Industry News

UFI and SISO Call for Testing over Quarantine

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 environment for our exhibitors and attendees to feel confident enough

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New Exhibitor Representation Program a Win-Win for Show Organizers and Exhibitors

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 Stephanie Selesnick, President of International Trade Information, Inc., the new

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EXPO Convention Contractors Boosts West Coast Presence

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, formerly of Blaine Event Services, are now part of the

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Slow and Steady Return for Domestic Events in China

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 increasing demand from domestic MICE events, such as Design China

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UFI Offers New Benefit to Members: The Exhibition Think Tank Club

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 is a global e-platform for exhibition industry professionals to network,

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SPARGO Launches Local Craft Fair Series

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 this summer, it decided to launch Capital Craft Fairs, the

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Freeman Doubles Down on Data-Driven Event Recovery Research

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 trek, Freeman believes there’s an increasing need for data-driven analysis

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Diversity and Inclusion – This Time Feels Different

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 so much else going on, is it? “This time feels

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