Industry News

COVID Vaccine Rollout Fuels Optimism for the Trade Show Industry

DALLAS – The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination effort brings with it a renewed sense of hope, especially in the trade show industry. “What fuels even more optimism is that trade show attendees, exhibitors, organizers and event planners are willing to immediately receive the vaccine,” said Ken Holsinger, Senior Vice

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How Show Organizers Are Supporting Struggling Industry Suppliers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a godsend for many of the smaller suppliers to the trade show industry. “The fact is that 99% of the exhibition industry is comprised of small businesses of fewer than 500 employees,” said Hervé Sedky, Emerald’s President and CEO. “To

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Former Trade Show Week EIC, Michael Hart Passes at 67

Michael Hart, an industry veteran best known as the editor-in-chief for Tradeshow Week, died on March 12, 2021, at the age of 67, after a battle with cancer. Hart began his journalism career as the editor-in-chief of the Glendale Star and Peoria Times in the Phoenix-metropolitan area. Hart’s interest in local journalism landed him a job with The Los Angeles Times

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European Organizers Face Ongoing Identity Struggle

PARIS — A campaign is being waged throughout Europe to prove how different business events are from other large gatherings when it comes to reducing the potential risk of COVID-19. The latest UFI webinar explored these efforts, which have yielded very different results, in Spain and The Netherlands. “It’s clear

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Cobb Galleria Centre Starts 2021 With Trio of Shows

ATLANTA—Cobb Galleria Centre has started the year on the right track by hosting three major shows in February and March: the Atlanta Shoe Market, the Atlanta Jewelry Show and the Southeast Flooring Market. The Atlanta Shoe Market, held February 20 to 22, was attended by 1,100 buyers, which is about

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UFI Rolls Out Certified Professional Designation

PARIS – UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibitions Industry, has launched a new UFI-accredited qualification — the UFI Certified Professional (UCP). “Our members have been requesting an UFI endorsement of our education, so they can signal to employers and peers that they have obtained outstanding industry training,” said Kai

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Event Industry Food Drive Planned for Windy City

WARWICK, NY – Although optimism is growing in the trade show industry, the COVID-19 pandemic has left an unimaginable amount of damage in its wake, crushing the livelihoods of many in the trade show and event industry. Martha Donato, founder and president of MAD Event Management, an event planning and management

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