Center for Exhibition Industry Research released the Quick Guide on Attendee Preferences by Industry Sector, a tool for planning marketing strategies to targeted attendees. The tool provides data sources relied upon when selecting an exhibition to attend; overall reasons for attending; specific shopping reasons for attending; floor interaction preferences, and more. Details: www.ceir.org.
Several associations expressed disappointment at the Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal in which the associations believe the Federal Reserve inflated debit swipe fees. National Restaurant Association policy and government affairs EVP Scott DeFife said, “Allowing higher fees on low-ticket bills was not the intent of Congress and an unintended consequence of the Federal Reserve’s flawed implementation of the law.” National Retail Federation SVP Mallory Duncan said, “The court’s ruling means retailers will keep paying billions of dollars more than they should, and that fee-hungry banks will continue to rake in unearned profits that ultimately come out of consumers’ pockets. We will continue to press the issue.”
European Tourism Association said it has not heard of any significant cancellations by groups or individuals traveling to Paris since the terrorist attacks that killed 17 people earlier this month. last week. Executive director Tom Jenkins speculated that one of the reasons might be the show of solidarity among world leaders in Paris, including German President Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, "Whatever the reason, so far we have seen a heartening resilience amongst the public…[Visitors] have decided that the best response to this assault is to go to Paris and enjoy themselves. And Paris — one of the world's top international destinations — remains defiantly there to be enjoyed."
Association Media & Publishing is accepting entries for the EXCEL Awards, which recognize excellence in nonprofit media. The competition is open to all 501(c) nonprofit organizations. Any project completed between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2014, is eligible. Award winners will be announced in April and honored at the 35th Annual EXCEL Awards gala at the AM&P annual meeting, June 15-17 at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington.
CompTIA, the IT industry association, launched CompTIA Legal Services Program, which offers the association’s premier members access to core legal services provided by InfoTech Law Advocates. This includes: free risk assessment and company annual report filing, and free Quick Calls to ITLA legal professionals.
On Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, $34.9 million was raised online via five major donation processing platforms. An additional $10.8 million was tabulated by two of the five reporting platforms in initial reported offline donations that day, bringing the #GivingTuesday 2014 estimated initial total to $45.7 million. The December 2014 analysis also found that between #GivingTuesdays 2013 and 2014, the total amount raised via primarily online methods grew at least 63 percent and the total number of donations increased an estimated 53 percent. The total number of participating organizations is estimated to have increased by 55 percent. Experts estimate that online giving in general represents between 6 percent and 10 percent of total annual giving. Details: www.givingusa.org
ASAE is accepting entries for the Power of A Awards, which recognize community projects by associations. From these entries the Summit Award winners are selected. Deadline is April 30. For details, go to www.thepowerofa.org/awards.
National Retail Federation launched United for Patent Reform, a coalition co-chaired by NRF and Oracle, and comprises grocery, hotel, retail, restaurant and technology associations and companies. The coalition will pursue patent reform legislation aimed at curbing abuse of the patent system by “patent trolls.” Details: www.unitedforpatentreform.com.
Nashville (Tenn.) Convention & Visitors Corp, and Music City Center have partnered with the Professional Convention Management Association for the eighth annual PCMA Citywide Auction. The auction raises money to fund high-level meetings industry education.
The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will install “ActivLocator,” a geolocation technology by Sherpa Solutions, to provide digital wayfinding for visitors looking for meeting rooms, exhibit halls and exhibit booths from wherever the visitor may be in the facility.
Global Industry Development Network grew its association clients and partners by 35 percent in 2014. The company attributes the growth to its move from Australia to the U.S. GIDN comprises business development consultants who work with international associations, convention bureaus and companies. GIDN specializes in bids, grants and tenders.
Association of Destination Management Executives International announced its 2015 officers slate, headed by president Bent Hadler, DMCP, CIS, Hadler DMC Scandinavia; and president-elect David Rome, DMCP, CMP, BBC Destination Management. For the full slate, go to www.adme.org.
Cindy Ady to chief executive, Tourism Calgary. She had been the interim head since 2013. She succeeds Randy Williams, who departed in 2013. She is a former cabinet minister as well as Alberta’s tourism minister from 2008 to 2011.
At Disney: Mark Sadowski to public relations director, global Disney Meetings. He succeeds Terry Brinkoetter, who becomes public relations director for Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club andb
Alexis Berggren to event services director, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center She was operations and events services director, Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.
A memorial mass for Walter Francis Holtsmaster, a well-known meetings and hotel executive, will be at 2 p.m. on Jan. 23 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington, Va.