LOUISVILLE, KY — The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) will meet virtually for this year’s IAEE Expo! Expo!, from Dec. 8-10. Louisville, which had been the scheduled to host this year’s installment, will now welcome the Annual Meeting and Exhibition Dec. 13-15, 2022, at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Louisville hosts IAEE Expo! Expo! for the first time in 2022.
“We certainly understand the challenging decision IAEE faced this year due to the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Karen Williams, President & CEO of Louisville Tourism. “Moving to 2022 is considered a convention industry win for Louisville, giving us continued visibility among exhibitions and events professionals. Our city will still reap the estimated $2 million of economic benefits by hosting this prominent group in just a couple of years. In addition, Louisville will still receive exposure this year to this important audience as a virtual sponsor, as we are continuing to build back the city’s convention business.”
“It was a difficult decision by our board to offer a virtual-only event in 2020 due to the negative realities of COVID-19, but ultimately our duty of care to our event stakeholders and staff was our top priority,” said IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “We look forward to producing our annual marquee event in 2022 with the help of a great partner, Louisville Tourism.”
IAEE Expo! Expo! 2021 is scheduled for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia.