The Events Industry Council (EIC) announced preliminary results of an unprecedented worldwide study on the economic significance of face-to-face business events.
The Global Economic Significance of Business Events, conducted by Oxford Economics, is the first-ever comprehensive study on the impact of business events. The research was made possible by a ground-breaking industry collaboration with the EIC in partnership with IMEX, Hilton, the MPI Foundation, and the PCMA Education Foundation.
The trillion-dollar (USD) outlay reflects the direct spending attributed to planning, producing, attending and/or hosting business events which include meetings, conferences, conventions, exhibitions, and incentive travel. As a commercial engine, this would rank the business events sector alongside consumer electronics in terms of size and scope.
“IMEX America, which brings together more than 13,000 of the industry’s leading decision-makers and influencers, is the ideal place to share the powerful effect business events have – economically, socially, and culturally,” said Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAE, Chair, Events Industry Council. “This research will be a critical tool in demonstrating why business events are key to growth and development in every corner of the world.”
In 2017, business events brought together more than 1.4 billion participants in over 180 countries.
The EIC expects to make the full research report available on its website November 9, which will also include the total economic impact of business events, including jobs and GDP, as well as ranking of the top 50 countries. EIC is also sharing the link via #BE1TrillionStrong.
Events Industry Council CEO, Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE noted, “The Global Economic Significance of Business Events offers a compelling snapshot of the broad reach, scope and strength of our industry. The findings will help us tell a more complete story of how and why business events serve as a major economic generator. We are especially fortunate that industry champions Hilton, IMEX, the MPI Foundation and the PCMA Education Foundation made it possible to quantify the real value of business events.”
The City of McAllen, Texas, has hired Yajaira Flores as its new director of the McAllen Convention Center Facilities, which includes the McAllen Convention Center, the McAllen Performing Arts, and Oval Park and Quinta Mazatlán. Flores has more than 15 years of experience in public assembly facility management, strategic event planning, and event marketing and is regarded as a driving force behind some of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest events and promotion initiatives.
“We are so excited to have Yajaira leading our Convention Center Facilities, bringing her unique perspective and professionalism back to McAllen, to continue to make our event and entertainment facilities the place to be for conferences, shows, festivals, and events,” the city said in a release.
Through the years, Flores has fostered partnerships with event promoters, city leaders, and the community to see events developed from initial planning stages to realization. She spearheaded the grand opening of the Bert Ogden Arena in her role as director of booking and marketing for Bert Ogden Arena and H-E-B Park.
She previously spent nine years working for the City of McAllen for the Convention Facilities Department which included the McAllen Convention Center, McAllen Performing Arts Center, and the old McAllen Civic Center Auditorium. In this role, she led the booking efforts for the new Performing Arts Center in its opening season. Beginning in 2014, Flores has served as Adjunct Professor for the College of Business Administration – Marketing Department where she uses her expansive network to empower and educate marketing students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg.
In addition to her B.B.A, Yajaira obtained a master’s degree from the University of Texas – Pan American in Business Administration and is a 2018 graduate of VMS. She is a member of several professional organizations including IAVM, Meeting Planners International (MPI), International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA), International Festivals and Event Association (IFEA).
A man choked to death when his shirt got caught in an escalator in a New York subway.
The 48-year-old man was found unconscious on top of the escalator with part of his shirt caught in the machine and the neckline choking him.
Officials have named him as Carlos Alvarez, according to media reports.
The authorities had been called to reports of a man behaving erratically at the Intervale Station in Longwood, southwest Bronx. They arrived at the station at around 3:45 am on Sunday, October 14.
Police were able to cut the shirt off the 48-year-old man and took him to Lincoln Hospital, but he later died.
Surveillance video captured Alvarez trying in vain to free himself, WPIX/Channel 11 reported.
The New York Post quoted an unnamed Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) worker as saying it was “an accident” and that “somebody fell and went all the way up.”
A witness, Giovanni Fernandez, told the tabloid that passers-by had tried to help the man, saying, “When I got off the train, I saw the guy stuck on the escalator. A lot of people were surrounding him [and] he was at the top. I saw the blood [near his head]. His head was split open. All you see is this guy sprawled face down.”
MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said the “tragic and unusual incident” was under investigation.
IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety & Security is an excellent source of safety training for incidents including those on escalators. For registration information about the 2019 AVSS, click here.
Daktronics, in conjunction with SMG, was asked by the Pennsylvania Convention Center to provide seven new LED video displays to amplify the guest experience during more than 200 annual events hosted by the facility. The installation took place this summer and the displays are currently sharing messages with visitors and passersby.
“As the world becomes more digitized, our new digital displays will offer our customers a chance to bring that new technology right into their meeting spaces,” said Gregory J. Fox, Esquire, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority. “This installation has heightened the presence of meetings and conventions – as well as the experience of event attendees – in our Broad Street Atrium, which was already a unique and impressive space.”
Six displays featuring 4-millimeter line-spacing are lined on each side of the main entrance in mirror fashion below each escalator to greet visitors to the convention center and to show event specific content. Further inside the entrance, a display along the rear wall features a narrow pixel pitch of 2.5-millimeters that engages guests as they pass by. These displays also show upcoming event information and other abstract content to create a welcoming atmosphere.
“We are pleased to work with Daktronics, the world’s premier digital signage company, in bringing a premier amenity to our customers,” said Kelvin D. Moore, CMP, Regional General Manager for SMG, the nation’s leading public facility manager which oversees the day-to-day operations of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. “We are very pleased with the response we are receiving from our customers.”
Two displays along the bottom of the atrium’s staircases measure 2 feet high by 34 feet wide. The next two displays above that area measure 2 feet high by 28 feet wide, while the top two displays measure 2 feet high by 16.5 feet wide. The narrow pixel pitch display in the rear of the atrium measures approximately 8 feet high by 14 feet wide. The combination of displays provides crisp, clear imagery to wow visitors to every event and to passersby.
“SMG, the venue management group for the convention center, presented Daktronics with a challenge of how to attract greater awareness of the building’s Broad Street entrance from the significant outdoor audience,” said Peter Dunkle, Daktronics sales representative. “The challenge was to attract interest through design, display brightness and content, yet also blend in and keep in style with the iconic architecture of the building’s interior. Working together with SMG, we believe that we’ve accomplished these goals while also incorporating additional effects that Daktronics can achieve through our master Show Control System.”
Daktronics Creative Services, an in-house, award-winning creative team, worked closely with the convention center to produce event-specific content as well as Philadelphia-specific content for the new system. The content produced includes a welcome message and template, upcoming events template, a logo treatment, artistic elements and treated footage of the Pennsylvania area in an ink reveal fashion.
“We really wanted to create content that showcased a more artistic interpretation for this project,” said Ethan Sevilla, Creative Services account manager. “We are able to use the displays as seven different canvases or we can use multiple displays as larger canvases by accounting for the space between the displays and creating content as if they were whole. It leads to some cool effects with all the displays working together when an individual is standing near the entryway.”
Association Convention & Facilities magazine recently ran a cover feature on The Pacific Northwest which featured Jeff Blosser, president and CEO of the Washington State Convention Center, and Tom Norwalk, president and CEO of Visit Seattle. Both are integral in IAVM’s City-Pairs Task Force.
The magazine feature spotlighted several areas in the Pacific Northwest as destinations and hubs for meetings.