IAEE’s Expo! Expo! Will Head to Louisville in 2020
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events, the association for the exhibitions and events industry, has chosen Louisville as its host destination in December of 2020.
This will be the first time this large industry event is held in Louisville and will utilize the expanded convention center and downtown hotel properties.
IAEE’s annual meeting and exhibition, Expo! Expo!, is considered “a trade show for trade show professionals.”
This annual event brings upwards of 2,500 exhibition professionals together - 60 percent exhibition organizers and 40 percent suppliers - to exchange information and products regarding the latest industry trends and technology.
“We are extremely pleased to bring Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to Louisville in 2020. There is much growth and excitement in this region for our industry as reflected by the formation of IAEE’s newest chapter, the Mid-South Chapter, which encompasses Kentucky, Ohio, parts of Indiana and parts of Tennessee,” said IAEE president and CEO, David DuBois, CMP, CAE, CTA, FASAE.
He added, “Being able to explore the new convention center, as well as all the other incentives being developed by the Louisville CVB, is something IAEE members can look forward to and Expo! Expo! is the perfect opportunity for it.”
The show will take place at the Kentucky International Convention Center and will have the Omni Louisville (opening in 2018) and Louisville Marriott Downtown as host hotels.
The Expo! Expo! is projected to have an economic impact of $2.5 million throughout the city of Louisville.
“We are honored to be chosen for IAEE’s Expo! Expo! in 2020 and we would not be able to do this without the immense transformation going on in our downtown. We will truly be able to show this group of exhibition professionals the best our city has to offer,” said Karen Williams, president and CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The expansion of the Kentucky International Convention Center will feature 200,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 40,000 square foot ballroom, increasing the city’s meeting and convention possibilities by 25 percent.
Prior to Louisville, Expo! Expo! will be hosted in San Antonio, Las Vegas and New Orleans.