April/May 2014
issue
Cover Story Exhibition Planning Executives Put New Trends and Tactics Into Practice By

Many factors can influence show growth and performance, but the primary one is the vitality of the target industry.

Full Story
Features
Expectations Rising: Sensational Spaces and Free Wi-Fi Top Planners' Wish Lists By

Too many A-list destination facilities are becoming oppressively expensive, while at the same time often lagging behind when it comes to state-of-the-art technology and other services, say planners.

Full Story
Give Your Meeting a 'Green Story' By

Can sustainable initiatives increase event registration, attendee satisfaction and stakeholder buy-in? Happy planners in the know certainly think so.

Full Story
Blend Entertainment With Your Group's Mission to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck By

Many planners are thinking sideways to find novel and unconventional ways to use popular forms of entertainment that resonate with their group.

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Destinations
Where 'Same Old' Doesn't Apply By

Forget what you know, or think you know, about Florida. Much about this diverse state continues to evolve, making it a go-to destination no matter how many times an association has been here.

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Las Vegas Is on a Convention and Renovation Roll By

It’s all a numbers game in Las Vegas, and the numbers for meetings and conventions couldn’t be more impressive: The city was named the No. 1 trade show destination in 2013 for the 20th consecutive year.

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A Meetings Mecca By

Mexico has caught on with association meeting planners — thanks to a uniquely powerful combination of history, culture and value.

Full Story
Perspective
How to Grow Word-of-Mouth for Your Convention By

Successful convention marketing needs more than a well-designed communication plan. You have to build the buzz.

Full Story
April/May 2014
issue
Cover Story Exhibition Planning Executives Put New Trends and Tactics Into Practice By

Many factors can influence show growth and performance, but the primary one is the vitality of the target industry.

Full Story
Features
Expectations Rising: Sensational Spaces and Free Wi-Fi Top Planners' Wish Lists By

Too many A-list destination facilities are becoming oppressively expensive, while at the same time often lagging behind when it comes to state-of-the-art technology and other services, say planners.

Full Story
Give Your Meeting a 'Green Story' By

Can sustainable initiatives increase event registration, attendee satisfaction and stakeholder buy-in? Happy planners in the know certainly think so.

Full Story
Blend Entertainment With Your Group's Mission to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck By

Many planners are thinking sideways to find novel and unconventional ways to use popular forms of entertainment that resonate with their group.

Full Story
Destinations
Where 'Same Old' Doesn't Apply By

Forget what you know, or think you know, about Florida. Much about this diverse state continues to evolve, making it a go-to destination no matter how many times an association has been here.

Full Story
Las Vegas Is on a Convention and Renovation Roll By

It’s all a numbers game in Las Vegas, and the numbers for meetings and conventions couldn’t be more impressive: The city was named the No. 1 trade show destination in 2013 for the 20th consecutive year.

Full Story
A Meetings Mecca By

Mexico has caught on with association meeting planners — thanks to a uniquely powerful combination of history, culture and value.

Full Story
Perspective
How to Grow Word-of-Mouth for Your Convention By

Successful convention marketing needs more than a well-designed communication plan. You have to build the buzz.

Full Story
  • Snapshots
    AIBTM 2014 AIBTM 2014 in Orlando featured The Meetings Mean Business Coalition panel. Over 250 attendees listened to leaders in the industry discuss its strategic mission to unify under “one voice” and then participated in a Q&A about where the Meetings Mean Business campaign is headed. (L to r) MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer; PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton; Site Global Chief Staff Officer Kevin Hinton; ASAE President and CEO John Graham; IAEE President and CEO David DuBois; and U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow.
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    AIBTM 2014 AIBTM 2014 attendees enjoyed the more than 500 exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
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    AIBTM 2014 David Middlebrook, vice president of operations, Association Conventions & Facilities magazine, poses with Disney characters at AIBTM in Orlando.
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    ASAE Springtime Expo 3,100 meeting and industry professionals gathered to attend two ASAE events: Springtime Expo, May 14-15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, and ASAE Foundation’s Annual Springtime DC Golf & Tennis Invitational, May 16.
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    Credit: Chuck Fazio
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    ASAE Springtime Expo Nancy Elder, CAE, Senior Vice President of Professional Development and Meetings, Destination Marketing Association International with John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE, President and CEO ASAE.
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    ASAE Springtime Expo The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Springtime Expo, which featured 1,432 exhibiting personnel with 368 companies, occupying 478 booths on the show floor.
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    ASAE Springtime Expo The Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board on the show floor at the Springtime Expo.
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    ASAE Springtime Expo Two of the 1,475 attendees to meet, greet and learn at Springtime.
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    ASAE Springtime Expo Learning labs and Deep Dive sessions provided an opportunity for meeting planners and exhibitors to share challenges, ideas and successes on a variety of topics.
industry
events

July 26-29, 2014
International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) VenueConnect
89th Annual Conference & Trade Show
Portland Convention Center
Portland, OR
972-906-7441
www.iavm.org

July 28-31, 2014
E2MA Red Diamond Congress
Oakbrook Hills Marriott
Oakbrook, IL
541-317-8768
www.e2ma.org

August 9–12, 2014
ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition
Music City Center
Nashville, TN
888-950-2723
www.asaeannualmeeting.org

August 18-20, 2014
ISES Live – International Special Events Society
The Westin Hotel
Seattle, WA
800-688-ISES
www.iseslive.com

September 3-4, 2014
HSMAI MEET National
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC
914-421-3270
www.MEETConference.com

September 6-8, 2014
2014 CMP Conclave
New Orleans, LA
571-527-3116
www.conventionindustry.org

September 17-18, 2014
SGTP Fall Education Forum EdCon ’14
The Hilton Mark Center
Alexandria, VA
202-241-7487
www.sgtp.org

October 14-16, 2014
IMEX America
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
Sands Expo & Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
+44 1273 227311
www.imexamerica.com

For the full Industry Events Calendar, click here.

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