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IAEE Launches Inaugural Exhibitions Day 2014 on Capitol Hill
4/17/2014
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) today announced the launch of the first-ever Exhibitions Day, an industry-wide effort to educate federal legislators, helping them to understand the impact of regulatory decisions on the exhibitions and events industry. The event, which will take place 16-17 June 2014 in Washington, D.C., was developed in collaboration with multiple industry organizations who have come together to develop and support this critical initiative to ensure members' voices are heard by legislators. These organizations include the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA), Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), and the U.S. Travel Association (U.S. Travel). Additionally, industry media partners who will support the event include Expo Magazine , Trade Show Executive and TSNN.

"This is an important new move into the world of advocacy for IAEE and a great opportunity for members to exercise their right to participate in the political process," said IAEE Chairperson Skip Cox. "With the involvement and support of industry members, our elected officials will come to understand what is at stake for our industry and the economy we support."

The exhibitions and events industry has seen incremental growth since the latest recession according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), and contributes more than $115 billion directly to the U.S. GDP. To reduce barriers and foster continued growth, industry leaders will plan to meet with key media outlets to promote the value of our industry addressing today's key issues, and attendees will focus on the following issues with legislators:

JOLT Act – Jobs Originated through Launching Travel Act is a bi-partisan issue that would leverage the benefits of inbound international travel to the United States to increase economic growth, create more jobs, generate additional tax revenue and boost U.S. exports. Restrictions on travel and foreign participation are hurting exhibitions and events. As a result, these challenges contribute to driving both foreign and domestic audiences directly to more traveler-friendly events outside of the U.S.
Visa Waiver Program – The Visa Waiver Program allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, when they meet certain requirements. In accepting more countries into the program, the U.S. not only fosters better diplomatic relationships, but increases trade and tangentially boosts economic growth.
Government employee participation – Government employee participation at events is undeniably valuable to both attendees and exhibitors because it fosters the development of effective regulation, contributes to innovation that drives economic growth, and provides unique learning and training opportunities.

IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, said, "Exhibitions and events industry professionals recognize the potential threat to our industry and the economy if restrictions to these programs continue, which is why it is critical for us to engage directly with lawmakers on Exhibitions Day 2014."

Chairing the 2014 event are National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President, Conventions & Business Operations Chris Brown and Association of Equipment Manufacturers Vice President of Exhibitions & Events Megan Tanel, CEM.

For more information and registration details, visit www.exhibitionsday.org.


About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: American Airlines, Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BearCom, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore, Visit Orlando and VoiceLogic. Visit www.iaee.com for more information.


Contact:
sbrower@iaee.com


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