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Las Vegas: Global Gaming Expo, Oct. 4-7, 2011

The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2011 took place at the Sands Convention and Expo Center Oct. 4-7, 2011.

G2E is the world’s premier casino-entertainment event and several thousand exhibitors and attendees participate in the event each year. The conference program with cutting-edge conference sessions led by leading-edge industry experts covers topics such as Casino Design; Compliance, Law & Regulation; Finance; Gaming Technology; Global Markets Forum; Human Resources; Indian Gaming; Marketing & Players’ Clubs; NCRG at G2E; and Retail, Dining & Entertainment.

The exhibition features hundreds of casino companies featuring their latest machines and table games as well as exhibitors from food and beverage and entertainment.

Las Vegas: IMEX, Oct. 11-13, 2011

IMEX — America’s Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel, Meetings and Events — took place  Oct. 11-13, 2011 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.

More than 1,800 exhibitors from across the world attended IMEX America including national and regional tourist offices, convention & visitor bureaus, hotels, conference centers, cruise lines, technology providers, car rental, golf destinations, airlines, luxury trains, ground agents, exhibition centers, spa resorts, trade associations, destination management companies, event management specialists, transportation companies, trade publications.

IMEX also featured a unique variety of educational and networking events.

New Orleans: Telco TV

Oct. 25-27, 2011. Consumer choice in video options has grown to include multiple pay-TV options, time shifting, video on demand, internet and mobile video.  This means the competitive picture for telecom service providers has become much more complex. Yet video continues to be the cornerstone of a multiservice entertainment bundle.  TelcoTV 2011 provided a forum for frank discussion of these challenges and the current video services market. Among the topics explored were: Among the topics to be explored are: Exploring cost-effective content acquisition strategies, Adding information services/widgets to your video service and The role of home networking and customer support as a commercial play.  It’s all coming to a flat screen near you.

Minneapolis: Education Minnesota

Oct. 20-21, 2011. Education Minnesota is, we hear, “the union of 70,000 educators”, and judging by the agenda for this event, retirement planning is the hot topic on all those educators’ minds right now.  You can imagine the questions:  What is your financial vulnerability with long-term illness?   How can you protect your assets and savings?  What can you expect from Social Security?  Tax-deferred and tax-free savings.  Asset allocation and asset management/diversification/performance and fees.  403(b) match and severance payment options.  Medicare options.  Understanding your pension.  Happily for delegates, reassurance was on hand from expert speakers on all those pressing topics.  So everyone could heave a sigh of relief and get back to the actual education part of the job.

New Orleans: Staffing World

Oct. 11-14, 2011. A crowd of staffing professionals from throughout the country and around the globe gathered for Staffing World 2011. The New Orleans setting provided a backdrop for what attendees called an engaging and energizing event—the ASA annual convention and expo—and the highest-profile gathering in the staffing business.  Staffing industry veteran and pioneer Robert Gibson was inducted into the ASA Leadership Hall of Fame, and spoke on the unique value Staffing World brings to the industry. Gibson remarked on the industry competitors that, as colleagues, gather at Staffing World each year with a common goal of advancing their field. “You are changing America’s view of staffing,” he said, “by quickly adapting services to meet client needs and maintaining a level of excellence that ensures a successful future for the industry”.  You want more?  Talk to my staff.

Dallas: Fall Toy Preview

Oct. 05-06, 2011. Toys, toys, toys.  So where were the goggle-eyed kiddies?  Fall Toy Preview was not open to the media. No children (including infants) under the age of 18 could be issued show badges or permitted on the show floor. This applied to exhibitor and attendees’ children, child inventors, demonstrators, and consultants. Fall Toy Preview, you see, is the by-appointment-only event where toy manufacturers privately show their newest product lines to long-lead buyers. Exhibitors have to currently sell to mass market accounts, and they must show products for 4th quarter sales in the following year.  There are rules, you know, even for toy-trade people!  But that didn’t stop the inner kid from coming out in some of the sellers and buyers.

Washington DC: ATCA 2011

Oct. 02-05, 2011. This was North America’s premier air traffic control conference, the Annual ATCA Conference and Exposition, taking an in-depth look at the future of air traffic control. As ATC/ATM industry thought leaders, the panel continued to make its Annual Conference the premier forum for aviation professionals. The Conference consisted of three days of presentations, seminars, networking opportunities and exhibitions,  with the participation of internationally recognized experts in the ATC/ATM industry.   It was the largest such conference in the Americas, with 3000 conference participants from over 40 countries, also playing host to over 120 exhibiting companies, government agencies and NGO’s.  Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.