Following a thorough site selection process, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has selected Baltimore as the host city for its 2015 Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition, taking place Dec. 8-10, 2015, it announced this week.
"We are very pleased to be holding our annual event in Baltimore in 2015," said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois. "We have previously held both our CEM Learning Program and Midyear Meeting in this wonderful city, and decided to bring the annual meeting here for the first time. One of the main objectives our members have when attending the annual meeting is to visit potential sites for their own events, and we are excited to partner with Visit Baltimore to showcase this exciting city."
Added Visit Baltimore President and CEO Tom Noonan, "We could not be more pleased to welcome IAEE in 2015 to introduce a new and unique Baltimore and display new amenities such as a world-class exhibition facility that embraces environmental sustainability, hundreds of fine-dining options and a wide variety of entertainment venues near the Baltimore Convention Center. Additionally, the BWI Marshall Airport offers convenient and frequent air connections across the world. Attendees will experience a completely new and different Baltimore."
2013 Midyear Meeting
Meanwhile, IAEE has announced a new structure for another staple in its portfolio of events — the IAEE Midyear Meeting, which will be co-located next year with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting, taking place Aug. 5-7, 2013, in Atlanta.
According to IAEE, the co-location benefits members of both associations. ASAE attendees, for instance, will have the option of attending niche education sessions offered by IAEE, which aren't currently available. IAEE attendees, on the other hand, will be able to attend ASAE's networking events, as well as its exhibition.
"Co-location with our partner organizations provides value back to our members," DuBois said. "Leaders can assess the state of the exhibitions and events industry and determine how best to maximize their resources and to grow their own events and strengthen the industry overall."
Added ASAE President and CEO John Graham, "This partnership makes sense. Both ASAE and IAEE seek to grow our key meetings, and our audiences can greatly benefit from both perspectives. The dialogue will undoubtedly open new doors for doing business together and creating long-lasting partnerships."