• Exhibitions Day 2017: Recapping Another Successful Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

    Last week, 112 trade show professionals descended upon Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., for another successful Exhibition Day. Now in its fourth year, Exhibitions Day attendees participated in more than 100 face-to-face meetings with congressional representatives to advocate for issues and pieces of legislation that impact the exhibitions and events industry.

    “The 4th Annual Exhibitions Day was a tremendous success, as we realized a 30-percent increase in participation of IAEE members who joined us in Washington, D.C., to make important calls on Congressional staff,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, CTA, FASAE. “This year’s issues were very bi-partisan in scope and we know that support was garnered from many Congressional leaders as they continue to deliberate during the current sessions.”

    Exhibitions Day was established to serve as a platform to meet face-to-face with members of Congress and discuss the issues impacting the exhibitions and events industry. For Exhibitions Day 2017, attendees met with U.S. representatives to emphasize the importance of fair and free trade, raise awareness for the economic power of trade shows and discuss specific issues that are directly impacting the industry’s ability to conduct business. These issues included Brand USA funding, the Airport Infrastructure Act, the Stop Online Booking Scams Act and support for the DHS SAFETY Act Office as they carry out certification for the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI). You can read more about the 2017 issues on the Exhibitions Day 2017 webpage.

    The Exhibitions Means Business coalition will continue to publish content on its website and across social channels in the coming weeks to demonstrate the impact Exhibitions Day had and will continue to have on the exhibitions and events industry. If you would like to join your colleagues in advocating for your industry next year at Exhibitions Day 2018, please reach out to Nicole Bowman (nbowman@iaee.com) for more information.


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