November 2008

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Have You Registered For The SEC 08 Header2008 Annual Business Meeting?
The Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida will be home for the 2008 ESCA Annual Meeting, December 8, 2008 at 6:30 PM. This year's meeting will be one of the best to date with the entire event being held outdoor on the terrace and lawn area, weather permitting.  Don't delay in registering and making your room reservations!
2009 Summer Educational Conference: The Essence of the Caribbean
 PR Wyndham 
Please keep Puerto Rico and the Wyndham Rio Mar in mind for the upcoming Summer Educational Conference, June 14-17, 2009.  Dyhalma Torres, Director of Sales with the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, will be speaking at the ESCA Annual Business Meeting about all the benefits that Puerto Rico has to offer, but here are just a few reasons to consider: 
  • No Passports Required
  • No Currency Exchange (four quarters = $1.00)
  • Easy & Economical Air Access
  • ESCA Room Rates Same as 2007 
  • Bi-Lingual Culture in Every Way
  • Fantastic Culture
  • All The Comforts and High Technology of a US Territory
  • Standard Cell Phone Reception and Mail Delivery
  • Well Coordinated Group Ground Transportation

     PR Golf PR Coast 

We hope you will not miss the great opportunity to relax and participate in YOUR association's next educational offering.

CeirCEIR Index Third Quarter Results
Data collected for the annual CEIR Index reveals that the exhibitions and events industry experienced an overall decline of 3.7 percent compared to last year's results in the same quarter. 
During the course of the period covered in the first quarter of reporting by Veris Consulting, compared to 2007's results, net square feet suffered the most significant decline at -5.3 percent. Exhibitors registered a -4.9 percent change, while the percentage change of attendees and revenue was -2.4 percent. 

While these results are not favorable, they were expected as U.S. spending continues to shrink. The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent in October, while economies across the globe sink deeper into recession.  
To continue reporting quarterly results on exhibition industry performance, CEIR needs your data! Submit yours today at
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks To Open January 2009 
OAKS, PA - Since the Fort Washington Expo Center closed two years ago, area businesses, event goers and Montgomery County leaders have been eagerly anticipating the opening of a new venue in suburban Philadelphia. The former exhibition hall played host to over eighty events and had an annual economic impact on the region of $280 million according to Paul Decker, president of Valley Forge Convention & Visitor's Bureau which commissioned a 2007 study by Philadelphia's Econsult Corporation. 
APEX Launches New Website at
Alexandria, VA, November 6, 2008 - The Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative of the Convention Industry Council (CIC), announces the launch of their new website: "This is a great new platform for all the information related to APEX and the new Powershop™ product," said Brenda Anderson, President of the Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) and Chair of CIC. 
SEC 08 HeaderSESCO Client Alert - Employee Free Choice Act
Employers wishing to remain union-free need to be especially alert considering the likely passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).  EFCA would amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to make it easier for unions to be recognized in the workplace.  Currently, the normal process for unions becoming the bargaining representative in a nonunionized workplace is to get at least 30% of the workers to sign a petition indicating they want to vote on the union, which is then followed by a secret ballot election.  The EFCA would eliminate the secret ballot election and allow unions to be recognized if a majority (51% or more) of the employees sign union authorization cards. 
Expanded ADA - What Every Supervisor Needs to Know
On September 25, 2008, the President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Employers with 15 or more employees are required to comply with this federal law. The Act makes important changes to the definition of the term "disability" by rejecting the holdings in several Supreme Court decisions and portions of the EEOC's ADA regulations.
TechtalkCorbin's November/December 2008 TechTalk Newsletter
In This Issue: 
  • Tech Trends Identified with the Worldwide Technology Watch
  • Survival of the Deserving - A Darwinian View of Life and Death in the Meetings Industry
  • Traditional Audience Polling Keypads vs. Phone-based Text Polling

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Thank you for your continued support of ESCA!
Best Regards,
Mitt Arnaudet
Member Services Director