Saturday, January 5, 2008

The Special Event Show to Attract Nation’s Leading Event Planners and Designers to Atlanta January 15-18

The Special Event 2008

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Penton Media’s The Special Event®, the leading trade show and conference for event producers, planners and designers, is expected to attract thousands of industry trendsetters to Atlanta, showcasing the talents of experts responsible for some of the nation’s most high-profile events. The Special Event 2008 conference will take place January 15-18, 2008, with exhibit halls open January 16-18 at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta. Full details on the conference agenda and activities are available at

Last year’s show in Los Angeles set new attendance records, hosting 9,000 professionals from around the world; attendance in 2008 is expected to surpass this number. The show will feature more than 100 educational sessions, six “showcase” events and a wide variety of exhibitions by more than 300 vendors, all organized by a distinguished group of the world’s leading event professionals.

Educational class tracks will cover all aspects of the event industry, including food services; event management; sales and marketing; design; wedding trends; business and professional development; and event tools & resources.

The six “showcase” events at The Special Event offer numerous ideas for professionals in décor, entertainment, catering and floral. Each showcase is organized and executed by committees comprised of the nation’s top designers. A detailed description of each showcase, with details on its organizing committee, can be found at

Event planners visiting the exhibit hall floor will see thousands of products and services, reflecting the latest trends in the industry. The hall will include a gallery offering displays in tabletop design; a performance stage with an ongoing showcase of entertainment and educational acts; and “Gala Boards,” displaying photos of some of the world’s top events in 2007. Winning entries from the Gala Boards will be announced at the Gala Awards and Celebration on Friday, January 18th.

For a press badge to attend the tradeshow or conference sessions, or for information on exhibition and other marketing opportunities at The Special Event 2008, contact Betsy Carballo, marketing manager at (913) 981-6140, email or visit

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