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  • The division of Informa PLC created by the combination of UBM and Informa has been renamed and rebranded as Informa Markets.
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  • Nominations for 2019 Trailblazers Opens for Trade Show Executive’s Trailblazers program which recognizes the industry’s up-and-comers.
  • Informa Exhibitions reported a 6.7% jump in underlying revenues for 2018 even as it absorbed the blockbuster acquisition of UBM.

Time to Think DC as Exhibitions Day Nears

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
March 31, 2019
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WASHINGTON – Spring has arrived and it’s time for the trade show industry to nail down plans to take part in the annual Exhibitions Day caravan to Capitol Hill in Washington.

Registration for the June 4-5 lobbying expedition to the halls of Congress is open at The trip includes a welcome reception and orientation on the 4th with groups of show organizers and industry partners fanning out on the Hill. The following day they will visit congressional offices to urge members of Congress to support various issues effecting the industry.

More than 100 volunteers took part in last year’s Exhibitions Day and industry backing for the event remains high. Trade Show Executive (TSE) is the Title Sponsor of the event and parent company United Service Companies is among the deep roster of sponsors.

 “Although there will be plenty of time for networking and catching up with colleagues from across the country, Exhibitions Day is serious business,” said TSE Publisher and Editor, Gabrielle Weiss. “There are issues in front of Congress and federal agencies that have a direct impact on trade shows.”

“Exhibitions Day is an invaluable forum to meet face-to-face with members of Congress and discuss important matters that strain our industry and as a result, impact local economies,” said David DuBois, President and CEO of IAEE. “It is our responsibility to equip our nation’s leaders with the knowledge needed to shape our country to better facilitate domestic and international business deals.”

There will be plenty to talk about when the trade show industry meets Congress in Washington this summer. This year’s lobbying agenda includes online booking scams, safety and security, international travel and Infrastructure.

Exhibitions Day delegates won’t be heading up to the Capitol empty handed. They’ll be armed with facts on the economic benefits that trade shows and conventions bring to lawmakers’ districts and how these coveted events benefit the voters back home. Talking points and an FAQ section can be found on the Exhibitions Day website

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at 312-493-7753 or; David DuBois at (972) 458-8002 or

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