About Exhibitions Day 2018

The fifth annual Exhibitions Day will take place June 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Once again, industry members will come together to foster relationships and build awareness with federal legislators and other policy influencers on Capitol Hill. Last year, more than 100 members of our industry gathered on Capitol Hill to advocate for exhibitions and events, which are a vital tool the success of our free enterprise economy. We ask you to once again join us as we meet face to face with our nation’s political leaders and give a voice to the exhibitions and events industry. Addressing the matters that impact our industry is crucial to allowing our industry to continue to do its part for our national economy. We want to incite change, and that change is only possible with you by our side.

Exhibitions Day 2018 Issues

  • 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. The industry looks to encourage policymakers to vote in favor of laws, particularly H.R. 2495 and S. 1164, that will prohibit websites from pretending to be the hotel and allow state attorneys general to pursue restitution and refunds on behalf of the victims.
    • A great milestone in this battle was witnessed recently when the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) won a court case against an unaffiliated travel agency for their deceptive advertising practices and infringement upon the association’s valid and subsisting IPPE U.S. trademark registrations.
  • Safety and Security
    • The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) and its membership 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. Exhibitions Day attendees will encourage Congressmen to consider the resources this program will need next year as they begin FY 2019 budget talks.
  • 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 and maintain a secure, welcoming environment that is conducive for business deals and events, policymakers must prioritize attracting international tourism.
    • To help drive this message, IAEE joined the Visit U.S. Coalition, a team of associations who are looking to partner with President Trump and Congress to increase travel spending by international visitors and achieve the administration’s goal of a 3 percent increase in GDP.
  • Infrastructure Investment
    • The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) predicts that the U.S. economy will lose nearly $4 trillion in GDP between 2016 and 2025 if investment gaps are not addressed.
    • Without sufficient transportation, ample housing and dining infrastructure, it is nearly impossible to attract trade shows and other face-to-face meetings, which generate millions of dollars in tax revenue for host cities.
    • Exhibitions Day aims to show policymakers that these challenges could be costing their cities and constituents critical business.

Schedule of Events:



Date Program Time
Tuesday, 5 June Registration (Westin City Center) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Orientation 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Reception Sponsored by Trade Show Executive 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6 June Continental Breakfast (Westin City Center) 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Appointments on Capitol Hill Begin! (all attendees) 8:30 a.m.
Appointment Celebration Meet Up (Bull Feathers) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

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