Lessons learned from the MIC of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show
Say It Big
Mahaffey Fabric Structures—a provider of temporary turnkey structures and shelter solutions in the U.S.—has launched Manhattan Matrix by Mahaffey. The fully-enclosed special event structure is a 50 feet by 82 feet with an all-glass front eave side that evokes a feeling of luxury typically found in permanent installations. It will house large events and was on display at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas March 7–11, 2017.
Corcoran Expositions, a large independent trade show organizer, will manage a new trade show for the American Dental Hygienists Association; they also have renewed the National Brownfields Training Conference.
Corcoran Expositions will arrange exhibit sales and management services for the American Dental Hygienists Association’s CLL 2017 94th Annual Session, which will be held in Jacksonville, Fla. In 2018, the show will be held in Columbus, Ohio.
On Jan. 5–8 in Las Vegas, CES 2017, a global tech community conference, is expected to draw 50,000 industry professionals from more than 150 countries. The show will feature exhibits from 57 countries—up 9 percent from last year. More than 600 startups from 33 countries will be featured this year.
SWAG: We all get it (hence the acronym: stuff we all get). But do we really want all of the “it” that we get? We asked event planners and hospitality insiders to share with us their best and worst SWAG items—what they keep on hand and what gets tossed in the bin.
Best: Items that are useful, such as power banks, TSA liquids bags and thumb drives.
Worst: Toys/trinkets that end up in the waste; candy and snacks. (Don’t we get enough at the show?)
After completing a $30 million renovation, Sheraton Bay Point Resort, located in Panama City Beach, Fla., has reopened its doors.
In October, Nevada’s General Assembly approved plans to renovate and expand the Las Vegas Convention Center. The LVCC hosts thousands of business events each year, like CES, the world’s largest innovation event, run by the Consumer Technology Association.
This expansion will keep Las Vegas a top destination for tradeshows and events, boost the economy, and help events such as CES grow. It will bring in more money for the economy, by providing more jobs and drawing more people to events.
The president and CEO of Meeting Professional International, Paul Van Deveter, has been named the Meetings Mean Business Coalition co-chair.
Beginning Jan. 2017, Van Deventer will work alongside fellow co-chair Richard Harper, executive vice president, HelmsBriscoe. Together, they will help the organization highlight the importance of in-person meetings, conferences, conventions, trade shows and more.
Previously, Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer, MGM Resorts International, served as co-chair.
Twenty-five years ago, Tom Corcoran started what is now one of the largest independent trade show organizations in the U.S., simply called Corcoran Expositions. In the last quarter century the business has blossomed to assist hundreds of trade associations and organizations plan their expositions. But, there are a few things you might not realize about the company and the founder, who we got to know a little better on the eve of the special anniversary.