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Nov 18, 2012
In March, the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association bought the Performing Racing Industry Trade Show, and now it’s expanded its reach even more, with the acquisition of the International Motorsports Industry Show, held annually in Indianapolis. The two motorsports shows will be combined in the process. “This consolidation is all about helping the racing industry to succeed,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. He added, “Unifying the racing industry’s trade shows makes it more affordable for all to participate and allows us to focus on providing… more
Nov 11, 2012
The American Society of Association Executives will host its 2012 Technology Conference & Expo Dec. 4-6 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and focus on how technology and consumers will affect the future of business. CEOs, chief technology officers, chief information officers, other technology staff and marketing and membership professionals also will learn the latest information on technology, social media and web trends, as well as the impact mobile and digital content will have on associations and nonprofit organizations.  Attendees will have the opportunity to take… more
Nov 11, 2012
The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) and Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) boards of directors recently signed a letter of intent to launch a new combined event in the Fall of 2014. The collocated event will serve the entire advanced materials and composites industry in North America. “We are very excited about the scope of the show and the value it will bring to our memberships and the composites and advanced materials industry,” said Kate Thorpe, SAMPE president. She added, “SAMPE and ACMA are recognized as the… more
Nov 05, 2012
Despite opening its doors at Chicago’s McCormick Place the day before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, PMMI’s biennial PACK EXPO International still pulled in a 3-percent increase in attendees to 45,388, compared with the 2010 event. Before the storm struck, attendance was tracking even higher, with pre-registration up nearly 10 percent. “While we fully expected to surpass our attendance goals, the storm’s effect on East Coast travel prohibited many from making the show,” said Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO of PACK EXPO. He added, “However, we… more
Oct 29, 2012
The Professional Convention Management Association, with support from the PCMA Education Foundation, announced the launch of the “Industry Business Forum for Local Leaders” series. The invitation-only program is designed for global convention center and DMO executives and their local board members and policy makers, with programming focused on how strategic industry business issues impact their organizations and local communities, according to PCMA officials. The Forum program content was developed by PCMA staff and leadership, along with the professional support and guidance from Bruce… more
Oct 29, 2012
Not only will there be nearly 25 percent growth of digital health and fitness technology at the Consumer Electronic Association’s 2013 International CES, but the event also will feature a record number of automotive manufacturers, as well as being billed as the “largest app event in the world.” More than 215 exhibitors will showcase the latest digital health and fitness technologies when International CES runs Jan 8-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues around the city. “Health and fitness technology is booming and will continue its dominance on the… more
Oct 28, 2012
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events is reaching out to bring younger attendees to the organization’s Expo! Expo!  Annual Meeting & Exhibition by naming the “20 Under 30” award honorees, who will receive free registration and lodging for three nights when the event runs in December in Orlando. The “20 Under 30” program provides education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry and helps program participants become better, more productive employees. The award program is sponsored by the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau and… more
Oct 22, 2012
The Food Marketing Institute and United Fresh Produce Association decided this year’s collocation in Dallas went so well they will team up again on their respective shows June 10-13, 2014, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. "Consumers consistently point to the importance of the produce section as a compelling reason in selecting their primary store, so FMI members - in recognition of the eminence of the fresh category - are delighted we are again partnering with United Fresh as we bring FMI2014 back to Chicago," said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI. She added,… more
Oct 14, 2012
The 2014 International Buyer Program (IBP) application process is now open. Interested shows have until Dec. 10 to apply. The International Buyer Program is a joint government-industry effort designed to increase U.S. export sales by promoting international attendance at major U.S. industry exhibitions. Exhibitors always are looking to connect with qualified buyers. If your show has exhibitors who are interested in exporting their goods and connecting with pre-screened buyers from outside the U.S. you might want to take a close look at this program. “Our core value proposition is our… more
Oct 14, 2012
UFI, The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry’s Congress, coming up Nov. 6-9 in Abu Dhabi,United Arab Emirates, is on track to break all-time attendance records that were set at the 2010 event in Singapore that drew 425 attendees (including all delegates, speakers, staff and accompanying persons). “We are now a few past that and aiming for 450-plus,” said Paul Woodward, UFI’s managing director. “There are already over 50 countries represented. This is, to put it mildly, really encouraging!” Last year’s event in Valencia, Spain, drew 405… more
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