Thursday, October 19, 2017

Voting Now Open for the Inaugural Wave Makers Award!

**Funds Available to Assist DEMA Member Exhibitors and Buyers of DEMA Show 2017 **
The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has approved the expansion of the Disaster Assistance Program, previously aiding those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, to include DEMA-Member Show Exhibitors and Buyers impacted by the recent California Wildfires.
DEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program was first created in 2004 and has been used when DEMA-Member companies are impacted by natural disasters which may interfere with their ability to promote their businesses, products, services and destinations. As funds are limited, DEMA has earmarked them specifically for DEMA-Member companies who plan to exhibit or buy at DEMA Show 2017 and have been negatively impacted by these large storms. Funds will be provided to Exhibitors in the affected areas based on their exhibit size and to Buyers in the impacted areas who attend DEMA Show and stay in a DEMA block hotel.
Exhibitors from the areas indicated below are eligible to apply for the funds to help them exhibit at this year’s Show. Registered DEMA Member “Buyers” who plan to attend DEMA Show can also apply for funds to assist in covering hotel costs while staying onsite at DEMA Show. 
"DEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program funds are available to Member manufacturers, destinations and other industry-related entities to aid them in getting to and exhibiting at DEMA Show 2017,” said Tom Ingram, President and CEO of DEMA.  “Registered Buyers from DEMA Member businesses who are staying in the DEMA hotel block are also eligible for funds to assist in attending DEMA Show so they can buy the products and services they need to keep their businesses in operation.”
Exhibitor Assistance Program: DEMA’s Disaster Assistance Program funds are available to DEMA-Member Exhibitors who are fully paid by the close of business on October 6, 2017, and physically located in the following areas:
Impacted by California Wildfires:
  • Butte County (Fire name: LaPorte Fire, Cherokee Fire, Honey Fire)
  • Calaveras County (Fire name: Point Fire)
  • El Dorado County (Fire name: Ice Fire)
  • Lake County (Fire name: Ridge Fire, Sulphur Fire)
  • Mendocino County (Fire name: Redwood Valley Fire)
  • Napa County (Fire name: Tubbs Fire, Partrick Fire, Atlas Fire)
  • Nevada County (Fire name: Lobo Fire, McCourtney Fire)
  • Solano County (Fire name: Atlas Fire)
  • Sonoma County (Fire name: Pocket Fire, Tubbs Fire, Pressley Fire, Adobe Fire, Nuns Fire, Norrbom Fire, 37 Fire)
  • Yuba County (Fire name: Cascade Fire)

Impacted by Hurricane Harvey:
Counties in Texas:
Aransas, Austin, Bee, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, Brazoria, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton, and Wilson.
Parishes in Louisiana:
Allen, Acadia, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion, and Vernon.
Impacted by Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria:
  • Alabama
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Bahamas
  • Barbuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cabo Engano
  • Cuba
  • Culebra
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guadeloupe
  • Haiti
  • Isla Saona
  • Mole
  • Montserrat
  • Nevis
  • Puerto Plata
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saba
  • Sint Maarten
  • South Carolina
  • St. Barthelemy
  • St. Eustatius
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Martin
  • St. Nicholas
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Vieques
For affected Exhibitors, for each 100 net square feet of exhibit space purchased and paid for by October 6, 2017, DEMA will provide regular Exhibitors with $US 400.00 in assistance.  Funds will be awarded onsite at DEMA Show 2017 to the exhibiting companies who apply and fall within the guidelines deeming them eligible for assistance. Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis up to the maximum available from the DEMA disaster assistance fund. All interested parties must apply for the assistance funds on site at DEMA Show in Orlando, FL prior to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017. 
Attendee Assistance Program:  DEMA Member Buyers who are registered for the Show and staying in the official DEMA Show hotel block (The Rosen Centre, Hilton Orlando or the Days Inn on International Drive) are eligible for reimbursement as follows; One registered Buyer from an attending DEMA Member business physically located in the aforementioned-affected areas can receive reimbursement for a one-night hotel stay(single occupancy) in the DEMA hotel block prior to midnight eastern time, November 3, 2017.
Buyers applying for assistance must provide a copy of the receipt for the DEMA Block hotel stay to the DEMA Office prior to close of business on December 1, 2017.   Funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis up to the maximum of the DEMA disaster assistance fund.  Exhibitors are not eligible for hotel reimbursement assistance under this program, but can receive Exhibitor Assistance as described above.
For more complete details and disbursement information and to obtain an assistance request form, visit DEMA Central in Booth #1371 at DEMA Show 2017 in Orlando, FL.

Voting Now Open for the Inaugural Wave Makers Award!

** Deadline to Vote is 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time on October 26, 2017 **

DEMA recently announced it will recognize new professionals in the diving industry who are employed by (or own) a DEMA-Member business by honoring a recipient with the Wave Makers Award at the annual DEMA Awards Party! 
The Membership of DEMA chooses the 2017 Award recipient by viewing and voting for the finalist of their choice, based on a short video that the finalists submitted. Voting for the inaugural Wave Makers Award is now open to DEMA Members! Log in and cast your vote today! The deadline to vote is 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, October 26, 2017.
The 2017 finalist are listed below. View each of their videos by clicking on their name.
 To vote for the 2017 Wave Makers Award Recipient:
  1. View all four nominee video submissions.
  2. Log in to the Members Only area of to CAST YOUR VOTE.
Four finalists and the new professional chosen as the first of the Wave Makers will be honored at the DEMA Awards Party being held on Friday, November 3, 2017 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Centre Hotel Executive Ballroom. Complete DEMA Awards Party details and tickets are available on the DEMA Show website.

Insider Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your DEMA Show 2017 Experience

Featuring over 650 Exhibitors and hundreds of educational and networking opportunities, you’re likely to have a jam-packed schedule during DEMA Show 2017.  From internet access to discounted dining options, here we offer some helpful tips and resources to help you make the most of your DEMA Show experience, both on and off the Show floor. 
Looking for helpful planning information to help you prepare for your trip to DEMA Show in Orlando? Click here to get useful information on things like local weather, maps, safety tips, medical services, and more.
Is this your first time attending DEMA Show? Join us for a quick half hour session which will provide you with the information you need to make the most of your time at the Show, including answers to the most frequently asked questions, tips for navigating the Show floor, and information about special events and Show features. When registering, note it is your first time attending and sign up for an orientation session.
The DEMA Show 2017 mobile app provides easy-to-use interactive capabilities to enhance the DEMA Show experience including:
  • Stay organized with up-to-the-minute exhibitor, speaker, and event information
  • Sync the app across all your devices with Multi-Device Sync
  • Receive important real-time communications from DEMA
  • Build a personalized schedule and bookmark exhibitors 
  • Take notes and download event handouts and presentations
  • Rate and comment on the sessions you attend
  • Locate sessions and exhibitors on using interactive maps of the convention center
  • Find your bookmarked exhibitors on the Show floor using Quick Route
  • Find attendees and connect with your colleagues through “Friends”
  • Stay in-the-know and join in on social media with #DEMAShow
  • Share your event photos and experiences in the Photo Gallery
  • Watch DEMA videos
  •  And much, much more!
Download the app now!  For iPhone, iPad, iPod or Android phones, visit the App Store or Google Play on your device and search for DEMA Show 2017.  For All Other Device Types (including BlackBerry, Windows, and all other web browser-enabled devices): While on your smartphone, point your mobile browser to to be directed to the proper download version for your phone. 
Once you have downloaded and opened the app, choose DEMA Show 2017 and tap Download. If you already have the DEMA Show mobile app with the 2016 Show open, go to settings and tap “Exit to Show List”. Choose DEMA Show 2017 and then tap download. 
Please note the following options for Internet access during DEMA Show 2017:
  • DEMA provides complimentary Internet access to DEMA Show Attendees in the iCafe (located at DEMA Central at the end of the main aisle).
  • DEMA Members can utilizes the computers in the Member lounges in booths 1783 and 1982.
  • The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) provides complimentary wi-fi on the concourses and in the food courts.
  • Internet service can be purchased throughout the OCCC. Click here for pricing information.
All 2017 DEMA Members and their staff have access to private Member-exclusive lounges, accessible directly from the Show floor.  With meeting tables, electrical outlets, and a computer and printer, these lounges provide a space for Members and their staff to meet, charge their electronics, and take a moment to relax during the Show. 
DEMA Show 2017 is committed to providing Attendees with exclusive deals, discounts, and promotions. Find exclusive Exhibitor Show Specials here before you head to the Show to help you plan a valuable experience.
Be sure to take advantage of DEMA’s very own Show Special at DEMA Central located at the end of the main aisle. DEMA Members can save $50 on their 2018 dues by joining onsite and will receive an exclusive Member-only gift.

DEMA Show and Visit Orlando have teamed up with more than 40 delicious restaurants to give DEMA Show Attendees and Exhibitors great dining discounted prices! Show your convention badge at a participating “Show Your Badge” restaurant during the dates of DEMA Show to take advantage of great dining offers! View a list of participating restaurants here.

All three DEMA Show block hotels (Rosen Centre, Hilton, and Days Inn) are within walking distance of the convention center. There will be only one shuttle bus available for those requiring transportation or for those who prefer not to walk on all show days. Shuttle bus service will run approximately every 30 minutes from the DEMA Show block hotels. Click here for the shuttle bus schedule. ADA accessible shuttle bus service will also be offered during all Show days for all three DEMA Block hotels upon request.

Receive an exclusive DEMA Show rate through Avis when you book online or call 1-800-331-1600. The Avis World Discount (AWD) Number is T690399.

Wheelchairs and scooters can be reserved through the FedEx Business Center located in the South Concourse.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Member Benefits Added to Membership

DEMA Members now have access to new Member Benefits! These benefits include access to health benefits for businesses located in the U.S., consumer payment solutions, and web and marketing solutions. Learn more about how these benefits can help your business.