After two years of dismal news from the world of trade shows and events, it seems we’ve turned a corner. Reports out for several major shows show that numbers in 2011 are up for both exhibitors and attendees.
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) reported record attendance this year, according to PCMA President & CEO Deborah Sexton. You can watch an interview with her here. In the interview, she also addresses the importance of incorporating virtual/hybrid meetings.
The news is also good coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is often considered a barometer of the trade show industry. Preliminary figures indicate that attendance was back in the range of what was seen in 2008.
And if you’re looking to stay on top of design trends for 2011, here are some insights from CORT Event Furnishings.