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Long Beach: Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show was the promised land for tens of thousands of travel enthusiasts, all ready to be inspired by the sights, sounds and cultures of faraway destinations from across the globe, as the nation’s largest consumer travel show returned to the Long Beach Convention Center.  Named one of Southern California’s top trade shows by BizBash, the event featured hundreds of exhibiting companies and countries representing some of the world’s most sought-after destinations, tour offerings  and travel experiences. The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show promised a weekend of discovery and inspiration to help travelers “dream it, plan it and book it”.  Event attendees were able to shop exclusive travel deals, attend travel seminars on three educational stages and meet prominent travel experts.  There were celebrity travel personalities aplenty. Speakers included The Amazing Race host, Phil Keoghan; travel icon and television personality Peter Greenberg; Travel Channel hosts Samantha Brown and Josh Gates; and award-winning television personality and author Rick Steves.  You want the book?  Or you want TO book?  #travel

Long Beach: Cops West

CopsWest is all about the California Peace Officers Association, or CPOA.   The show provides public safety officials of all ranks and agency sizes an opportunity to explore the newest technology and learn from industry leaders (2,500 of them) from throughout California and beyond — in fact over 25 states were represented, so this is not just about California. CPOA’s membership program strives to develop leadership skills through training, advocacy and networking. All ranks from public safety agencies and government departments were represented.  CPOA is divided into 10 regions, with each region having its own regional board, officers and committees. These regions hold training seminars on topics of local interest — topics like Police Under Attack, Canine Program Management, Officer-Involved Shootings (a pretty topical topic since Ferguson, let’s be honest), and Connecting With Your Community (ditto).

Long Beach: Intermodal Expo

Long Beach: World Tea Expo & Healthy Beverage Expo

World Tea Expo serves the $8 billion US tea industry.  World Tea Expo & Healthy Beverage Expo is touted as the leading tradeshow and conference focused solely on premium teas and related products.  The idea was to blend fresh ideas, new trends, and new distribution channels with three days of focused buying, selling, and education.  As the tea industry’s premier marketplace, we heard, these were the three days each year when tea industry professionals connect face-to-face to unveil new products, optimize high quality merchandise and gain in-depth product knowledge. Retailers, tea room owners, distributors, F&B directors, spa managers, specialty grocers, mass merchants and other business professionals all attended the Expo to see more than 200 high-quality tea suppliers and vendors exhibit new products and innovations.  Okay, you wanted tea for how many?  Oh, ok… tea for two it is…  #WTE14  #teachamp

Long Beach: AeroDef Manufacturing

AeroDef Manufacturing is the big one for “elevating brand exposure for the Aerospace and Defense industries”.  Attendees were there to hear top industry insiders give their take on big issues concerning the future of aerospace and defense manufacturing.  Panel discussion topics included cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the aerospace and defense manufacturing supply chain, with a focus on current and emerging solutions. Another panel explored the current state and transformational potential of 3D technologies like additive manufacturing, 3D printing, modeling and simulation and design engineering.  The exposition floor was set up in multiple technology zones: composites, metals & advanced materials; contract manufacturing services; digital & additive manufacturing; finishing & coatings: extreme environments and survivability; integrated assembly & robotics; precision machining & tooling; and quality, measurement & inspection.  Hey, you’re looking zoned already…

Long Beach: Southern California Plumbing Heating Cooling Industry – PHCC

PHCC is the Southern California Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors’ Association, and it’s all about Heating, Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning,  Plumbing & HVAC.  This group is dedicated to the advancement and education of the plumbing and HVACR industry for the health, safety, and comfort of society and the protection of the environment.  The association is America’s premier trade group for the p-h-c professional, and has more than 3,500 open and union shop contractor members who manage businesses in residential service and new construction, commercial and industrial markets.  The PHCC National Association had committed to participating in the 2014 Fix A Leak Week campaign, and encouraged PHCC chapters and members to join in that effort.  Around the show, there was advice aplenty:  for instance some contractors had been reporting difficulty soldering the new brass alloys;  the industry advice to installers was to practice with the new materials to gain confidence in specific techniques.  Yeah, we’re tellin’ ya, brasswise, practice makes perfect…

Long Beach: International Salon & Spa Expo – PBA

ISSE is the International Salon & Spa Expo, and it claims pole position as the largest professional shopping and educational beauty event on the West Coast.  Delegates were milling around to see the hottest professional tools and products.  There was a full line-up of professional education sessions in Hair, Nails, Skin & Wellness, including Hands-On Hair, CIDESCO Section USA Skin, and student and early professional classes.  Another big draw was the creative presentations and runway events by beauty icons from across the globe on ISSE’s three stages, and throughout the expo floor.  Then there was the EstheticsAmerica & Wellness pavilion, designed specifically for skin and wellness professionals.  Competition-wise, you could compete in ISSE Long Beach Hairstyling, Major League Barber Hot Hands Barber, and Nailpro Nail contests.  Oh, you didn’t win?  Well, don’t throw an ISSE-fit…!   #ISSELB14