Outboarding, the practice of holding an event in conjunction with, but not sanctioned by, a convention organizer, has gotten an official thumbs down from the International Association for Exhibition Management. In a policy statement released in mid-July, IAEM declared outboarding “unethical” and says it “should not be condoned nor tolerated.” The statement goes on to say: “The predictable and inevitable consequences of outboarding diminish the size and diffuse the quality of the audience ...

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