Apr 17, 2012
The American Society of Association Executives is expecting close to 800 marketing, membership, and communication association professionals to attend the 2012 Membership, Marketing & Communications Conference (MMCC) May 23-24 at the Washington Convention Center.   With more than 30 learning labs, two general sessions, half-day workshops and Ignite presentations, attendees will have several ways to learn new trends, gather best practices and gain new insights.   Sarah Sladek , author of “The End of Membership As We Know It”, published by ASAE’s Association… more
Apr 16, 2012
The Face2Face Series is sponsored by MarketArt. While some people might anticipate big challenges with a sense of trepidation, David Audrain thinks they’re what keep life interesting. But then, this 19-year trade show veteran, who recently became president and CEO of Clarion Events North America, has never been one to shy away from daunting propositions. Like the time he had to learn everything he needed to know about being a show manager – in nine weeks. “When I moved to the U.S., I ended up working for the Texas Restaurant Association, managing part of their membership… more
Apr 15, 2012
In 2008, European show organizer EUROVET bought a 30-percent stake in CURVExpo, a show for designer lingerie, men's underwear and swimwear In North America, and more recently, it sealed the deal by buying the other 70-percent stake of the company.   CURVE xpo was launched in 2007 by co-founders Jean-Luc Teinturier and Laurence Teinturier and is held in New York and Las Vegas.   Since its inception, the show has grown so fast there now are four shows annually, two each for the West and East Coast markets.   "CURVExpo and Jean-Luc and Laurence have been very strong… more
Apr 11, 2012
A few years ago, fed up with high labor rates and working conditions in Chicago at the time, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association took a big gamble and decided to move its triennial show, NPE2012, which had been in the Windy City for 40 years, to the untested waters of Orlando.   There were several unknowns in taking a chance on Orlando, according to William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI, the biggest one being the city had never had hosted a heavy machinery show of this magnitude before.   Even though labor costs were going to be lower than in Chicago, there were… more
Apr 10, 2012
FSI already produces one of the largest pet shows in the U.S., Super Pet Expo, in Edison, N.J., so it was a natural fit for the company to buy another Edison-based consumer show, the New Jersey Home Show. “As a public show producer, we were already in the market producing the pet shows,” said Eric Udler, FSI president. He added, “There actually is a lot of crossover attendance with the home show as well. Most pet owners own homes.” The New Jersey Home Show is held annually at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison and is billed as the largest home show in the… more
Apr 10, 2012
Tarsus Group’s Trade Show News Network is excited to announce the venues that will be hosting not only the Nov. 2-4 TSNN Awards guests for the weekend and Saturday night gala celebration and all day C-level executive conference in Louisville, Ky., but also the offsite venues chosen for the opening Friday night reception and closing Sunday brunch for this incredible three-day weekend event. The TSNN Awards will honor the 50 fastest-growing shows in attendance and in net square footage, as well as feature the “TSNN Best of Show”award and return of The Expo Group’s Show… more
Apr 09, 2012
When the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Hong Kong International Lighting Fair (Spring) opened its doors this week at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre it already was off to a good start with a record-breaking 950 exhibitors. The show, scheduled April 6-9, is in its fourth year and attracted exhibitors from not only the Chinese mainland, but also France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States. Vietnam also had exhibitors on the showfloor for the first time. Fair highlights included three new dedicated product… more
Apr 09, 2012
The recent SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou, held March 7-9 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou – drew a record number of exhibitors and visitors. There were 22,189 visitors from 60 countries and regions, an increase of 14 percent, compared with last year. Chinese visitors numbered 21,312 and 877 were international visitors. Exhibitors represented 438 companies from 15 countries and regions, up 24 percent, compared with last year. Some of the exhibitors included Siemens, Lenze, Phoenix Contact, Harting, Weidmueller, Beckhoff, Pilz, ifm, Pepperl+Fuchs,… more
Apr 09, 2012
After an earthquake struck Japan last year, followed by a devastating tsunami and nuclear crisis, there were several events that were canceled. But, despite the adversity, the International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis went forward with their event and, as a result, the organization recently was awarded the 2011 International Association of Professional Congress Organizers International Client Award. The statue was given March 9 to Yasuo Ikeda, chairman of the Japanese Organization Committee of the 23rd International Congress on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. Other participants in… more
Apr 09, 2012
With a change in ownership structure and the recession starting to finally recede, Hanley Wood has decided old is new again and brought back Peter Goldstone as CEO of the company. Goldstone, who previously was president of the company before he departed in 2010, will step into Frank Anton’s shoes, who will transition into a chairman role. Both changes will take place in early May.  "After spending over 20 great years with Hanley Wood in positions of increasing operational responsibility and following the successful completion of our recent balance sheet recapitalization, I… more
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Overview: The award-winning Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) goes the extra mile to make every day extraordinary by offering customer service excellence and industry-leading partnerships. From their dedicated in-house Rigging team to their robust Exhibitor Services, The Center of Hospitality brings your imagination to life by helping you host unforgettable meetings and events. With more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space, world-class services and a dream destination, we are committed to making even the most ambitious conventions a reality. In October 2023, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted to approve allocating Tourist Development Tax funding for the $560 million Phase 5A completion of the OCCC. The Convention Way Grand Concourse project will include enhancements to the North-South Building, featuring an additional 60,000 square feet of meeting space, an 80,000- square-foot ballroom and new entry to the North-South Building along Convention Way. “We are thrilled to begin work on completing our North-South Building which will allow us to meet the growing needs of our clients,” said OCCC Executive Director Mark Tester. “As an economic driver for the community, this project will provide the Center with connectivity and meeting space to host more events and continue to infuse the local economy with new money and expanding business opportunities.” Amenities: The Center of Hospitality goes above and beyond by offering world-class customer service and industry-leading partnerships. From the largest convention center Wi-Fi network to custom LAN/WAN design, the Center takes pride in enhancing exhibitor and customer experience.  The OCCC is the exclusive provider of electricity (24-hour power at no additional cost), aerial rigging and lighting, water, natural gas and propane, compressed air, and cable TV services. Convenience The Center is at the epicenter of the destination, with an abundance of hotels, restaurants, and attractions within walking distance. Pedestrian bridges connect both buildings to more than 5,200 rooms and is within a 15-minute drive from the Orlando International Airport. The convenience of the location goes hand-in-hand with top notch service to help meet an event’s every need. Gold Key Members The OCCC’s Gold Key Members represent the best of the best when it comes to exceptional service and exclusive benefits for clients, exhibitors and guests. The Center’s Gold Key memberships with Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Walt Disney World greatly enhance meeting planner and attendee experiences offering world-renowned venues, immersive experiences and creative resources for their events. OCCC Events: This fiscal year, the OCCC is projected to host 168 events, 1.7 million attendees, and $2.9 billion in economic impact.  The Center’s top five events during their 2022-2023 fiscal year included:  AAU Jr. National Volleyball Championships 2023 200,000 Attendees $257 Million in Economic Impact MEGACON 2023 160,000 Attendees $205 Million in Economic Impact Open Championship Series 2023 69,500 Attendees $89 Million in Economic Impact Sunshine Classic 2023 42,000 Attendees $54 Million in Economic Impact Premiere Orlando 2023 42,000 Attendees $108 Million in Economic Impact