“Remember the golden days of the early 2000s?” chides David McMillin of Leading Meeting Professionals. “It was a time when it seemed like every member of the trade show industry had a reason to smile.”
Trade shows were booming, providing a place for concentrated connections, customer interaction and industry networking under one roof. Then, as we all remember, the housing bubble burst, spending stopped, and trade show attendance declined. All of this is now finally changing.
David McMillin writes: “It looks the waiting game is over. According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research Index for Q4 in 2014, the number of trade show attendees has finally exceeded its previous peak in 2007. The year-over-year increase of 2.6 percent helped trade shows welcome 68.7 million attendees.”
“Attendance wasn’t the only piece of data that delivered good news. Net square feet increased by two full percentage points, and real revenues rose by 2.1 percent.”
BATC’s Builders & Remodelers Show has stayed ahead of the curve. We represent a strong industry trade show that has also seen year-over-year increases, especially since being named Best Industry Trade Show by the National Association of Home Builders in 2012. Registration for the upcoming BRS show on April 2nd is already 13% higher than last year. As of today, 303 Booths and 226 Exhibitors will be represented at the show (Last year we had 276 booths, and 212 exhibitors).
We expect those numbers to grow in the next few days as more people register to attend. If you haven’t already, you can register to attend online at batcbrs.com. Register quickly as online registration is set to close on Tuesday, March 31st at 12noon.