July 16, 2008

A United Arab Emirates chapter of the International Special Events Society currently is being formed; the chapter will be based in Dubai.

Concerned that a hobbled airline industry could have a considerable negative effect on the exhibitions industry, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events has launched new initiatives relating to air travel. The organization will create an Air Transportation Crisis Task Force to develop "best practices" relating to air travel for exhibition managers "as the nation's air-transportation system continues to deteriorate." IAEE also plans to begin distributing a regular newsletter on the topic to members and to step up lobbying efforts along with kindred associations to affect policy relating to the airline industry.