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  • The Center for Exhibition Industry Research is moving closer to IAEE. The two associations will work together on industry research.
  • The biggest change will be the departure of CEIR President Brian Casey in January. IAEE EVP Cathy Breden will add CEO of CEIR to her duties.
  • John Gonzalez was named VP of the George R. Brown Convention Center. He will focus on development of Houston’s convention district.
  • Gonzalez had been in charge of event and guest services at the convention center. His eventual successor will report to him.
  • Shepard has created a new AV services department. Shepard Audio-Visual Services will develop custom AV programs for show organizers.
  • Stuart Danneman joins Shepard as a VP to run the new unit. Shepard also launched a production/entertainment division in recent weeks.
  • Access Intelligence and FISH Technologies launched a new program based on RFID that will increase attendee engagement at trade shows.
  • The LeadsConnect platform debuts March 20 at LeadsCon in Las Vegas. The technology uses RFID chips and beacons to personalize the visit.
  • The queen of Belgium presided over the grand opening of the Flanders Meetings & Convention Centre. The new facility is in downtown Antwerp.
  • Flanders Centre is geared toward conferences with 270,000 sf of meeting space. It is located next to the historic city zoo.
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Anaheim. CA – A strategic shift in the mission of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) that will more closely align the research organization with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) was announced December 6. The most visible aspect of the plan will be a change in the CEIR leadership with President & CEO Brian Casey stepping down at the end of January after three years on the job. His role will be filled by Cathy Breden, who will add the title of CEO of the CEIR Foundation to her current duties as Executive Vice President and COO of IAEE. In addition, the annual chair of IAEE will also serve as chair of CEIR. ...
Chicago - Momentum continues to build toward the launch of Trade Show Executive’s Global Connect, a high level hosted buyer gathering where expansion-minded US exhibition organizers will meet one-on-one with top executives from leading overseas exhibition centers. The goal of Global Connect is to forge the connections and partnerships that will pave the way for the expansion of US trade show brands into the booming markets of Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.  ...
Rockville, MD – A private memorial will be held in December for Elwood "Woody" Hasemann, the former director of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), who died this Fall at the age of 86. Hasemann, who retired from the Association for Manufacturing Technology in 2000, died of renal failure on October 31 in Rockville, MD. Memorial donations may be sent to the Montgomery Hospice - Casey House in Rockville. Hasemann headed up IMTS from 1982 through 1994 and was on the forefront of the expansion of McCormick Place into the largest convention center in the U.S. The manufacturing show was, in fact, the first exhibition held at McCormick Place’s North Hall. ...
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Addison, TX – An all-seeing RFID platform coming to Access Intelligence’s LeadCon show this Spring will not only look over the shoulders of attendees but will also whisper in their ear about sessions and exhibits they might be interested in. Access Intelligence (AI) is partnering with FISH Technologies on LeadsConnect, a real-time RFID tracking system that will debut at LeadCon March 20-22 at The Paris in Las Vegas.  ...
Dallas – The trade show industry’s growth rate improved slightly in the Third Quarter, but remained just below last year’s 2.0% pace, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) said.
The latest CEIR Total Index issued November 29 reported that industry growth reached 1.9% during Q3, up slightly from 1.6% in Q2 and just shy of the 2.0% recorded in Q3 2015. ...
Shanghai – Informa Exhibition will launch a version of its venerable World of Concrete in China next Winter. World of Concrete Asia (WOCA) will debut December 4-6, 2017 at the Shanghai New International Exhibition Centre. The new show extends the WOC brand which include the World of Concrete Europe, World of Concrete India and the flagship show World of Concrete held in Las Vegas. ...
Dusseldorf, Germany – The next phase of the ongoing renovations at Messe Dusseldorf will include a rebuilt exhibit hall and a new entrance space that includes a panoramic view of the Rhine River. Messe Dusseldorf announced that the 140 Euro project would get underway in May after the conclusion of Interpack and would be completed in 2019. The plan includes an entirely new South Entrance and the replacement of Exhibit Halls 1 and 2 with a single space totaling 129,160 square feet (sf). ...
Las Vegas – As Expo! Expo! attendees head for home on December 8, a federal task force chaired by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President/CEO Rossi Ralenkotter will be meeting in Washington to look for ways to make that journey easier in the future. Ralenkotter, a leading spokesman for tourism in general and the trade show industry in particular, will convene the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Travel and Tourism Infrastructure (NACTTI) at the Federal Aviation Administration headquarters building on December 8-9.  ...
Washington, DC – A federal judge in Texas blocked a controversial presidential order raising the salary threshold for overtime pay on November 22. The Obama administration’s decree would have taken effect December 1 and would have required companies to pay overtime to white collar employees who earn a maximum of $47,476 annually. Current law requires overtime only for employees making less than $23,500 a year. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction at the request of a coalition of business associations and Republican state governors.  ...
Atlanta, GA – Reed Exhibitions is expanding its international EQUITANA brand of riding industry shows to the U.S. next year. EQUITANA USA premiers in two stages, beginning with the EQUITANA Open Air Festival on October 20-22, 2017 at an equestrian center in Temecula, CA. Temecula is well known for its bucolic wineries and is also in a popular “horse country” region that includes the Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego markets. The second half of the debut takes place October 4-7, 2018 with the launch of EQUITANA USA – The Equestrian World’s Fair in Building C of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The show’s ground game in the U.S. will be managed by EQU Expo LLC of Illinois. General Manager Robert Keegan will serve as show director with trade show veteran Bill Sell handling sales and marketing. “EQUITANA USA will become a landmark event - one created with vision and purpose, which markets the future of equestrian sports,” Keegan said. “It is our responsibility as the show producer to set forth practical, professional and socially correct themes in order to awaken new interest and markets centered on the horse.” ...
Dusseldorf, Germany– More than 5,000 exhibitors combined to set a new show record at this month’s MEDICA 2016 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The exhibitor roster totaled 5,289 companies, including 413 from the U.S., and filled 19 exhibit halls. The co-located COMPAMED drew another 799 exhibitors, pushing the overall total to 6,088. Attendance also surged this year, particularly in terms of international visitors. “Our specialist visitors came from 135 different countries, with emerging Asian countries particularly well represented,” said Joachim Schafer, Managing Director of Messe Dusseldorf. “Around 60% were international visitors, which is a new high.” ...
Chicago – The always-dynamic marketing side of trade shows is undergoing massive changes, and Trade Show Executive (TSE) is launching a new column devoted to this fluid and freewheeling topic. A “News You Can Use”  column will debut in the January issue of TSE as a co-operative venture with marketing design group (mdg) of San Diego, one of the top public relations and marketing agencies in the exhibitions industry. "Each article will cover marketing, public relations and branding as it relates to an event professional," said TSE Managing Editor Gabrielle Weiss. "We are excited to be working with mdg and we look forward to sharing their insights and expertise with our equally talented and savvy subscribers.” The column will be an easy-to-use resource for show organizers looking for the best ways to appeal to senior decision makers and the enigmatic Millennial generation. There will be marketing-oriented coverage of industry events and interviews with innovative leaders in the marketing field. ...
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