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2011 Year in Review: July – December

Cover Stories and Top Headlines from 2011

This year has been quite the rollercoaster for the tradeshow industry. From the upswing in business, the growth of companies all over the world, the settling of legal disputes and the introduction of several new trends, the 2011 show floor was obviously the place to be.


New conference debuts for the event logistics industryNew conference
Your company has decided to exhibit at an International tradeshow. It is taking place in Brazil, China or India, or possibly a tour of all three. It can certainly be a daunting task when faced with the various customs requirements, documentation or special handling your shipment may require such as over-time deliveries, lifting of heavy equipment, or accessible storage during your event.

3D Exhibits opens Indiana office with three industry veterans

HCEA’s annual meeting was all about learning

Research findings change the way GES manages its show floors


AugustBooth babes

Evolving from “booth babe” to exhibit staff
To attendees, tradeshow models are just the attractive people who hand out information, samples and swag at booths. However, tocertain exhibiting companies, these models are supposed to represent an extension of their sales staff.

Big and small tradeshows surpass 2010 numbers

Sin eaters turn the tables on Chicago legislation

TSEA Exhibitors’ Choice Awards name best in industry


Tom Ridge


First secretary of Homeland Security to address disaster conference
Tom Ridge, the nation’s first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, will speak at The International Disaster Conference & Expo (IDCE2012), which will be held January 17-19, 2012, in New Orleans, La. Ridge’s opening session address will discuss the evolution of America‘s emergency management response since the attacks of 9/11.

CEIR Predict conference signals positive days for exhibition industry

Tradeshow companies are experiencing rapid growth

GES helps begin next chapter for World Trade Center



Key players comment on Chicago labor agreementMcCormick Place
The heads of the five Chicago convention families have reached an unprecedented agreement on litigation challenging the implementation of work rule reform. These new practices go into effect November 1.

CompuSystems pioneers advanced tradeshow organizer dashboard

Technology infiltrates the show cycle

Exhibits with legs have greater reach

DJ Heckes


Woman-owned businesses coming to power
In an industry where most businesses are owned and operated by men, it is easy to overlook woman-owned companies. Most professionals, when searching for an exhibit designer or furniture provider, don’t even think about the difference between doing business with a woman-owned company versus a predominately male one.

Sal Cacciato of Access TCA dies in motorcycle crash

ESPA adds new education sessions to Annual Conference

Designers discuss the state of exhibit flooring



ACCESS 2011: Highlights, award winners and photographsEDPA Access
ACCESS 2011, the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association’s (EDPA) Annual Conference and Showcase, recently ended its three-day run at the J.W. Marriot Las Vegas Resort and Spa. And although the final numbers are not yet known, the conference got off to a fast start, reaching 300 attendees much earlier than last year.

CSPI Annual Conference focuses on best practices and partnerships

Random thoughts

Industry still striving for best practices

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