Questex Opens Registration for Live Design International 2021

LDI Connects Design, Technology and Production Professionals to Live Audience Experiences

NEW YORK, July 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s Live Design International (LDI) opens registration today for the leading conference and tradeshow for live design professionals from around the globe. LDI2021 is scheduled to take place November 15-21, 2021 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.  To register, click here. LDI plans to host more than 14,000 attendees working in corporate events, performing arts centers, concerts, theaters, nightclubs/hospitality, broadcast/film/video production, theme parks, houses of worship and a wide range of international venues.

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“The pandemic has had such a devastating effect on companies and individuals our industry, but this is a going to be a banner year for the return of productions and events of all sizes and types,” says Marian Sandberg, Vice President/Market Leader for LDI. “The LDI team has been hard a work all year, anxious to get back to a live, in-person event, just like the rest of the industry. We’ve been so encouraged by the outpouring of interest by exhibitors and attendees to return with us to Las Vegas in November, and our first priority is to create a safe environment with amazing networking opportunities to bring the community together, as well as impactful buyer/seller experiences.”

LDI features an immersive, action-packed Exhibit Hall filled with the latest gear in lighting, projection/video, audio, special effects, staging/trussing/rigging, automation software, and soft goods (screens, drapery, projection surfaces), from hundreds of industry suppliers and distributors. Attendees can discover new and trusted brands exhibiting live demos and featuring cutting-edge gear debuted exclusively to LDI.

LDI offers an Exhibit Hall Pass, Conference Badge, Six Pack of Conference Sessions, individual ticketed training courses, with Early Bird savings starting today. For Exhibitor sponsorship opportunities, click here.

The comprehensive training program at LDI2021 offers industry professional training: site-specific, case studies, hands-on technology training, behind-the-scenes tours, and panel discussions. Attendees can select from over 100 sessions from a broad program that includes:

LDInnovationConference
Three days of 30- to 90-minutes sessions that focus on the hot topics in the industry: rigging, technical direction, festivals, projection/video, lighting design and technology, the art of programming/lighting consoles, extended reality, the art of programming/media servers, film and TV lighting, and new design concepts.

LDInstitute
LDInstitute™ provides focused comprehensive technical training, intensive courses in video content creation, hands-on lighting console training, the latest version of Vectorworks, media server training, plus a rigging and electrical boot camp, and a new lighting programming summit.

LDIntensives
Full-day or two-day, in-depth sessions on what’s new in hybrid events, ethernet for entertainment, project management, digital storage, controlling LED and video with DMX, and a Young Career Professionals program. View the complete program here.

Additional special events and networking activities include:

New Technology Breakfasts – providing early sneak previews of new technology on the show floor for lighting and projection, audio, staging and rigging, special effects and lasers

LDI Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – the official event kick off for LDI

Loudspeaker Demos – loudspeaker round-robin by leading manufactures and the latest audio technology on the market in our LDI Amplify Audio Pavilion

10th Annual LDI Portfolio & Website Review: Lighting & Production – all students and young professionals are invited to bring their portfolio and/or device to get tips and 1:1’s with top professionals
The LDI Circle Bar and Lounge – featuring Fostering the Future Happy Hour and nightly gatherings where attendees can relax, meet up and reconnect with industry friends

Pop-Up URTAs: the second annual University Resident Theater Association (URTA) Grad School recruiting event at LDI

Lumen Brothers Live @LDI: Light Talk – sharing the latest in the world of entertainment and architectural lighting design and more

LDI Product and Booth Awards – introducing brand new products and booth designs on the show floor

Crew Up and Connect Industry Party – LDI’s recreation of the famous Hard Rock Circle Bar

LDI After Dark – Las Vegas nightclub, dancing and networking activities.

LDI is Committed to Keeping the Event Community Safe
Following federal and local guidelines, Questex has crafted unique protocols for each event experience, which includes event specific health and safety initiatives, response team identified for every event and on-site health and safety guidelines. For more details on the on the company’s health and safety protocols, please visit https://questex.com/event-safety/.

About LDI
Since 1988, Live Design International (LDI) has been the leading tradeshow and conference for live design professionals from all around the globe. Attendees from more than 80 countries come to LDI to see the latest gear in action, refresh their knowledge, and replenish their creativity. Stay connected with LDI on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.  

Media Contact:

Marian Sandberg
Questex
O  212 895 8275
msandberg@livedesignonline.com

Questex’s Digital Pharma East to Unite the Pharma Marketing Community In-Person September 28-30 in Philadelphia

The Premier Marketing Event for Life Sciences Assembles Industry Experts from Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Novartis, AstraZeneca and More

Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards Winners to be Presented at a Gala Dinner on September 29

PHILADELPHIA, July 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s 15th Digital Pharma East, the premier marketing event for life sciences, presented by Fierce Pharma Marketing, today announces it will gather the pharma marketing community in-person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia September 28–30, 2021. To register to attend Digital Pharma East, click here.

Across three days, Digital Pharma East will provide a cross section of strategies and best practices broadly used by marketing and commercial teams at big pharma and biotech companies. Industry experts from Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Company, Novartis, AstraZeneca, and more will join over 1,000 attendees to discuss new ideas, innovations, and emerging trends and learn what it means to be fierce in pharma marketing.

The 2021 Fierce Pharma Marketing Awards, an annual awards program presented by Fierce Pharma, will take place in conjunction with Digital Pharma East. The competition highlights the pharma companies and their agencies that have produced thought-provoking, innovative, and compelling campaigns that are making a difference and meeting the global health challenges of today and tomorrow. Awards winners will be revealed at a gala dinner on September 29.

Zohaib Sheikh, Head of Conference Programming, Fierce Life Sciences said, “We’ve assembled a group of industry experts with the help of our esteemed Advisory Board, to ensure we help shape the future of pharma digital marketing. We hope you will join us in September to become a part of Fierce Pharma Marketing’s community of leaders from brand marketing, digital health, patient engagement, and commercial teams to take our industry to the next level and be at the forefront of innovation.”

Digital Pharma East Highlights

High-level, cutting-edge content from more than 60 sessions will provide actionable strategies for attendees to take back to their teams
Distinct tracks with in-depth case studies on HCP Engagement, Patient Solutions, Data Science/Analytics, Omnichannel Engagement and Digital Health

Networking opportunities that will bring the pharma marketing community together in-person after nearly two years

For buyers and sellers engaged in pharmaceutical marketing and commercialization that are unable to attend Digital Pharma East in-person, Digital Pharma East Virtual on October 5-8 will provide an opportunity to reunite virtually and gain additional exclusive content.

For more information on Digital Pharma East and to register click here.

For speaking opportunities, contact Stephanie Butler at sbutler@questex.com.

For more information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact Angelique Alcover at aalcover@questex.com.

Stay connected with Digital Pharma East on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.  

Media Contact
Linda Lam
Director of Marketing
Fierce Life Sciences & Healthcare
llam@questex.com 

Overwhelming Sense of Optimism from Hospitality Investors with 96% Expecting Improving Economic Conditions, with Hotels Leading the Recovery

Questex’s Hospitality Insights Releases Investor Sentiment Assessment Q2 2021

LONDON, July 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hospitality Insights, the industry’s trusted investment and development news platform from Questex, has released the Q2 2021 results of the quarterly Investor Sentiment Assessment in collaboration with ABP Invest. Hospitality Insights provides deal-makers with the latest information on trends and opportunities and is the official news arm of top global hospitality conferences, The Annual Hotel Conference, The International Hospitality Investment Forum and The Resort & Residential Hospitality Forum.

The release of the Q2 Investor Sentiment Assessment has revealed there is a significant level of optimism for the bounce-back of the hospitality sector, with hotels seemingly holding the key to the recovery.

There has been a continuing improvement in expectations of economic conditions for the ensuing 12 months, with investors expecting a ‘significant improvement’ having increased by 50% from 40% of investors in Q1’21 to 60% of investors in Q2’21. The proportion of investors expecting a deteriorating economic climate has reached new record lows at 2%, even lower than last Quarter’s 6%. Finally, only a small 2% of investors expect economic conditions to remain stable.

Hotels remain at the top of the list for a third consecutive Quarter as the best investment opportunity over the next 12 months, followed by Serviced Apartments and Resorts. At the other end of the scale Hostels, Senior Living and Co-Working are expected to provide the least attractive opportunities.

When asked to consider the most attractive cities for hotel investment the response was clear; the European cities London, Barcelona and Paris came out on top, with Barcelona ousting Rome from the top three this Quarter.

This bullish outlook on the hotel investment market is no doubt buoyed by continued monetary and fiscal support, coupled with the progress of vaccination programmes. Investors hold a positive view of the current state of the hotel investment cycle, with 54% believing we are in the ‘recovery/upturn’ phase. Despite the frothiness in the market, ABP Invest are keen to point out some potential problems on the horizon.

“In our view the optimism on the economic environment so far was warranted. We had been positive since last spring expecting policy makers, politicians and central bankers to do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure the economic crisis does not manifest itself into a socio-political crisis with far more significant consequences and costs,” Thanos Papasavvas, founder and chief investment officer, ABP Invest, said.

“However, we are cognisant of the near extreme level of positive economic sentiment amongst investors with 96% expecting improving economic conditions for the ensuing 12 months. There are potential risks on the horizon such as rising yields and tighter monetary policy on the back of higher-than-expected inflationary pressures.”

As the global crisis rumbles on, there has been a marginal change in the rate of investor’s expectations regarding themselves as Net Buyers (88%) and Net Sellers (12%), when compared to last quarter’s 89% and 11% respectively.  

Over the course of the past 16 months, the assessment was only open to a select group of investors that actively attend the Questex portfolio of hospitality events and provide a healthy representation of the entire hospitality investment ecosystem; including institutional investors, private property owners, family offices, private equity and high net worth individuals. As the investor pool grows, Questex will be opening submissions to vetted investors who wish to participate and in turn, have the opportunity to debrief with fellow contributors on the findings. Those interested can complete this brief form.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About the Hospitality Insights Investor Sentiment Assessment
The assessment was launched at the start of the pandemic to monitor buyer and seller sentiment, during a time where tracking investors’ appetites became more crucial than ever. The data captures overall proportions of dry powder in hospitality, interest and allocation in various investment segments, regions, and asset classes, yield expectations, potential threats, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies.

The Q3 assessment will open in September. Sign up for Hospitality Insights’ newsletters here to stay up to date and follow the company page on LinkedIn here.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

Media Contact

Leah Braithwaite  
Marketing Director, Hotel Investment
lbraithwaite@questex.com  
(0)203 318 8340

Questex’s World Tea Conference + Expo 2021 Is a Resounding Success; Next Year’s Event Returns to Las Vegas, March 21-23, 2022

NEW YORK, July 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s World Tea Conference + Expo, the leading specialty tea event, held in Las Vegas June 28-30, was a major success. The event was co-located with Nightclub & Bar Show [which is evolving to Bar & Restaurant Expo], and the combined events attracted more than 8,700 attendees. The program featured in-depth educational sessions, workshops, tastings, new products and networking opportunities. Next year’s co-located events will take place March 21-23, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Tim McLucas, vice president of Bar & Restaurant Group, Questex, said, “We’re delighted that we were able to gather and welcome the global tea industry to Las Vegas after a challenging year. It was exciting to see the tea community reunite face-to-face. Their eagerness for being back to business – and their enthusiasm for seeing industry friends and colleagues – was profound. We look forward to evolving the World Tea Conference + Expo for next year’s event, where there will be more unique opportunities and experiences to engage, interact and conduct business. Thank you to everyone who made this year’s program a resounding success.”

Attendees Share Thoughts on ‘World Tea’

Attendee and speaker Kevin Christiansen, owner of Café Barnabas, said, “As a tea shop owner, I believe that the World Tea Conference + Expo once again provided me with all the tools necessary to maintain our competitive advantage. The more focused nature of the show floor helped me spend quality time with each vendor. In fact, I discovered an exciting new product I cannot wait to introduce in my café. The harmonious merger with the Bar & Restaurant Expo [formerly the Nightclub & Bar Show] provided rich collaboration opportunities that sparked more creative ideas than I have time to follow up on. Workshops and sessions led by trend-setting tea and bar experts provided a broad, well-rounded educational offering that I’ve not seen before. I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to be in two or more places at once during the event. I eagerly wait to catch-up with anyone who had the misfortune of missing the show, and I hope to see them at next year’s World Tea Conference + Expo.”

Rob Freeman, vice president, revenue operations, Label Solutions, Inc., an attendee and speaker, noted, “There was a lot of excitement at the World Tea Conference + Expo this year. What a fantastic event! Business owners and suppliers alike were there to do some serious networking. I was impressed with the audience’s high-caliber questions that were asked during my presentation. Given the latest trends, the tea Industry still has the potential for serious future growth. I definitely want to be part of this show next year.”

Rona Tison, executive vice president of corporate relations for ITO EN (North America) INC – sponsor of the event’s Tea Bar – commented, “As incongruous as it initially appeared to some, co-locating the World Tea Conference + Expo 2021 with the newly named Bar & Restaurant Expo [formerly the Nightclub & Bar Show] brought new exposure and a collaborative spirit for tea in the hospitality and foodservice world – particularly valuable at a time when businesses are reopening after a very difficult year. It was great to see increased attendance for the Tea Boot Camp and conference sessions, confirming that there is definite interest to integrate tea into new channels. Having both the tea-tenders and mixologists at the expo’s Tea Bar – a highlight of the event – showcased the versatility and opportunities for our teas. There was so much enthusiasm from attendees for our matcha LOVE and Oi Ocha brands – whether on its own for a healthy clean boost or a natural mixer for a mocktail or cocktail. This year’s event just confirmed that there are no boundaries for tea, and that there are endless opportunities for our industry to continue this collaborative spirit.”

Amy Dubin-Nath, owner of Janam Tea, as well as a speaker and attendee, said, “The World Tea Conference + Expo, happening in conjunction with the Bar & Restaurant Expo [formerly the Nightclub & Bar Show] in Las Vegas at the end of June was a truly brilliant idea, as it raised justifiable questions of why we tend to keep to our respective sides, how we can create profitable alliances, and in what ways business truths ring universal – regardless of the context. My intent was to both give and gain educational value, so I am grateful for the insight I attained from the shows happening simultaneously. Hoping for greater inter-industry advocacy and dialogue in the future.”

Attendee Jill Rheinheimer, TeaHaus, shared, “Kudos to the coordinators of the World Tea Conference + Expo for pulling together this in-person event during a – hopefully abating – pandemic. The conference itself was rather a study in contrasts with the co-located Bar & Restaurant Expo [formerly the Nightclub & Bar Show]. Speakers and workshops highlighted many excellent ways to increase tea consumption and to elevate its status – such as its use in cocktail and culinary applications, treating it akin to fine wine in the restaurant business, and improving marketing and education… Today it is more important than ever to work together, globally, to ensure that the tea industry remains robust, and events such as this expo help attain that goal.”

Babette Donaldson, owner and publisher of T Ching and founder of the International Tea Sippers Society, said, “World Tea Conference + Expo 2021 was like no other – it’s safe to say. I booked my flight and hotel at the last minute, not expecting much since we are slowly coming back from a pandemic. I also expected to feel very disconnected with our partners and allies from the Bar & Restaurant Expo [formerly the Nightclub & Bar Show]. Wrong! There were some great connections. I was blown away. What blew me away was the opportunity that I saw on the show floor and in the conference sessions. What excited me was the potential for collaborations and growth for specialty tea in 2022 for industry vendors and professionals. I left convinced that we have endless opportunities to reach a thrilling new marketplace with the bar and restaurant community – an enormous blank canvas for tea.”

Tea expert Lisa Boalt Richardson, director of World Tea Academy (WTA), explained, “The conference sessions that were offered at the World Tea Conference + Expo were well received. The feedback about the educational content has been so positive, and many people have made comments about how much they enjoyed the topics. There was something for everyone from an educational standpoint.”

World Tea Academy Honors Graduates at ‘World Tea’

Also of note: During the World Tea Conference + Expo, Questex’s World Tea Academy recognized its recent graduates and those who became certified. A total of 148 were honored, and some were on-hand during a special ceremony at the event.

“We at World Tea Academy are so proud of our students,” said Richardson. “This was a combined 2020 and 2021 graduation ceremony since there wasn’t an expo last year. And 2020 brought a record number of students to World Tea Academy. Our students come from all over the world and worked tirelessly through very trying times. We had 93 total graduates with a total of 148 certifications. Of those 148 certifications, 23 of our students earned more than one certification. I love to watch our students grow and learn about tea to achieve their career and personal goals. Since so many could not travel this year – especially many of our international students – World Tea Academy is also going have a first-ever virtual graduation in early August 2021.”

The breakdown of recent certifications include: Certified Tea Specialist (73 total); Certified Tea Professional (16); Certified Tea Sommelier (21); Certified Tea Health Expert (16) Certified Tea Blender (15); and Certified Tea Aroma Expert (7).

The Bright Future & Growth of Specialty Tea in North America

During her presentation at the World Tea Conference + Expo – titled “Specialty Tea’s Growing Popularity” – Sara Delaney, founder and CEO of 3 Mountains / Sarilla Sparkling and Tima Tea, proposed that specialty tea in North America was heading into its third wave, much like coffee did more than 20 years ago.

“Consumers are becoming more concerned than ever with their health – they want to feel good and have a better quality of life as they age,” said Delaney “They have access to more information and can self-educate about tea and wellness. They understand that premium loose-leaf tea is better than tea dust in a bag made from micro-plastics. I believe the tea industry is where coffee was when consumers started paying more for whole bean coffee that they could grind at home. Beyond the quality and health issues, consumers want to feel connected to the communities that grow what they consume, and brands must show a commitment to social and environmental justice. These topics are generally part of the specialty tea story right now, as well as specialty tea’s story as it grows through this next wave.”

Plan to Attend ‘World Tea’ 2022

To learn more about tea – or to discover how your business can profit from tea’s growing popularity in North America – plan to attend the World Tea Conference + Expo next year, co-located with Bar & Restaurant Expo. The events take place March 21-23, 2022, in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visit https://www.WorldTeaExpo.com.

About World Tea Conference + Expo
World Tea Conference + Expo is North America’s cannot miss gathering of the specialty tea industry and is focused 100% on specialty teas and related products. Blending fresh ideas, the latest trends and new distribution channels with focused buying, selling, networking and education, World Tea Conference + Expo is your chance to capitalize on this growing category to the fullest. As the hub of the North American specialty tea market, World Tea Conference + Expo serves the $8 billion US tea industry, expected to grow an additional $11 billion. Visit WorldTeaExpo.com.

About Questex
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Aaron Kiel
ak PR Group
(for Questex)
919-325-3358
akiel@akprgroup.com

Questex Brings Together Leaders in the Hospitality Design and Operations Communities at Its Inaugural Hotec North America

NEW YORK, July 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex’s inaugural Hotec North America event was a very welcome concept after the 2020 editions of Hotec Design and Hotec Operations were unable to take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In an effort to address current market conditions, the changing nature of buying patterns and budget overhauls, Questex merged the two events for one exceptional experience where over 115 domestic buyers, designers, and specifiers came together to meet face-to-face with 82 supplier companies.

Hotec North America, which took place at the luxurious JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida from June 27th to the 30th, kicked off with an inspirational keynote from Steve Gross, Founder & Chief Playmaker of the Life is Good® Kids Foundation. The mission behind all Hotec events is to empower attendees to make lasting connections that drive their business forward; Gross’ keynote further emphasized that message by showcasing the power of optimism in building meaningful connections.

Mary Malloy, Hotec Global Event Director, says, “It feels amazing to be back! This past year has taught us so much. It showed us how to quickly adapt, pivot, and thrive in some of the most extenuating circumstances. One thing that remained clear throughout is the importance of face-to-face meetings especially for the hospitality industry as we are one powered by human connection. I could not be happier with the buyers and suppliers who joined us for this year’s event and am very excited to continue building the Hotec community.”

New to this year’s event were two educational sessions. The first was a presentation by Stewart Brown, Senior VP of Operations at Dart Interests and Laurie Miller, Managing Principal at Anderson/Miller Ltd. on June 28th about the new Evermore Orlando Resort, opening in summer 2023 as a new hospitality asset category that will change the landscape of vacation rental homes in the US. The second was a sponsor presentation by Therabody about the importance of wellness integrations in the hospitality industry.

Hotec North America facilitated 1,692 meetings over the course of the event in a one-to-one business environment conducive to relaxed networking.

“Hotec is a one-stop-shop for our industry,” says Gina McKee, Strategic Sales Director, Cloudbeds. “You can come here and meet people one-on-one. Try flying around the US and meeting that many people in 48 hours. Here you have this in one location and the buyers are the best in the business.”

In addition to the one-to-one meetings, each year Hotec attendees look forward to the closing evening’s theme party, as a chance to get dressed up in costume and connect with old and new colleagues. This year’s closing reception’s throwback theme of the 80’s was a major hit, bringing a sense of light-hearted nostalgic fun to Hotec.

“As a firm owner I don’t always attend conferences as they tend to be overcrowded and impersonable,” says Nick Bowers, Creative Director/Owner, blocHaus | Interiors & Architecture. “In my 18 years in the industry, I can say this is the most meaningful and lucrative event I have ever attended, not only from a business contact point of view but also because we were able to take it further and really learn about each other, which resulted in a lot of new contacts who I can now call friends.”

For those interested in becoming a supplier at a future Hotec event, please reach out to Mary Malloy. For those interested in being considered for a hosted buyer position, please reach out to Andrea Hutchinson, Senior Manager, Marketing & Buyer Acquisition.

To learn more about Hotec North America visit www.hotecna.com.
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About Questex 
Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.  

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Andrea Hutchinson
ahutchinson@questex.com 
212-895-8283

Questex to Bring Digital Signage and Digital-Out-of-Home Buyers and Sellers Together at DSE, March 21-23, 2022 in Las Vegas

Questex Enlists Brad Gleeson, Digital Signage Magazine and DSE Founder, as Industry Advisor and Executive Producer; Advisory Board Unveiled

NEW YORK, July 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Questex today announces that DSE will take place March 21-23, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In support of Questex’s strategy to expand the DSE concept and end user audience, the conference and expo will take place concurrently with the Bar & Restaurant Expo (formerly Nightclub & Bar Show).

DSE has been the leading event for the digital signage industry for 15 years before Questex acquired the assets in early 2021. Questex will build on that legacy as the preeminent event and digital platform for the digital signage industry, showcasing innovations in technology, market applications and creative educational content. Questex will combine its capabilities and experience as the leading information and events company focused on the experience economy with input from the industry including past sponsors, exhibitors and attendees to deliver an updated and renewed event for the industry going forward.

DSE also builds on Questex’s other audiences and platforms in Hotels, Hospitality, Travel, Healthcare, Entertainment, Education, Sensors and communications Technology – key end user markets for digital solutions and experiences.

Marian Sandberg, VP & Market Leader, DSE said, “Our research shows that the industry strongly desires an event that brings digital signage suppliers and solution providers together with designers, buyers and stakeholders in a wide range of adjacent and vertical markets. The conference program will be designed to attract and engage a broader audience, focused on innovative applications and outcomes, while the exhibitor list will expand beyond digital signage equipment providers to those who use digital technology to design and implement experiences that attract, inform, educate and entertain. Our goal is to design an event that becomes the foundation for a digital community platform and calendar of events that encompass the interests and goals of a broad community interested in how digital media technology can enhance lives and experiences in the physical world.”

Questex will be drawing from the expertise of digital signage industry veteran, Brad Gleeson, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of TargetPath to relaunch the event. Gleeson is a veteran of the technology-based business start-up world and has a distinguished career establishing effective go-to-market strategies. He was founder of Digital Signage Magazine, the DIGI awards, the first digital signage tradeshow now DSE, and other initiatives that helped build the foundation of the digital signage industry.

DSE Advisory Board
Today, DSE also officially unveils its Advisory Board. The mission of the board is to share expertise and insights about technology, digital-out-of-home and experiential events. The Advisory Board is a mix of industry veterans and new industry influencers in digital signage, digital-out-of-home and digital media experiences.

The Advisory Board includes:

Rich Ventura, VP, Sony B2B

Rick Robinson, Chief Strategy Office, Billups

Dorothy DiStefano, Director of Research, Immersive Art, Digital Placemaking Institute

Marcos Terenzio, VP, Creative & Strategy, iGotcha Media 

Laura Davis-Taylor, Chief Strategy Officer, InReality

Nick Belcore, EVP, Peerless-AV

Jeff Hastings, CEO, BrightSign

Jackie Walker, Digital Signage Subject Matter Expert and Strategy Lead, Publicis Sapient

Stephanie Gutnieck, Global Head of DOOH, Verizon

Sandra Richter, CEO, Soofa

Cherian Thomas, CEO, Octopus Interactive

Brad Gleeson, Managing Partner, TargetPath 

Check back here for additional details regarding the conference schedule and registration in the coming months.

About Questex
Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

Media Contact
Marian Sandberg
VP & Market Leader
msandberg@questex.com