Industry News

Long-time Trade Show Exec David Loechner Joins Investment Bank

NEW YORK — Trade show senior executive David Loechner has joined Independent mid-market investment bank Berkery Noyes as Managing Director. Loechner brings almost four decades of trade show and event experience to his new role. He most recently served as Founder and CEO of DLJ Events, a media and events

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UFI Elects Informa’s Michael Duck as its Next President

PARIS — The Board of Directors of UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has elected Michael Duck as its future president. He will take the lead for the 2022-2023 term, taking the place of 2021-2022 UFI President Monica Lee-Müller, Managing Director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Global Exhibitions Day 2021 Inspires Advocacy and Awareness

PARIS — Recognizing the important role trade shows play in driving economies throughout the world, UFI’s Global Exhibitions Day (GED) on June 2 was like no other. The exhibitions industry celebrated the launch of the first-of-its-kind global coalition, which is designed to prioritize safety and success of communities as they

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How it’s Done: Madrid’s FITUR 2021

MADRID — Madrid’s FITUR (International Tourism Trade Fair), held May 19-23, was seen by many as a blueprint for other countries within Europe to prove their ability to hold large face-to-face events safely. Organized by IFEMA MADRID, this year’s event was held five months later than usual and was significantly

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With World of Concrete, Las Vegas Comeback is Set in Stone

LAS VEGAS — Informa Market’s World of Concrete (WOC), the U.S.’s first major trade show since COVID-19 brought the industry to a screeching halt, opened to much fanfare in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) new $1 billion West Hall. A ribbon cutting attracted industry leaders, elected officials and others.

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Despite Pervasive Shutdowns, China’s Shows Go On

SHENYANG, China — “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” is a truism that the Shenyang New World Expo has embraced. It was officially shut down by the Chinese Authority due to COVID, which forced three events scheduled for January, April and December 2020, to be rescheduled. However,

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Freeman Launches Online Events Business Community

DALLAS — Freeman recently launched a new online networking resource for business events professionals. Freeman’s Live Team virtual community is designed to be a place for industry professionals to connect, share perspectives and learn new skills as trade shows and events begin to restart after the pandemic. It is hosted

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Breeze Airways Takes Flight

SALT LAKE CITY — Breeze Airways, founded by David Neelman of JetBlue, was supposed to launch in 2020, but for obvious reasons, the timeline was pushed back. However, with the pandemic drifting into our tailwind, Breeze Airways flights went on sale May 21, 2021, at flybreeze.com, and via the new

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