BEWARE OF Non Official Suppliers and Vendors. Leading up to WMTS, you may likely receive solicitations from several non-official contractors offering services such as participation in an off-shore trade directory for additional payment, audio visual, housing, carpeting, rental exhibits as well as “turn-key” display services, etc. This has become increasingly common in recent years and some of these suppliers may be fraudulent or, at the very least, deliver a level of services less than reasonably anticipated or expected.
Only those suppliers listed in the Exhibitor Manual and displaying the Official Vendor Logo (above) are sanctioned Official Vendors. These companies have been specifically selected for their experience, knowledge, integrity and professionalism in serving the events industry. Please note that as Official Vendors, we have permitted representatives from these companies to contact you regarding specific deadlines and/or service opportunities.
WMTS Official Suppliers / Vendors
Examples of Non-Official Suppliers that may contact you include, among others:
- A company called “Construct Data Publishers” typically contacts exhibitors soliciting participation in their publication “Fair Guide”. The solicitation may be in the form of a letter which references our show and asks you to update your pre-registered listing in the exhibitor directory. Please be aware that SME is in no way affiliated with or endorses “Construct Data Publishers”, “Fair Guide” or fairguide.com. It is absolutely critical to read the fine print on the back of the letter and at the bottom of the Exhibitor Directory form that is included before any commitment is made. The associated cost is substantial and is typically in excess of $5,000.00. Please contact us directly if you have inadvertently signed one of these contracts.
- It is common for non-official housing companies/agents to contact exhibitors claiming to act on behalf of the official hotel suppliers outlined on the website or actually be an official supplier. Please note that the only official accommodation suppliers for WMTS 2017 are The Four Point Sheraton Edmonton South and The Westin Edmonton.