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TSE Announces the Fastest 50 Honorees

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January 17, 2013
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Oceanside, CA – An elite group of shows vaulted over some 4,000 other trade shows in the U.S. by growing at least seven times the average growth rate of 2012. The 50 top performers in each of three metrics – net square feet, number of exhibiting companies and attendance – have now been identified and will be honored for their elite status at the Trade Show Executive (TSE) Fastest 50 Awards & Summit, May 8-10, 2013 at the Swissôtel Chicago. A total of 93 shows made the list, due to legendary records in multiple metrics.  (See winners at the end of this article).

With so many shows and statistics, the Fastest 50 Class of 2012 shows serves as a scorecard that lets the industry know which shows are on the fast track with more exhibitors chasing bigger crowds of buyers.

These are the shows packing the aisles and filling up ever-larger floor plans – and they are not just the mid-sized shows:

  • 3% were 1,000,000 nsf or larger;
  • 12% ranged from 350,000 nsf to 999,999 nsf;
  • 26% spanned 125,000 nsf to 349,999 nsf;    
  • 31% covered 50,000 nsf to 124,999 nsf; and
  • 28% were 15,000 nsf to 49,999 nsf   

 

The total exhibit space for the Fastest 50 was 19,684,257 nsf. Attendance reached 1,656,514 and the exhibitor count totaled 62,129. Those numbers boiled down to per-show averages of 211,659 nsf, 668 exhibitors and 18,203 attendees.

Firing on All Cylinders

Many of the Fastest 50 shows will be honored in more than one category. The American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, Coverings, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), The Rental Show and SGIA Expo (Specialty GraphicImaging Association) were among the 41 events out of 93 that were in the top 50 in two or three metrics.Some shows are fairly new and still on the small side, but they certainly appear to have captured the right lightning in a bottle and are on their way to becoming major must-attend events in their particular industry sectors.  Other shows, such as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), MAGIC Marketplace, the Mid-America Trucking Show, NPE – The International Plastics Showcase and International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo are well-known brands that are large enough to be fixtures on the TSE Gold 100 roster of largest U.S. trade shows.

A total of 48 of the 93 Fastest 50 shows were managed by associations, societies or other not-for-profit organizations. Independent organizers were behind 45 events.

They say that trade shows are a reflection of the industry they serve, whether growth or contraction, but the Fastest 50 winners served buyers and sellers in every major industry sector. The roster included shows for consumer goods, such as the International Consumer Electronics Show, Jewelers International Showcase, and a bevy of apparel events including MAGIC Marketplace and AccessoriesTheShow. The construction arena was represented by shows such as Coverings, World of Asphalt and the ArchitectureBoston Expo.

The medical and healthcare sector was well represented with a 17% market share.  The American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting, the American Thoracic Society International Conference, the International AIDS Conference, and the OR Manager Conference  were ranked in the Fastest 50 in all three metrics.

Methodology

The criteria for nominations were straightforward and simple. Events were judged on the percentage of growth in the individual metrics.  Annual shows were included as well as semi-annuals, biennials, one triennial and one quadrennial show.  TSE required statistics to be verified by a senior level executive of the show management company or association.Nominations came from not only show organizers but service contractors, registration firms and venue managers who noticed the bigger crowds and larger floor plans.

No matter their overall size and target audience, the Fastest 50 shows have proven they have the combination of marketing strategies, operational expertise and sweat equity to become a household name in the sectors they serve and among their peers in the exhibition industry.

Reach Darlene Gudea, president, at (760) 630-9111 or dgudea@tradeshowexecutive.com; Diane Bjorklund, VP of events, at (630) 312-8915 or dbjorklund@tradeshowexecutive.com; or Carri Jensen, manager of directories at (541) 286-4014 or cjensen@tradeshowexecutive.com

CONGRATULATIONS  to the 
FASTEST 50 WINNERS 

Fastest 50 Shows by Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space
(in Alphabetical Order)

AAP National Conference & Exhibition (American Academy of Pediatrics)

ABX (ArchitectureBoston Expo)

AccessoriesTheShow - February

AccessoriesTheShow - January

AGG1 Aggregates Forum & Expo

AISTech - The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition

ALOA Convention & Security Expo (Associated Locksmiths of America)

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting

American Coatings Show & Conference

American Thoracic Society International Conference

Amusement Expo

Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics

AVIATION WEEK MRO Americas

Coverings

EVS26 - Electric Vehicle Symposium

EXHIBITOR2012

Fame

FDIC (Fire Department Instructors Conference)

FN PLATFORM (Footwear News) - August

FN PLATFORM (Footwear News) - February

The Great American Trucking Show

The Great West Truck Show

HydroVision International

IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference & Exposition (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers/Power & Energy Society)

IMEX America

International AIDS Conference

International Consumer Electronics Show

International LCT Show (Limousine, Charter & Tour)

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

Jewelers International Showcase - October

Mid-America Trucking Show

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL©

Moda Manhattan

MRket

National Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo

National Facilities Management & Technology Conference & Expo

National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo

NBAA Annual Meeting & Convention (National Business Aviation Association)

The NBM Show (National Business Media)

NPE - The International Plastics Showcase

NWFA Wood Flooring Expo (National Wood Flooring Association)

OR Manager Conference

The Rental Show

The Running Event

SGIA Expo (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association)

Shop.org Annual Summit

Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show

SuperZoo

TCT - Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics

World of Asphalt Show & Conference

 

Fastest 50 Shows by Number of Exhibiting Companies
(in Alphabetical Order)

ABX (ArchitectureBoston Expo)

AccessoriesTheShow - February

AccessoriesTheShow - January

ALOA Convention & Security Expo (Associated Locksmiths of America)

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting

American Coatings Show & Conference

American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference

American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

American Thoracic Society International Conference

Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics

BIO International Convention (Biotechnology Industry Organization)

Cosmoprof North America

Coverings

EVS26 - Electric Vehicle Symposium

EXHIBITOR2012

Fame

FN PLATFORM (Footwear News) - August

FN PLATFORM (Footwear News) - February

IMEX America

Interbike International Bicycle Expo

International AIDS Conference

International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America

International LCT Show (Limousine, Charter & Tour)

International Manufacturing Technology Show

International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo

IPC APEX EXPO (Association Connecting Electronics Industries)

Jewelers International Showcase - October

MAGIC - August

MAGIC - February

Midwest Poultry Federation Convention

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL©

Moda Manhattan

MRket

National Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo

National Facilities Management & Technology Conference & Expo

The NBM Show (National Business Media)

NECA Convention & Trade Show (National Electrical Contractors Association)

NWFA Wood Flooring Expo (National Wood Flooring Association)

OR Manager Conference

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

RECon, The Global Retail Real Estate Convention

The Rental Show

RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition (Risk & Insurance Management Society)

The Running Event

SGIA Expo (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association)

Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show

SuperZoo

Surf Expo - January

Texworld USA (Winter Edition)

World of Asphalt Show & Conference

 

Fastest 50 Shows by Total Attendance
(in Alphabetical Order)

AACC Clinical Lab Expo (American Association for Clinical Chemistry)

ALOA Convention & Security Expo (Associated Locksmiths of America)

American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting

American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

American Thoracic Society International Conference

Annual Congress of American Payroll Association

APTA Combined Sections Meeting (American Physical Therapy Association)

ASMBS Annual Meeting (American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery)

ASPE Convention & Exposition (American Society of Plumbing Engineers)

Coverings

Firehouse World

FN PLATFORM (Footwear News) - February

GlobalShop

HELI-EXPO®

HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition (Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society)

Hospitality Design Expo & Conference

ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades)

IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference & Exposition (Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers/Power & Energy Society)

IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo (Institute of Food Technologists)

IMEX America

International AIDS Conference

International LCT Show (Limousine, Charter & Tour)

International Manufacturing Technology Show

International Woodworking Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair

IPC APEX EXPO (Association Connecting Electronics Industries)

Jewelers International Showcase - January

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL©

MRket

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing Annual Forum & Exposition

The NBM Show (National Business Media)

NCEA Convention & Expo (National Catholic Educational Association)

NECA Convention & Trade Show (National Electrical Contractors Association)

NPE - The International Plastics Showcase

NWFA Wood Flooring Expo (National Wood Flooring Association)

OFFPRICE Show

Offshore Technology Conference

OR Manager Conference

Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit International Convention & Expo

The Rental Show

Retail's Big Show

RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition (Risk & Insurance Management Society)

Rocky Mountain Dental Convention

The Running Event

SCAA Annual Exposition (Specialty Coffee Association of America)

SGIA Expo (Specialty Graphic Imaging Association)

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates Annual Course

SURTEX

Texas High School Coaches Association Convention

Texworld USA (Winter Edition)

 

To register,go to  https://www.compusystems.com/servlet/ar?evt_uid=830 
For more details about the Fastest 50 event
, go to http://www.tradeshowexecutive.com/Fastest50

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