• $91 Billion Exhibitions Industry Talks Event Security, Online Booking Scams and More on Capitol Hill for Fifth Annual Exhibitions Day

    DALLAS, May 15, 2018 — The Exhibitions Mean Business campaign will hold its fifth annual Exhibitions Day on Capitol Hill on June 5-6 to champion the impact that the exhibitions industry has upon the U.S. economy. According to new information obtained by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), events contributed $91 billion to the U.S. GDP in 2017, approximately a $10 billion increase from what was previously reported.

    “Recent data shows the economic contribution of events, which includes direct spending of organizers, exhibitors, attendees and venues, totaled $91 billion in 2017,” said Allen Shaw, Ph.D., Chief Economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. “This notable increase from previous records further emphasizes the importance of face-to-face connections in conducting business.”

    Trade shows, conventions and other face-to-face gatherings are major commerce platforms that play a vital role in the health of the American economy. Exhibitions Day, the industry’s annual event on Capitol Hill, brings together professionals from across the country to educate members of Congress about the power of events and address issues that are affecting the health and growth of these trade channels.

    Topics that will be discussed at Exhibitions Day 2018 include:

    • Online Booking Scams: Upwards of 15 million fraudulent online bookings scams happen each year, resulting in more than $1.3 billion in lost revenue for hotels and money from consumers. Attendees will look to encourage policymakers to vote in favor of laws, particularly H.R. 2495 and S. 1164, that will prohibit websites from pretending to be hotels and allow state attorneys general to pursue restitution and refunds on behalf of the victims.
    • Safety and Security: The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and its partners have aligned with the Department of Homeland Security to develop the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI), which aligns convention center security guidelines with federal programs and the Department of Homeland Security/Safety Act Office. The accreditation program is in its final stages and is anticipated to launch later in 2018.
    • Travel Facilitation: The U.S. percentage of global travel fell from 13.6 percent to 11.9 percent this year — the first drop after more than a decade of consistent growth. To stay competitive in the global market and maintain a secure, welcoming environment that is conducive for business deals and events, policymakers must prioritize attracting international tourism.
    • Infrastructure Investment: Without sufficient transportation, ample housing and dining infrastructure, it is nearly impossible to attract trade shows and other meetings, which generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for cities.

    “Exhibitions Day is an invaluable forum to meet face-to-face with members of Congress and discuss important matters that strain our industry, and as a result, impact local economies,” said CEO and President of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “It is our responsibility to equip our nation’s leaders with the knowledge needed to shape our country to better facilitate domestic and international business deals.”

    Exhibitions Day was established in 2013 to serve as a platform to engage in uninterrupted, one-on-one dialogue with federal legislators and other policy influencers. Over the years, hundreds of people have joined the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign on Capitol Hill to hold these informational and educational conversations.

    Sponsors of Exhibitions Day include Trade Show Executive Magazine, Streampoint Solutions and Convention and Event Transportation Management (CMAC). Supporting organizations include the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM), Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), Destinations International, Events Industry Council (EIC), Experiential Designers + Producers Association (EDPA), Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA), Exhibitor Magazine, GES, International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), MATSO Council, Meetings Mean Business, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO), Trade Show News Network (TSNN), Union of International Fairs (UFI), and U.S. Travel Association.

    For more information about Exhibitions Day or the exhibitions industry, please visit www.exhibitionsmeanbusiness.org. Follow us on Twitter @ExhibitsMeanBiz for commentary and news surrounding Exhibitions Day.

    About Exhibitions Mean Business

    Established in 2011 by the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Exhibitions Mean Business (EMB) was created to unify and give a collective voice to the exhibitions and events industry and better advocate the benefits of face-to-face meetings to business growth and economic development. Driven by members of the industry, including professional associations, venue and convention center operators, exhibitions-focused service providers, convention and visitors bureaus and other travel and tourism organizations, EMB promotes the values of the industry through strategic advocacy campaigns, media relations efforts and stakeholder engagement initiatives.

    About CEIR

    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) serves to advance the growth, awareness and value of exhibitions and other face-to-face marketing events by producing and delivering knowledge-based research tools that enable stakeholder organizations to enhance their ability to meet current and emerging customer needs, improve their business performance and strengthen their competitive position. For additional information, visit www.ceir.org.

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  • Registration Opens for Third Annual Exhibitions Day on Capitol Hill

     

    DALLAS — The Exhibitions Mean Business campaign has officially opened registration for its highly-anticipated annual legislative fly-in, Exhibitions Day. Taking place June 7-8 industry professionals from across the U.S. will convene in Washington, D.C., to hold dialogue with members of Congress around key issues impacting the exhibitions industry and the positive impact it has on the U.S. economy.

    Exhibitions Day was established to serve as a platform to engage in uninterrupted, one-on-one dialogue with members of Congress. Over the years, hundreds of industry members have joined the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign on Capitol Hill to hold these informational and educational conversations. For 2016, Exhibitions Day has industry-wide support from 20 organizations committed to promoting the value of exhibitions and events to legislators and key policy influencers. Exhibitions Day Logo

    “House and Senate representatives are central to the review of policies that have a direct and indirect effect on our local economies,” said IAEE president and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “As they make critical decisions that impact business travel and international business activities, it is important we give them all the facts and potential implications so federal lawmakers can make the most informed decisions that are in the best interest of our economy.”

    Topics discussed at Exhibitions Day 2015 included advocating for the Travel Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, which would promote business travel and trade in the U.S. Additionally, attendees discussed concerning efforts by airlines to nullify Open Skies agreements and freeze travel routes used by many business travelers in/out of the country. Event participants also vigilantly promoted the importance of government employee participation at events, as these events are often where local contractors and other business owners are sourced to carry out major government projects.

    Building on Exhibitions Day’s positive inspiration, 2016 will feature an inaugural Global Exhibitions Day movement as well. As part of this global initiative, exhibitions and events professionals worldwide will participate in activities, such as hash-tagged social shares or hosting local events, to share their support for the industry in conjunctions with Exhibitions Day activities on Capitol Hill.

    Details surrounding Exhibitions Day 2016, including key topics the industry will take to Capitol Hill along with a robust digital toolkit are available on the Exhibitions Day web site. More information about Exhibitions Day and Global Exhibitions Day can also be found at: www.exhibitionsmeanbusiness.org or by following the EMB campaign on Twitter (@ExhibitsMeanBiz) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ExhibitionsMeanBusiness).

    About Exhibitions Mean Business

    Established in 2011, Exhibitions Mean Business (EMB) was created to unify and give a collective voice to the exhibitions and events industry and better advocate the benefits of face-to-face meetings to business growth and economic development. Driven by members of the industry, including professional associations, venue and convention center operators, exhibitions-focused service providers, convention and visitors bureaus and other travel and tourism organizations, EMB promotes the values of the industry through strategic advocacy campaigns, media relations efforts and stakeholder engagement initiatives

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