Announcements

  • Join us for IAEE's Virtual Regional Women’s Leadership Forum

    IAEE’s Virtual Women’s Leadership Forum on April 20th has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company. The Forum will provide knowledge and strategies for attendees to succeed in their current positions, as well as provide motivation and inspiration to take their roles and careers to the next level, allowing them to grow personally and professionally while giving them the tools and resources to balance life along the way.
    Register Here
  • Are you 35 or younger?

    IAEE supports the young professionals community by offering tailored programs, education and events designed to give future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry with social and professional networking support.

    Join the Young Professionals Community today! Don't miss out the events and programs specifically designed for you. 
    Click here to join the Young Professionals Community
  • IAEE's Chapter Events are in Full Swing!

    Become involved in IAEE's Chapters by attending educational programming, becoming a sponsor of an event, or by participating in social events such as golf, kickball and volleyball tournaments.
    Check out IAEE's Chapter Events Calendar for In-person and virtual meetups to reconnect and share ideas. 
    Chapter Event Calendar

  • Women's Leadership Forum - Regional Event

    April 20th - This year's program has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company.
    Click here for more information and to register
    Learn more about the program

  • Virtual Events- an Essential Trade Show Organizer Tactic in a Covid 19 World

    COVID-19 has propelled innovations in many industries, the B2B exhibition industry is no exception. Globally, we have witnessed an explosion of virtual events happening in our space, as documented in the 2021 CEIR Global Virtual Event Study Part One. The trigger has been COVID-19. While COVID-19 remains a factor, and it is likely to be one in 2021, it is essential for B2B exhibitions to jump in and engage with their communities via these types of events. Read More
  • Young Professionals, Don't Miss the First YP Meet up of 2021!

    Join IAEE YP’s for the first YP Meet-Up of 2021! All IAEE members who are 35 or younger are encouraged to join.
    Thursday March 11 from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm CST.
    Register Here
  • Have you Visited IAEE's Virtual Exhibition and Events Marketplace?

    Virtual exhibitions and events have become an increasingly important and essential part of the events mix. IAEE has provided this platform as a resource to assist the IAEE community of virtual platform buyers to navigate the many solutions that have emerged to provide various levels of virtual exhibition and event solutions. Visit the Marketplace
  • It's Time to Update your IAEE Membership Profile!

    With so many changes going on in the world today, now is the time to update your IAEE profile.  Its super easy…. Click here, log in and make sure we have your correct information.  Also, take time to include an alternate email address and or address as well.

  • Mapping Out Every Step of the Attendee Journey.

    IAEE’s recent virtual Expo! Expo! featured many of the same show elements of a face-to-face event, but presented in an engaging virtual format. Read insights from IAEE’s VP of Marketing & Communications Nicole Bowman, MBA on the planning process of an all-virtual event. Originally published by MPI. Read Article Here

  • CEIR Research Predicts Recovery in the 2nd Half of 2021

    Just-released research from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) presented during a webinar foresees brighter days ahead, but predicts that the industry will remain in the middle of the proverbial “tunnel” until the second half of the year.

    The biggest proof of this can be seen in staff cuts, with the average pay cuts now at 29% — and 37% of respondents saying that current layoffs will likely be permanent. “As COVID persists, the impact is being felt on more staffs, and this is the saddest result of this survey organizationally,” said Nancy Drapeau, CEIR’s VP of Research.

    The percentage of event portfolios being canceled altogether has decreased from the last CEIR survey, released in June 2020 — from 72% to 52%. Cancellations are happening across all event sizes, with the highest incidence in the South and West.
    Read More Here

  • CEIR Releases Landmark Report Series on Global Virtual Event Trends

    Report One – Anatomy of Virtual Events and Financial Outcomes
    This three-part series provides a comprehensive overview of virtual event trends on a global level. This global study is ambitious in scope. It provides a snapshot of the extent of virtual event activity among organizers that typically run or manage B2B exhibitions or corporate events. It details what these organizers include in virtual events and provides benchmarks on participation rates and financial outcomes. It aims to assess what has worked, what has failed and what experimentations have a higher likelihood of enduring long-term.
    Download Report Here


  • What’s Next for the Expositions and Trade Show Business in 2021?

    The devastation of the trade show, exposition, and in-person event industry does not need another recap or reminder of where we are or how we got here; what we need is a vision, a strategy, and a plan for how each of us can prevail in 2021. We’ll deal with 2022 as we begin the recovery of our sector next year. For now, survival and retooling is the priority.

    Here are 10 key steps for you to evaluate and act upon depending on your ambition, risk-tolerance, resources, and capabilities. Not every one of these are 100% right for you … but maybe one of these can kick your business into another gear, starting next month. Try one or more of these on for size …
    Read More

  • Special Pricing for IAEE Members: GBAC Technician Program

    IAEE has teamed with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, to help exhibitions and events professionals safely and effectively return to the face-to-face business environment amid the challenges presented by COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases, through a training course designed to prepare for, respond to and recover from biohazards in the workplace.
    Click Here For More Information

  • Meet the Winners from the 2020 Art of the Show Competition

    The winners were selected for their creative use of several essential marketing elements needed to promote exhibitions and events. The winning entries were announced and recognized at the Art of the Show Competition Watch Party as part of IAEE's virtual Expo! Expo! The Art of the Show Competition recognizes excellence in promotional materials for the exhibitions and events industry in 14 categories of competition, spanning three show sizes. The entries are judged by an independent panel of judges who specialize in marketing, communications and graphic design. Each entry received is scored on a points system based on the criteria for the category in which it is entered. The judges’ scores are averaged, and the highest score wins for each category/show size.View 2020's Winners Here

  • Congratulations to IAEE's Award Recipients for 2020!

    The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) proudly announced the recipients of the 2020 IAEE Awards in a special presentation held during Virtual Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2020. The IAEE Awards recognize outstanding contributions by IAEE members to the organization and to the exhibitions and events industry. They were selected after careful consideration and review by the IAEE Awards Committee and approval by the IAEE Board of Directors following an open call for nominations by IAEE members earlier in the year.
    View Award Recipients Here

  • CEIR Announces 2020 Third Quarter Results

    The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) reports that the exhibition industry remained at a grinding halt in the third quarter of 2020, with approximately 97% of originally scheduled events cancelled. As a result, the CEIR Total Index, a measure of exhibition industry performance, registered a 98.1% decline from a year ago (see Figure 1). The industry experienced a more moderate year-over-year decline of real (inflation-adjusted) GDP at 2.9%, which increased at an annual rate of 33.1% from the previous quarter. The latter had been somewhat boosted by continued reopening of businesses, strong residential investment, and online and other consumer goods purchases.

    Read More

  • Permission:Granted and how to get rid of your BS.

    Day Two General Session on December 9th at Expo! Expo! 

    Join Risha Grant, Keynote speaker and author, for a raw and honest presentation on bias and how creating cohesiveness in your workspace, in your life and in our world can help us to build authentic relationships in everyday situations. 
    View the Expo! Expo! Schedule Here

  • Register now for Virtual Expo! Expo! December 8-10!


    BrandGet the tools you need to plan your next in-person event in 2021 and beyond at Expo! Expo! Our virtual experience will feature a robust marketplace for all your products/services needs along with relevant and timely content across 5 education tracks. 
    Click here for more information
  • How to network professionally during the Corona Virus Pandemic

    It’s no secret that networking is a critical component of job searching specifically, and for professional development more generally. For some, networking comes easily. Attending industry meetups, making regular appearances at local events or happy hours — these types of activities feel natural to some job-seekers and workers. For others, networking is more of a chore.

    But how are people thinking about one of the most critical aspects of finding a job or advancing in the workplace during a global pandemic? I gleaned some insights about this concern when I conducted a recent survey with a multigenerational cohort of workers, job seekers, educators, and business owners.
    Read More Here

  • Register to attend IAEE's Webinar: Virtual Event Best Practices

    Virtual Events Best Practices
    Thursday, 12 November 12:00 pm-1:00 pm CDT.

    Over the past several months, chances are, you've had to quickly transition from a traditional in-person conference/event to a virtual event and you may have even done so, more than once. There are so many things to consider when making the pivot to virtual – whether that includes how you will market to your audience, maximizing attendee and sponsor participation, how you will keep your attendees engaged or how you will show value to these groups – it’s all in the strategic planning and that starts with determining effective marketing for the event.
    Click Here to Register
  • The 2nd edition of the Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening is now available for download.

    IAEE has updated its white paper, Essential Considerations for Safely Reopening Exhibitions and Events.

    The 2nd Edition includes enhancements in the following areas:

    • Insurance considerations
    • Travel considerations
    • New FAQs throughout the paper
    • Updated content on force majeure in legal section
    • Enhanced risk assessment sections
    • Addition of images from shows that have taken place since the first edition
    • Additional updates from EDPA, ESCA and  GBAC    
    Focusing on the following topics:
    • General Principles for Health and Safety Operations
    • Communication, Education and Awareness
    • Exhibition and Event Operations
    • Convention Centre/Venue Cleaning Prevention Measures
    • Legal and Insurance Considerations
    • Travel Considerations
    Click Here to download a copy

  • CEIR’s Event Analyzer 2.0 is about to launch!

    Don't miss this weeks Webinar Thursday, 5 November.
    CEIR’s Event Analyzer 2.0 is About to Launch! Learn How to Use this New Tool and Ramp Up Your Strategic Planning Focus. 

    Join CEIR’s VP of Research Nancy Drapeau, PRC and Economist Dr. Allen Shaw – to learn how to:

    • Use this new and improved tool
    • Understand which industry benchmark charts are available for free
    • Unlock premium content
    • Engage in an interactive discussion on how to interpret these results.

    Register Here!

  • Last Call! Submit your Nominations for Awards and Recognition at Expo! Expo! Deadline is October 30!

    Each year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) recognizes and awards professionals in the exhibitions and events industry for their contributions. Industry professionals can be nominated for any of the awards as long as they meet the criteria outlined by IAEE. These awards represent IAEE’s highest honors and will be presented at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

    The IAEE Awards Program is designed to recognize those professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry. This is your chance to recognize an individual who has forged new ground within IAEE and/or the exhibitions and events industry. Nominate someone who has dedicated his/her career to the exhibition and event industry, has attained outstanding achievement and/or has contributed significantly to the profession.

    Once nominations have been received, the IAEE Awards Committee and IAEE Board of Directors will make their final selections based on merit.
    More Information

  • Registration for Expo! Expo! is now open

    Join us for Expo! Expo! in Louisville, KY this 8-10 December. Come connect with colleagues, connect with business partners, and connect with your IAEE community. Being together, even if it is at a distance, is vital to our industry.More Information
  • Submit your nominations for IAEE's awards and recognition's at Expo! Expo! Deadline is 30 October!

    Each year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) recognizes and awards professionals in the exhibitions and events industry for their contributions. Industry professionals can be nominated for any of the awards as long as they meet the criteria outlined by IAEE. These awards represent IAEE’s highest honors and will be presented at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

    The IAEE Awards Program is designed to recognize those professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions and events industry. This is your chance to recognize an individual who has forged new ground within IAEE and/or the exhibitions and events industry. Nominate someone who has dedicated his/her career to the exhibition and event industry, has attained outstanding achievement and/or has contributed significantly to the profession.

    Once nominations have been received, the IAEE Awards Committee and IAEE Board of Directors will make their final selections based on merit.
    Click Here for More Information

  • Have you visited IAEE's New Virtual Exhibitions and Events Marketplace Yet?

    Virtual exhibitions and events have become an increasingly important and essential part of the events mix. IAEE has provided a new platform as a resource to assist the IAEE community of virtual platform buyers to navigate the many solutions that have emerged to provide various levels of virtual exhibitions and event solutions.
    Click here to visit the marketplace
  • Nominations for IAEE's 20 Under 35 Are Now Open!

    20 under 35 logoIAEE’s 20 Under 35 Program affords remarkable young professional organizers the opportunity to experience the magic of Expo! Expo! first-hand in a physically-distanced, safe environment. This year, the experience will be a little different but IAEE believes that by recognizing and elevating these young leaders, evolution and distinction of the exhibition and events industry will be fostered around the globe.

    The 20 Under 35 program will not only provide selected honorees with the opportunity to experience Expo! Expo! but they will gain industry and leadership education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry, as well as lifelong connections with fellow honorees and attendees.
    Click Here For More Information

  • Registration Ends Tuesday 22, September for the Women's Leadership Half Day Series

    WLF Dallas TX is now a fully a Virtual Experience on 24, September.
    IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company. The Forum will provide knowledge and strategies for attendees to succeed in their current positions, as well as motivation and inspiration to take your career to the next level. The Forum will give you the tools and resources while balancing life along the way. The Forum is a half-day program beginning at 2:00 PM and ending at 4:30 PM.Register Here!
  • Don't Miss this Weeks IAEE Webinar: Reimagining Events and Getting Ahead of the Curve

    Reimagining Events and Getting Ahead of the Curve Presented by David Saef, CTSM, Senior VP of Strategy – Freeman.
    Thursday, 17 September from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm CST.
    IAEE Webinars offer strategic information about the business of trade shows and consumer events. Webinars feature top speakers and thought leaders sharing trade show tips, tricks, resources and solutions for some of the most critical challenges facing event marketers, show organizers and exhibitors today .Register Here
  • Register Now: Predict, CEIR's Annual Exhibition Industry Outlook Conference

    Predict is now a fully Virtually Conference 22 September 2020! 

    CEIR’s Annual Exhibition Industry Outlook Conference Predict brings together executives in the B2B exhibitions industry to learn about and discuss emerging trends likely to impact trade shows and trade fairs three to five years out. The conference is designed with an outward looking approach, bringing in perspectives from forward-thinking 

    experts to stretch one’s thinking.

    This year’s program will focus on the economic, geopolitical and social issues and their likely impact into the future. Click here for more information

  • Registration For Women Leadership Forum ends September 2nd.

    WLF Signature is now a fully a Virtual Experience.
    IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company. The forum will provide knowledge and strategies for attendees to succeed in their current positions, as well as motivation and inspiration to take your career to the next level. The Forum will give you the tools and resources while balancing life along the way.Click here for more information and to register.
  • Earn Your GBAC-Trained Technician Certificate

    IAEE has teamed with ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, to help exhibitions and events professionals safely and effectively return to the face-to-face business environment amid the challenges presented by COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases, through a training course designed to prepare for, respond to and recover from biohazards in the workplace.

    The GBAC Fundamentals Online Course teaches participants the principles behind infection and contamination control measures for infectious disease outbreak situations such as the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). The length of the course is approximately two to three hours. Learn More

  • Virtual CEM week starts Monday August 24th!

    Complete more than 50% of the required courses needed to obtain your CEM designation.

    This year CEM Week combines classes hosted by both Visit Austin and Visit Baltimore, and provides participants the opportunity to choose from 10 course offerings and complete five exams in one week.

    Register Here

  • Decoding Trade Show Sponsorship Opportunities

    CEIR RELEASES NEW INDUSTRY INSIGHT SERIES REPORT

    DALLAS, 28 July 2020 – The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has published a new Industry Insight Series report, Decoding Trade Show Sponsorship Opportunities, written by industry expert Dax Callner, Strategy Director at Smyle. Callner has more than 20 years of experience developing marketing programs for some of the world’s leading brands including P&G, American Express, Facebook, GE and others.

    Decoding Trade Show Sponsorship Opportunities provides an easy-to-read, practical overview of how brand marketers can effectively sort out which on-site sponsorship opportunities might be worth investing in to maximize the outcome of an exhibit program. Read More

  • What’s Next for the B2B Exhibitions Industry?

    Recently, I was approached as past CEO of the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) to write a blog on the future of the events industry following the article written by Doug Ducate, my predecessor at CEIR. Having followed Doug as CEO, who was the CEO with CEIR for many years, I was reminded how challenging it is to walk in his shadow after reading the well-written article on the future of the B2B exhibition industry in light of the pandemic we are facing.

  • The Ninja Future of the Second Stage Covid-19 World

    By Gary Shapiro

    The coronavirus outbreak created – and continues to cause – economic disruption and cancellation of many events. As events slowly return, they will be different. Organizers and participants willing to innovate can emerge from this downturn stronger than before. 

    “Innovate or die!” That’s the simple but powerful mantra I use to present the philosophy behind ninja innovation. Ninja innovators work with – rather than against – disruptive industry trends to build stronger, more resilient and more efficient businesses. On an organizational level, it’s often easier to stick to business as usual than it is to take the risks that spark innovative change. But the coronavirus is a powerful enemy of business as usual. Now as we return to live events, we must innovate to survive.
    Read More

  • Taking Inventory of your B2B Exhibition use of Digital

    By Nancy Drapeau, PRC, VP of Research, CEIR

    While the global pandemic persists, many in the industry wonder what to do to assure B2B exhibitions will resurge once the crisis is over. Last week’s blog discussed historical CEIR Index data which suggests that the industry will recover. Its resilience is explained by the value these events deliver to participants, attendees and exhibitors. This will happen, question is, when. A recent poll by APCO Worldwide with Americans affirms the industry will re-emerge:

    The poll finds that  83% of Americans currently forced to work from home say they miss attending in-person meetings and conventions. 78% say they plan to attend as many or more when the threat of COVID-19 passes.
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