The Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro, Oregon, will be welcoming a new event and conference center this summer. The 89,000-square-foot Wingspan Event & Conference Center will provide year-round opportunities for large community gatherings. The center will include exposition space, a state-of-the-art conference center with a commercial kitchen, concessions, a large entry plaza, and an outdoor exhibit area that opens into the interior grounds of the fair complex. The new venue will offer various room configurations sized to accommodate consumer shows, conferences and trade shows, corporate meetings and seminars, banquets and receptions, fundraisers, festivals, spec- tator events and a variety of other community uses.

 

Put yourself in the middle of the action next time you visit British Columbia. All three of the movies in the “Descendants” global franchise were filmed in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Fans can snap selfies with popular characters, unlock clips from “Descendants 3” played against the back-drop of where they were actually filmed, and complete exciting missions.

 

British Columbia’s JW Marriott Parq Vancouver and the DOUGLAS located in Parq Vancouver are making it easier for event planners to manage their events at the venues with the Marriott Meeting Services App, managed by the JW Event Concierge. The app allows planners to request, respond and connect in real-time with hotel event staff on any web-enabled device.

 

It’s no secret that association membership has been in a steady decline for more than a decade. This is true not only for event professional associations but for associations dedicated to virtually every industry—from agriculture and aerospace to landscaping and legal. While many will claim this decline is due to cost-cutting, a deeper survey will show that it is the perceived lack of value of the association model and its offering.