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Dec 06, 2023
The business events industry’s ongoing recovery is holding strong and showing sustained improvement in 2023 compared to 2022, according to the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) quarterly Global Events Barometer for Q3 2023. The latest report, released on Nov. 29, highlights a notable milestone: for the first time since the pandemic, group hotel nights reached the same booking levels as in 2019. The data gauged Q3 guest stays that were reserved within group bookings or room blocks – a metric largely associated with business events, according to EIC officials. Additionally, the uptick in RFP… more
Dec 04, 2023
Beginning in 2024, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas will embark on a $188 million renovation of its meeting and convention facilities as part of an extensive $1 billion capital investment project. Set to be completed in stages through 2026, the renovation of the 2.25-million-square-foot Venetian Convention Center and Expo will include an elegant new color palette, luxury lounge spaces for meetings and state-of-the-art technology.  “Embarking on a refresh of a convention center that hosts back-to-back events year in and year out is no easy task, but our promise is to provide our guests a best-in… more
Dec 01, 2023
What is the current mindset of CEOs in the event industry? In part two of our series, experiential marketing agency leaders shared what their top business concerns are now and moving 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. Find out what CEOs from RX and Informa Markets shared with us. In coming weeks, we will share… more
Nov 30, 2023
Exhibiting companies now have a new way to tap into the increasing popularity of blended travel while elevating their in-person events with Jampack, a new bundling platform that curates unique and memorable host-city experiences for exhibitors. Using the Jampack platform, exhibitors can explore and purchase exclusive destination experiences, such as networking-focused dining events, excursions or golf outings, before, during and after trade shows and conferences — setting the stage for elevated networking and group bonding via fun and unique experiences.  Launched as a beta version in June… more
Nov 29, 2023
Freeman, a global events company, has revealed its CEO succession plan. Janet Dell, currently serving as the company’s president and COO, is set to step into the role of CEO, effective July 1, 2024, succeeding Bob Priest-Heck, who will retire after a remarkable 15-year tenure. He will continue as a member of Freeman’s board of directors. Dell, who joined Freeman in 2018, has held various key positions within the company and currently oversees the execution of its long-term strategy on a global scale. Her leadership during the pandemic notably involved rehiring 95% of furloughed employees,… more
Nov 27, 2023
What do you need to know before you attend Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition? After chatting with IAEE Vice President, Marketing and Communications Nicole Bowman and scrutinizing the full schedule of programming, Exhibit News Now (ENN) put together this list of new and notable networking and education events to help you plan. Scheduled for Dec. 5-7 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCCD), Expo! Expo!, which was held in Louisville, Ky. in 2022, is on pace to draw 2,000 event professionals to Dallas, the hometown headquarters of the association.  The KBHCCD,… more
Nov 21, 2023
Moss Inc. –– a Franklin Park, Ill.-based producer of premium graphics, complex structures and custom installations for brand experiences — has expanded into the U.K. with the strategic acquisition of MacroArt, a wide-format print, graphics and branding specialist. Managing Director Michael Green and the senior leadership team of MacroArt will remain in their roles, reporting to Moss President and CEO Jason Popp. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “The U.K. is clearly an established and vibrant market for experiential, entertainment, sport and retail brand marketers,” Popp said. “… more
Nov 17, 2023
Geopolitics and political uncertainty now pose the greatest risk to business growth, according to a recent survey of more than 1,300 CEOs of the world’s largest businesses. The persistent flux in global politics, trade dynamics and international relations has required a new level of resilience from business leaders, who have been tasked with re-assessing their strategic priorities, focusing on the rise of generative AI, talent management and elevated stakeholder expectations in addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.   Derived from the KPMG 2023 CEO Outlook — the annual… more
Nov 16, 2023
Three global trade show producers recently reported financials, and revenue from exhibitions is soaring, with all three posting double-digit growth. Highlights from RELX, Informa plc and Easyfairs financials include:  RX, the global exhibitions division of RELX, reported underlying revenue growth of 32% for the first nine months of 2023. Overall, RELX reported underlying revenue growth of 8.0% YTD through Sept. 30. Informa plc reported strength and momentum across its portfolio with underlying revenue growth of 31.7% for the first 10 months of 2023. Easyfairs 2022-23 revenues grew to €193.… more
Nov 15, 2023
  Exclusively sponsored by Honeycomb Strategies “We’ve traced the call. It’s coming from inside the house.” One of the largest challenges to incorporating sustainability into your event may be your own leadership, ownership or management. We’ve talked with a lot of event planners who struggle to convince decision-makers to greenlight improvements they perceive as irrelevant or optional. Increasingly, planners see the urgent need for sustainability, so Honeycomb Strategies has compiled this guide to help you talk with your leadership team to gain support for sustainability programs. (Note:… more
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