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Jul 17, 2012
When next week’s Texworld USA opens its doors July 24-26 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York, the show will have record exhibitor participation on the showfloor, with 328 companies and associations from 14 countries. Messe Frankfurt’s show is in its 13th edition and will feature first-time exhibitors from Brazil, Lebanon and Malaysia, while participation from key sourcing regions such as Turkey, Hong Kong and Korea has increased. Texworld USA also will have a new Turkey National Pavilion offering the latest in luxurious fabrics, according to show officials.… more
Jul 16, 2012
Nominations are now being accepted for The Expo Group’s Show Manager of the Year Awards (SMOTY) returning this November.  In conjunction with the 3rd Annual TSNN T-Awards (www.T-awards.com) , the SMOTY Awards will be presented Nov. 3 in Louisville. Five innovative show managers will be honored at the gala dinner and take part in the weekend-long TSNN industry celebration. In addition to industry-wide recognition, SMOTY honorees receive a $500 donation to the charity of their choice courtesy of The Expo Group. “We started this award program over 10 years ago to bring… more
Jul 16, 2012
Even though it’s a smaller event than the mammoth winter show, this year’s Summer NAMM event in Nashville packed a punch, drawing a 20-percent increase in buyers, compared with the 2011 event.   Besides more buyers, there also was a 9-percent increase in exhibitors to 372, compared with last year, at the National Association of Music Merchants’ show held July 12-14 at the Nashville Convention Center.   Part of the uptick in exhibitors came from 75 new brands that were on the showfloor and another 75 brands that returned to the show.   In fact, a new brand… more
Jul 15, 2012
Not only did the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s EXPO PACK México2012, held June 26-29 at Centro Banamex in Mexico City, break new records with its showfloor, but the association also decided to expand its presence in the country with a new show launch in Guadalajara. The EXPO PACK México  show spanned 18,475 net square meters (198,800 net square feet) of exhibit space, a 13-percent increase compared with previous editions, and welcomed 5,139 attendees and 1,015 exhibiting companies. “Mexico is an important, rapidly expanding market, and the… more
Jul 15, 2012
Exhibitors at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., donated more than 135,000 pounds of specialty chocolate, cheese, olive oil, pasta sauces, meats and produce - enough to fill six tractor trailers - to area residents in need. The donation to the Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington metropolitan area’s largest hunger relief organization, is helping to provide 100,000 meals to people at risk for hunger. The food was collected at the end of the three-day event by 340 volunteers who fanned out across the exhibit halls to gather food from exhibitors from Egypt to Ecuador and… more
Jul 13, 2012
A few months after Maritz Travel bought Experient, the company has aligned its corporate market sales and operations teams to better serve the industry, according to company officials. The Experient brand will focus on association, tradeshow and government markets, with corporate efforts aligning with the Maritz Travel brand.  To meet that plan, effective July 16, Experient’s corporate-focused sales and operations teams will report and operate through the Maritz Travel brand. “This provides a clear and distinct focus for each of our brands, and creates a higher degree of… more
Jul 10, 2012
On the heels of the recent announcement of the launch of the Atlanta Foodservice Expo, Clarion Events North America, a division of U.K.-based Clarion Events, is quickly continuing to expand its portfolio with the launch of another event – ExpoProducción - a trade show primarily for the apparel and sewn products manufacturing industry.   ExpoProducción, scheduled to debut Feb. 6-8 at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, will bring together leading companies from the equipment and machinery sector, along with both domestic and international textile manufacturers,… more
Jul 10, 2012
UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, recently released the 8th edition of its “The Trade Fair Industry in Asia Report” that indicated the major markets in the region, such as China, Hong Kong and India, have finally started to slow in growth, while Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore and Malaysia, saw huge gains.   The report, which consists of more than 120 pages of data and analysis, was compiled by Hong Kong-based Business Strategies Group and is available for download HERE.   BSG’s research showed that the overall exhibition… more
Jul 10, 2012
UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry’s 9th Global Barometer Survey that was conducted in June indicates, while the global economy still seems to be struggling, the trade show industry has remained on a stable path through the recession. In the past three years, on average, six out of 10 companies that were surveyed indicated they had increase in their turnover. Depending on the region, almost 40 percent of surveyed companies registered an increase in annual profits of more than 10 percent, which has been a relatively stable growth for the past three years. As… more
Jul 09, 2012
More than 530 exhibitors from 20-plus countries and regions, a new exhibitor record, will take part in the 23rd edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair July 18-24 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The annual fair, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, will present about 350 cultural events under the theme “Reading the World, We Read therefore We Know.” The fair also will showcase a variety of international authors, with public sessions featuring children’s author Holly Webb, from the United Kingdom, and India’s Chetan Bhagat, author… more
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