Sep 20, 2018
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has joined forces with The Power Of Preparedness (TPOP) to offer customized safety and security training to the exhibitions and events industry through IAEE’s CEM Learning Program.  “This collaboration stems from our work with the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI),” said David DuBois, IAEE president and CEO. “The additional training geared specifically to our industry is an important added element to addressing the need for guidelines and best practices regarding safety and security at our events and in our… more
Sep 19, 2018
Last week, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Board of Directors gave the go-ahead for construction to begin Phase Two of the Las Vegas Convention Center District expansion.  “This is an incredibly important and exciting time, not just for the LVCVA but for the entire destination,” said Steve Hill, CEO of the LVCVA. “With today’s approval, we’re delighted to join a boom in development that’s on a scale that we haven’t seen in more than a decade.”  He continued, “We’ve been the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for 24 consecutive years, but we must continue to be… more
Sep 18, 2018
Event marketing fuels rapid revenue growth for enterprise companies, according to a new study by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and Splash, a New York City-based provider of end-to-end event marketing software. Titled, “The Event Marketing Evolution: An Era of Data, Technology, and Revenue Impact,” the report confirms a new era for event marketers in which high-performing companies are investing more in event technology and accurately tying event activity to actual revenues or profits.  The study, which surveyed more than 700 enterprise executives and shares impactful insights on… more
Sep 14, 2018
U.K.-based Tarsus Group has bought the remaining 50 percent share of its joint venture in Mexico with E.J. Krause for approximately $18 million, as well as announcing other deals in Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates. With the option to buy exercised, the Mexico deal is expected to close the first week of October. “Mexico is a large and fast-growing market, and this agreement to acquire the remaining 50 percent interest in EJK Tarsus Mexico, thereby assuming full control of the Mexican business, represents an excellent opportunity for the Group to accelerate its growth,” said… more
Sep 12, 2018
Private equity firm MidOcean Partners has acquired Questex, a B2B information services provider, from Shamrock Capital. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Questex is a global B2B information services company that serves the beauty/spa/wellness, travel/hospitality, life sciences/healthcare and telecommunications/technology sectors. The Company serves these end markets through leading brands and well-developed capabilities, including more than125 tradeshows (such as the industry leading International Beauty Shows), conferences (including ExL events), and hosted buyer… more
Sep 12, 2018
Several shows have canceled at convention centers expected to be impacted by Hurricane Florence, which is projected to make landfall in the Carolinas as a Category 3 or 4 storm on Friday morning. The National Rifle Association has canceled the second annual NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Sept. 14-16, 2018 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Va., due to the impending threat of severe weather associated with Hurricane Florence. “The cancellation was made in the interest of public safety due to the forecasted arrival of Category 4 Hurricane Florence in the mid-Atlantic… more
Photo Credit: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 2018 Hyatt Hotels
Sep 12, 2018
On Aug. 13, Governor Rick Smith declared a state of emergency in seven counties along the Florida Gulf Coast, and the red tide continues to have a negative impact on the state’s shores and beaches. The toxic algae bloom is responsible for a drop in tourism that many local businesses worry will continue.  The red tide is a natural phenomenon that has been documented since the 1500s. However, this most recent occurrence has been particularly troublesome. The harmful algae bloom (the term that scientists prefer) emits toxic gasses that have killed a vast quantity of marine life. These gasses… more
Sep 11, 2018
The 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show kicked off this week in Chicago by breaking new records for booths and exhibiting companies, as well as the most exhibit space ever reported in the show’s 91-year history. Taking place Sept. 10-15 at McCormick Place, IMTS 2018 is boasting 2,123 booths representing 2,563 exhibiting companies spanning 1,424,232 square feet of expo space.  As of Sept. 7, the number of pre-registered visitors for the biennial show exceeded 113,000, which also is on pace for a possible record, according to officials from the Association for Manufacturing… more
Sep 11, 2018
In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, addressing workplace harassment has never been more important or timely, including in the events industry. To address this pressing issue, the Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force will be hosting its first webinar on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. ET, which is free and open to the public, with attendance within the events industry encouraged. Titled “Understanding and Eliminating Workplace Harassment,” this interactive webinar will define workplace harassment, review the different types of sexual harassment and give participants a chance to make… more
Sep 07, 2018
Is the U.S. still attractive to the international market? In the face of the current Administration’s “America First” policy, how are trade shows being affected?  Those are questions we’ll be asking on our next #Expochat, set for Sept. 12 at 1 p.m. ET. Join us for what is sure to be a lively Twitter discussion as we examine the repercussions of the U.S.’s strained ties with its traditional allies and trading partners and how it’s impacting the trade show industry. During this week’s chat, Moderator Stephanie Selesnick will be asking the following questions:  What is the current perception… more