Earlier this month, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) held their Predict Conference in Chicago to report on the health of the trade show industry. Data collected from the second quarter show a modest gain of 1 percent in four key metrics: Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space Sold, Professional Attendance, Number of Exhibiting Companies, and Gross Revenue. Even though that number is lower than predicted, CEIR President and CEO Brian Casey expects it to increase through the last half of 2014 and into future years.
The Predict Conference also featured presentations by a number of experts on trends and technology affecting the exhibit industry now. For a detailed summary on these topics, here’s an article by TSNN.