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  • IAEE is accepting applications for the Helen Brett Scholarship until June 1. The paperwork goes to IAEE headquarters in Dallas.
  • The $5,000 scholarship goes to a student pursuing a career in trade shows. Entries include recommendations from industry leaders or faculty.
  • Exhibit space at this Summer’s biennial International Woodworking Fair is nearly sold out. More than 500,000 nsf has been sold so far.
  • Destination DC is this year’s recipient of the DMAI Marketing Humanitarian Award. The award honors community contributions by a DMO.
  • DMAI selected Destination DC for its support of programs that help low-income students prepare for jobs in the hospitality industry.
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposes tearing down McCormick Place East to make way for a new lakefront art museum, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
  • The paper says Emanuel’s proposal is a “Hail Mary” offer to win the Lucas Museum, and would also include replacing lost exhibit space.
  • No immediate comment from the exhibitions industry. The Sun-Times notes the museum could face a legal challenge over the use of public land.
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Houston, TX – Space City Comic Con will take place over the Memorial Day weekend with that  name after the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) withdrew its request for a temporary restraining order in its lawsuit over alleged trademark infringement. The GHCVB holds a trademark on the term “Space City,” a longtime nickname for the city of Houston, and had asked a federal judge to block the show from using the term in its brand. Bureau officials, however, backed away from its request for a temporary restraining order in late April so that event could take place at the end of May while negotiations on an out-of-court solution continue. “In no way do we want to stop this show from happening and we certainly hope it’s successful because that’s a win for the hospitality community,” GHCVB President Mike Waterman told Trade Show Executive, “But we do want it to take place under a different name — one that is not trademarked.” ...
Washington, DC – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) third annual Exhibitions Day mission runs June 7-8 and will bring industry professionals from across the US to Washington, DC where they will spend a day in the halls of Congress urging lawmakers to get behind the industry’s legislative agenda.
“House and Senate representatives are central to the review of policies that have direct or indirect effect on our local economies,” said David DuBois, President and CEO of IAEE. “It is important that we give them all of the facts and potential implications so that federal lawmakers can make the most informed decisions.” ...
Washington, DC – This week’s ASAE Springtime Expo is the 40th and final edition of the long-running gathering, which will be replaced next year by a new event with no exhibits. Xperience Design Project (XDP) will move into Springtime Expo’s slot as a two-day conference for association executives and their vendors. The launch of XDP will be May 23-24, 2017 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland. ...
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Dallas, TX – The US trade show industry will likely continue to grow over the next three years and could soon reach the record high levels seen in the glory days just before the recession crashed the party, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR). “The  overall CEIR index will slow to 2.4% in 2016,”  said CEIR Economist Allen Shaw of Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc.  “That is 1.3 percentage points lower than the 2015 rate but still a 0.1 percentage point higher than real GDP.”  Shaw predicts growth will accelerate to 2.7% in 2017 and 3.0% in 2018 as the economy strengthens. ...
Atlanta, GA - Exposition Development Company, Inc. (ExpoDevCo) and E.J. Krause & Associates (EJK) have announced they will partner to produce the 4th edition of ExpoProducción Mexico, which will be held March 29-31, 2017, at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, Mexico. ExpoProducción was launched in 2013 by the ExpoDevCo team in partnership with Clarion Events. ExpoDevCo bought out the Clarion portion of ownership, and will now run the show as a 50-50% partner with EJK out of their office in Mexico City.  ...
Los Angeles, CA – MAGIC, the leader and legend among apparel shows worldwide, is expanding its influence even further by launching the iconic brand’s first venture overseas. A new joint venture between UBM and renowned  publisher Senken Shimbun will launch IFF MAGIC Japan at Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center April 26-28, 2017. Japan is the world’s  third-largest fashion market after the US and the EU, and the event will open a new door for Japanese and international clothing brands, designers and suppliers. ...
Las Vegas, NV – Global Connect, Trade Show Executive’s (TSE) newest networking event for the worldwide exhibitions industry, will launch July 12-14, 2017 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas. Global  Connect 2017 will bring together a highly targeted group of US show organizers looking to expand their brand overseas and key executives from leading international venues. Global Connect has already garnered important support on both sides of the Pacific.  ...
Las Vegas, NV - I was recently reminded of a longstanding fable:  During the height of the Space Race in the 1960s, NASA scientists realized that pens could not function in space – and spent years and millions to develop a pen that worked in zero gravity. The legend continues that the Russians solved the problem by giving their cosmonauts pencils. There’s a message here for the exhibition industry. ...
Austin, TX – Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore, has been named the new president and CEO of the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau effective May 9. Noonan, who spent nearly 10 years in Baltimore, returns to Texas, the state that he considered home and where he spent two decades with the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. ...
Oceanside CA - As North Carolina legislators stand their ground concerning the Public Facilities & Security Act (HB2), the state’s black eye continues to swell. The Greater Raleigh CVB late last week said it had already lost $732,000 due to cancellations as of April 17, and that if the measure is not repealed, it could cost up to $24 million in money that would have flowed into the local economy. In addition, a group called “Planting Peace” in Hendersonville, NC purchased a billboard that says “Welcome to North Carolina. Due to its stance on LGBT rights, please set your clock back 100 years.” ...
Washington, DC - If you think international travel is a challenge now, it may be on the verge of getting even more complicated. A reciprocal visa-waiver program between the European Union (EU) countries, the US and Canada for nearly 30 years has allowed most citizens to travel between nations with just a passport. It is now in danger of elimination. Read what industry leaders have to say, including David DuBois, President & CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE); Karen Chupka, Senior Vice President of CES and Corporate Business Strategy for the Consumer Technology Association; and Roger Dow, President & CEO of the US Travel Association. ...
New York, NY – UBM topped Trade Show Executive’s list of “Companies to Watch” in 2016 (See April issue, pages  56 to 72) and it wasted no time by announcing today the acquisition of Business Journals Inc. for $69 million. The deal announced April 22 added the BJI Fashion Group portfolio of fashion events to UBM’s already strong roster of apparel shows led by the MAGIC brand. ...
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