by Lisa A. Grimaldi | October 19, 2016

Leading trade show industry associations, including the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the International Association of Venue Managers and the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association, are closer to creating a government-approved security and antiterrorism guidelines for U.S. trade shows and venues. Leaders from those organizations, who joined forces this summer to launch the Exhibitions and Meetings Safety and Security Initiative (EMSSI), along with Bruce Davidson, director of the U.S. Office of Safety Act Implementation at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, outlined broad goals yesterday at a session at IMEX America, running through Thursday, Oct. 20, in Las Vegas. 

As recounted at yesterday's session, EMSSI officials will develop a portal to house the guidelines/smart practices and provide online support for convention center management teams that pursue Safety Act Office designation; stay tuned to M&C for updates on when the guidelines will be released.

For his part, Davidson praised the meetings industry for helping Homeland Security keep events safe and secure. "I want to be clear. I am not successful unless you're successful," he said, "and I take that to heart. I applaud your leadership."