More will be posted later but this is a little sneak preview of the Star Wars car (hand drawn with a sharpie)
Once you see all those black-and-yellow keyhole logos scattered around the convention center, you know you’re at a Security Industry event. ISC West is the International Security Conference and Exposition, and they’re there to remind you that you have plenty of stuff you want locked away and kept safe. There was much to learn about how to do that. There was a Security Cloud Computing panel, a discussion about how physical security applications can reduce cost and create value by leveraging the internet Cloud. Other panels explored novel techniques like video analytics, biometric technology and Personal Emergency Response Systems. Feeling secure now? You earned some out-of-town fun, like the scenic motorcycle and sports-car ride through the Valley of Fire and Hoover Dam area, raising funds for volunteer groups and publicly paid first-responders who take courses on safety-related issues. Stay safe, now, y’hear?
It’s the Official Convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners or NATO. (No, not the NATO that has been trying to stop Muammar Gaddafi from shooting up his fellow-Libyans). “The world goes to the movies, and the movie world goes to CinemaCon”, which was all about “celebrating the moviegoing experience”, and of course rubbing shoulders with Tinseltown celebrities like Helen Mirren and Russell Brand. (The British are much in evidence again, apparently). There was tinsel in plenty, from exclusive Hollywood product previews debuting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to big stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon jumpstarted the excitement and buzz that always surrounds the summer season at the box office. Hey, lady, hold your popcorn down lower, I can’t see the screen…
“GlobalShop is “”The Retail Solutions Event”", and the main things being retailed to these delegates were “”inspiration, innovation and insights”". GlobalShop is supposed to be the largest store design and retail marketing show in the United States. It is the place where retailers and brand marketers can shop for over 10,000 products and visit more than 900 suppliers in one location. The conference program offered 24 sessions led by top retail experts, who provided insight, advice and best practice information on how to create sustainable brands at retail that resonate with consumers. Big topics took in subjects like Lessons of the Recession; Shopper Marketing — a Revolution in Need of an Objective; From Research to Reality — Turning Shopper Insights into Successful Store Design; and Reimagining the Retail Store — The Shopper’s Experience. Sounds like retailers mainly needed to hone their listening skills…
“Call it by its full name: CONEXPO+CON/AGG 2011. It was the international gathering place for the construction industries. Held every three years, the exposition showcased the latest equipment, products, services and technologies in the building trade. With over 2,000 exhibitors shouting for your attention (this is an industry unafraid of making noise, people), you could get up close and size up the newest equipment and technology in the construction industry, bring yourself up to speed on new systems and instrumentation, and see all the latest innovations making the industry greener, safer and more precise. A comprehensive education program during the five-day exposition offered attentive delegates a program of sessions emphasizing industry issues and trends, management do’s and don’ts, and applied building technology. It was so quiet in the seminar rooms you could hear a ton of bricks drop…
Big Trade show week this week. Las Vegas is packed to the rafters. There was 97% occupancy this past weekend and even rooms at the Imperial Palace were selling for 200.00+ per night.
Not the case this week. They are charging $20.00 for a pass to ride the shuttle if you aren’t staying at the designated hotel. How can they know this, you might ask. You have to show your room key in order to get on the bus or your pass.
Its supposed to be an “offset” for the higher fuel rates but I’m thinking they are just trying to maximize their P/L since the last time this show was here, 2009, we were just on the fringe beginnings of the recession.
Snapped this shot on 3/15 a full 7 days before the show even opens. It’s actually the largest trade show in the Western Hemisphere.
I guess we’ll be parking at the Riv and walking over.
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