Aug 11, 2020
In light of damage the pandemic has inflicted upon the foodservice industry, the National Restaurant Association Show is working to help the industry recover through online resources and a 2021 in-person event that has already re-sold exhibit space to 75 percent of its 2020 exhibitors. Set for May 22-25 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the annual trade show and conference provides foodservice operators and suppliers access to new and innovative technologies, emerging food and beverage trends, unique ingredients, and partnership and networking opportunities. “For the past 101 years, the National… more
Aug 07, 2020
Due to governmental prohibitions and restrictions on gatherings, businesses and travel, along with the mounting uncertainty that safe and productive events during a pandemic are even possible, four large trade shows – PACK EXPO, SEMA, AAPEX and FABTECH – will not take place as planned this fall. Two of the events have announced plans to launch digital replacements. Here are the details.  PACK EXPO On Aug. 5, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies announced it will cancel the in-person PACK EXPO and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, annual trade shows and conferences for… more
Aug 06, 2020
Feeling disheartened about the delayed return of face-to-face events? Findings of a new extensive global study focused on the recovery of the trade show industry should help spread some positive vibes about the value of shows when they do return. Conducted in July by live events research specialists Explori in partnership with UFI and SISO, the Global Recovery Insights study demonstrates the incredible value of face-to-face events by how strongly their absence has impacted the global business community. Released on Aug. 3, the study comprises more than 9,000 survey responses from exhibiting… more
Aug 05, 2020
A new weekly peer-to-peer roundtable series for event professionals launches this week. Hosted by mdg, a Freeman Company, the “Leading Through Disruption” program focuses on helping event professionals manage change and gain the insights and connections needed to navigate the pandemic.  Each hour-long session, scheduled to run for six weeks starting Aug. 5, will have a theme introduced by thought leaders who then facilitate the discussion. “We have leaders in strategy, design and data/research from Freeman and mdg who will be challenging participants to seize the opportunities associated… more
Jul 30, 2020
Even though InfoComm 2020 in Las Vegas was cancelled due to COVID-19, that didn’t stop the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association from connecting the global professional audio-visual industry on a virtual stage. Held June 16-18, InfoComm 2020 Connected – AVIXA’s first-ever completely virtual InfoComm trade show and conference – drew in 23,408 attendees (41 percent from outside the United States) and 495 exhibitors.  “When we made the decision to cancel the InfoComm 2020 show in Las Vegas, the AVIXA team was determined to gather the industry together for an immersive experience of… more
Jul 31, 2020
Printing and signage company Innovative Displays, a partner of Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio, is establishing a Personal Protective Equipment Resource Center within the venue featuring an online ordering portal and curbside order delivery. ID expanded its offerings to assist clients and the community during the coronavirus pandemic.  “Innovative Displays is not just our company name, it’s also the way we do business,” said said ID President Mike Foley. “Our unique ability allowed us to quickly pivot during the pandemic utilizing our existing design, engineering and manufacturing… more
Jul 29, 2020
In the age of COVID-19, event planners are finding themselves in a challenging predicament. For organizations opting to go forward with hosting in-person events, planners are not only tasked with taking extra precautions to keep participants safe and healthy, but also managing the underlying legal risks associated with holding face-to-face events during a pandemic. To help planners overcome these uncertainties, group and meetings booking software provider HopSkip recently partnered with two event and hospitality industry attorneys to produce the complimentary “Legalese with the Ladies”… more
Jul 28, 2020
Instead of kicking off the new year with its usual in-person fervor, CES 2021 will be an all-digital experience connecting exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the globe in early January next year. According to the Consumer Technology Association, which owns and operates the show, CES’s new virtual format will allow participants to hear from technology innovators, see cutting-edge technologies, learn about new products, and engage with global brands and startups — all from the safety of their home or office. The decision to shift the massive global technology trade… more
Jul 27, 2020
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the trade show industry is still conducting business deals in preparation for better times ahead. Take a look. Centerplate Event venue food and beverage provider Centerplate has renewed its long-term hospitality partnership with the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md. The agreement, which extends through June 2025 and comes with an additional five-year option, precedes the venue’s 30,000-square-foot expansion project. “While we work hard to transform the complex into a premier, next-generation meeting and entertainment destination, we are… more
Jul 24, 2020
When Jeff Fugate’s lost his decade-long position as senior vice president of sales and marketing for Experient due to the pandemic, it could have sent him into a tailspin. But instead of wallowing, Fugate used this life change to channel his passion into something he’d always wanted to do. As of July, he’s the owner of Empty Bowl Queso, a new company purveying New Mexico hatch green chile pepper cheese dip with the world (or at least, the Washington, D.C. area—for now). He’s far from the only trade show professional launching a new business or perfecting a hobby lately. All facets of the… more

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