CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tops 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show List

April 2, 2015

Trade Show News Network (TSNN) is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States. Culled from show management and data supplied to TSNN, the list represents the top 250 trade shows held last year in the U.S. ranked by net square footage.

The full, searchable list, sponsored this year exclusively by Expocad, can be found HERE.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG snagged the No. 1 spot on the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show List with a 2,356,711 net square foot showfloor at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

There were 2,111 exhibitors and 97,091 attendees at the show held March 3-8, 2014 and  those numbers broke records.

“We are honored to receive this recognition. CONEXPO-CON/AGG could not have achieved the number-one spot without the support of our membership and the industry, and their affirmation of our value and return on participation for all stakeholders,” said Megan Tanel, vice president exhibitions and events for AEM.

She added, “And we have an amazing staff of creative and dedicated professionals who truly work as a team to create such a successful event. All AEM shows are industry-run and we believe this creates a positive difference in our stakeholder relationships; we share a common vision of elevating and advancing our industry,”

A close second on the list was the annual International CES show owned by the Consumer Electronics Association and held in several venues around Las Vegas. The 2014 show had 2,060,582 net sq. ft., as well as 3,673 exhibitors and 160,498 attendees.

IMTS 2014 - International Manufacturing Technology Show was No. 3 on the list, with a nearly 1.3 million net sq. ft. showfloor at Chicago's McCormick Place, followed by PACK EXPO International/Pharma EXPO 2014, also held at McCormick with 1.2 million net sq. ft.

Once again, the city with the most shows on the 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list was Las Vegas, with 60.

“Las Vegas is proud to maintain its ranking as the No. 1 trade show destination for the 21st consecutive year,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

He added, “It is a privilege to work with our resort partners and the tens of thousands of Southern Nevadans who work hard every day to show our trade show visitors exactly what it means when we say Vegas means business.”

Orlando scored the second most number of shows on the list, with 26, followed close behind with Chicago hosting 24.

The rest of the top 10 cities included New York City coming in fourth, with 20 shows; Atlanta was 5th, 14 shows, New Orleans was 6th, 11 shows; San Francisco and Boston came in 7th, 8 shows; Denver and Anaheim were 8th, 6 shows; Indianapolis was 9th, 5 shows; and San Diego rounded out the top 10 with 4 shows.

Emerald Expositions was the show management company with the most shows on the list, by far, with 29. Coming in second was UBM, with 15 shows, followed by SmithBucklin, with 11 shows.

"Emerald’s portfolio continues to grow and we now produce more than 80 events each year,” said Emerald’s President and CEO David Loechner. “It is exciting, as well as gratifying, to see so many of our shows among the largest 250 events held in 2014.”

Other companies with several shows on the list included Penton, Reed Exhibitions and ASI Show, with 7 each; J. Spargo & Associates had 6; National Trade Productions and Informa had 5; Hall-Erickson and AMC, Inc. both had 4; IDEAg Group of American Farm Bureau, National Retail Federation and Tarsus Group had 3.

The busiest month last year for shows was March and February was second busiest with 28 shows. The slowest months were December and July, with 9 shows each.

The 2014 TSNN Top 250 Trade Show list can be found HERE.

The list on TSNN.com includes show name, link to show’s Web site, show dates and description, number of attendees, exhibitors, net square footage, show location and venue.

For a fuller list, please contact Sam Shuster sshuster@tsnn.com.

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