Industry News

Jack Chalden Remembered by Trade Show Industry

Fort Myers, Fla. — Jack Chalden, whose esteemed trade show career stretched from SUPERCOMM to the dawn of the Big Data era, died May 19 at the age of 78. A funeral was held in Fort Myers, Fla., for the longtime show manager and former chairman of Major American Trade

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FreemanXP Acquires Marketing Firm

Dallas — Freeman has bolstered its FreemanXP brand marketing unit by acquiring Fusion Brand Experiences, a Philadelphia boutique firm specializing in creating unique customer experiences for their corporate clients. Fusion will become part of FreemanXP. Fusion founder Steve Lajoie will also join FreemanXP as President of Fusion. FreemanXP President Dan Hoffend

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Reed Exhibitions Expands Portfolio

Norwalk, Conn. — Reed Exhibitions is adding another show to its portfolio with the Tiny House & Simple Living Jamboree. Reed will collaborate with the National Tiny House Jamboree to produce the 2017 event, which will be held October 27-29 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas. Darin Zaruba, President of

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Informa Boat Show Extends Port Call in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Informa Exhibitions won’t have to worry about a venue for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for the foreseeable future after signing a 30-year lease extension in June with the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center. The agreement includes two 10-year options that

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Travel Industry Closes Ranks in Support of Brand USA

Washington — The trade show industry has joined the opposition to a federal budget proposal that would eliminate a crucial source of funding for Brand USA, the marketing program that promotes international travel to the U.S. The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) was among dozens of travel associations, corporations

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SMG to Manage Massive Chinese Convention Center

Shenzhen, China — The U.S. venue management company SMG cracked the huge Chinese market in a big way this Summer when it landed the contract to run the massive exhibition center currently under construction in Shenzhen. SMG was named the management firm for the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (Shenzhen

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Trade Shows Back on Track in Q1 2017

Dallas — The quarterly Center for Exhibition Research Total Index was back in the black during the first quarter of 2017 with help from a rebound in trade shows catering to the Raw Materials and Science sector. The Q1 Total Index published by the CEIR posted a 1.6% increase over the

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Marketers on Board with Creating Memorable Experiences

Dallas — A new survey released by The Freeman Co. says the move toward experiential marketing has gained momentum in the trade show sector. Corporate marketers are increasingly placing their faith and resources into creating experiences for attendees that are as memorable as the products on display in the aisles. “The

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ECEF 2017 Draws 210 Industry Execs

Washington, DC – More than 200 industry executives gathered at the 16th annual Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum (ECEF) to discuss the key issues facing the trade show industry. Held May 30-31 at the JW Marriott, this year’s event attracted 210 industry professionals, ten less than in 2016, according to Lippman Connects

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