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Los Angeles: California Gift Show – Winter

You wanted to be reminded of all the things you might want but don’t own yet?  You needed The California Gift Show (Winter), bringing together “an unparalleled offering of local resources, destination lines and international fare”.  This year there was a significantly expanded exhibitor base in eight well-balanced product categories, curated in a way ideally suited to the West Coast retail audience.  Sectors on show included Gifts, Design, Markers’ Market, Personal Style, Boardwalk, World Style, Vintage, and Jewelry Cash & Carry.  It all added up to “the largest gift & home market in the West”.  Attendance saw growth in a
number of key western region trading areas, including California, Oregon and Nevada. Steady buyer traffic, combined with a number of new show promotions and programs, came together to create an upbeat atmosphere on the show floor, we found.   The newly expanded and rebranded “Makers’ Market “ section put a special spotlight on artisans and designers showcasing handcrafted crafts in a variety of categories, including jewelry, home décor and tabletop. Where do the ideas come from?  It’s a special gift…  #CAGiftShow

Los Angeles: Expo!Expo! – International Assn. of Exhibitions & Events – IAEE

The exhibitions and events industry is worth $11 billion a year, we hear.  Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) is today the leading association for the global exhibition industry. It represents over 8,500 individuals who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.  IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition goes by the title Expo! Expo!  It’s billed as “the event where the organizers from association, corporate, public and independent exhibitions and events are, and where they come to learn”.  The program was specifically designed to benefit show organizers, executives, show directors, managers and staff who work in exhibit sales, event marketing and show operations.  Visitors to the stands of selected exhibitors could enter the Grand Prize Sweepstakes using the a2z Scavenger Hunt and New Product Showcase Treasure Hunt. This was an industry “making an exhibition of itself”….

Los Angeles: Audio Engineering Society Convention – AES

AES is the Audio Engineering Society Convention, and there were workshops, tutorials, technical papers and the trade show floor provide attendees with a wealth of learning, networking and business opportunities.  Sound?  Well, it’s an essential ingredient in games, movies, TV programming (broadcast and streaming), and of course the music industry.  This was the place to be if you had anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and with 15,400 registered attendees and over 300 exhibitors and sponsors.  There were over 350 presentations from more than 700 leading researchers and practitioners in the field.  At show close, AES reported a 28% increase in visitor traffic since the last time the convention was on the West Coast (the133rd AES Convention in San Francisco in 2012 — this one was the 137th).  Sounds like a pretty “sound” result…  #AESorg

Los Angeles: The LED Show

Los Angeles: Pacific Oil Conference – POC

POC stands for Pacific Oil Conference, and, rather than focusing on getting the stuff out of the ground, this one was for people who retail gas and other forecourt products.  Full title of the show?  The Fuel Distributors And Convenience Store Industries Western Summit.  What do you do for kicks at a Fuel Distributors And Convenience Store Summit?  Well, aside from listening to keynoters (David Nelson, a professor of economics at Western Washington University presented a session entitled “Energy, The Economy, and The Future”) and the extensive educational sessions… there was a networking dinner, golf, bowling and a Prayer Breakfast.  Petroleum marketers and convenience store retailers from throughout the western United States joined their hands together and besought the Almighty for…. well, a hole in one… two strikes in a row… oh, yeah, and a healthy future for gas retailing please….

Los Angeles: Global Business Travel Association – GBTA

GBTA is the Global Business Travel Association, and their Los Angeles beano claims to be the largest gathering of business travel buyers in the world, enabling travel companies to put their brand in front of close to 1,500 business travel buyers.  This included a chance to reach the world’s largest gathering of Fortune 100 business travel buyers, we heard.  The average travel spend among buyers hovered around the $84 million mark, so there was real money involved.  There were education sessions designed to update convention attendees on a variety of topics including management skill development, sourcing and procurement, the global marketplace, and business strategy.  One well-attended session was titled A Numbers Game: Using Strategic KPIs to Demonstrate Value of Travel Management to Senior Management.  Uh… KPIs?  That’s Key Performance Indicators to you and me, pilgrim….  #GBTA2014

GBTA2014: The only place that sucks my battery life more than Tuscany

GBTA2014: The only place that sucks my battery life more than Tuscany

Los Angeles: Electronic Entertainment Expo – E3

More sights seen at #E32014