• 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.


  • Exhibitions Day 2017 Issues: Enabling Fair and Free Trade

    This week, the exhibitions and events industry embarks on its fourth annual Exhibitions Day in Washington, DC. Our industry should be incredibly proud of this effort, which continues to grow in terms of size and attention garnered for the industry. On Wednesday, June 7 we will continue with our charge to give a voice to the women and men in our industry who drive billions of dollars into the US economy.

    Our key issues this year focus on enabling fair and free trade. We will inform lawmakers of how they can support responsible travel facilitation and advance security measures without negatively impacting the economically-critical U.S. business travel environment.

    2017 Exhibitions Day Issues Overview:

    • Urge Congress to oppose any measures to defund Brand USA, a bi-partisan, federally supported effort that promotes the country overseas as a business and tourist destination.
    • Encourage Congressional support for H.R. 1265, a bill that increases investment in our infrastructure – the U.S. currently ranks a dismal 11th in the world in terms of quality (WEF).
    • Push for support of H.R. 2495 and S. 1164, which empower the FTC to prosecute criminals who create false hotel booking websites and lure customers into making bookings.

    (Note: More information on the 2017 issues can be found in the toolkit section of the Exhibitions Day 2017 webpage.)

    While in Washington, DC., we will also continue conversations tied to the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI), an initiative that will produce a comprehensive security benchmark that aligns with the Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act, helping create safer and more secure large-scale events, such as trade shows and exhibitions.

    It is imperative we leave no doubt that “Exhibitions Mean Business” – they drive economic value for communities large and small across the country, help bring new products and services to market and help connect job seekers with career opportunities. Efforts like our annual Exhibitions Day champion that economic enablement and take the industry’s contributions and point of view directly to our country’s political decision makers.

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