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Exhibition Industry Outlook Conference to forecast industry sectors

ceir-predict-bannerThe Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has announced its annual industry outlook conference, Predict, which will be held on September 15, 2011, at the Park at the Time Warner Center in New York City. The by-invitation-only event will be limited to C-level executives and will focus on the CEIR Index Report, which provides an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry, measuring year-over-year changes and predictions through 2013.


Throughout the event, speakers will engage attendees by providing a forecast for the 14 industry sectors for the remainder of 2011 as well as an outlook for 2012 and 2013.

Executives will share future operating strategies including projected event growth, merger and acquisition strategies and planned launches. Attendance will be limited to no more than 200 participants including exhibition industry executive decision makers, merger and acquisition firms, private equity firms, debt providers, investment firms and the financial press to allow for an intimate, high-level idea exchange about the future of the exhibition industry and implications for specific business sectors and their supporting exhibitions.

“At this pivotal time in the exhibition industry, CEIR Predict is the unprecedented opportunity for executives to attend,” said Doug Ducate, CEM, CMP, president and CEO of CEIR. “It will outline predictions for the near future and serve as the platform for attendees to plan and budget and value their events. CEIR Predict will be the premier gateway to understanding the future performance of the exhibition industry.”

Confirmed speakers include economists Allen Shaw, Ph.D. with Global Economic Consulting Associates Inc. and Jeffrey Werling, Ph.D. with Inforum and the University of Maryland, who led the economic analysis of the Index. Keynotes will be presented by the chairman and founder of Oxford Economics John Walker and the U.S. Travel Association president and CEO Roger Dow. The chief operating officer for dmg::events Galen Poss, CEM, will moderate CEIR Predict.

As a part of the registration fee, attendees will be furnished an iPad to use during the conference, which includes a specialized app developed for the CEIR Predict event. The app will serve as the portal for all event content and materials to ensure real-time evaluation of specific industry data and a positive correlative experience, and the app will also be used to provide updates throughout the year. 

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