For trade show professional interested on having a real impact on the industry, registration is open for the annual legislative fly-in, Exhibitions Day, which will take place June 7-8 in Washington, D.C.
Industry professionals from across the U.S. will descend on D.C. to hold dialogue with members of Congress around key issues impacting the exhibitions industry and the positive impact it has on the U.S. economy.
“House and Senate representatives are central to the review of policies that have a direct and indirect effect on our local economies,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA.
He added, “As they make critical decisions that impact business travel and international business activities, it is important we give them all the facts and potential implications so federal lawmakers can make the most informed decisions that are in the best interest of our economy.”
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Exhibitions Day was established to serve as a platform to engage in uninterrupted, one-on-one dialogue with members of Congress. During the years, hundreds of industry members have joined the Exhibitions Mean Business campaign on Capitol Hill to hold these informational and educational conversations.
For 2016, Exhibitions Day has industry-wide support from 20 organizations committed to promoting the value of exhibitions and events to legislators and key policy influencers.
Building on Exhibitions Day’s positive inspiration, 2016 will feature an inaugural Global Exhibitions Day movement as well.
As part of this global initiative, exhibitions and events professionals worldwide will participate in activities, such as hashtagged social shares or hosting local events, to share their support for the industry in conjunctions with Exhibitions Day activities on Capitol Hill.
Driven by Dallas-based International Association of Exhibitions and Events and Paris-based UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, a growing list of associations and industry players have pledged to join forces to promote the industry and to highlight its achievements.
“There are many great national and regional initiatives, addressing exhibitors, visitors, policymakers, and other stakeholders,” said UFI President Sergey Alexeev and 2016 IAEE Chairperson Julie Smith, CEM, CTA. “Uniting these achievements under one common umbrella will strengthen the messages and multiply the reach.”
The campaign will focus on messages that promote the value of exhibiting for companies, the key support role of exhibitions for the development of trade and internationalization, and the stimulating role exhibitions play in driving innovation and competitiveness of companies.
At the same time, Global Exhibitions Day is also meant to be a celebration of the people working in the exhibitions industry,worldwide, showing the excitement and career opportunities that the industry has to offer.
The following international associations are currently members of the task force: AAXO and EXSA (South Africa), AEFI and CFI (Italy), AEO (UK), AFE (Spain), AUMA and FAMAB (Germany), CEFA and CENTREX (Central Europe), EEIA (EU), IAEE and SISO (USA), IECA (Indonesia), IEIA (India), LECA (Lebanon), PCEI (Poland), RUEF (Russia) and UNIMEV (France).
Topics that were discussed during Exhibitions Day 2015 included advocating for the Travel Promotion Authority (TPA) and the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, which would promote business travel and trade in the U.S.
Additionally, attendees discussed concerning efforts by airlines to nullify Open Skies agreements and freeze travel routes used by many business travelers in/out of the country.
Event participants also promoted the importance of government employee participation at events, as these events are often where local contractors and other business owners are sourced to carry out major government projects.
Details surrounding Exhibitions Day 2016, including key topics the industry will take to Capitol Hill along with a robust digital toolkit are available on the ]]>Exhibitions Day web site]]>.
More information about Exhibitions Day and Global Exhibitions Day can also be found at: ]]>www.exhibitionsmeanbusiness.org]]> or by following the EMB campaign on Twitter (]]>@ExhibitsMeanBiz]]>) or Facebook (]]>https://www.facebook.com/ExhibitionsMeanBusiness]]>).
For more information about participating in “Global Exhibitions Day,” contact Christian Druart at GED@ufi.org. Also follow #GED16 and Global Exhibitions Day on Facebook.
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