Far Horizons Tourism, Inc. and Spargo, Inc. Join Forces to Create New Global Housing Mgmt. Svc.

GCA Global Congress Accommodations provides complete housing management services to international associations and organizations with cross-border meetings and events SPARGO, Inc. a leader in the convention housing and exhibition management industries, has joined forces with Far Horizons Tourism, Inc., a

Increased Lifestyle and Seasonal Resources for Summer Las Vegas Market, July 30-Aug. 3

Ten New & Expanding Showrooms Debut at Summer Market Las Vegas Market announced today another significant round of lifestyle and seasonal leasing gains, with more than 31,000-square-feet of new and expanded showrooms and dozens of new temporary exhibits opening in

Buy a Golf Ball for SWIAEE’s June 12 Helicopter Golf Ball Drop and you could win $1,000!

Buy a golf ball for the Helicopter Golf Ball Drop on Monday, June 12, during SWIAEE’s 2017 Children’s Charity Golf Classic and you could win $1,000!  You can purchase a golf ball for $10, 3 for $25, 7 for 50

Minneapolis Convention Center’s New Stormwater System Reduces Runoff by 5.4 Mill. Gallons a Year

This spring, the Minneapolis Convention Center has begun using its recently installed stormwater storage system, which will keep an estimated 5.4 million gallons of stormwater from running off and into the Mississippi River each year. A series of large rainwater

International Summer University for Trade Fair Mgmt. 2017 in Cologne, Germany, May 31-June 2

Pictured, a group photo from last year’s ISU “Cutting-Edge Services – Tipping the Scale for Exhibition Success” is the topic of this year’s International Summer University for the global trade fair industry in Cologne, Germany, from 31 May – 2

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Exhibiting with Our No. Neighbors – By Lesley Martin

Crossing over into other disciplines makes work interesting for Canadian labor crews Overshadowed by the economic climate of the U.S., Canada is often relegated to the background. Yet with recent changes and uncertainties in the U.S. political landscape, especially surrounding

Service Contractors Keeping Time with Changes to the Exhibition Industry – By Cynthya Porter

From the start of the Great Recession to now, the exhibition industry has taken a wild ride, only recently emerging from a veritable free fall that plunged countless businesses into the Recession abyss. Some were never to be heard from

Sharpening Soft Skills in I&D – By Lesley Martin

Transforming Crews to Relationship-based Partners I&D Crews Customer Service – Does it Matter? More than 12 years ago, Randy Eppard and Jim Wurm traveled the country teaching customer service skills to union crews. Back then, customer service was a foreign

Factory in the Forest: ProExhibits Brings Stikwood’s Rustic Booth To Life – By Jeanne Brei

It all began with a vision of a “factory in the forest” and ended with a very successful booth at the 2017 KIBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) in Orlando in January for Stikwood, an innovative interior design solution company.

Uniting a Fragmented Industry – By Lesley Martin

Two Associations with Renewed Visions and How it Affects the I&D Supplier Segment Pictured at right, the exhibit hall from EDPA ACCESS 2016. EDPA ACCESS 2016 Photo by Padgett & Company Inc. More than any other marketing tactic, the trade

Exhibit City News Announces “Shop to Showfloor” I&D Series for Labor Industry Beginning January 2017

Exhibit City News (ECN), a trade publication serving the meeting, tradeshow and convention industries, announced today the magazine’s new upcoming, dedicated and permanent section focusing on event labor and installation and dismantle services (I&D). Beginning in its January 2017 edition,

I&D Workers’ Health Risks Over Time – ECN Feature By Lesley Martin

Part-time work for full-time pay Ask someone on your install and dismantle (I&D) crew why he’s in the business, and you might get that answer. A hard worker who consistently works overtime and double-time can earn $100,000 or more for

Five Costly Trade Shows Mistakes – By Eric Dyson

Five common trade show mistakes and how to avoid them Trade shows are tremendous investments in both time and resources, so making sure you minimize mistakes and maximize your results is crucial. Below are five of the most common and

Derse’s ShowPoint Online Tool is Now Available

Derse today released ShowPoint, an online scorecard that helps marketers confidently evaluate their trade show schedule. ShowPoint is the company’s first direct-to-consumer online product. Derse has helped their clients save hundreds of thousands of dollars and achieve KPIs by recommending the

Emerald Expositions Acquires Nat’l Pavement Expo

Emerald Expositions, one of the largest show organizers in the world, just became a little bigger with the acquisition of the National Pavement Expo, a 30-year-old show designed for paving and pavement maintenance professionals next scheduled for Nashville, Tennessee, Feb.,



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Artificial Intelligence Services That Can Boost Your Trade Show ROI – By Jessica Ablamsky

What is Artificial Intelligence? It’s not quite The Jetsons. The iconic cartoon featuring a witty robotic maid prepared generations of children for robot assistants that help humans with a variety of mundane and complex tasks. But not all artificial intelligence

Associations Form Independent Organizers Network

Adopting the philosophy that they are stronger together, the Society of Independent Show Organizers and the Association of Event Organizers have joined forces to collaborate under a new umbrella they have dubbed the Independent Organizers Network. While each organization will

Top Five Trends Shaping the Events Industry

The Events Industry Council releases the top five trends shaping the events industry after discussing the state of the industry at their recent Council meeting. The Events Industry Council members comprise the CEOs of more than 30 of the leading

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s Centerplate Hosts “Zero Waste Lunch” at Waste Expo

At right, Executive Chef Brandon Felder of Centerplate at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center speaks as WasteExpo attendees enjoy a “Zero Waste Lunch” in a dumpster equipped with salvaged wood seats and flooring, and table made from

Mirror Show Management Takes Silver in Major Exhibit Design Award

Mirror Show Management has won a Silver Award in EXHIBITOR’s 31st Annual Exhibit Design Awards competition. The winning design was for Cisco’s double-deck exhibit at the International Broadcasting Convention held in Amsterdam, NL. Established in 1986, the Exhibit Design Awards

Latin America Becomes the New Frontier for Many Trade Show Managers – By Amber Johnson

According to the most recent research of UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, optimism is flying high in the trade show world, and nowhere is that optimism more buoyant than Latin America. Nations from Mexico to Argentina are

mg Receives American Web Design Award

mg is proud to announce they were recently awarded an American Web Design Award from Graphic Design USA for the website design of www.simplymg.com. After more than 50+ years with the name MG Design, the firm decided to streamline their

PCMA’s Visionary Awards Honor Leaders and Achievements in Business Events

Pictured: Carolyn Clark (right), Deborah Sexton (center) and volunteer leadership Last night, May 3, the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation honored the 2017 Lifetime Achievement of three industry luminaries as well as the winners of the 2017 Professional Excellence Awards at

Bospar Trade Show Success Survey: Big Trade Shows Out, Small Trade Shows In

While most marketers say large trade shows aren’t worth the investment, many feel that small industry conferences like the one at right are worthwhile and that social media is critical to the success of all events  Bospar, the boutique PR

Make Last Minute Your First Choice

A One-stop Shop That Can Create a Most Amazing Event Experi-ence, Start to Finish What is Last Minute Venues? Last Minute Venues is a venue selection company owned by Melanie Bash and Molly Hoisington. We partner with hundreds of spaces



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The Mixed Economy and the IFES Concept for International Harmony – By Larry Kulchawik

The Mixed Economy is a US social institution, but the concept is shared by many other free trade countries. The Mixed Economy is a human solution to human problems. Trade shows are also a human solution to human problems/ challenges.

Take a Walk on the Boardwalk – By Haley Freeman

Las Vegas may be one of the nation’s greatest meeting destinations, with its millions of square feet of convention space, glamorous hotel-casinos and endless entertainment choices. But you have to admit that the desert has one drawback: all beach; no

Leaving Your Legacy – By Jim Obermeyer

It is interesting to me how our chosen careers build upon themselves; how each experience adds to the wisdom base, which then allows you to be able to succeed at the next level. I could not do the job I

What You Need To Consider Before Hiring a Summer Intern – By Philip H. Kemper

Once again, school’s soon out for the summer nearly everywhere—and millions of college students are flocking to a variety of businesses, large and small, for those coveted summer internships. In times gone by, those internships were considered to be cheap

Make a Presence by Exhibiting in Your Industry’s Trade Shows – By Calanit Atia

Last March, thousands of trade show and corporate event marketers converged on Las Vegas for EXHIBITORLIVE 2017— four days of power-packed education. The “trade show for trade shows” draws professional marketers from a wide array of industries. If you do

New RFP Template for International Projects – By Larry Kulchawik

At right, an English/Italian Example A Request for Proposal template has been developed over the past four years to enhance communication between international exhibit suppliers, or exhibit managers, with projects abroad. Since English is the official language of our industry,

The View From Poolside: Tales of a Frequent Trade Show Exhibitor – By Haley Freeman

J.R. Rapp knows shows. That’s because he (at right) is the director of business development and frequent trade show exhibitor for a Las Vegas-based software company that has disrupted the global pool design industry with its mission of “improving lives

That Looks About Right – By Jim Obermeyer

“We’re going to be in the Hudson.” It was Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (at right) announcing they were going to drop US Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River. It is a story most of us are familiar with.  After

Memorable Experiences – By Calanit Atia

Lady Ga Ga owned the stage during half time at the Big Game. The audience felt the energy explode in the stadium. One person lived it. Brockett, her lead keyboardist played his one-of-a-kind round piano with 294 keys. “When I

March Madness … is Not Just About College Basketball – By Don Svehla

By the time you are reading our March/April print edition (at right), many industry persons, like myself, will be returning from Euroshop in Düsseldorf, Germany and preparing for the Exhibitor Show in Las Vegas. March Madness … is not just about



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ProExhibits Launches ProGlobalEvents to Focus on Extraordinary Corporate Events

ProExhibits, an award-winning design and production team of exhibit, event and environment experts serving clients worldwide, announced today the launch of ProGlobalEvents.  This separate corporate entity will continue the successful corporate events business that ProExhibits started more than 30 years ago.  Spearheading

Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau Launches Mobile-friendly Redesigned Visitdetroit.com Website

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau launched an improved and mobile-friendly visitdetroit.com website. The redesigned interface combines meetdetroit.com, visitdetroit.com and the Visit Detroit blog, providing a comprehensive online experience for users. “The new and improved visitdetroit.com offers the best

AEG Facilities Accounts for 50% of Ticket Sales in Global Top 10 Arenas

AEG Facilities’ The O2 (at right) in London ranks No. 1 worldwide; four of the world’s top 10 Arenas are affiliated with AEG  AEG Facilities once again dominated Pollstar’s 2017 first quarter rankings, with 24 affiliated arenas appearing on the list

New Orleans’ First Full-Scale City-Assisted Evacuation Exercise Held at Ernest N. Morial CC

The New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness joined local, state and federal public safety officials to host the first full-scale exercise of the City Assisted Evacuation system at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on

The Trade Group’s Overhauled Exhibit Management Program Simplifies Exhibiting Every Step of the Way

Dallas exhibit house revamps their Exhibit Management Program to include new tools and services to meet the demands of their growing client list and to efficiently handle larger, custom exhibits The Trade Group has been providing exhibit management services for

Highmark TechSystems Launches Highmark Outdoor

Photo: Padgett Photography More often than not, outdoor event structures—flimsy stands or generic tents—detract from the intended attendee experience. After years of engineering and R&D, Highmark TechSystems is launching Highmark Outdoor, a complete line of outdoor event structures. Highmark Outdoor

Megan Peters – Australian Event Manager of the Year

Megan Peters, event director at International Productions has been announced Event Manager of the Year 2016 at the Meetings and Events Australia National Awards Gala held at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Tuesday, May 2. International Productions welcomed Peters in March

Northstar Travel Group Acquires 10 Events

At right, Burba Hotel Network Founder Jim Burba, and Bob Hayes, vice president Northstar Travel Group now owns 10 new hospitality investment events after acquiring an investment portfolio that includes events that were previously owned by Burba Hotel Network, the American Hotel

Creatacor Completes Rebrand, Redesign of Clifton Park Headquarters

Creatacor, Inc., an exhibit design, fabrication and trade show management provider, recently completed a multi-year rebrand initiative, in advance of the firm’s 30th anniversary this July. The rebrand included a facility facelift, with revamped conference rooms, communal spaces and a

Light Craft Manufacturing Introduces New LED Wall-washing Stem Light

Introducing model SL-3500, the new LED wall-washing stem light from Light Craft Manufacturing, Inc. in Fremont, Ohio, coming in June! SL-3500 gives you the same great quality, performance, and versatility you’ve come to expect from Light Craft, but now with



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Stockton Grad and Meet AC Employee Joseph Huntenburg Awarded Scholarship to MPI’s WEC in LV

Meet AC is thrilled to announce Joseph Huntenburg, Stockton University Hospitality and Tourism Management Studies graduate and part-time marketing services coordinator with Meet AC, has been awarded a scholarship from the MPI Foundation to attend Meeting Professionals International’s World Education

SourceOne Events Adds Account Managers Mike Panuska and Alexandra Howell to Florida and Illinois

Mike Panuska and Alexandra Howell have joined the SourceOne Events account management team with their respective roles in the Orlando and Lombard offices. Mike Panuska is the most recent team member to be added to the Orlando office. Panuska brings with

GWCC Bolsters Sales Force with Two Experienced National Managers, Brad Minton and Cara Marbach

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority welcomes the addition of two National Sales Managers, Brad Minton and Cara Marbach, both focusing on capturing large association and corporate conventions for the 3.9-million-square-foot Georgia World Congress Center and the city of Atlanta.

David Barendt joins LMG as Account Executive

LMG, LLC, a national provider of video, audio, lighting and LED support based in Orlando, Fla., is pleased to announce the hiring of David Barendt as account executive on the firm’s show team in the Nashville office. Barendt brings more than ten

Willwork, Inc. Promotes Kaitlyn Kewriga to Director of Client Services

Willwork, Inc. Exhibit and Event Services, the nation’s premier event contracting, labor and technology provider today announced the promotion of Kaitlyn Kewriga to director of client services. As director, Kewriga will focus on leading Willwork’s account management teams in continuing

On Location Hires New Account Exec. Susan Hartley

Experienced in account management, relationship building and sales force training, Susan Hartley’s primary responsibilities will focus on new business development, customer acquisition and fostering mutually beneficial relationships. On Location, a nationwide provider of labor and management services for exhibits, events and environments,

Jennifer Erney Named PCMA’s Supplier of the Year

Jennifer Erney (center) is pictured here receiving the award from Susan Salem Euritt (left), vice president direct sales and business development at Garrett Brands; and Chris Wehking, chief program officer at American Society of Anesthesiologists. Euritt and Wehking serve on

mg Adds Nick Gaudio as Senior Account Manager

mg is pleased to announce that Nick Gaudio has joined the mg team as a senior account manager based in Pleasant Prairie. A trade show veteran, Gaudio has been involved in nearly every major trade show and event in Chicago

Bill Smith Joins Access TCA as Sr. Creative Director

Access TCA is delighted to announce that Bill Smith has joined the company as senior creative director. Skilled in both graphic and environmental design, Bill made his way from several architectural and design agencies in London to the U.S. where

Georgia World Congress Center Authority Appoints Paul Guerrucci as New Director of Public Safety

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority announces the appointment of established law enforcement manager, seasoned public servant and accomplished business leader Paul Guerrucci as the Authority’s new director of public safety. Guerrucci takes the helm today, overseeing the Authority’s Department

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