The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) entered into a Reciprocity Agreement with IEIA during the “Indian Exhibition Industry Association’s (IEIA)Open Seminar at Hitexin Hyderabad, India on 29th August 2014.The agreement will provide additional global opportunities for IAEE and IEIA members to connect to develop new exhibitions and face-to-face events. “I am excited about entering into this agreement with our friends and colleagues at IEIA to offer a new benefit and community for IEIA and IAEE members. During my first visit to India, I was very impressed with the passion, hospitality and overall current status of the Indian exhibitions industry. The future is very bright and India is poised to enhance and grow an already vibrant industry,” said IAEE president and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “This agreement opens the discussion with IEIA to offer the CEM program in India, and we look forward to collaborating and extending the available resources to members of both associations in the future.”

David DuBoisspoke to TradeFairTimes on the MOU:
“The IEIA and IAEE reciprocity agreement has been approved by both associations and will serve as the platform by which we will develop new and enhanced education andadvocacy efforts and programs that will serve to assist the growth of the already vibrant Indian exhibitions industry. The IAEE leadership staff will begin to immediately work with our fellow IEIA colleagues are to secure a plan of work that will jointly support both organizations’ visions, goals and strategies”. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with IEIA, Trade Fair Times and the Indian Exhibitions Industry

The agreement carries substantial benefits for members of IAEE and IEIA. The organizations will work together to advance the exhibitions and events industry through education and networking events; member-level pricing for each organization’s events; recognition of the respective professional designations offered; sharing of research, data, news and information; creation of co-sponsored initiatives to facilitate member interaction and opportunities for association leaders to participate in reciprocal events. Shri Rakesh Kumar, President, Indian Exhibition Industry Association, commented “that IAEE is an important global organization for exhibitions. IEIA’s association with them through this Reciprocity Agreement is important for the Indian Exhibition Industry. This will be a good medium for growth in the exhibition business. IEIA looks forward to the annual meeting of IAEE at Los Angles in December, 2014 with the hope that this will be of great benefit for the exhibition trade”. A similar Reciprocity Agreement was signed with Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) on 30th Aug in the presence of Shri Chandra Babu Naidu, CM, Andhra Pradesh.

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