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Boat shows are back and drawing big crowds amid robust demand

For both new and avid boaters, boat shows are one of the main ways customers engage with the boat market. Last year, many events were canceled by the pandemic and organizers turned to online platforms instead. But in-person events are staging a revival, giving showgoers a chance to scope out a variety of boat types, sizes, brands and additional gear.

Aventri provides contactless tech as Informa Markets bring live events back to USA

MAGIC Pop-Up Orlando was held in Florida’s Orange County Convention Center, and Aventri assisted the event by providing technology. The event showcased men and women’s footwear, apparel and accessories.The event was held in a limited capacity over three days, with rigorous safety measures in place.

Aventri’s Best-in-Class Technology Helps Informa Markets Lead the Way Back to Live Events

Last month, Informa Markets was one of the first trade-show organizers to produce a live trade event in North America since the pandemic lockdowns began a year ago. In identifying the right technology partner to help support a return to in-person experiences in a post-pandemic era, the Informa team chose Aventri as their technology partner to ensure seamless, contact-less registration that valued both customer experience and safety.

Grab Your Lanyard. Trade Shows Are Plotting a Comeback.

The $11 billion industry is slowly coming back to life after a lost year. Are potential attendees ready to crowd into expo halls and hotel bars with strangers again?

Orange County Move Kept 200 Convention Center Workers Employed

Gholar was just a month into her new job as an administrative assistant at the Orange County Convention Center when the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country. Both her son and daughter lost their jobs. But her job was saved — along with about 200 other Convention Center employees — when they were temporarily transferred to other county divisions in a move made by Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings.

U.S. Trade Shows: Orlando, Dallas, Atlanta Lead the Way

Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) looks to be one of 2021’s success stories, kicking off the year January 6-8 with Surf Expo. Then February Fashion Week saw the co-location of three fashion industry shows at OCCC: Tarsus Group’s OFFPRICE Orlando Market exhibition, Informa’s MAGIC Pop Up Orlando and Clarion’s WWIN Orlando Showcase—the first live event for buyers and vendors in the US fashion industry in 10 months.

Orlando Trade Show Demonstrates Ability for Live Events to Return Safely

Following nearly a year of canceled trade shows, Go LIVE Together is working closely with major convention and exhibitions-oriented cities around the United States to help promote safe reopening plans and accelerate recovery for the business events industry’s nearly 7 million employees, as well as the markets they support. Recently, three heavy-hitters in trade show production and leaders behind a trio of fashion events teamed up to hold a groundbreaking co-located expo, which serves as a case ...

Safety First at Informa’s First In-Person Fashion Event Since the Pandemic

Informa Markets jumpstarted the return of in-person trade events with a successful fashion event last month at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Safety, business and fashion were front and center at the organizer’s first Magic Pop-Up event, a smaller-scale regional version of its keystone fashion event which typically takes place twice yearly in Las Vegas.

Orange County Convention Center Looks to Vaccine for a Shot at Fall Rebound

The thaw of the pandemic freeze is bringing hope for several reasons. Not just a return to "normal," but the more on the Convention Center schedule means more opportunities for those laid off to return to work, not just at the center itself, but throughout the area.

The Shows Must Go On: Trio of Fashion Shows Prove to Be Stronger Together

Three was certainly company at the Orange County Convention Center when a trio of fashion shows resumed in-person events in Orlando recently. MAGIC Pop-Up Orlando, OFFPRICE Orlando Market and WWIN Orlando Showcase, held Feb. 9-11, relied on three titans of the trade show industry — Informa Markets, Clarion Events and Tarsus Group — to present a unified front to ensure safety measures were upheld while important business was conducted.
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