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Las Vegas: Expo!Expo!

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events is today the leading association for the global exhibition industry. IAEE represents over 9,000 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world, and IAEE proclaims that “Exhibitions and Events mean business”. Their show goes by Expo! Expo!, and IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition brought together organizers and industry suppliers for their mutual benefit through exhibition, education and networking events. The focus of Expo! Expo! was, we heard, to create a learning culture and strategic networking opportunities. To that end, the 2015 Expo! Expo! Connect platform leveraged state-of-art networking and matchmaking technology, to get everyone talking. Just a big gabfest, then? Deep down, this was a big-talking industry making an exhibition of itself…. #ExpoExpo

Las Vegas – SEMA 2015 – Automotive Week 2015

The SEMA Show, we were told, is pretty much the biggest automotive specialty products trade event in the world. This year like others, it apparently drew the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to the Las Vegas Convention Center. As part of the AAIW, the SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries, all searching for profit opportunities in the automotive, truck and SUV, powersports, and RV markets. SEMA Show drew big numbers of both domestic and international buyers. The displays were segmented into twelve sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provided attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations and special events. Delegates were reminded frequently that being there would put them “ahead of the curve”… So that explains some of the curvy-type people manning the booths… #sema2015
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Las Vegas: Travel Goods Show

The Travel Goods Show was sold out, maxed out, and an enormous success, we heard. Nearly 300 exhibitors – 44 more than last year – displayed more than 500 brands. This is very definitely an industry that’s on the move. The Show was up 75% in floor space and up 50% in the number of exhibitors, offering travelling kits, travelling accessories, travelling experiences and essentials.  The expo was more global than ever, with 77 international exhibitors, up from 44 in 2014. The event presented everything that might be an urgency or a necessity for every traveler.  This event has emerged as a place where business connections are developed.  Travel goods are defined as luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks.  The Travel Goods Show is an example of a show for which you have to pack luggage in order to go look at… luggage.

Las Vegas: NASCAR Sprint Car Series

NASCAR Sprint Car Series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Motorsports Complex, March 6-8, 2015. Thanks for the memories, #24 Jeff Gordon!

Las Vegas: WPPI – Wedding & Portrait Photographers Int’l

WPPI stands for Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, and Las Vegas is the logical place to hold it.  Where else can you get wedding photos showing couples tying the knot in chapels where Elvis impersonators officiate?  Wedding Photographers International was founded in the 1970’s and provided a much-needed forum for photographers who had long asked for guidance, and an association of their own.  In 2013, WPPI became part of the Professional Photo Group, which includes PDN, Rangefinder, PhotoServe, PhotoSource, IPN, PhotoPlus and Outdoor Photo Expo.  This group covers all platforms for professional photographers, including conferences and trade shows, contests and competitions, social networking, trade publications and more.  Realizing that many of WPI’s present and future members were involved in both wedding and portrait photography, Wedding Photographers International officially became Wedding & Portrait Photographers International in 1995. And they have photos to prove it…  #WPPI2015

Las Vegas: EXHIBITORlive

Las Vegas: International Franchise Association Annual Convention – IFA

Buying a franchise can be an investment in the future, but as with any major decision, the prospective franchisee needs to thoroughly research the franchise industry, the franchise model and the pros and cons of owning a franchise.  Franchising, we were told, means going into business for yourself, but not by yourself. IFA is the International Franchise Association Annual Convention.  Celebrating 55 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the IFA is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.  There are, we heard, more than 780,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 8.9 million direct jobs, $890 billion of economic output for the US economy and 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product.  IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.  You’re doing this for yourself, right…?  #IFA2015