The trade show and travel industries have been hit hard over the past few years, but many conferences are starting to set new highs for attendance. The IFPE 2005 International Exposition for Power Transmission and CONEXPO-CON/AGG shows are both setting records for attendance and floor space reservations, spurred in part by a heavy international presence.
Early registrations portend an onslaught of more than 110,000 attendees are expected to spend some time in Las Vegas between March 15-19. That will surpass the 108,000 of 2002, the last time the shows were held, and appears likely to surpass the record attendance set in 1999. Hotel reservation rates also point to a record turnout.
The shows have a strong international presence. Eight international exhibit pavilions include a pair from China as well as groups from Finland, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain and the U.K. IFPE 2005 will host two international exhibit pavilions run by Chinese trade organizations as well as an Italian pavilion and a pavilion featuring exhibitors from Taiwan. Foreign attendees are also expected to rise. In 2002, nearly 16,000 attendees came from outside the United States.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibit space sales surpassed 1.85 million net square feet, setting a new record as off-highway equipment makers and others plan to bring huge equipment to the show floor. IFPE, which doesn’t have the huge space requirements of the heavy equipment show, broke its previous space records with reservations for 110,000 net square feet of exhibit space.
Equipment from Caterpillar and others at CONEXPO will cover nearly 2 million square feet of floor space.
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