Showfloor Buzz – August 1, 2023


Future Workforce Efforts in Action.  The EACA Board is working in collaboration with EDPA to reinvigorate our Future Workforce efforts. Those efforts included a 20×20 booth space at the American School Counselors Association Show at the GWCC.  The joint members of EACA and EDPA working the booth had more than 200 face to face engagements with school counselors who were excited about the opportunities our industry holds for their students – especially those not college bound. The counselors that were engaged at the show represented 37 different states and many with multiple school districts within those states.

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Crack Down on Resort Fees <NBC News> Here is an interesting article that could be applicable to the practice of charging EAC Fees.

A bipartisan duo in the Senate, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.and Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan. is introducing a bill that would crack down on hidden resort fees for hotel stays.

The bill, called the Hotel Fees Transparency Act, would establish federal guidelines for pricing transparency that have, up until now, been largely voluntary. The legislation would require anyone advertising a hotel room or a short-term rental to clearly show upfront the final price a customer would pay to book lodging. It would make the Federal Trade Commission responsible for pursuing violations, and it says state attorneys general could also bring civil action for violations.
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EAC Registration Schedule. EACA is supporting the following events with our EAC registration services:

Pack Expo                           Sept. 11-13             Las Vegas
NBAA                                  Oct. 17-19               Las Vegas
RSNA                                  Nov. 26-29               Chicago

EACA Salary SurveyA quick reminder to any EACA member that participated in the 2023 Salary Survey and didn’t receive your copy please email Jim Wurm ([email protected]) and we’ll send it out right away.

EACA Member News

Registration is Open for the 29th Annual Randy.   Registration is now open for the 2023 Atlanta Randy! This year’s event takes place on October 6th once again at Stone Mountain Golf Club in Stone Mountain, GA.

Join us to support our friends and families in the exhibition industry who have suffered severe tragedies or face insurmountable medical expenses.  We are looking forward to getting our community back together in support of this great cause.

Kevin Shawn Brant Passed Away   <Exhibit City News> Last week saw sad news from Houston’s Local 551 when carpenter Kevin Shawn Brant (pictured) passed away. Brant had worked with Nth Degree and Nuvista and many co-workers expressed their condolences on Facebook. Brant passed away last Friday in Houston, Texas in his apartment.

Take Advantage of New Health Insurance Offering. The EACA has recently joined the Small Association Leadership Alliance (SALA) in order to take advantage of their health insurance programs which can offer discounts up to 50% of what companies and individuals typically pay for coverages with carriers like Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Member companies, or individual employees of member companies, can enroll in the program.  Additional information on how members take advantage of these programs is on the EACA website.  Click on Healthcare Insurance for a program overview.  When you click on SALA Healthcare Program you will come to a page where you can see a link to Enroll Now.

If need assistance in getting your program set up there is a 24/7 Concierge Service to assist you.  

Just send an email to [email protected]

Industry News

Exhibitor Group Appointes DuBois as CEO/President   Exhibitor Group, a leading global provider of exhibition and event education, insights and commerce, today announced the appointment of David DuBois, CMP, CMP-Fellow, CAE, ASAE-Fellow, as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. DuBois previously served as CEO and President of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). 

UPS Reaches Tentative Contract  <Meeting News>   UPS has reached a tentative contract agreement with its 340,000-person strong union, potentially averting a strike that threatened to disrupt logistics nationwide for businesses and households alike.

The agreement was announced after UPS and the Teamsters came back to the negotiating table Tuesday to talk over remaining sticking points in the largest private-sector contract in North America. Both sides had already reached a tentative agreement on a host of issues but remained at odds on things like pay for part-time workers who make up more than half of the UPS employees represented by the union. Member voting on the new deal begins Aug. 3 and concludes Aug. 22.

UFI Research Reveals Events Approach Pre-Pandemic Levels  <TSNN>  The exhibition industry has made a significant recovery in 2023 and has reached pre-pandemic levels in many parts of the world, according to UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry’s 2023 Global Exhibition Barometer, a biannual research report offering comprehensive insights into the current state of the exhibition industry, including its post-pandemic recovery and emerging trends and challenges.

In 2023, the exhibition industry revenues are expected to reach 97% of the 2019 levels on average globally, according to the report. In the first half of 2023, 79% of companies reported “normal activity,” which increased to almost 90% for most months in the second half of the year.

ECA Leads Efforts for FTC Passage of Anti-Fraud Legislation <TSNN>  A government crackdown on impersonation fraud targeting the business events industry may soon become a reality thanks to efforts spearheaded by the Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA) and its 10 professional and trade associations, in addition to numerous other industry entities that make up the face-to-face business events industry.

“For far too long, the industry has been preyed upon by the hotel reservation scams and the attendee list scams that not only harm our events but are also a form of identity theft for all the people who get targeted by these scammers,” said Tommy Goodwin, vice president of government affairs for ECA.