Friday, March 21, 2008

Cheers for EXHIBITOR08

Exhibitor 2008 was another great gathering of trade show industry professionals. It was another educational experience and one I look forward to every year. There is always plenty to see and many people to meet. And never enough time to see everything.

I’d like to say thanks to everyone who attended and made it a worthwhile experience.

Although I live in Las Vegas, it is not easy for me to spend much time at the show. What time I do have I spend it by taking photos on the show floor and talking with as many people as possible. Please visit our Trade Show Expo photo gallery and see some of the photos from the show. Look for a short video on the show in the next eNewsletter. Hopefully I will put it together soon and share it with all our readers.

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed the welcome reception and the chance to walk through the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. It’s one of the best aquatic exhibits on the Las Vegas Strip. I found it appropriate for sushi to be served before visiting the sharks.

Exhibitor is always a great resource for the latest in products, services and trends in the trade show industry. But for those of you who missed MOD ’08, you missed a great opportunity for learning about the latest trends in modular booths. Hosted by Dan Hanover of Event Design Magazine, this event was held at the Four Seasons — just a short walk away from the Exhibitor show floor. This was the second year that Abex Exhibits and Octanorm partnered with many other sponsors to present this show. I was amazed by the latest in modular design as presented by Armen Gharabegian, founder and CEO or Ethos Design. Other speakers included Simon Burton creator of The Exhibiting Show UK, Robbie Blumenfeld of Abex and Alan Cordial of Calan Communications. All the speakers had insightful information to share.

The shrimp and crab was also great. Also, kudos to all the sponsores involved including K&S International, Rock-it Cargo,, Dazian Rentals, Lounge22, Nuvista, Event Crowd, Entertainment Lighting Services, Interlock Structures and Convention Models & Talent. The only criticisms I have is that the show started late and there were some technical glitches with the sound system, but otherwise, I look forward to Mod ’09.

I hope you find lots of good information in this week’s newsletter. There is a bit more International news in this issue. You can also read about a new resort coming to Seattle, Wa. There are more people making news below as well.

Until next week, enjoy the Spring and have a good Easter!

Vincent Hernandez
Publisher & Editor, Trade Show Expo