The mood has been generally upbeat at VenueConnect — the 88th annual conference and trade show for the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) — which is running July 27-30 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. The conference, which attracts those in the business of public assembly and executives from convention centers, arenas, performing arts centers, civic centers, theaters, etc., was well attended (though trade show exhibitors were down), most noticeably among ticketing companies.
VenueConnect 2013 in New Orleans has come and gone. If you were there, you undoubtedly brought back home with you some new ideas, some extra motivation and likely some new friends that you made while at the industry’s premier conference and trade show.
If you were not in New Orleans, there is no reason for us to scold you after the fact, but we can already begin banging the drum to encourage you to plan to be in Portland in 2014 for the 89th annual meeting.
Before we tell you what went on, we want to share with you a comment from an attendee who obviously found the time spent at VenueConnect quite beneficial.