Weekly Insights: Getting Around Gets Easier in Certain Cities

Travel-and-Transportation-22It’s long been a major complaint of trade show and convention attendees: getting around the city is a pain! Whether due to traffic, costs or both, those complaints present a challenge for planners to overcome in most any major city. But now several cities are stepping up to overcome that in one way or another. Portland, Oregon has offered free transit passes for convention attendees to use on the city’s busses or streetcars. Dallas offers a two-hour pass on the DART transit system for $2.50 so attendees can easily get back and forth to DFW Airport. And several other cities have plans in the works:

  • Denver will introduce a commuter rail line from the airport to downtown in 2016.
  • Orlando has plans for a minibus system to transport attendees between the various Orange County Convention Center concourses and nearby shopping and entertainment areas.
  • Earlier this month the KC Streetcar began making test runs here in Kansas City and will officially debut in 2016, providing stops around downtown and the convention center (additional routes to be added later).
  • Update 11-24-15: Ride-sharing service Lyft has been given permission to provide transportation at both Chicago airports and McCormick Place. (Uber likely won’t be far behind.)
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With experiences as both an exhibitor and a show organizer, Marlys Arnold has a unique perspective on trade show exhibiting. As an exhibit marketing strategist, she travels the country consulting and training on how to create experiential exhibits that produce significantly higher numbers of qualified leads. She’s led workshops for events ranging from local consumer expos to some of the largest trade shows in the U.S. She hosts the Trade Show Insights blog/podcast, and is the author of Build a Better Trade Show Image, the Exhibitor Education Manifesto, and the ExhibitorEd Success System. Exhibit Design That Works (the first book in the YES: Your Exhibit Success series) debuted in July 2017. She’s also the founder of the Exhibit Marketers Café, an online education community.

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