Reality check on visa impact for int'l shows

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Rich of TSMR blogging fame has posted some incredible stuff while I was out stuffing myself on T-day turkey:

Michael Hough's ideas on how to increase the recognition and lobbying power of the tradeshow industry. Idea #1: " Combine IAEM, SISO, PCMA, CEIR and CIC plus the convention council of ASAE into one really powerhouse association called the International Association of Event Organizers (IAEO) and locate its headquarters in Washington, DC. I would recommend that Gary Shapiro be the volunteer Chairman of IAEO and that Jim Bracken be its full time President."

The item that got Hough's dander up was Rich's discussion of how up to half of the Chinese delegation is pulling out of the Computer Electronics Show due to visa issues. As Rich says, "This is bad. Real bad."

For more, go to MeetingsNet's home page and type "visa" into the search box. Here are a few to get you started:

New Visa Regs Hit International Attendees (May 2004)

Visa Hassles Hurt Meetings (June 2004)

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Rich of TSMR blogging fame has posted some incredible stuff while I was out stuffing myself on T-day turkey:

Michael Hough's ideas on how to increase the recognition and lobbying power of the tradeshow industry. Idea #1: " Combine IAEM, SISO, PCMA, CEIR and CIC plus the convention council of ASAE into one really powerhouse association called the International Association of Event Organizers (IAEO) and locate its headquarters in Washington, DC. I would recommend that Gary Shapiro be the volunteer Chairman of IAEO and that Jim Bracken be its full time President."

The item that got Hough's dander up was Rich's discussion of how up to half of the Chinese delegation is pulling out of the Computer Electronics Show due to visa issues. As Rich says, "This is bad. Real bad."

For more, go to MeetingsNet's home page and type "visa" into the search box. Here are a few to get you started:

New Visa Regs Hit International Attendees (May 2004)

Visa Hassles Hurt Meetings (June 2004)

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