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IAEE Updates Guidelines for Display Rules & Regulations

August 5, 2019

2019 Edition Now Available

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) has updated its Guidelines for Display Rules and Regulations to promote continuity and consistency among U.S. exhibitions and events. The 2019 edition is a resource for exhibitions and events organizers to use in creating consistent and fair exhibiting standards for their events. It is the model for most domestic exhibitions and events and therefore recommended that exhibitions and events organizers include a copy in the exhibition or event prospectus and/or exhibitor rules and regulations.

“IAEE periodically creates a task force of members to review, discuss and if needed, update the existing Guidelines for Display Rules and Regulations,” said Tom Corcoran, IAEE Guidelines for Display Rules and Regulations Task Force Chairperson. “Keeping in mind that technology and other factors influence how quickly things change, it is our intent to give show organizers the opportunity to put their best foot forward and consistently offer their exhibitors the best return on their investment possible.”

These Guidelines afford exhibitors a maximum return on their exhibit investments. Compliance with fire, safety, U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other state, federal or provincial government requirements are addressed. In the 2019 edition, further clarification was submitted in the following areas:

  • IAEE has identified two distinctly different styles of show display regulations. One style is “Line-of-Sight” while the second is “Cubic Content.” Organizers should decide which style is best suited to their event or designated section of the event.
  • Added “Drone Operation” as a sub-section to “Remote-Controlled Devices,” noting that local facility and city ordinances are in effect in most areas that prohibit drone activity near the public or in public spaces.
  • Added common examples of vehicle regulations.

Recognizing that every show is unique, IAEE presents the information contained within as recommendations or suggestions for exhibiting standards each organizer should consider. Organizers are encouraged to review the Guidelines and then develop their own show-customized set of exhibiting rules and regulations based on the individual features of their specific exhibition or event.

IAEE’s Guidelines for Display Rules and Regulations, 2019 Update is available for free to IAEE members and $175 USD to non-members by clicking here.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Freeman, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Swapcard and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit for more information.

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