September 01, 2014

Meetings News-in-Brief

Association News

International Association of Exhibitions and Events and the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration signed a memorandum of agreement to increase awareness about exporting in the U.S. business community. The strategic partnership focuses on small and medium-sized businesses, educating them about the tools and resources IAEE member organizations provide to help them succeed in the global marketplace. Joint activities may include building awareness through outreach at tradeshows, collaborative press and digital communication, and online registration for resource support.

Anaheim/Orange County (Calif.) Visitor & Convention Bureau, Visit Baltimore and the San Antonio (Texas) CVB have formed a partnership they call Synchronicities, designed to assist meeting professionals in maximizing return on investment. Offerings include customizable options, and a seamless knowledge transfer between the three cities, and a united services and marketing platform. “The communication between the cities will ensure consistent service delivery and simplify the meeting planning process," Visit Baltimore CEO Tom Noonan said. An early example of a group using Synchronicities is the National Postal Forum, which selected Anaheim, Baltimore and San Antonio to host its annual conferences in 2015, 2017 and 2018, respectively.

Reed Travel Exhibitions has announced management changes for IBTM America 2015 (renamed following AIBTM 2014) with Jaime Rosov appointed as event director. Michael J. Lyons, who has been at the helm of AIBTM for the past two years, is leaving to pursue other personal career interests. Rosov has worked on several of Reed Exhibitions’ large-scale events in the U.S., including the National Hardware Show, PGA Shows, JCK Shows, ReedPOP group and ISC (Security Shows) among others.

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