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Teamwork Takes Exhibitions Day 2018
Teamwork’s Chris Casconi, Vice President of Sales, traveled to Washington D.C. to attend Exhibitions Day 2018. If you are unfamiliar with Exhibitions Day, it’s an opportunity for event professionals to come together and advocate for the industry with policy influencers and legislatures on Capitol Hill. A record-breaking 125 industry professionals participated in this year’s event!
Here’s what Chris had to say about Exhibitions Day 2018…
Why did you attend Exhibitions Day this year?
I’ve dedicated my career to events and trade shows so I want to advocate for the industry in any way I can. In my opinion, one of the best ways to do so is by attending Exhibitions Day, which gives me the opportunity to reach influential political leaders directly. It’s important that they’re aware of our successes as well as the issues we’re facing.
What issues were discussed?
The biggest issue we discussed is to stop online housing booking scams. These scams affect convention attendees who book hotel room stays with fraudulent companies that pretend they are an official housing provider for the event. Other issues discussed included transportation infrastructure investments and making sure foreign attendees can continue to travel to events in the United States without too many roadblocks.
Which topic(s) were you particularly passionate about?
I wholly support any reinvestment back into our country’s transportation infrastructure. This can only have a positive effect on the trade show industry and how people get from point A to point B.
If you could add one topic to discuss at next year’s event what would it be and why?
I’d like to see greater overall advocacy for the trade show industry. It is important for our lawmakers to continue to understand that the trade industry is nearly a 90 billion dollar industry in the United States and that this industry effects all commerce that happens in our country.
What would you say to someone interested in attending Exhibitions Day 2019?
Attending Exhibitions Day is an absolute must for anyone that is passionate about our industry. It is also a very cool experience to witness our government in action!