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IAEE Unveils New Logo

Updated Design Emphasizes Exhibitions and Events Mean Business

DALLAS – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) has updated its logo to include the tagline, “Exhibitions and Events Mean Business.” This message replaces the elongated definition of the acronym in order to communicate the unique value proposition IAEE offers the industry.

“The new design emphasizes the message we want to convey about the impact the exhibitions and events industry has on the overall business market,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “IAEE is engaging in multiple efforts to promote that ‘Exhibitions and Events Mean Business,’ making this the perfect time to refresh our logo.”

This year, IAEE expanded on the work of its “Click Here First” campaign – the industry’s inaugural public relations program – by communicating the value of face-to-face events to key audiences, such as businesses, marketers and related media outlets. Renamed “Exhibitions Mean Business,” the campaign now includes targeted advocacy efforts as a means of driving education and awareness to policymakers and other business and economic stakeholders.

One such effort was Exhibitions Day, held on 16-17 June 2014 in Washington, D.C. Exhibitions Day was an industry-wide effort to engage policymakers on Capitol Hill and help them to understand the impact of select regulatory decisions, including visa regulations and government travel restrictions, on the exhibitions and events industry. More than 100 industry leaders across all sectors participated to help educate members of Congress on how “Exhibitions Mean Business.”

For more information about “Exhibitions Mean Business,” visit Complete details about Exhibitions Day can be found at

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: American Airlines, Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BearCom, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore, Visit Orlando and VoiceLogic. Visit for more information.

North American exhibitors’ appetite for IMEX America shows significant increase

Coming off the biggest IMEX in Frankfurt to date, organizers of IMEX America have announced a significant spike in interest and new bookings from North American exhibitors for their Las Vegas trade show, which opens at the Sands Expo®, Oct 14.

US hotel groups will once again make their mark with some of the show’s biggest single booths but IMEX America is also proving attractive to smaller destinations and meetings and event industry suppliers. A rising trend for 2014 is for exhibiting companies who have previously shared booths to branch out on their own and take dedicated booth space.

Among the latest US exhibitors taking their own booths or appearing for the first time at the show’s fourth edition are: AEG Live Venues, Alaska, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Hilton Head, Newport Beach, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Savannah, Sonoma Valley, West Hollywood and Warner Brothers.
Other exhibitors who have increased the size of their booths for 2014 include: Arizona, Beverly Hills, Destination DC, Charlotte, Colorado, Columbus, LA, Orlando, New Orleans, Nashville, NYC & Co, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, San Jose, Seattle, Sonoma County and St Petersburg.

Host city and a key partner in IMEX America’s continued growth, the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, are also increasing the size of their showcase Las Vegas booth. Host hotel, The Venetian® | The Palazzo®, plus the Wynn Encore, MGM Hotels, Caesars Entertainment and other landmark Vegas hotels plus many of the city’s biggest shows will also have a strong presence. MGM also comes in as the new sponsor of IMEX America’s Association Focus Evening Reception, which hosts over 650 guests on Smart Monday Oct. 13th.

Says Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group: “There are a number of factors creating the strong growth we’re seeing for this year’s show. With a four-year track record under our belts, IMEX America has proved to be a consistently successful show for a wide variety of exhibitors. Smaller US destinations and exhibitors are increasingly attracted by the strong customer service and pre-show support offered by the IMEX team. And, importantly, there is a growing understanding about the show’s unique appointment system – where buyers self-select the exhibitors they want to meet – which means that every appointment represents a pre-qualified and highly targeted business opportunity.”

About IMEX America
IMEX America is a three-day ‘trade show with a difference’ that includes Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on Oct. 13. This full preshow day of professional education has ‘something for everyone’ and will include a Senior Planners track for the first time. The majority of sessions are free of charge with no need to book.
Last year over 2600 hosted buyers from 40 global markets scheduled 50,000 self-selected appointments with the show’s 2600-plus exhibitors from 150 countries. At the show’s close, total appointment numbers were up 27% compared to 2012, representing a significant rise in one-on-one business meetings between buyers and exhibitors.
See the 2013 IMEX America show stats here –

Dramatic Bay, City Architecture & Couture Fashion Inspire Redesigned Meeting Space at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco

Upscale Meeting and Event Space Renovation to be Unveiled in September 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is pleased to announce a complete renovation of the hotel’s grand Ballroom, conference rooms and board rooms by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), to be unveiled in September 2014. Inspired by alluring designs of couture fashion, fine tailoring and the architecture of San Francisco, the
re-imagined spaces will exude a modern classic feel and encompass more than 23,000 square feet.

The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco specializes in luxurious settings paired with exceptional cuisine and personalized service to create unforgettable meetings and events. From a 750-person gala celebration to a private board member meeting of 12, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco features an elegant array of comfortable spaces to accommodate any gathering.

Unique features include a 9,500-square-foot Ballroom with pre- or post-function galleries; two levels of conference and boardroom spaces ranging from 300 to 1,900 square feet; the unique Terrace Room, awash with natural lighting; and access to a beautiful outdoor
Terrace Courtyard with manicured gardens offering an inner-city private oasis.

HBA plans to carry the traditional design of the neo-classical building and the hotel’s renowned attention to detail throughout the renovation. The Ballroom, Terrace Room, conference and boardrooms will come to life with shades of silver, grey, black and white illuminating each space. The Ballroom will radiate glamour and drama with lavish black and white carpeting accented with a layered design reflected in fashion, mirrored walls with geometric patterns, and Bavarian crystal chandeliers surrounded by circular shades, updating the classic ornamentation with a distinctly modern feel. Steely blues inspired by San Francisco’s Bay will add a clean, elegant and refined approach to the pre-function spaces.

Both the Ballroom and pre-function areas will be brighter, appear more spacious, and feature unique art and furniture pieces. The eclectic style of art deco and its decorative elements of bold colors, geometric designs and use of glass serve as inspiration for the hotel’s 10 conference and boardrooms. The meeting spaces will feature silver wall coverings framed with mirror tile detailing, bold metal chain overhead light shades in layered, rectangular shapes, carpeting in grey herringbone and minimalist leather swivel chairs. The overall lines will be sleekly tailored and the spaces accessorized with one-of-a-kind photos and unique artifacts, offering subtle insights to both the hotel and the city.
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco provides convenient access to the best attractions of the city with a historic cable car right outside of its doors, whisking travelers away to popular destinations like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, and the Ferry Building marketplace. Travelers and meeting planners alike will appreciate this updated design aesthetic alongside the unparalleled personalized Ritz-Carlton service, unforgettable California cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails at Parallel 37, and remarkable city-wide experiences that are unique to San Francisco. Located near San Francisco’s Moscone Center and the Financial District, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the ideal location to create unforgettable business events. Reserve our re-imagined conference space through a request for meeting information.

About The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
Located downtown on beautifully scenic Nob Hill with convenient access to the best of San Francisco, The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is the city’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel and is regarded as one of America’s Best Hotels by Travel + Leisure. Offering globally-inspired cuisine paired with handcrafted cocktails in Parallel 37, city skyline views and a casual menu in The Lounge, state-of-the-art fitness facilities plus well-appointed meeting and special event venues, the 336-room Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco provides the ultimate in personalized service, comfort and luxury. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call 415-296-7465 or toll free in the U.S. 1-800-241-3333, or visit the hotel website at

About The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., of Chevy Chase, Md., currently operates 86 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. More than 30 hotel and residential projects are under development around the globe. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, an award that originated in 1987. Its purpose is to promote the awareness of quality
excellence, recognize quality achievements of companies and publicize successful quality
strategies. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won the award in 1992 and 1999. For more information, or reservations, contact a travel professional, call toll free in the U.S.
1-800-241-3333, or visit the company web site at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAR).

Wyndham Atlanta Galleria Completes Extensive, Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

ATLANTA — Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, located in the heart of Atlanta’s business district, today announced the completion of a $10 million renovation following the hotel’s conversion to the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand.

The full-service hotel joined the brand in August 2012, and began renovation in April 2013. Each of the 296 guest rooms features notable upgrades including new furniture and fixtures, as well as new bedding and Simmons Beautyrest Pillow Top Mattresses.
The lobby and new living room space feature oversized comfortable wing back chairs, marble and dark stained bamboo hard work floors. The new Chattahoochee Grille, redesigned with contemporary accents, is quickly becoming a popular dining option and social space for guests and locals alike.

“We’re thrilled with the transformation of the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria and can’t wait to share it with our guests and the Atlanta community,” said Joe Bann, the hotel’s general manager. “Thanks to upgraded, contemporary amenities and the incorporation of the modern design aesthetic found in Wyndham Hotels and Resorts properties around the world, we can truly appeal to any guest whether traveling for business or leisure.”

Guestrooms now also feature new carpeting and wall covering, as well as new high-definition televisions, upgraded light fixtures and fresh artwork. Guest bathrooms feature oversized back-lit mirrors and True Blue Spa amenities.
Because of its proximity to the local business community, the hotel incorporated several amenities to meet the needs of business travelers including oversized desks with task lamps for easy access to power and secure internet connection in each guest room. It is also the only hotel in the Galleria/Cumberland area to provide new Herman Miller ergonomic chairs in each guestroom.

Additional guestroom amenities include iHomes, two speaker phones with two lines, Cuisinart coffee makers, Wolfgang Puck Signature Coffee, Numi Organic Teas and an iron and ironing board.

About Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
The 9-story, 296-room Wyndham Atlanta Galleria is situated in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia’s business district and within easy access of an array of attractions and upscale dining options. The hotel offers 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space with an onsite business center, and up to 12 event rooms equipped for various occasions accommodating up to as many as 400 people. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s indoor/outdoor pool, sun deck and 24-hour fitness center as well as complimentary
shuttle service. Dining is available at the Chattahoochee Grille, which serves traditional favorites and unique specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lighter fare and cocktails are available in the Chattahoochee Bar.

About Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodation throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and China. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., or one of its affiliates. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by visiting Travelers have the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program, which can be joined for free at

ACC Liverpool Achieves International Event Sustainability Management Standard

ACC Liverpool has boosted its green credentials even further after it achieved certification to the international standard ISO 20121, recognising the sustainability of its events.

The waterfront venue, one of the greenest of its kind in Europe, achieved certification to the Sustainable Event Management System standard which builds upon its existing management system standards such as ISO 14001, which was awarded in 2010.

ISO 20121 is a management system standard that has been designed to help organisations in the events industry improve the sustainability of their event related activities, products and services.

Kerry Quinn, operations director of ACC Liverpool, said: “This event industry specific standard will help us to continue to reduce our environmental impact, ensure we are making a positive contribution to the surrounding area, are following best practice and that our suppliers are economically viable.

“We will be assessed regularly which means we can continually work on our sustainability credentials. As a result our clients can be assured that their events at ACC Liverpool will be as sustainable as possible.

“It is a significant achievement which formalises the high standards we set ourselves and recognises the way we operate and the processes we go through in our endeavours to be a company that lives and breathes sustainability.”

ACC Liverpool has its own Environmental Task Force (ETF) which, among other initiatives, fast-tracked the venue to ‘Zero to Landfill’ status. Green awards include Gold Standard in the Green Business Tourism Scheme, Healthy Stadia accreditation and a Green Apple award for the building.

Mark Gouldstone, sustainability management specialist at BSI, said: “Achieving certification to ISO 20121 is a credit to everyone at ACC Liverpool as it clearly demonstrates their commitment to becoming a more sustainable organisation. The team should be proud of the hard work that has gone into implementing a system that enables them to improve the sustainability of events and reduce their environmental impact.”

ISO 20121 is based on the earlier British Standard ‘BS 8901 Specification for a Sustainability Management System for Events’ which was first developed in 2007. An international version of the standard was created to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics.

New Tropicana Theater Relaunches as State of the Art Venue with Superior Acoustics & Intimate Design

LAS VEGAS – In the wake of a two-and-a-half-month transformation, the Tropicana Theater reopened, unveiling a state-of-the-art venue. To celebrate the groundbreaking event, popular pop/rock band Chicago welcomed the first patrons to the new venue designed to create an intimate connection between audiences and the talents on its storied stage.

“Our goal was to design a theater-sized space that made it feel like watching a live show in the comfort of your own viewing room,” said Fred Harmon, chief marketing officer for The New Tropicana Las Vegas. “We also wanted to design the best-sounding room on the Strip where you can hear the clear separation of instruments in a large band as well as the clarity of a single, unaccompanied voice. Anyone who sees a show here can judge for themselves – and I’m confident they’ll agree.”

The transformation began in early December, with the goal of bringing an entirely new look and feel to the theater. The result is a modern yet classic design incorporating vibrant colors with all-new furniture and other materials to provide an engaging, comfortable environment. A tiered, bowl-shaped design ensures that every seat in the house has a clear view of the stage, with a floor plan encompassing 1,045 seats. To further differentiate the theater and provide a special experience to VIP customers, the front rows are comprised of nearly two dozen U-shaped booths and a dozen four-seat cocktail tables, a nostalgic throwback to classic Vegas cabaret-style seating with a very modern twist.

Having recently hosted Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas, and seeking to accommodate other shows with often elaborate lighting requirements, the theater now features all-new lighting equipment which includes a GrandMA2 console and rotating, color-mixable Vari*Lite VL2500 wash and spot lights. With discriminating touring acts and audiences in mind, the new Tropicana Theater has also been designed to offer a superb acoustic environment where guests in every
seat can hear every detail. The consistent, well-equalized sound is anchored by a Yamaha M7Cl-48 sound console and d&b speaker system.

Well-positioned for the future, the Tropicana Theater remains rich with Las Vegas history. The space opened in 1973 as the Superstar Theatre and hosted such talents as Sammy Davis, Jr., Mitzi Gaynor, Jack Benny, Phyllis Diller, Lou Rawls, Ann-Margret, Pearl Bailey, Vikki Carr and The Osmonds. In 1975 it was rechristened the Tiffany Theatre as the new home for the hotel’s long-running Folies Bergere, subsequently welcoming diverse performers from Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, Beck and Tenacious D to Rick Thomas and his white Bengal tigers and Dancing with the Stars.

About The New Tropicana Las Vegas |
Prepare to be surprised! The New Tropicana Las Vegas redefines the expectations of today’s global travelers with a recently completed $200 million transformation that provides a casually elegant resort experience. In addition to a South Beach rhythm and vibe, the transformation of the resort includes a fresh redesign of every best-in-class room and suite, the 50,000-square-foot casino, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, several new restaurants and bars, a new race and sports book, Glow®, a Mandara Spa and fitness center, and Bagatelle Supper Club & Beach Club. First-class entertainment includes Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas (seasonal), Laugh Factory and the Mob Attraction Las Vegas.

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Meet Puerto Rico Announces Formation of the MPR Customer Advisory Board (CAB)

First meeting held on heels of best performance for Meet Puerto Rico in 10 years

San Juan, PR–Meet Puerto Rico (MPR), the organization in charge of bringing groups and conventions to Puerto Rico continues its aggressive growth and quest for excellence, with the announcement of the new MPR Customer Advisory Board (CAB). Comprised of 11 professionals representing a diverse mix of companies – from associations, corporations and third party planners – the CAB will act as a sounding board and idea generating body to analyze and critique and then provide feedback regarding critical sales, marketing and operational issues impacting Puerto Rico.

The objectives of the CAB are to improve the use of sales, marketing and operations in terms of planning and spending; explore new revenue opportunities and creative programs to reach customers; establish deeper and more meaningful relationships with key accounts and enhance customer loyalty.

“The formation of this board allows us to learn and tap into their collective experiences and knowledge to provide us with the strategic guidance we need to continue forward along this growth trajectory,” said President & CEO of Meet Puerto Rico, Milton Segarra.

The inaugural CAB meeting, held July 9-11 in San Juan, was comprised of three days of interactive group and individual breakout discussions. Some of the key topics included: Destination and current marketing reviews and updates; discussions regarding the importance of social media to meeting professionals, attendees and key stakeholders and the competitive landscape and sales booking motivators. Discussions regarding destination best practices and recommendations on ways to provide enhanced products and services to meeting professionals and attendees were also reviewed.

New Advisory Board members include:
• Cameron Curtis, CMM, Meetings & Events Manager at Courtesy Associates;
• Nancy DeBrosse, CMP, Senior Vice President, Sales and Account Management at Experient;
• Lisa Dreier, Senior Travel Buyer, Creative Group;
• Chris Gasbarro, Chief at Creative Officer, C3LLC;
• Eli Gorin, CMP, CMM, Owner of Hospitality Growth Partners;
• Adam Hayes, Manager Industry Affairs at Procter & Gamble;
• Kimberly Lewis, CEO, Senior Vice President, Community Advancement Conference & Events at US Green Building Council;
• Laura Miller, Firmwide Events & Sustainability Manager at McKenna Long & Aldridge;
• Amanda Rushing, Director Conferences & Meeting Services at American Society of Civil Engineers;
• Brigida Petro, Vice President, Conference, Roadshow and Event Management at HSBC Securities (USA) Inc.;
• David Williams, CMP, President at Administrative Management Services, Inc.

Results of the first CAB meeting will be released at the August 26, MPR Annual Meeting to be held at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

“It is a privilege to have access to the expertise and insights of these individuals, and we are thrilled with the insights brought up at our first CAB meeting. We look forward to sharing our findings with our partners,” commented Segarra. “Having a finger on the pulse of our clients’ needs and the global business environment can only make us better at our jobs and thus, better at bringing more business to Puerto Rico.”

Meet Puerto Rico recently announced that it reached its annual goal by ensuring 189,109 room nights during this fiscal year 2013-2014. This translates into 409 groups and over 100,000 delegates who, in the next few years, will visit the island either for a meeting, conference, convention or incentive travel producing approximately $110 million to the local economy, according to Milton Segarra, Meet Puerto Rico’s CEO.

Meet Puerto Rico is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to drive meetings, conventions, trade shows and incentive groups to Puerto Rico. With offices in San Juan, Meet Puerto Rico strengthens Puerto Rico’s competitive position in the Americas and abroad by increasing awareness of the Island’s outstanding meeting facilities and services, and produces approximately $110 million to the local economy. Meet Puerto Rico can be reached at or at its website, and is the official marketing and sales agent for the Puerto Rico Convention Center (PRCC). For more information on the Convention Center visit Meet Puerto Rico is accredited by the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) as an elite destination marketing organization. DMAI is the world’s largest association of CVBs, representing more than 600 destination management organizations in more than 25 countries.

Countdown to ‘peace and tranquillity’ begins – meetings industry professionals urged to dig deep and help with CSR Effort at IMEX Challenge 2014

The IMEX Challenge is a biennial humanitarian event designed to make a positive and lasting impact on the local communities where IMEX trade shows take place. The beneficiary for the 2014 program is Las Vegas’s Shade Tree Shelter for homeless and abused women, their children and pets — an organization IMEX has actively supported since the inaugural IMEX America in 2011.

Once it became clear the shelter needed help updating its garden and outside spaces, IMEX saw the opportunity to make fulfilling this wish its next IMEX Challenge. The hands-on, helping event is scheduled for Oct. 11 & 12 – the weekend before IMEX America opens. In order for the Challenge to succeed IMEX and its partners are asking meetings and events industry professionals to roll up their sleeves and sign up to work one four-hour shift during the weekend.

One of The Shade Tree shelter residents and garden visitors summed up the importance of the existing gardens by saying: “The Healing Garden has always been a place where I’ve had great thoughts and made sound decisions for my future. It’s a peaceful, tranquil and lovely space for anyone to
hangout and relax.”

To make the updated gardens a reality, Sands Cares, the charitable arm of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., and exposition services company, GES (Global Experience Specialists) have joined IMEX in the Challenge as Host Sponsors and active participants. A multi-disciplinary team from Sands Cares has already provided expert help in designing and creating detailed plans for the new garden as well as donating all of the plants. They will also direct the planting during the Challenge. GES has donated a variety of materials including secure storage sheds for children’s toys and gardening equipment. Hosts Global Alliance are also confirmed as a Silver Sponsor.

Las-Vegas based music and team-building company, Song Division, is also donating its time to work with the Shade Tree women and children to write and record songs about their experiences, hopes and dreams, adding another memorable healing element to the Challenge.

Says Dale Hudson, IMEX Group Director of Knowledge & Events: “This is such a worthwhile Las Vegas cause and we are incredibly grateful for the support of our sponsors who have put in so much time, energy and resource to making it happen. Now all we have to do is create a willing team of enthusiastic volunteers to bring the new garden vision to life. I have a feeling this is going to be an incredible experience for everyone who gets involved.”

Both individual and company sponsorships are still available with participating sponsor places start at just $150. Find out more here –