WORLD – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has announced a three-city partnership between the future host cities of its annual meeting and exhibition Expo! Expo!: Baltimore, Anaheim and San Antonio. IAEE Chairperson for 2014, Jonathan Cox (pictured), made the announcement during this year’s Annual Business Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation.
IAEE says the partnership aims to provide a seamless, multi-year Expo! Expo! experience for attendees.
“Through their sequential-year hosting of Expo! Expo!, these cities are making a significant contribution above and beyond their host city agreements and are supporting many other IAEE programmes throughout the upcoming year,” said Cox. “We are thrilled with this strategic partnership, and we will collaborate to provide attendees with added value.”
Baltimore will host the exhibition in 2015, followed by Anaheim in 2016 and San Antonio in 2017.
During the Annual Business Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation, IAEE also signed the charter for its newest student chapter at DePaul University in Chicago.
“One of our two strategic plan pillars is education,” says IAEE President and CEO, David DeBois. “Having DePaul University join our student charter network is an example of our commitment to helping educate young professionals who will work in the exhibitions and events industry in the future.”
In other IAEE-related news, the association has partnered with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) to jointly examine convention centre lease agreements and work towards creating best practices that will benefit all parties through clearer, more standardised contractual language.
“The IAEE volunteer leadership and staff teams are thrilled to work closely with our exhibition industry partners at IAVM to develop new and improved best practices and processes for convention centre lease agreements,” says David DuBois. “Our goals are mutually collaborative as we strive to improve the relationships between show organisers and convention centre management.”
The purpose of the task force is to assist in making the convention centre lease agreement contracting process more efficient and effective by combining efforts of venue managers, exhibition organisers and legal experts to create various contract clauses that can be used as ‘standards’ in lease agreements. Final conclusions and recommendations will be published in a white paper.
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