Exhibit Space Surges 6.5% in April

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Oceanside, CA – The trade show industry continued to pick up steam in April with the average show growing 6.5% in exhibit space, 4.1% in the number of exhibitors and 4.5% in attendance, according to the latest Trade Show Executive (TSE) Dashboard of Monthly Trade Show Metrics. In addition, roughly half of the 20 shows analyzed in the report grew in all three metrics. Only one event, International Coal Prep 2015, saw its numbers decrease across the board as the coal industry continued trying to dig itself out of its current slump.

The monthly tally got a boost from The NAB Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which reported that their annual exhibition grew 7.2% and topped the 1 million net square feet (nsf) threshold. The NAB Show, one of the three Dashboard events ranked on both the Gold 100 list of largest shows in the nation and the Fastest 50 list of fastest-growing shows in 2014, also increased its exhibitor total by 3.7% to 1,789 and its attendance by 4.5% to an estimated 73,306.

Other top growth leaders included:

Coverings, another Gold 100/Fastest 50 show, continued its winning ways in April. The show rotated into Orlando after a three-year absence and came away with an 18.6% increase in floor space to 420,850 nsf.
HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, also a Gold 100 and Fastest 50 event, increased its attendance by 11.5% to 43,070, which included a higher number of C-level executives.
SAE World Congress unveiled its new hands-on Tech Hub area on the exhibit floor in Detroit. Exhibit space totaled 52,200 nsf, a 61.1% jump over last year.
The biennial Clean Show expanded its schedule to four days and grew its attendance 9.4% to 11,264.
Click here TSE Dashboard for the full report.