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TSE Special Section: COVID-19

As news of the COVID-19 virus and its spread continues to develop, Trade Show Executive is monitoring and reporting on its impact and implications on the exhibition industry. Read our weekly reports and focused articles in this special section.
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DALLAS — When the pandemic first hit, trade show executives scrambled to find ways to keep their businesses up and running, if only virtually for the time being. But now that the initial scrum has become more of a long-term...
BEIJING — The return of domestic live and hybrid events, along with positive hotel and airline trends, point to a slow and steady recovery of the MICE sector in China. In Beijing, three-quarters of hotels are now open and reporting...
PARIS — While UFI already offers a host of networking opportunities, from working groups and special interest groups to WhatsApp groups, social media channels and UFI Connects sessions, now there is a new offering: The Exhibition Think Tank Club (ETTC). ETTC...

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ATLANTA­ ­— UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and SISO, the Society for Independent Show Organizers, are urging global policymakers and governments to focus on rapid antigen COVID tests. “Our industry recognizes that we must provide a safe...
RENO — Charles Harris, CDME, CTA, has spent his entire career since college in Anaheim — including a stint at its most famous institution, Disneyland — and in talking to him, it’s clear the city has earned a special place...
LAS VEGAS/CHICAGO — In these times, it’s challenging—or outright impossible—for many exhibitors to travel to international shows. That’s the premise behind the International Exhibitor Representation Program (IERP). The brainstorm of industry pros Diane Bjorklund, Founder of Eventful Management Group, and...
MIAMI – In a strategic move designed to provide its customers with greater service capabilities and more diverse resources, EXPO Convention Contractors (EXPO) has expanded its employee base and has acquired a West Coast warehouse. Dustin Blaine and Jacob Ruppert,...
FAIRFAX, VA — Among the many victims of COVID-19 this year has been the life’s blood of artisans and craftspeople everywhere: The craft fair. When full-service event-management company SPARGO learned that a popular local craft festival, Sugarloaf, filed for bankruptcy...
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, FRANCE — When it comes to the evergreen topic of diversity and inclusion, a global pandemic seems like a good time to put the issue aside. After all, it’s not exactly convenient to discuss such a prickly issue with...
DALLAS — The successful late-September Total Home & Gift Market signaled a strong return to business, attracting 67% of the buyers it did in 2019. That was a 10% gain from the August show, which also exceeded expectations. Attendance by...
DALLAS – In Chinese, the word for crisis also bears the meaning of opportunity; this sentiment is usually shared when trying to show that a crisis can also be a possibility. A new insights paper, Freeman Future Forecast: How Live...
Marketing support and trade show services just got a little more exhibitor-friendly, at least for customers of services provider Fern and its sister company NexxtShow. As of October 1, any exhibitor who places an order with Fern or NexxtShow through...

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