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    1. Meetings Industry Leaders Ponder Future of Exhibitions and Trade Shows

      Meetings Industry Leaders Ponder Future of Exhibitions and Trade Shows
      What will the exhibition of the future look like? A group of industry organizations have come together to develop five potential future trade-show models through an initiative called Future Meet. The point isn’t that the trade show and exhibit models are broken, it is to get people thinking about new ideas and ways to adapt, said Deborah Sexton, president and chief executive officer at the Professional Convention Management Association. PCMA’s Education Foundation is one of five organizations fu
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    2. PCMA Invests in Virtual and Hybrid Meetings

      PCMA Invests in Virtual and Hybrid Meetings
      The Professional Convention Management Association has invested an undisclosed amount of money in the Virtual Edge Institute, an organization that offers research and education on virtual events. “We believe so strongly in it that we are making an investment,” said Deborah Sexton, president and chief executive officer, PCMA, who did not disclose the amount or commit to more than a one-time investment. PCMA is investing in education and research on virtual meetings, and not just for PCMA’s benefi
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    3. Meetings Industry Associations Change Names

      Meetings Industry Associations Change Names
      Two meetings industry associations, both managed by Creative Marketing Alliance, have rebranded to better reflect new strategic directions brought on by changes in the meetings industry. The Association for Convention Operations Management has changed its name to the Event Service Professionals Association, while the Association for Convention Sales and Marketing Executives rebranded as Convention Sales Professionals International. The 20-year-old former ACOM, which serves the event and conventi
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    4. Hawaii Prepares to Host World Leaders at Major Economic Conference

      Hawaii Prepares to Host World Leaders at Major Economic Conference
      Honolulu is preparing to host one of the largest and most high-profile events in its history, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders meeting, which will bring 20,000 delegates from 21 different countries to the island of Oahu November 7–13. U.S. President Barack Obama will be joined in Honolulu by 20 heads of state from Pacific Rim nations to address issues of economic growth, trade, and investment. The 21 member economies—which include China, Russia, Australia, Japan, and the United Stat
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    5. San Antonio Convention Center Unveils Renovations

      San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center has undergone $40 million in renovations in the past two years, including the construction of the facility’s newest outdoor space, Plaza Acequia. The 20,000-square-foot space will accommodate up to 1,500 guests for receptions. The plaza is named after the acequia (irrigation system) that colonial Spain built on this site in the 1700s. The plaza is scheduled for completion this fall. Earlier this year, the Lonesome Dove Room opened. The Texas-them
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