Mar 04, 2018
Sporting events are no longer the most preferred target for terrorists, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Outdoor events, conferences, festivals, and other events featuring public figures are all vulnerable. And with over a thousand different-level attacks since 2015, it’s no surprise that safety and security are among the top concerns for event professionals. The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s Public Safety Team is actively preparing for the unexpected and developing strong working relationships with first responders. The team is a partner in the Commonwealth… more
Jan 11, 2018
As event professionals, our job is to host people and while we can’t prepare for everything, it’s essential to develop an emergency plan that can be adapted to any situation. In Boston, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s (MCCA) Public Safety Team at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) and the Hynes Convention Center, have taken their experiences to develop a comprehensive crisis management training program, starting with crisis communications. The following is the first in a series of four articles by the Boston Convention Marketing Center to help you in planning… more
Nov 15, 2017
When you’re planning your next business meeting or trade show and it’s time to get deals done, there’s one place that has everything for any size group – Las Vegas. Las Vegas is the place for business and has the perfect space to accommodate even the largest of assemblies. Three of the country’s 10 largest convention venues are in Las Vegas, all part of more than 11 million square feet of exhibit space throughout the city. The Sands Expo Center, Mandalay Bay Convention Center and Las Vegas Convention Center are known for hosting some of the largest trade shows on the planet. In addition,… more
Sep 06, 2017
Remember when the coolest thing at a trade show was the bingo game?  You know, go to certain booths, get a stamp, and collect all for a prize. Remember the excitement and BUZZ it created?  Can you imagine doing that now? Gamification is nothing new. You may wonder does my event really need to have some sort of game?  The short answer is yes!  Adding a gamification component can lead to buzz, excitement, engagement and an additional revenue stream.   You may have an exciting exhibit floor, dynamic presenters and intriguing sessions and workshops but it may not be enough to create the buzz.… more
Aug 07, 2017
If you haven’t visited Louisville, KY lately, you might not recognize it. The entire downtown is nearing the completion of a $1 billion revitalization. On virtually every corner there’s something new popping up—new Bourbon distilleries, new Southern-inspired culinary destinations and new places to explore. But at the heart of it all is the completely renovated and expanded Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). After 22 months of construction and remodeling, the new KICC is set to reopen in August of 2018. Inside, KICC will feature over 200,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit… more