Javits Center Announces the Launch of “Jake,” a New Online Ordering System

The New York Convention Center Operating Corporation President and CEO Alan Steel announced the official launch of “Jake,” on Jan. 11. Jake is a new online portal for exhibitors to order a wide range of products and services for upcoming

Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces A Year of Growth

Meet AC, Atlantic City’s convention and visitors bureau and the Atlantic City Sports Commission, a department within Meet AC reported another record year in booking future meeting and convention business for Atlantic City.   In 2017, Meet AC booked a

Fourth Annual Las Vegas Randy To Be Held Feb. 25 During Exhibitor Show Week

The Las Vegas Randy Smith Memorial Golf Classic, like other RSMGC events, is set to benefit families in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses. The commitment of the RSMGC is to provide financial

Ceremonial Groundbreaking Celebrates Las Vegas Convention Center District Expansion

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and local leaders gathered to celebrate the historic ceremonial groundbreaking for the LVCC District Phase Two expansion project on Jan. 8.   “This is an incredibly exciting milestone for the entire destination, as

Asia’s Largest Licensing Show and Conference Showcase Hong Kong’s Creative Force

Pictured L-R in the front: Lawrence Chan, HKTDC Toys advisory committee chairman; Benjamin Chau, acting executive director, HKTDC; Philip Yung, permanent secretary for commerce and economic development (commerce, industry and tourism); Li Jiangang, deputy director general, Department of Hong Kong,

 

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U.S. Olympic Committee to Hold Annual Olympic SportsLink and NGB Best Practices Seminar

The U.S. Olympic Committee and Northstar Travel Group announced that beginning in 2018, the annual Olympic SportsLink and National Governing BodyBest Practices seminar will be held in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo. The Olympic SportsLink is an opportunity

PIA and SGIA Launch 2018 Conference and Event Partnership with Color 2018

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association President & CEO Ford Bowers has launched Color 2018, the first in a series of conferences jointly presented by Printing Industries of America and SGIA. The conferences are set to tackle issues common across the printing

Convention Data Services Signs Helicopter Association International for Heli-Expo

The Helicopter Association International has selected Convention Data Services as their new trusted registration partner for their annual event, HAI Heli-Expo. The three-year contract calls for CDS to provide full registration services, lead retrieval and onsite support.     HAI Heli-Expo is

Exhibit City News Welcomes New Year with Three New Staff Members

Pictured L-R back row: Publisher Don Svehla (holding Haha), Art Director Thomas Speak, General Manager Bob Reinecke; front row: Editor Jeanne Brei and Sales Rep Carol Wilhems. After a traumatic six-week period in which ECN lost their editor, Arthur Bloberger,

Creatacor Celebrates 30 Years of Creativity, Expansion and Client Success

Creatacor, Inc., an exhibit design, fabrication and trade show management provider, marked 30 years in business in 2017, designing and building incredible exhibits for their clients. Creatacor is a 3-dimensional marketing environment provider that designs, build and manages custom exhibits

Shop To Showfloor: Who Said Innovating Is Easy? How One Company Tackled The Challenge

by Pat Friedlander Coming from the book publishing industry where two, sometimes three, times a year, publishers announce a list of new products, Debbie Parrott (pictured right) is not limited by the assumption that there is not much room for

Creative Directions: Success Through Protecting Your Passion

By Brian Baker, Vice President, Highmark Techsystems In this three-part series, we will dig into some of the most important things I’ve learned in the last 20+ years about Creative Direction. We will discuss a number of ideas to help

Creative Directions, Part 2: Building (Actual) Team Chemistry

By Brian Baker, Vice President, Highmark Techsystems In this second of a three-part series, we continue to dig into some of the most important things I’ve learned in the last 20+ years about Creative Direction. We will discuss a number

Creative Directions, Part 3: Grow Your Team(mates)

By Brian Baker, Vice President, Highmark Techsystems As we’ve discussed in previous articles, there are many roles that a creative director plays, and being the team leader is certainly one of the most important. But leading a team isn’t just

Nimlok Exhibits Named as Finalists in Exhibitor Magazine’s Fifth Annual Portable/Modular Awards

Nimlok, a division of Orbus Exhibit & Display Group, is proud to announce that two of its exhibits are finalists in Exhibitor magazine’s fifth annual Portable/Modular Awards. The two finalist exhibits (pictured above) are: • SIG (designed by Nimlok Philadelphia)

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Shop to Showfloor I&D and Event Labor: Access TCA Wows the Crowd at AAN

Neurocrine Booth Uses Augmented Reality Technology to Show Patients’ Experiences by Jeanne Brei The 69th American Academy of Neurology (AAN) annual meeting on April 22-28, 2017, was held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the weeks leading up

Puerto Rico is Taking Reservations for January 2018

Many have seen the devastation in Puerto Rico reported in the news since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a high-end Category 4 hurricane on September 20. Who can forget the people pleading for water and food? During IMEX 2017, held

MPI’s 2017 World Education Congress Wins Big in Las Vegas – By Calanit Atia

Paul Van Deventer, right, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), speaks at the opening press conference for the MPI World Education Congress 2017 at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas on June 20. Meeting Professionals International,

Indonesia – Unity in Diversity – By Larry Kulchawik

The International Trade Association recently conducted a trade seminar that focused on doing business in Indonesia. The event was held at the Indonesian Trade Center – Chicago, a part of a global trade network supervised by the Ministry of Trade

The Power of One – By Haley Freeman

I was a kid in the 1970s, and I remember watching the Keep America Beautiful ads on television featuring Iron Eyes Cody, the “Crying Indian.” (Millennials – refer to YouTube.) He cried silently while observing a landscape of fouled waterways

Logic and Innovation – By Jim Obermeyer

Ever wonder why some industries seem to be constantly innovating and improving and changing while others seem completely stagnant and stuck in a rut? I spend a fair amount of time behind a windshield, and that gives me a fair

Reference Checks Could Spell Disaster if Not Done – By Philip H. Kemper

This time, we are going to take a look at reference checks — a difficult, and often unpleasant, subject for many companies. As unbelievable as this sounds, many companies – large and small – never bother to check candidate references. Perhaps it

MPI launches Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills Course – By Calanit Atia

Meeting Professionals International is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the

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

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TradeShowOverflow.com Opens For Business as a “Craigslist” for the Tradeshow Industry

A new website, www.tradeshowoverflow.com, hit the web on January 1. Created by tradeshow industry veterans Scott Carpenter (pictured below and left) and Lance McNally (pictured right), the site has been described as “Craigslist for the tradeshow industry.” Carpenter and McNally

Bringing the World to China, and China to the World

Belt and Road Initiative Has Increased China’s Trade Connectivity by Sarah Chew Amid global economic and political uncertainties, China continues to power ahead and its Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions industry continues to thrive. Not one to rest on its

Dan Greene and Pat Friedlander To Speak at EDPA NorCal Chapter Luncheon Jan. 18

The NorCal chapter of EDPA’s first meeting of 2018 will be a luncheon presenting the “State of the Exhibition Industry: Systems, Processes and Tools for Maximizing Success” with industry veterans Dan Greene (pictured right) and Pat Friedlander (pictured below). The

Jay Burress Named O.C. Business Journal’s 2018 Business Person of the Year in Hospitality

Jay Burress (pictured right), president and CEO, Visit Anaheim has been selected as Orange County Business Journal’s 2018 Business Person of the Year in Hospitality. The OCBJ Business People of the Year list honored eight esteemed members of the community in

Staging Connections Renews Partnership with Pullman Brisbane King George Square Hotel

Pullman Brisbane King George Square Hotel has re-appointed Staging Connections as the sole in-house event services provider for the vibrant hotel in the heart of the Brisbane CBD, ahead of exciting planned upgrades. The Hotel, part of the AccorHotels Group,

U.S. Embassy Officially on the Map in London

A new piece of America has been officially added to the Great British map. On Dec. 18, Ordnance Survey was joined by Deputy Chief of Mission Lew Lukens from the U.S. Embassy to accurately survey and map the new building.

Business Events Australia Details The Latest News In Australia

New South Wales: Sydney’s latest restaurant set to open A new 180-seat fine dining restaurant Bea opened in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct (pictured right) on December 16. Head chef Cory Campbell created a contemporary Australian menu featuring native and local ingredients.

Custom House For ExCeL DLR Station Reopens in London After 11 Months of Upgrading

Custom House for ExCeL DLR station reopened January 8, having been closed since February 3, 2017 for vital work to modernize and expand the station. The station, which links directly to the west entrance of ExCeL, was closed to facilitate

IBTM Arabia Introduces Enhanced Hosted Buyer Program for Feb. 5-7 in Abu Dhabi

IBTM Arabia 2018, the leading event for the Middle East MICE industry, has seen an influx of high-profile international Hosted Buyers already confirmed to attend, following the introduction of its enhanced Hosted Buyer program, adopted across IBTM’s portfolio. The program

Korea Expands Incentive Travel Market

The number of incentive travel tourists who visited Korea in 2017, excluding those coming from China, reached a total of 183,307–reflecting a 25 percent increase over the previous year. Pictured is an incentive travel group from Indonesia (Millionaires Club Indonesia,

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Michael Sawaya Named President/GM of New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority has named Michael J. Sawaya (pictured right) as president and general manager of the ENM Convention Center and executive vice president of the Authority. He succeeds Robert L. “Bob” Johnson, who

Destination Colorado Recognizes Brady Johnson and Ameristar Casino Resort Spa

Destination Colorado, a member-based association that caters to meeting planners and incentive buyers by bringing group business to Colorado, is pleased to announce its Peak Performer of the Year award winners for 2017. Brady Johnson of C Lazy U Ranch

Melissa Murray of Mosaix Group Wins 2017 Woman Entrepreneur Award

The DMC Network is delighted to announce that Melissa Murray (pictured right), CEO of Mosaix Group and DMC Network affiliate partner for Charlotte and Asheville in North Carolina, has been named as the recipient of the 2017 Woman Entrepreneur, Best

EDPA Awards Bill Haney with Prestigious Hazel Hayes Award at Annual ACCESS Conference

Bill Haney (pictured right), chairman and CEO of Derse, received the 2017 Hazel Hayes Award at the annual Experiential Designers and Producers Association’s ACCESS conference on November 30 in Carlsbad, Calif. Each year at the ACCESS Conference, the EDPA grants

PCMA Promotes Jennifer Kingen Kush to Vice President and Alison Milgram to Director of Events

The Professional Convention Management Association announce the promotions of Jennifer Kingen Kush to vice president and Alison Milgram to director of events. Kingen Kush will continue to retain her role as executive director of PCMA’s Digital Experience Institute and lead

MC2 Strengthens Detroit Office Hiring Account Executives Mary Gabriel and Pam Dancu

MC2, a driving force in the exhibit and event marketing industry, has as hired new account executives, Mary Gabriel and Pam Dancu, who will be working primarily out of its Detroit office. Gabriel (pictured right) worked for agencies on brands

DB Schenker USA Names Michael Stromeyer Director, Fairs and Exhibitions, USA

DB Schenker USA is proud to announce that Michael Stromeyer will join the Schenker USA team in the role of director, fairs and exhibitions, USA. Stromeyer will be relocating from Frankfurt, Germany where–as branch manager Mannheim/Frankfurt–he managed the fairs and

SHO-Link Inc., Names Greg Matthews New City Manager in Orlando

Sho-Link Orlando is proud to announce Greg Matthews (pictured right) has accepted the position of Orlando city manager. This promotion demonstrates Sho-Link’s continued commitment to employee pride and recognition.  Matthews started working part-time with Sho-Link in 2002, becoming full-time in

Duke Energy Convention Center Names Peter Barton Senior Sales Manager

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor has promoted Peter Barton, Sr. (pictured right), to sales manager at the Duke Energy Convention Center. “Peter has consistently driven new business in each of the past four years since joining the DECC,” says Spectra’s Justin

Brian Baker is EDPA’s Michael R. Westcott Designer of the Year

Pictured right: Brian Baker receives the Michael R. Westcott Designer of the Year award from Kelli Glasser, president and CEO, Exhibit Concepts, and EDPA past president. Photo Credit: EDPA ACCESS 2017 Photography by Padgett & Co. Brian Baker, VP, Highmark

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