Friday, September 22, 2017

Aircraft Interiors promises 'Smart Event' and innovation in Long Beach

For the first time, the Aircraft Interiors Expo September 26-28  in Long Beach will be what organizers call a Smart Event. Technology, designed by Konduko, will enable visitors to use their smart badge to easily collect information from exhibitor stands with one simple tap. At the end of each day, visitors will receive information from all the exhibitor stands they visited one email, removing the need to carry paper brochures, catalogs and flyers. 

"For exhibitors, the system acts as a virtual business card which drives lead generation and content distribution, enhancing the show experience and driving business value," said a release from Reed Exhibitions, the Expo organizer. 

Innovations being showcased by exhibiting companies this year include the Avipeo social network for the aviation community, LIFT’s by Encore's production-ready Tourist Class seat, Mirus’ next-generation economy class Hawk seating platform, Optimaresbrand-new premium lay-flat Maxima seat model and SkyPaxxx’s modular ready to install carpet Sky-Tiles.

AIX will feature the Airline Club Lounge (booth 2019) reserved for the 300 executives who will attend the show from 100 major carriers. The complimentary Airline Club Lounge will provide a space for these executives to relax, work or network away from the show floor.

Verity Newton, Exhibition Manager at Reed Exhibitions, said: “AIX takes place against a backdrop of continued success for the aviation industry. The aircraft interiors market is set to be worth almost $30 billion by 2021, and is growing at 7% annually.

“Our co-location with APEX and IFSA is proving to be a great success, and we are confident that the show will be a fantastic experience for all our attendees, VIPs and exhibiting companies from around the world.”

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

illy teaches coffee fundamentals at new school in San Francisco

illy, the third-generation family-owned coffee company from Trieste, Italy, today opened its first permanent University of Coffee (Università del Caffè) in the United States adjacent to its illy caffè location at 220 Montgomery Street in San Francisco.
"For illy, San Francisco is a natural choice for a first dedicated University location in America, given the city's early embrace of high-quality coffee, its vibrant culinary scene and its well-earned reputation as a major hub for innovation and education," said Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO of illycaffè SpA. "We are honored to contribute to the city's rich coffee culture by sharing our knowledge and passion."

Since 1999, the University of Coffee has educated nearly 200,000 producers, hospitality professionals and coffee lovers, from 25 branches. Students learn coffee history, culture, science, preparation and tasting in a hands-on setting. There will be a regular rotation of classes and events at the San Francisco location, which is also available for private events, corporate meetings and other activities.
"University of Coffee functions as a meeting place where not only coffee and hospitality professionals can train, but also as a destination where coffee enthusiasts and connoisseurs can share in their passion for coffee culture," said Mark Romano, vice president of education, quality & sustainability at illy and manager for the US branch of the University of Coffee.

University of Coffee started offering classes in North America in 2008 in conjunction with renowned culinary institutes including The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and the International Culinary Center (ICC), in addition to working with illy retail and hospitality partners to offer consumer coffee classes. At its core, the program serves as a centre of excellence designed to promote, support and communicate the culture of quality coffee worldwide. 

illy also offers an inter-university Master's degree course in Coffee Economics and Science in Trieste, Italy. The Master's Degree in Coffee Economics and Science provides post-graduate students interested in careers in the coffee industry with a comprehensive education in the culture of coffee, from the plant to the cup; in the social and economic value of coffee; and in the culture of coffee producing countries.