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Touring Exhibitions
Eddie Newquist


Turning global IPs into edutainment experiences, touring exhibitions are big business. Eddie Newquist, executive vice president of exhibitions and events creator GES, talks about the growing sector

From Attractions Management 2017 issue 3 . . BY Alice Davis, Attractions Management

How would you describe the touring exhibitions sector at the moment?
The sector is in a time of growth and that’s due to a number of reasons, from the improving economy to people’s desires for well-rounded, entertaining and educational experiences. There’s high demand from consumers, venue owners and promoters to host branded experiences that will drive attendance, revenue and profits.

What GES exhibitions have been most successful so far?
GES has enjoyed success with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers and a wide variety of other branded experiences. We focus on immersing guests into unique, entertaining experiences and that has helpled us achieve great attendance levels. GES has recently announced its partnership with HBO to bring the craftsmanship and artistry of Game of Thrones to fans. We’re committed to giving fans worldwide the opportunity to experience some of their favorite elements from the show firsthand and experience the world of the hit series like never before.

What trends are you seeing in the sector?
We see growth in branded attractions, interpretive centres, touring entertainment properties and corporate visitor centres.

How do you choose an exhibition?
Finding the right brand and partner is the most challenging part of the equation. Not every brand is easy to put on display and not every IP holder has the strategic thinking needed to ensure ongoing success.

How do you work with the partner in planning the exhibition?
We always like to start by setting mutual goals, not only for the visitor experience, but also from a business point of view. It’s great to work with partners that respect our process of design, production and fabrication, who will work hand-in-hand with us to maximise the visitor experience and ultimately ensure the success of the touring exhibition long-term.

What kind of investment is involved?
Touring exhibitions require not only a financial commitment but also a large investment in human resources from a wide variety of skill sets. Shipping and logistics is just as critical as storytelling and artistry. Everybody involved in the exhibition has to show a commitment to the quality of the end product and the business overall.

How do you decide where to tour?
There is a global demand for both permanent and touring exhibitions and attractions and there’s a wealth of IPs that consumers want to be immersed in. Venues such as museums, science centres, expo halls, malls and theme parks all have a successful track record of hosting both small and large-scale experiences.

What makes an exhibition stand out?
Standout touring exhibitions focus not only the quality of the experience, but also on business models that will be successful for everyone involved. Ultimately, guest satisfaction drives success. Many of our personnel come from the design and fabrication sectors, with a high level of experience in education, theatre, interactives, theme parks and storytelling, and that helps us exceed expectations.

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Eddie Newquist


Turning global IPs into edutainment experiences, touring exhibitions are big business. Eddie Newquist, executive vice president of exhibitions and events creator GES, talks about the growing sector

From Attractions Management 2017 issue 3 . . BY Alice Davis, Attractions Management

How would you describe the touring exhibitions sector at the moment?
The sector is in a time of growth and that’s due to a number of reasons, from the improving economy to people’s desires for well-rounded, entertaining and educational experiences. There’s high demand from consumers, venue owners and promoters to host branded experiences that will drive attendance, revenue and profits.

What GES exhibitions have been most successful so far?
GES has enjoyed success with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers and a wide variety of other branded experiences. We focus on immersing guests into unique, entertaining experiences and that has helpled us achieve great attendance levels. GES has recently announced its partnership with HBO to bring the craftsmanship and artistry of Game of Thrones to fans. We’re committed to giving fans worldwide the opportunity to experience some of their favorite elements from the show firsthand and experience the world of the hit series like never before.

What trends are you seeing in the sector?
We see growth in branded attractions, interpretive centres, touring entertainment properties and corporate visitor centres.

How do you choose an exhibition?
Finding the right brand and partner is the most challenging part of the equation. Not every brand is easy to put on display and not every IP holder has the strategic thinking needed to ensure ongoing success.

How do you work with the partner in planning the exhibition?
We always like to start by setting mutual goals, not only for the visitor experience, but also from a business point of view. It’s great to work with partners that respect our process of design, production and fabrication, who will work hand-in-hand with us to maximise the visitor experience and ultimately ensure the success of the touring exhibition long-term.

What kind of investment is involved?
Touring exhibitions require not only a financial commitment but also a large investment in human resources from a wide variety of skill sets. Shipping and logistics is just as critical as storytelling and artistry. Everybody involved in the exhibition has to show a commitment to the quality of the end product and the business overall.

How do you decide where to tour?
There is a global demand for both permanent and touring exhibitions and attractions and there’s a wealth of IPs that consumers want to be immersed in. Venues such as museums, science centres, expo halls, malls and theme parks all have a successful track record of hosting both small and large-scale experiences.

What makes an exhibition stand out?
Standout touring exhibitions focus not only the quality of the experience, but also on business models that will be successful for everyone involved. Ultimately, guest satisfaction drives success. Many of our personnel come from the design and fabrication sectors, with a high level of experience in education, theatre, interactives, theme parks and storytelling, and that helps us exceed expectations.

 
 
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Eddie Newquist


Turning global IPs into edutainment experiences, touring exhibitions are big business. Eddie Newquist, executive vice president of exhibitions and events creator GES, talks about the growing sector

From Attractions Management 2017 issue 3 . . BY Alice Davis, Attractions Management

How would you describe the touring exhibitions sector at the moment?
The sector is in a time of growth and that’s due to a number of reasons, from the improving economy to people’s desires for well-rounded, entertaining and educational experiences. There’s high demand from consumers, venue owners and promoters to host branded experiences that will drive attendance, revenue and profits.

What GES exhibitions have been most successful so far?
GES has enjoyed success with Harry Potter: The Exhibition, National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers and a wide variety of other branded experiences. We focus on immersing guests into unique, entertaining experiences and that has helpled us achieve great attendance levels. GES has recently announced its partnership with HBO to bring the craftsmanship and artistry of Game of Thrones to fans. We’re committed to giving fans worldwide the opportunity to experience some of their favorite elements from the show firsthand and experience the world of the hit series like never before.

What trends are you seeing in the sector?
We see growth in branded attractions, interpretive centres, touring entertainment properties and corporate visitor centres.

How do you choose an exhibition?
Finding the right brand and partner is the most challenging part of the equation. Not every brand is easy to put on display and not every IP holder has the strategic thinking needed to ensure ongoing success.

How do you work with the partner in planning the exhibition?
We always like to start by setting mutual goals, not only for the visitor experience, but also from a business point of view. It’s great to work with partners that respect our process of design, production and fabrication, who will work hand-in-hand with us to maximise the visitor experience and ultimately ensure the success of the touring exhibition long-term.

What kind of investment is involved?
Touring exhibitions require not only a financial commitment but also a large investment in human resources from a wide variety of skill sets. Shipping and logistics is just as critical as storytelling and artistry. Everybody involved in the exhibition has to show a commitment to the quality of the end product and the business overall.

How do you decide where to tour?
There is a global demand for both permanent and touring exhibitions and attractions and there’s a wealth of IPs that consumers want to be immersed in. Venues such as museums, science centres, expo halls, malls and theme parks all have a successful track record of hosting both small and large-scale experiences.

What makes an exhibition stand out?
Standout touring exhibitions focus not only the quality of the experience, but also on business models that will be successful for everyone involved. Ultimately, guest satisfaction drives success. Many of our personnel come from the design and fabrication sectors, with a high level of experience in education, theatre, interactives, theme parks and storytelling, and that helps us exceed expectations.

 


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Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

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