by Michael C. Lowe | April 16, 2014
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has announced it will launch the first-ever Exhibitions Day in Washington, D.C., June 16-17. The event aims to help federal legislators understand the impact of regulatory decisions on the exhibitions and events industry, which has seen incremental growth since the recession and contributes more than $115 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. Several key issues will be discussed, including the Visa Waiver Program, which allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of 90 days or less, and the importance of government employee participation at events as both exhibitors and attendees. The program is a collaboration between IAEE, CEIR, the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association, the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association, the International Association of Venue Managers and the U.S. Travel Association.