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Jan 16, 2024
What do attendees want in 2024? The good news: More events, according to the latest Freeman Trends Report, “2024 Attendee Intent and Behavior.” In fact, 92% of respondents said they will attend more in-person events in 2024 than in 2023, according to a comprehensive behavioral assessment of B2B events by global events company Freeman. Building on the findings and insights of Freeman’s Q1 2023 Trends Report that identified attendee gaps, analyzed sentiment and revealed expectations, the 2024 report surveyed attendees to find out what’s changed, what’s remaining the same and what to expect… more
Jan 16, 2024
In an effort to drive growth and a strong corporate culture, global exhibition and live events industry experiential marketing and logistics partner Global Experience Specialists (GES) recently made two major executive promotions: Jeff Quade and Jason Stead to president of GES Exhibitions – North America and GES Exhibitions – EMEA, respectively.   Deeper dive with Jeff Quade With more than three decades of executive leadership experience at GES, Quade leads the North American business unit of GES Exhibitions, which includes its leading trade show general service contractor business,… more
Jan 11, 2024
In an effort to become more inclusive, more venues are offering services to accommodate the needs of autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals. In Q4, The Huntington Center and Glass City Center, both located in Toledo, Ohio, were designated as a Certified Autism Center™ (CAC) by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). The venue teams completed a comprehensive training and certification process to better understand and accommodate the needs of autistic and sensory-sensitive individuals.  Glass City Center offers a 75,000-square-foot expo hall,… more
Jan 10, 2024
The Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), a coalition of professional, industry and labor associations comprising the unified advocacy voice of the business events industry, has unveiled its public policy agenda for 2024. ECA’s alliance partners and board of directors have identified five key areas of focus for the year ahead, including: Ensuring a favorable industry operating environment Growing seamless international travel and commerce Creating a welcoming environment for the industry in states and cities nationwide Championing industry-led decarbonization efforts Developing… more
Jan 10, 2024
Exclusively sponsored by Honeycomb Strategies Natural Products Expo West (NPEW) gathers industry professionals, stakeholders and consumers from the natural products and sustainable living sectors annually. The event showcases eco-friendly products, promotes sustainable practices and fosters networking opportunities within the industry.  But with nearly 70,000 people expected to walk through the doors of the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2023 event, even organizers understood the possibility for their eco-focused event to generate a large amount of single-use waste.  “Sustainability is… more
Jan 09, 2024
Want an assistant who works 24/7, speaks every language and provides responses in seconds? MCI Group, a global engagement and marketing agency, launched its new AI Assistant, Jade, to provide automation tools for registration, housing and leads. At the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ Expo! Expo! In December, MCI introduced six new AI products to help trade show organizers, corporate event planners and exhibitors save time, money and manpower, as well as offer insight into real-time analytics based on deep and vast data sets. “We're anticipating that north of 85% of call… more
Jan 04, 2024
What’s trending in group food and beverage (F&B) as 2024 begins? We asked Eric Vaughn, executive director of culinary operations for CAESARS FORUM and the Las Vegas region, to share what his F&B team is preparing for events at Caesars Entertainment venues in Las Vegas this year.  Vaughn is responsible for banquet and culinary operations at all Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas properties, which include Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Horseshoe, Cromwell, Flamingo, LINQ hotel, LINQ promenade and CAESARS FORUM. Bringing more than 18 years of experience with Caesars Entertainment… more
Jan 03, 2024
Cost increases, sustainability, wellness, show launches, personalizing the food and beverage experience in your booth and hearing from diverse voices in leadership topped the list of most popular topics for exhibitors in 2023.  Many of last year’s most-read stories help exhibitors navigate their biggest challenges, but they also celebrate diverse leaders and look ahead at new ideas, technologies and trends. Both a year in review and a compendium of resources and ideas, here are Exhibit News Now’s 10 most popular articles of 2023: How To Implement An Effective Personalization Strategy with… more
Jan 02, 2024
What is the current mindset of CEOs in the event industry? In part five of our series, general service contracting leaders shared what their top business concerns are as we move into 2024, and how they and their organization are addressing them.  How does the event industry compare against other industries? In part one of our series, we shared an analysis of the KPMG 2023 CEO Outlook — the annual survey of 1,300 CEOs of the world’s largest businesses conducted by KPMG International. Did you miss any part of our series? Catch up on critical insights from thought leaders who represent the… more
Dec 22, 2023
Like many event professionals, Stefanie Rowe did not follow a direct path into the hospitality and events industry. If anything, she imagined opening her own dance studio and performing company. While teaching dance classes post-graduation while serving at a local high-end restaurant inside a hotel, Rowe was recognized by a hospitality leader who noted her natural abilities in sales and negotiation and encouraged her to consider hospitality sales and marketing as a possible career. “I was instantly drawn to relationship building, negotiating contracts, the fine details of a perfectly… more
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