We’re so excited for you to join us at your first-ever World Tea Expo! We’ve compiled a list of helpful information, tips, and a checklist to make sure your experience at World Tea Expo is extremely beneficial to your company. Please review the important items below to make sure you’re prepared to make the most of our trip to Las Vegas.
Frequently Used Terms:
- Exhibitor Console: The Exhibitor Console* is your starting point for all important information. You can find everything you need Exhibit here. See below for more information on what is included and how to log in.
- Exhibitor Services Kit: The Exhibitor Services Kit has many different names including ESK, Service Kit, Exhibitor Services Manual, ESM or Service Manual. Whenever any of these terms are used it is in reference to your GES Exhibitor Services Kit. The ESK is where you can find rules and regulations, order booth furnishings, accessories, find shipping addresses, access important dates and deadlines and much more!
- Exhibitor Appointed Contractor: An exhibitor appointed contractor (EAC) is a company other than the event general contractor or official service provider that requires access to a booth during installation and dismantling. The EAC may only provide services in the facility that are not designated by the facility as exclusive to a designated provider, or by the show organizer in a contract as an exclusive service for the general or official service provider or other 3rd party.
First Time Exhibitor Checklist:
*The password for your console as well as a link to the console is listed on the invoice you received for your booth contract. If you have any issues accessing your console contact your Client Service Specialist.
- Utilize the Exhibitor Console*
Each exhibitor has access to an exhibitor console on the event website. Your console is a personalized tool you can use to access all the information you will need to plan for the event. The console will be fully active approximately 5 months pre-event and includes:
- A link to your Edit Booth Info page where you can update your company profile and information
- My Account, where you can make payments towards your booth contract
- Get Badges! Where you can register for your booth passes, exhibitor conference passes, lead retrieval equipment and hotel reservations. Get your Invite a Customer code, widget and emails.
- A link to your Exhibitor Service Kit (ESK)
- Exhibitor Forms – This section includes the booth approval form as well as other required and optional forms. Be sure to review each form for more information on requirements.
- Publicize Your Booth Events – Post a listing for your In-Booth Event on the World Tea Expo website
- Manage Press Releases – If you are registered for the Exhibits Plus package you can post your press release here and it will be listed on the World Tea Expo website.
- OnPeak – A link to the official housing partner for the event
- Read the Exhibitor Service Kit (ESK)
It is important to read the entire Exhibitor Service Kit thoroughly. Below are the documents we recommend starting with. Click Here to log into your console. Then select the Exhibitor Services Kit tab.
- Know the Important Dates & Deadlines
Set calendar appointments to ensure you are saving money and have a smooth set up. All dates can be found in the Critical Dates Checklist in your Exhibitor Services Kit and on the homepage of your ESK under the Important Dates & Deadlines section.
- Order Discount Deadline
- Booth Approval Form Deadline
- Registration Deadline
- Know Who to Contact
We are here to assist you, know who to contact when you need assistance.
- Account Managers: Contract your space, upgrade or add sponsorships, make contact or account information changes.
Click here to find your Account Managers contact information
- Client Services Specialist: Questions about set-up, need help accessing your console, have questions about registering your booth staff or any time you are not sure who to ask!
Sarah Quinlan, (303) 998-9463
- Accounting Services: Contact your accounting services representative when you have questions on payment or would like to make a payment over the phone.
Michelle Marzullo, (303) 998-9283
- GES Pre-Show Coordinator: Contact GES when having trouble placing orders through your ESK, have questions about GES billing and payments or are unsure which forms you need to fill out.
Tiffany Johnson, (702) 350-3553
- Train Your Booth Staff
The best way to maximize your success at any event is to have a fully trained and engaged booth staff. Attendees have expectations when they come to your booth. Below are some tips to get started:
- Check out these helpful tips from Trade Show News Network: “Small Booth? Here’s How You Can Still Win Big At Your Next Trade Show”
- Be memorable & enthusiastic
- Courteous to your "guests"
- SMILE! Have a positive attitude. How often do potential customers make a special trip to see you?
- Carry and use breath freshener spray or small mints (Tic Tacs vs. large, bulky mints). Shy away from spicy or garlicky food and alcoholic beverages
- Avoid chewing gum, eating, and drinking while in your exhibit
- Keep your booth neat & tidy!
- While working the exhibit, don't sit in your booth or lean on the exhibit counters
- Don't spend time talking or texting on your cell phone, chatting with booth neighbors, or other booth staff
- Make eye contact; never ignore a prospect, even if you're with another prospect. (Give them a nod and "just a minute" sign). Include them into your conversation
- Greet attendees by name. If you can't pronounce it, ask!
- Shake hands; match the strength of the other person's handshake and only "pump" twice
- Put Together a Trade Show Survival Kit
Include the kit in your freight or checked bag including:
- Copies of all orders and tracking number
- Small tool kit
- Staples, scissors & tape
- Pens & markers for labels
- First Aid kit
- Bottled Water
- Plan for Move Out
Move out is often one of these most confusing and overlooked parts of trade show management. Each facility, contractor, and show comes with their own unique move out challenges. Here are a few notes to get you started:
- Pre-arrange your outbound shipping with a carrier who is familiar with tradeshows.
- Plan Ahead! Contact your Client Services Specialist 6-8 weeks PRIOR to the event to discuss the move out process if you have any questions.
- After emptying crates, place empty labels on all sides of your crates and cases. Remember to remove old empty labels. Additionally, the empty labels are sometimes color coded, so make sure you get the correct color and be sure your booth number is on each label. This will ensure no crates are lost or separated and will speed up move-out. Don’t forget to label your pallets if you need them back for return shipping. If they are not labeled they will not be returned to your booth.
- Shows take time for the crates, pallets and empty boxes to be returned to the booths for load-out packing. It can take 6 hours or more for empty crates to be returned to the booth, please plan your departing flights appropriately. Loose cartons and fiber cases will be returned first so you can start packing. Wooden crates and skids will be next. Material return is random, and holding your empty crates during set up will not get your crates back to you any earlier. If you hold your empties, the Floor Manager will warn you at first and then have your empties removed.
- Be sure to read through the Move-Out information located in your Exhibitor Service Kit for more tips on move out.
- Additional Tips
- Keep the total square footage of your booth space in mind when you order decorating items. Do not order more than will comfortably fit in your booth and allow you to do business.
- If you have multiple locations, please complete a new and separate order for each location (booth, meeting room, etc.).
- Take a company credit card to pay all balances due on show site and for deposits on rental equipment.
- Work Zone - You should know that the show site and surrounding areas are active work zones. You need to be careful, and agents and representatives are present at their own risk.