the right… more
Nov 07, 2012
The 79th Annual UFI Congress wrapped up Nov. 8 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in Abu Dhabi with a record number of 475 attendees from 55 countries who gathered to pinpoint where there were areas of growth in the exhibition industry. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, which represents exhibition organizers, venue managers and partners of the industry, has seen its own organization grow in leaps and bounds recently as it surpassed the 600-member organization mark and now numbers 612 from 85 countries in its global membership. Since last year’s UFI… more
Nov 06, 2012
Think light, greenery and crystals when you picture MAX Atria, the new convention and event venue that opened in early 2012 adjacent to Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre.   It's only fitting that one of the first events it hosted was a TEDx conference on inspiration, new ideas and progressive solutions for the changing world. Innovation seems to also be at the top of the priorities list for Singex Venue Pte Ltd., which operates the complex. Filled with natural light, the $55-million MAX Atria offers 32 column-free rooms with a total of more than 135,000 square feet of… more
Nov 06, 2012
The ATC Show 2012, made up of All in CARAVANING 2012 and All in TUNING 2012 in Beijing, had an impressive debut for the growing RVand camping industry in China. Jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai Co. Ltd. and YASN International Exhibition Co. Ltd, the exhibition attracted 242 Chinese andinternational exhibitors displaying tuning cars, motor homes and RVs and RVaccessories, as well campsite management and development companies on 215,200 square feetof exhibit space. More than 10,000 visitors attended the ATC Show 2012. A wide range of ancillaryevents, such as forums,… more
Nov 06, 2012
Reed Hongda Exhibitions (Henan) Co., Ltd., part of Reed Exhibitions Greater China, signed an agreement with Shanghai Gehua Exhibition Planning Co., Ltd. to acquire a 100-percent stake in the Shanghai International Auto Decoration Supplies Sourcing Fair (CSAE) and all of the show’s assets. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. CSAE is the second major addition to Reed Greater China’s fast growing auto aftermarket events, following Reed Hongda’s takeover of the Zhengzhou-based China International Automotive Aftermarket Expo & China Auto Accessories Trade Fair (CIAAF… more