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Straight from TSE’s Dashboard: June Jumps, With 2% Overall Growth in Exhibit Space


June’s trade shows posted some impressive numbers – including a 34.4% jump in exhibit space at the Annual Police Security Expo, and a 32.6% boost in attendance at the Government Fleet & Expo Conference.It was all part of a jumpin’ June in the trade show industry, according to Trade Show Executive’s monthly Trade Show Dashboard Metrics.

Overall, exhibit space was up by 2.0% – a solid summertime performance helped by strong TSE Gold 100 shows like InfoComm and Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Seven of June’s 26 trade shows showed across-the-board growth in all metrics.

However, overall attendance and exhibitors increased at lesser rates – with exhibitors up 0.3% and attendance up 0.8%. That was more indicative of the second quarter of 2018, which saw increases in space, but fewer exhibitors and people. Compared to Q2 2017, the second quarter posted a sluggish 0.8% growth in exhibit space and decreases in exhibitors and attendance.

Still, June had many bright spots. Among the highlights and noteworthy happenings:

  • InfoComm, the largest show in June, returned to Las Vegas with gains in exhibit space (up 1.5% to 549,800 nsf) and a 1.3% increase in exhibitors. Despite a record turnout for their pre-show technical training course, overall attendance was down by 2.9%. However, they’ve already booked 94% of their exhibit space for next year’s show in Orlando.
  • A record number of sponsors took part in the American Physical Therapy Association NEXT Conference and Exposition in Orlando. Its exhibit space increased by 21.1% (to 23,500 nsf), but there were reductions in exhibitors (down 10.5%) and attendance (down 7.7%).
  • The Summer Fancy Food Show in New York boldly moved to a weekend this year, and it proved to be a successful decision. All of its metrics were up slightly, including a 0.5% jump in exhibit space (to 365,000 nsf).

Top cities in June were Las Vegas, helped by InfoComm, followed by Chicago, which hosted the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting and SHRM19, the latter being the largest HR conference in the world. E3 helped Los Angeles rise to third place.

September looks promising, especially the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), whose last event in 2016 was one of the largest in its history with 1.37 million nsf of exhibit space. Co-located with Hannover Messe USA, it will feature a hot air balloon parked outside McCormick Place in Chicago. Inside, there will be a Digital Factory showcasing the next steps forward in automation.

Another major technology event will come to Los Angeles – the Mobile World Congress Americas. Last year, it had more than 280,000 nsf and 21,000 attendees. Several medical and healthcare meetings are also on the September calendar, including Reed Exhibitions’ International Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, and Emergency Nursing 2018 in Pittsburgh.

On tap this fall are the TSE Gold 100 and Fastest 50 shows Solar Power International, held in sunny Anaheim, and the Water Environment Federation Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC) in New Orleans.

New Hope Media, now part of Informa, will launch a new industry awards program recognizing natural products favored by consumers during its Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. That should drive up attendance at the show, which last year was a record 28,000 people.

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