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Top Shows of 2017 Honored at TSE Gold 100


DANA POINT, Calif. – CES and CONEXPO/CON-AGG were three-time honorees at tonight’s Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards Gala in California.

The two mega-shows were among a blue-ribbon roster of recipients of the Grand Awards saluting the largest and most accomplished trade shows of 2017. The honorees were announced at a glittering banquet attended by top show organizers and managers, and their industry partners at the seaside Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG took home three coveted crystal trophies for being the overall largest trade show of the year; for the Best Use of Data Analysis; and The Marketing Genius Award. CES was honored for Best International Presence and tied for the Best Launching Pad with Cosmoprof North America. CES Asia was recognized as the Best Gold 100 Show Extension Overseas.

Informa, Global Exhibitions was recognized as the organizer with the highest number of shows on the newly released Gold 100 with seven, and Reed Exhibitions’ PGA Merchandise Show took home the title of The Greatest Trade Show of 2017.

“Presenting the Grand Awards at the Gold 100 is an annual high point in the exhibition calendar, and this year was no exception,” said TSE Publisher and Editor Gabrielle Weiss. “The organizers behind all of these great events were part of a stellar crowd that we and our sponsors and partners were proud to be a part of.”

This year’s Grand Awards included a new twist on the rankings for exhibit space, the determining metric for shows that make the Gold 100 rankings. Awards went not only to the largest show, CONEXPO-CON/AGG, but also to the largest events in two other tiers based on exhibit space:

  • Tier 1 (500,000 nsf or larger): CONEXPO-CON/AGG
  • Tier 2 (300,000 nsf-499,999 nsf): Natural Products Expo West/Engredea
  • Tier 3 (less than 300,000 nsf): ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America (The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association)

The full list of remaining Grand Award winners include:

  • Best International Presence: CES
  • Largest Semi-Annual Show: MAGIC – August
  • Fastest-Growing Gold 100 Trade Show by Blended Growth: ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition (American Society of Hematology)
  • Best VIP Program: Luxury by JCK Las Vegas
  • Slam Dunk Award for Best New Idea: IFT17 (Institute of Food Technologists)
  • Best Program to Help Exhibitors Maximize their ROI: Cosmoprof North America
  • Most Extreme Results from Social Media: E3
  • Best Use of Data Analysis: CONEXPO-CON/AGG
  • The Stickiest Show Floor: SEMA Show (Specialty Equipment Market Association)
  • The Do-Gooder Award: SupplySide West
  • Most Commendable Green Initiatives: Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
  • Best Launching Pad (tie): CES and Cosmoprof North America
  • Best Gold 100 Show Extension Overseas: CES Asia
  • The Marketing Genius Award: CONEXPO-CON/AGG
  • Knowledge is Power Award: ICUEE, The International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition
  • The Top Show Organizer of 2017 with the Most Gold 100 Shows: Informa, Global Exhibitions
  • The Greatest Trade Show of 2017: PGA Merchandise Show (Professional Golfers’ Association of America)

Look for complete coverage of the TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit in our next issue. Also, start making plans to attend the TSE Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, which will take place in Atlantic City in June; the Fastest 50 recognizes the fastest-growing trade shows of 2018.

“The Gold 100 is always a great way to enter the home stretch of the calendar year,” said TSE Vice President of Events Diane Bjorklund. “Like everyone in the industry, we are already looking forward to 2019 and another great year for the shows that make up the Gold 100 and Fastest 50.”

Reach Gabrielle Weiss at (312) 493-7753 or; Diane Bjorklund at (630) 312-8915 or

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