2019 TSNN Top Trade Shows List Unveiled – CES Snags Top Spot

May 20, 2020

TSNN is pleased to share some good news and unveil the 2019 TSNN Top Trade Shows list. All of the shows on the list are based in the United States and are ranked by overall net square footage.

Please CLICK HERE for the 2019 TSNN Top Trade Shows list.

The Consumer Technology Association’s 2019 CES took the top spot on the list, boasting a 2.9-plus million net square foot showfloor that drew more than 180,000 total attendees to various venues around Las Vegas.

“CES 2019 connected every major industry across the world and illustrated that every tech company is a tech company,” said Karen Chupka, EVP, CES, CTA.

She added, “This recognition by TSNN proves how CES is committed to remaining at the forefront of the future of business and technology. As new trends emerge and the industry continues to evolve, CES will provide attendees with a truly global experience.”

Snagging second place was the Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s ICUEE - The Intl. Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, with a more than 1.3 million net sq. ft. showfloor and nearly 20,000 total attendees at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

"It is an honor to be recognized by Trade Show News Network for the success of ICUEE on its largest show ever,” said John Rozum, director, Ag & Utility Exhibitions and Events and ICUEE show director. “From humble beginnings in a farm field in Elburn, Il, in 1964 to the premier platform for growth and development in the utility industry. We are continuously looking for new ways to help the show deliver even more value for top manufacturers, service providers and utility professionals.

He added, “As we rebrand the event as The Utility Expo beginning in 2021, we will continue to look for industry innovation and provide the highest quality show experience for our exhibitors and attendees.”

The city with the most shows on the 2019 TSNN Top Shows list is Las Vegas, with 41.


“We’re honored to receive this recognition and to celebrate 26 years as the No. 1 trade show destination in North America on the 2019 TSNN Top Trade Shows list,” said LVCVA CEO and President, Steve Hill.

He added, “We appreciate all of our trade show partners who choose Las Vegas as their show destination time and time again.  We know our industry will bounce back, and when it does, Las Vegas stands ready to welcome business travelers with even more space and innovation than ever before.”

The city with the second most shows on the list is Orlando, with 18; followed by Chicago, with 16; New York, with 13; Atlanta, with 11; New Orleans, with 9; Anaheim, with 8; Indianapolis, Nashville, Louisville, with 7; Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego and San Francisco, with 6; and Los Angeles and Boston, with 5.

The company that landed the most shows on the list is Informa Markets, with 28; followed by Clarion Events, Reed Exhibitions and SmithBucklin, 14; and Spargo, 13.

“Leading this year’s TSNN Top Trade Shows list is a testament to the strength of the brands that make up Informa Markets. We’re incredibly proud of our teams,” said Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Markets.

He added, “They work so closely within the specialist markets they serve and organize truly market-defining live events and digital services, empowering communities throughout the year.  Having 28 events included in this year’s list is a meaningful accomplishment for us and shows the impact Informa Markets has in enabling those markets to thrive.”

Interested in a copy of the full list? Please contact John Rice – jrice@tsnn.com.

Expocad and Orlando's Orange County Convention Center are exclusives sponsors of the 2019 TSNN Top Trade Shows list. 

View the TSNN Top 250 Trade Show Dynamic Dashboard (and compare shows year over year...) by Bear Analytics

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