Industry News

U.S. Relaxes Strict Policies for International Travelers

WASHINGON, D.C. — Many trade shows rely on being able to roll out the welcome mat for international contingents, but COVID-19 travel restrictions have done the opposite, leading to mass cancellations and retracted revenue. That’s why trade show organizers rejoiced at the news today that the Biden administration will relax

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TSE Celebrates Trade Show Organizers at CEIR Predict

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Extraordinary times call for extraordinary efforts, and trade show organizers stepped it up in a big way as they pivoted to virtual, found new ways to collaborate, and discovered ways to engage attendees and deliver for customers online throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Trade Show Executive editors

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Business Travel Leaders Make the Case for Restarting Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Business travel and meetings have been slow to rebound from the COVID pandemic — much slower than leisure travel, which has already almost returned to 2019 levels. Group travel numbers are off 70% in 2021 and not expected to rebound until 2024. A recent survey of travel

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UFI Launches Global Policy Leadership Series

PARIS — UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has launched a series of one-on-one video interviews with trade and tourism ministers from around the globe. The Global Policy Leadership Series (GPLS) is a segment of advocacy work UFI undertakes on behalf of the exhibition industry. “Advocacy for the

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NOLA and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Back in Business

NEW ORLEANS — Less than two weeks after Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, La., the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is up and running, other than one isolated area with minor water and roof damage that is still being restored. Though the city suffered extensive power outages, Entergy

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Top 5 Takeaways from SISO’s 2021 Summer Conference

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The upper echelon of executive independent trade show organizers doesn’t often have the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas, and share experiences and strategies for overcoming the challenges they face — and those challenges got bigger during the COVID-19 pandemic. There were so many important topics to hash out

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Peek Inside Hilton’s Event-Planning Process

MCLEAN, Va. — Hoteliers are usually on the other side of the planning process, but Hilton is drawing back the curtain with the latest addition to its EventReady Playbook. Called  “Diary of an Event Planner,” the new series is an inside look at how Hilton is going about planning its

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MBB Launches Consulting Partner Group

LONDON — The force behind the Exhibition Think Tank Club, MBB-Consulting, has formed the MBB-Consulting Partner Group, with Tony Calanca; Chris Meyer, CEM, CMP; and Andrew Furness as founding members. The new group will assist clients with strategy, digital transformation, commercial change management, due diligence and market research. “For a

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