GES A/V services expand globally with acquisition of UK-based Blitz Communications

Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading global event marketing company, announced on Sept. 17 the acquisition of Blitz Communications, a leading audio visual (AV) services provider for the live events industry in the UK and continental Europe.

EDPAF Grantor Program does good for industry

In 2013, the Exhibit Designers & Producers Association Foundation (EDPAF) introduced the Grantor Program as a means of funding EDPAF “Good Works” programs.

SISO leader stepping down in 2015

Society for Independent Show Organizers (SISO), an organization for the for- profit show organizer, announced that its executive director is stepping down after seven years of service.

Group Delphi doubles in size and precision

Twenty-five years ago, Group Delphi was a small operation with its CEO and Founder Justin Hersh envisioning what it could become.

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Shamrock Capital Advisors acquires Questex

In partnership with senior management, Shamrock Capital Advisors acquired Questex, a global business information and events company.

IAEE and IEIA sign reciprocity agreement

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) during the recent IEIA Open Seminar in Hyderabad, India.

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group to appear on Fox Business

Orbus Exhibit & Display Group announced the company will be featured in an upcoming production of “Manufacturing Marvels,” airing on The Fox Business News Network between 8:30 and 8:44 p.m. CST on Sept. 18. Produced by award-winning producers Bob and

Prism introduces new LED display arm light

Prism Tradeshow Lighting, a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of innovative lighting solutions, introduced the world’s first line-voltage LED display arm light — PAL25S.  

E2MA first to achieve ASTM exhibitor standard

The Exhibit and Event Marketers Association (E2MA) has become the first event and conference organization to be certified to the international sustainable meeting standard for exhibitors.

Five tactics to rock your next tradeshow event

We all know that marketing your business at a tradeshow is a significant investment. Factors like budget concerns, economic conditions and even technology can impact whether or not people are attending tradeshows.

CEIR offers disengagement tips for booth staff

Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released its latest Guru report, “Once the Conversation is Over – It’s Over!”

PMMI purchases Summit Media Group

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of tradeshows, has entered into an agreement to purchase Summit Media Group Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging and Contract Packaging.

CORT Trade Show and Event Furnishings raises $2,500 for ALS

CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishing raised $2,500 in the fight against ALS through a 60-person ice bucket challenge Sept. 12 at its Las Vegas location.

Pennsylvania Convention Center incorporates ESCA ID system

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is the 13th venue in the U.S. to incorporate ESCA’s Worker Identification System (WIS), a web-based photo I.D. badge program designed for contractors to order employee badges online any time. ESCA representatives will be at the

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Five tactics to rock your next tradeshow event

We all know that marketing your business at a tradeshow is a significant investment. Factors like budget concerns, economic conditions and even technology can impact whether or not people are attending tradeshows.

Remembering an industry legend

Andreas Messerli founded Andreas Messerli AG in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1954, and it became one of the largest tradeshow and exhibition companies in Europe and the world.

Greetings to readers everywhere!!!

Greetings to readers everywhere!!!

Are You Peddling Hotdogs?

I was talking to a good friend yesterday about our changing industry.  He is a new partner in an exhibit house that has been around for about 35 years.

How to use hiring to reinforce your brand

Employees who share your values are not only great to work with – they stay longer in your company. 

Glimpsing the world of tomorrow

British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke is famous for observing, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” For over 150 years, World’s Fairs have provided a glimpse of technological advancements and ideas that may have felt more like

Twenty years of caring

It’s an interesting thing, this tradeshow industry. We’ve had lots of conversations about how we all seem to fall into this business, from all walks of life, and once we get in, it’s hard to get out. All you have

Time to review your interview process

What can you do when the interview process you’ve used for decades fails you? When it doesn’t make it easy enough to assess each candidate accurately, or when the candidate you chose turns out to not be the best one

GREETINGS TO READERS EVERYWHERE!

This July 2014 edition pays tribute to the many people involved in moving F-R-E-I-G-H-T. The definition of freight as it relates to the tradeshow & event industry is very similar to the standard definition, but when applied directly to our

Abandoning ship

I had lunch a few weeks ago with an old college friend. He is retired from the army and has worked for a defense contractor for the last 20 years. He is planning on building a retirement villa for himself

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South Africa welcomes postponement of new visa law

Cape Town Tourism welcomed news that the introduction of strict new laws for traveling to and from South Africa with children has been postponed until June 1, 2015.

Cobo finishes year ahead of budget and ahead of schedule

Several new multi-year contracts have contributed to the most successful year at Detroit’s Cobo Center in memorable history.

GES A/V services expand globally with acquisition of UK-based Blitz Communications

Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading global event marketing company, announced on Sept. 17 the acquisition of Blitz Communications, a leading audio visual (AV) services provider for the live events industry in the UK and continental Europe.

IMEX America offers 76% of accredited education

Fast-developing a reputation for being the ‘tradeshow with a difference’ for the global meetings, events and incentive travel industry, IMEX America organizers revealed that 76 percent of the educational offerings will be industry accredited.

Event app trends study part 2 releasing at IMEX America

Bringing part two of a global research study of meeting professionals to identify perceptions, uses, challenges and opportunities surrounding mobile event apps are QuickMobile, a global leader in mobile event apps, IMEX Group and Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA).

Cincinnati USA CVB opens call for Spirit Awards

Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) rolled out a new look for its Spirit of Cincinnati USA Awards program, opening the call for 2014 entries.

TCT Show + Personalize 2014 expects major opening

From Sept. 30-Oct. 2, TCT Show + Personalize 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, promises to be the biggest and best 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development event in the history of the industry.

Smart City Networks wins contract for New Jersey venues

Smart City Networks, a communications provider for convention centers and hospitality venues, won the contract to manage all technology and telecommunications services for the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall in New Jersey.

Corporate social responsibility becomes trend at Wilmington

Organizations are becoming increasingly interested in not only producing a successful and memorable event, but also in giving attendees and members a way to give back to a good cause.

CES to showcase ‘smart home’ technologies

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced the launch of the Smart Home Marketplace at the International CES Jan 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas.

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Mass. governor appoints CDS employee to community role

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appointed Convention Data Services’ (CDS) human resources director to the Board of Trustees of a local college.

Istanbul CVB board elects managing director

Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB), Turkey’s first destination marketing organization, appointed a new managing director.

GES grows AV division across the U.S.

Global Experience Specialists (GES), a leading global event marketing company, grew its U.S. audio visual team with 10 seasoned professionals.

Cobo Center appoints sales director

Cobo Center, the 19th largest convention center in the U.S., appointed a new director of sales.

Fixation Marketing expands Account Services team

Fixation Marketing, a full-service marketing communications company, added two new staff members to its Account Services team.

EXPO XXI Warsaw director named ICCA chair twice over

For the second time, the business development director of EXPO XXI Warsaw International Expocentre in Poland was appointed chair of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Central European Chapter.

Candidate named in ICCA presidential race

Running for International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) president is the general manager of the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

National Conference Center hires director of corporate sales

Virginia-based National Conference Center, one of the largest conference venues in the U.S., expanded its sales team.

Ohio venue’s leader departs after 20-year reign

Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, owner and operator of Greater Columbus Convention Center, will soon search for a successor to its executive director.

National Conference Center welcomes returning employee

National Conference Center (NCC), a large conference venue in northern Virginia, re-hired a former employee as director of conference planning.  

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