This Just In
  • TSE took home three top regional Azbee Awards for excellence in journalism including a gold in the group profile category.
  • Tunnel excavation is complete for the LVCC Loop & on track for CES in Jan. Shuttle to take 2 minutes to move attendees across campus.
  • Gregg Caren, EVP of Sales & Strategic Business Development at ASM Global appointed to PHLCVB President and CEO. Official start date June 8.
  • UFI releases framework for a unified approach for show management to reopen shows, advocate with policy makers post COVID19 pandemic.
  • Germany excludes exhibitions from “mass gatherings”category, gives states authority to open shows, N. Rhine-Westphalia to open shows in May.
  • Freeman launches Go LIVE Together--a coalition with more than 80 founding members from 113 countries Visit: www.golivetogether.com to join.
  • ASPBE recognizes TSE as national finalist for overall excellence in cross-platform reporting and four other prestigious Azbee Awards.
  • ISSA’s Global BioRisk Advisory Council launches the GBAC STAR accreditation program which cleans for infectious agents, such as COVID-19.
TSE ONLINE STORIES REGARDING COVID-19

TSE’s online reporting on COVID-19’s effects on the industry, advocacy efforts and reopening plans.

Go LIVE Together and EIC Join to Drive Congress to Craft Legislation to Save the Events Industry

Go LIVE Together has launched a grassroots advocacy campaign to support business event recovery legislation. “This is not about one company, but a whole industry,” Hervé Sedky, President, Americas of Reed Exhibitions, and current SISO Vice Chair, said in a recent SISO webinar. Working in conjunction with the Events Industry Council (EIC), this coalition seeks to drive congressional backing for legislation vital to the recovery of business events from the devastating impact of COVID-19. Helping draft legislative language for tax credits to encourage exhibitors and attendees to participate is just one key goal.

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United Fresh Goes Virtual and Grows Attendance and Exhibits

The United Fresh Produce Association has lived through a lot in its 115 years, from the Great Depression to the Cold War to the global recession of the early 2000s.

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SmithBucklin Meets the Needs of the New Customer By Expanding Its Virtual Reach

Association management and services company, SmithBucklin, has developed a new process to introduce its client organizations looking to pivot from in-person events to virtual experiences because, pandemic aside, these organizations still need to meet and engage with their membership.

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UFI Barometer: Despite Devastating Losses, Industry Confident in Return to F2F

Despite the overwhelming loss of revenue and jobs reported in the just-released UFI Global Exhibition Barometer, there are rays of light shining through the mostly dismal results.

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IAEE Women’s Leadership Regional Meeting Sets the Bar for Safety

One of the first convention industry meetings to take place since COVID-19, the International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE) Women’s Leadership Regional Meeting went off without a hitch on Tuesday, July 14, at the OLC Education and Conference Center. The half-day hybrid event with was a model for its policies and protocols in this new era of meetings.

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CEIR Holds Webinar Discussing the Impact COVID-19 Will Have on B2B Events and the Economy

On July 15, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) held a webinar discussing the long-term impact COVID-19 is expected to have on B2B events, as well as the economy at large.

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OCCC to Provide Novel Medical Concierge Services for Novel Coronavirus- Era Events

The economic fallout from COVID-19 and the resulting cascade of rescheduled and cancelled conventions and trade shows may have slowed the Center of Hospitality down in 2020, but the OCCC is working on new safety and hygiene initiatives to protect attendees and trade shows going forward.

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SISO Advocacy Update: Lat’s Get This Show (Back) on the Road

We need to focus on getting the industry open again,” Douglas Emslie, Group Managing Director, Tarsus Group, and current SISO Chair said during a recent webinar addressing the key issues and needs affecting the events and exhibitions industry, an industry devastated by both the acute and chronic effects of COVID-19. 

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CDC Guidelines Often Used In Combination With Other Resources, Say Show Organizers

The CDC Guidelines for Events and Gatherings, which were recently updated, are meant to supplement state and local health and safety laws and regulations. It’s clear that show organizers are using them as a resource— but not as the final word.

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Digital Dialogue Drives Fact- Filled Discussion on Show Cleaning and Safety

Trade Show Executive Chairman and President and CEO of United Service Companies, Rick Simon, served as the Subject Matter Expert for a recent digital summit on “Safety is Job One,” hosted by Lippman Connects and its new informational series, Digital Summit: 90 Minutes on the Most Urgent Issues.

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Strong Advocacy Leads Way to European Countries Opening Exhibitions; Many without Restrictions

Low rates of COVID-19 cases in tandem with advocacy that clearly demonstrated that exhibitions and trade shows are not generic mass gatherings but organized business events that can ensure safe environments is paying dividends in Europe.

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GWCC Scores First U.S. GBAC STAR Accreditation

The 3.9 million square-foot Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) has become the first convention center in the U.S. to earn the Global BioRisk Advisory Council’s STAR accreditation for facility preparedness.

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UFI Global Congress 2020 to be “Glocalised” and Showcase Industry Resilience

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has announced its 2020 Global Congress will be “glocalised.”

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WTTC, WHO Release New Convention-Specific Guidelines

A new round of guidelines released by both the World Travel & Tourism Council and the World Health Organization aim to set the stage for a safe return to trade shows.

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IAEE Holds First Virtual Exhibitions Day; Importance of Advocacy in U.S. Takes Center Stage

On June 3, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) held its Exhibitions Day event online for the first time in seven years due to social distancing concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Reflections on Restarting

Angela Scalpello is in a unique position to advise trade show executives, having spent a good deal of her career at high-profile organizations such as Ogilvy & Mather and PR Newswire before finding her way into this industry, where she worked for UBM as SVP of organizational development.

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IAEE Publishes Expert-Driven White Paper for Reopening Trade Shows and Exhibitions in a Post-Pandemic Era

Show management has another useful tool to use when planning and producing exhibitions as states and venues reopen. The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) has released a white paper titled Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events, Version One.

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Go LIVE Together Gains Momentum Across Trade Show and Events Industries; Lays Tracks for Advocacy

In mid-April, Freeman spearheaded the launch of Go LIVE Together (GLT). Backed by 80 founding members from 113 countries, the online resource is now an established rallying point for trade show professionals and their counterparts to support industries around the world. To date, the initiative has more than 2,000 participating companies and individuals, and the list is growing.

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As COVID-19 Cases Subside, the Exhibitions and Trade Show World Reopens

With cases of COVID-19 subsiding in parts of the world, exhibitions are starting to take place and more regional governments are approving the opening of large-scale events, albeit with stringent precautions.

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Combating COVID at Trade Show and Event Facilities with ISSA’s GBAC STAR Program

The Global BioRisk Advisory Council (GBAC) today officially launched GBAC STAR, an accreditation program that assesses cleaning and disinfection practices, and infectious-disease prevention.

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UFI Publishes Case Study on Safety Measures Taken During 53rd MBC Construction Expo at South Korea’s KINTEX

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, recently released a case study on what safety measures one South Korean expo took at its show post-COVID-19 lockdown.

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Cleaning for COVID and Other Infectious Diseases

As China, Europe and a few states in America begin to reopen post-COVID, TSE reached out to Patricia (Patty) Olinger, Executive Director of GBAC, the Global BioRisk Advisory Council, about cleaning practices that can safeguard people attending trade shows.

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Trade Shows Officially Distinguished from Mass Gatherings in Germany; Responsible Advocacy Takes Hold as Shows Look to Open Sooner Rather than Later

The German government has officially excluded exhibitions from the category of “mass gatherings,” giving states the authority to greenlight trade shows with protocols for health and safety.

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The 2020 Hunan Auto Show First Large-Scale Exhibition Held in China since January

For the first time since January, when the COVID-19 outbreak shut down the economy and exhibitions in China, a major exhibition was held in the country as it begins to reopen. The provincial government in Hunan allowed the 2020 Hunan Auto Show to take place April 30-May 5 at the Hunan International Convention and Exhibition Centre in south central China.

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SISO Pledges $250,000 to Support Go LIVE Together’s Advocacy Efforts

The Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) has pledged its support for Go LIVE Together (GLT), a coalition dedicated to enabling essential safety guidelines and protecting the trade show and live events industry in the wake of COVID-19, and has donated $250,000 to aid with legislative advocacy efforts.

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CONEXPO-CON/AGG and Other TSE Gold 100 Trade Shows March Forward

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and Other TSE Gold 100 Trade Shows March Forward

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and other TSE ranked Gold 100 trade shows march forward after four of the country’s top trade shows postpone or cancel this week over widespread COVID-19 concerns— including International Housewares Association’s The Inspired Home Show, Informa Markets’ Natural Products West, Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society’s Global Conference and Exhibition and Reed Exhibitions’ ISC West.

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Exhibitors at U.S. Trade Shows Remain Strong

Domestic Attendance, Exhibitors at U.S. Trade Shows Remain Strong Amid COVID-19 Worries

While the U.S. stock market experienced its sharpest decline since 2008 over earnings uncertainty and public concerns because of the COVID-19 outbreak, several major U.S. trade shows were held this week and last. Trade shows, cities and venues across the U.S. are reporting little to no declines to overall attendance outside of Chinese delegates.

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Trade Shows set to go on

Top U.S. Trade Shows Set to Go On Notwithstanding COVID-19 Outbreak; Mobile World Congress Shares Insight into Its Cancellation

CONEXPO/CON-AGG & IFPE (International Fluid Power Exposition) 2020 began move in last week as scheduled. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) reports the trade shows are projected to break records in terms of exhibit space and attendance when they open on March 10 despite travel bans from China and the COVID-19 outbreak. Although risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the U.S. is low, attendee safety continues to be the top priority for U.S. mega shows. Other U.S. trade show organizers are moving forward as scheduled. The Global Pet Expo will take place at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, Feb 26-28.

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Trade Shows Postponed and Canceled

Trade Shows Postponed and Canceled Outside of U.S. Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Informa Markets is postponing its inaugural Food&Hotel Asia (FHA)—Food & Beverage event due to global travel concerns regarding the coronavirus. The event was scheduled for March 31–April 3 at the Singapore Expo. Event organizer GSMA called off the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, all together which was scheduled for February 24-27, as show postponements and cancelations outside the U.S. become more prevalent over fears that the virus will spread. 

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Trade Show Industry Continues as Impact of Coronavirus Remains Uncertain

Trade Show Industry Continues as Impact of Coronavirus Remains Uncertain

U.S. trade shows are facing more challenges this week than the week prior as the novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) continues to spread globally. Travel restrictions and bans are being implemented as nations struggle to contain the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus Postpones Trade Shows and Events in China

Coronavirus Postpones Trade Shows and Events in China; Global Exhibition Industry Prepares for Impact

A number of trade shows and B2B events in Shanghai, Macau and Guangzhou are being postponed due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China. The Chinese government began issuing notices to suspend all large-scale events due to the outbreak, and the U.S. State Department raised its travel advisory to level 4, recommending that U.S. citizens not travel to China. Read more about this developing story and its impact on the trade show industry.

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