Aug 12, 2022
A new corporate docuseries recently unveiled by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) aims to further the discussion and highlight the importance of professional meetings and events to drive business and cultivate community as the industry and the world emerge from the pandemic. The multi-part docuseries, produced in conjunction with dBase Media, spotlights meeting and event experts who discuss the resurgence of professional gatherings, their noticeable impact on business and the creative professionals behind the scenes that make them a success. Experience Professionals: Inside the… more
Aug 09, 2022
IACC, the global association representing best-in-class, small to mid-size conference and meeting venues, recently released its latest in a series of quarterly Meeting Room of the Future Barometer reports, which covers trends, opinions of operators and cross-industry research tracking the recovery of the global business events sector.  Combining research and insights into the recovery of IACC venues, demand cycles, labor influences and important trends currently impacting venues, the latest report provides a mixed bag of positivity and caution as the industry continues its post-pandemic… more
Aug 08, 2022
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and Questex have teamed up to launch The Hospitality Show (“The Show”), a new annual hospitality trade show and conference scheduled for June 27-29, 2023 at The Venetian Las Vegas.  Designed to be a comprehensive one-stop-shop for hospitality leaders to meet, learn and conduct business across the entire hospitality ecosystem, the new three-day event is designed to reach AHLA’s expansive membership across all segments of the industry, including leading service providers and suppliers, hotel owners and management companies, and senior… more
Aug 05, 2022
The IMEX Group is looking to a renowned, 20-plus-year industry veteran to remodel the professional learning offerings at its two annual shows: IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt. The group appointed Tahira Endean, author, event instructor and event producer celebrated for her expertise in experience design, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and event tech, as its newly created head of programme.   Vancouver-based Endean comes to the IMEX Group from the Society of Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE), where she was head of events since 2018, to embrace a role that signals a new era for IMEX… more
Jul 29, 2022
The U.S. Travel Association launched the Sustainable Travel Coalition in an effort to help every sector of the travel industry, including meetings and events, develop and advance strategies for sustainability.  With nearly 60 member entities to start, including major DMOs, hotel groups and industry organizations such as the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), the Sustainable Travel Coalition will serve as an advisory body to inform U.S. Travel on sustainability issues, opportunities and concerns within member entities. A dedicated Policy Committee will help drive the… more
Jul 28, 2022
Riding a wave of optimism following a momentous IMEX Frankfurt 2022, held May 31 to June 2, and being honored in June with the AEO Excellence Awards Best International Trade Show-Americas for its resoundingly successful IMEX America 2021 in Las Vegas last November, IMEX Group has set its sights on its next grand gathering: IMEX America 2022. The show is set for Oct. 11-13 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center for the second year in a row. After a few tumultuous years for a global events industry reeling from the pandemic, both exhibitors and buyers have been feeling their way back into the… more
Jul 26, 2022
As part of its ongoing commitment to helping association, event and corporate clients evolve from legacy-based to data-driven operating models, mdg, A Freeman Company, has launched a new division dedicated to research, data and insights.  Consisting of data strategists, scientists, analysts and experts specializing in collecting and evaluating market research and intelligence, this newly-formed department’s mission is to help clients capitalize on technological advances to reach new audiences and create more personal and human customer journeys, from marketing campaigns to meaningful… more
Jul 18, 2022
Trade Show News Network (TSNN), a member of Tarsus Group and the world’s leading news and online resource for the trade show, exhibition and event industry, has partnered with jwc GmbH, the leading advisory services firm for the trade fair and conference industry, in their launch of venueScout – the definitive global platform connecting professionals looking to organize and host events, and venue operators and service providers looking to capture more business. The partnership aims to promote opportunities for North American and Mexican event venues and service providers to gain more… more
Jul 14, 2022
As staffing shortages continue to plague the meetings and events industry—from convention centers to hotels and beyond—the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is stepping up efforts to lure prospective employees following its recent member survey. According to the results of the survey, which polled 500 properties, 97% of respondents indicated they are experiencing a staffing shortage, 49% severely so. The most critical staffing need is housekeeping, with 58% ranking it as their biggest challenge.   To meet the demand, hotels surveyed are offering a host of incentives for… more
Jul 07, 2022
Mark Johnson, chairman and CEO of Minneapolis-based The STAR Groupe, has acquired leading trade show and corporate event marketing education company Exhibitor Media Group, publisher of the award-winning EXHIBITOR magazine and producer of EXHIBITORLIVE, the national conference and exhibition for trade show and corporate event marketers.  As the founder of Star Exhibits and Environments in 1993, Johnson made a strategic decision following the COVID-19 pandemic to establish a holding company dedicated to serving the face-to-face marketing industry.  “The trade show industry was significantly… more