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Dec 09, 2015
Whoever said December was a slow month, might have been wrong when it comes to end of this year’s new hires and promotions, with several companies bringing people on before kicking off a fresh start in 2016. Global Experience Specialists recently named Wendy Gibson as executive vice president of global marketing. Gibson is an accomplished B-to-B marketing leader with a high-tech background and brings 25 years of managing all aspects of marketing, including branding, lead generation, product marketing, corporate marketing, digital, social and business development. As executive vice president… more
Dec 09, 2015
The fifth edition of Singapore Airshow, organized by Experia Events, will be held from 16th to 21st February 2016. Over 1,000 companies from some 50 countries have confirmed their attendance at the show, according to the organiser. Over 90% of exhibition space has been sold and 75% of the space has been taken by returning exhibitors and industry leaders. The 2016 Singapore Airshow will also feature business forums, industry conferences, a leadership summit and forum, in addition to the exhibition. Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events commented, “Singapore continues to be a… more
Dec 09, 2015
Macau’s Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) has released the city’s MICE statistics for the third quarter of 2015. The city hosted 29 exhibitions and 184 conferences – an increase of 12% and 19% year-on-year respectively. The total number of participants and attendees at Macau’s MICE events increased by an impressive 41% to reach 1,009,794. Large-scale exhibition led the growth for the quarter recording an attendee increase of nearly 43% year-on-year to 993,848. Among the 29 exhibitions, 17 of them reported 20,000 participants or more. A total of 1,842 exhibitors attended these events with… more
Dec 08, 2015
Data-driven engagement was a hot topic at last week’s International Association of Exhibitions’ Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2015 in Baltimore.  The 2,500-plus attendees knew to be at this year’s show to learn the latest on this topic, as well as many others.  With record-breaking numbers, on both the attendee and exhibitor fronts, the right note was hit for this conference. Exhibitor Michael Younder from Panvista was happy to see data tied into the keynote. “Clearly, good use of data, as well as engagement that is unobtrusive but relevant, are on the minds of many… more
Dec 07, 2015
The trade show industry continued its growth streak into the third quarter of this year, with a 3.1-percent uptick, compared with the same quarter last year, marking the 21st straight quarter of growth, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s Index Report. "We are very encouraged to see three very strong quarters of growth for the year," said CEIR President and CEO Brian Casey. He added, "We will be watching with great interest how the year ends based on fourth quarter results, and anticipate growth to continue into 2016 and 2017." The growth in the third quarter of… more
Dec 06, 2015
“Charm City” lived up to its name, and then some, when more than 2,500 attendees flocked to Baltimore, Md., last week for the International Association of Exhibitions’ Expo! Expo! Annual  Meeting & Exhibition 2015. David DuBois, IAEE’s president and CEO, said that while the attendee numbers were unaudited at this time, they definitely broke records, with a 10-percent uptick, compared with last year’s event in Los Angeles. “It’s the biggest one ever,” he added. “Being located in the Mid-Atlantic region brought in a lot of organizers from the Northeast and the D.C./Maryland/Virginia… more
Dec 06, 2015
Smart City Networks, a provider of event telecommunications and technology services for the conventions industry, recently implemented Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, improving Internet access for venue visitors from around the world. IPv6 serves as the latest generation of Internet Protocol (IP), which provides IP addresses for Internet-connected devices such as computers, tablets and wearable devices so they can communicate with other systems online. IPv6 provides expansive space for IP addresses, allowing convention center… more
Dec 06, 2015
Smart City Networks, a provider of event telecommunications and technology services for the conventions industry, recently implemented Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, improving Internet access for venue visitors from around the world. IPv6 serves as the latest generation of Internet Protocol (IP), which provides IP addresses for Internet-connected devices such as computers, tablets and wearable devices so they can communicate with other systems online. IPv6 provides expansive space for IP addresses, allowing convention center… more
Dec 03, 2015
This year’s International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) Chairperson Megan Tanel, CEM, passed the gavel to 2016 IAEE Chairperson Julia Smith, CEM, CTA, at the Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation held during Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2015 in Baltimore, Md. "I look forward to building on IAEE's successful advocacy initiatives, and to promoting program development to attract future generations to careers in the exhibitions and events industry," Smith said. She added, "I am honored and excited to serve as 2016 chairperson and will be… more
Dec 03, 2015
By Elizabeth Johnson Amongst packed aisles of security professionals testing new products and learning about trends at 2015 ISC East, Reed Exhibitions shared news that it’s launching a new event, Connected Security Expo, to collocate with ISC West next spring. ISC East kicked off Nov. 18 in New York City. The sold –out, 33,000 net square foot Exhibit Hall was bustling with business being done. Thousands of buyers (total attendance rose 8.2 percent, compared with last year) roamed the showfloor reviewing the latest in surveillance, access control and security technology. Buyers also attended… more
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Overview: The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) goes the extra mile to make every day extraordinary by offering customer service excellence and industry-leading partnerships. From their dedicated in-house Rigging team to their robust Exhibitor Services, The Center of Hospitality brings your imagination to life by helping you host unforgettable meetings and events. With more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space, world-class services and a dream destination, we are committed to making even the most ambitious conventions a reality. In October 2023, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve allocating Tourist Development Tax funding for the $560 million Phase 5A completion of the OCCC. The Convention Way Grand Concourse project will include enhancements to the North-South Building, featuring an additional 60,000 square feet of meeting space, an 80,000- square-foot ballroom and new entry to the North-South Building along Convention Way. “We are thrilled to begin work on completing our North-South Building which will allow us to meet the growing needs of our clients,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “As an economic driver for the community, this project will provide the Center with connectivity and meeting space to host more events and continue to infuse the local economy with new money and expanding business opportunities.” Amenities: The Center of Hospitality goes above and beyond by offering world-class customer service and industry-leading partnerships. From the largest convention center Wi-Fi network to custom LAN/WAN design, the Center takes pride in enhancing exhibitor and customer experience.  The OCCC is the exclusive provider of electricity (24-hour power at no additional cost), aerial rigging and lighting, water, natural gas and propane, compressed air, and cable TV services. Convenience The Center is at the epicenter of the destination, with an abundance of hotels, restaurants, and attractions within walking distance. Pedestrian bridges connect both buildings to more than 5,200 rooms and is within a 15-minute drive from the Orlando International Airport. The convenience of the location goes hand-in-hand with top notch service to help meet an event’s every need. Gold Key Members The OCCC’s Gold Key Members represent the best of the best when it comes to exceptional service and exclusive benefits for clients, exhibitors and guests. The Center’s Gold Key memberships with Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World greatly enhance meeting planner and attendee experiences offering world-renowned venues, immersive experiences and creative resources for their events. OCCC Events: This fiscal year, the OCCC is projected to host 168 events, 1.7 million attendees, and $2.9 billion in economic impact.  The Center’s top five events during their 2022-2023 fiscal year included:  AAU Jr. National Volleyball Championships 2023 200,000 Attendees $257 Million in Economic Impact MEGACON 2023 160,000 Attendees $205 Million in Economic Impact Open Championship Series 2023 69,500 Attendees $89 Million in Economic Impact Sunshine Classic 2023 42,000 Attendees $54 Million in Economic Impact Premiere Orlando 2023 42,000 Attendees $108 Million in Economic Impact