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October 19, 2012

Greetings from Dubai: IFMEA 2012 Wrap Up

Greetings from Dubai: IFMEA 2012 Wrap Up

Greetings from Dubai. Our five-day IFMEA show has finally ended. It is strange to see the once-bustling Dubai World Trade Centre deserted as our show and GITEX drew to a close. I had the good fortune to speak to many of our members from the Middle East and Africa and it is exciting to hear of their future plans to attend regional social events and classes. Just as Dubai blends traditions with innovation, so will InfoComm’s programming.

Betsy

October 16, 2012

Happy AV Week — from Dubai

Happy AV Week — from Dubai

It is truly AV Week here in Dubai, as InfoComm Middle East & Africa (IFMEA) opened on Sunday to eager attendees looking to see the latest AV technology. When the show debuted last year at the Dubai World Trade Centre, more than 12,000 visitors attended. But the truly incredible statistic is that 11,000 of the attendees were end-users from a wide spectrum of vertical markets.

How is this possible? IFMEA, is co-located with GITEX Technology Week, one of the leading IT shows in the world, with more than 138,000 attendees. This year, professionals in business, education, hospitality, transportation, defense and more, will see more than 100 exhibitors at IFMEA.

It has been great meeting our members in the Middle East. We have enjoyed great conversations about certification, training and the state of the industry. We hope to see more as the week continues.

— Betsy

April 13, 2012

Burgeoning Beijing — InfoComm China Show Shatters Records

Burgeoning Beijing — InfoComm China Show Shatters Records

Is 2012 the Year of the AV Trade Show? At the close of day two of InfoComm China 2012, attendance hovered close to 15,000 (14,868), representing a 39 percent increase over its previous showing in 2011. Final attendance at close of the 3-day exhibition is expected to exceed 16,000, a record turnout. Record attendance is also driving interest in industry education. The 30 sessions of the InfoComm China Summit education program attracted a record attendance of 1,550 delegates, more than double that of last year. Exhibitors are so thrilled with the 38 percent increase in visitor attendance over last year, that InfoComm China is expanding in 2013 with two additional halls.

Elated exhibitors are responding by signing up for larger booths for the 2013 event in order to accommodate the crowds that converged on the 22,000 sq metres (237,000 sq ft) of Halls 1 to 4 this year. The 2013 show will expand to Halls 5 and 6 next year to cater to the additional demand for space. Demand is coming not just from existing exhibitors, but from other manufacturers that have visited the show and indicated their intent to join next year’s event.

InfoComm China 2013 will take place from 10-12 April at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing.

We hope to see you there!

Betsy

February 1, 2012

Greetings from ISE 2012!

Greetings from ISE 2012!

Day one at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) was a rousing success. While Amsterdam is quite cold (temps later this week are expected to drop to -20° F!), the action on the Show floor is red hot. So far, I have experienced the Digital Signage Pavilion, which is largest grouping of this product I have ever seen, and an incredible variety of LED displays. The mood of the event is of intense excitement and anticipation for whatever technology is around the corner. If you are looking for gloom and doom, you will not find it at ISE, where the troubles of the world economy seem far away.

Education sessions have been popular, particularly InfoComm’s Future Trends Conference. It has been a great experience meeting so many members in class and at the InfoComm Stand. Congratulations are also due to our latest group of CTS holders, freshly-minted onsite.

I will update tomorrow,
Betsy

November 2, 2011

Inaugural GovComm a Success!

Inaugural GovComm a Success!

The first ever GovComm show was a success, with 1,864 attendees visiting 102 exhibitors! Thanks to all who made the trek to Washington, D.C. to make it a success. We hope to see you at next year’s show, October 3-4, 2012.

In the meantime catch up with the event at www.govcommshow.org.

October 14, 2011

Wrapping Up in Dubai — See You Next Year!

Wrapping Up in Dubai — See You Next Year!

Exhibitors at the first InfoComm Middle East & Africa (IFMEA) are more than happy with this inaugural event. With 10,604 visitor registrations in the first four days, we expect visitorship to top 12,000 by the end of the 5-day show today.

IFMEA will return with a bigger show next year and will again be co-located with GITEX Technology Week, our wonderful partners. More than 90% of this year’s exhibitors have re-booked their space for the 2012 event, scheduled from 14-16 October. Companies like Extron, Crestron, Mitsubishi, Sharp, Jupiter, Samsung, Venuetech, Wolfvision, Hitachi, NEC, AMX, Arrive System and many others have re-booked their booth space; while Sony and Vtron who missed this year’s show have also reserved a booth for the 2012 event.

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