InfoComm International Breaks Exhibitor, Showfloor Records at Las Vegas Convention Center
InfoComm International, for the commercial audiovisual and information communications industries, saw record growth in not only exhibitors, with 1,000 on the floor and 211 of them being first-timers, but also the showfloor expanded to 527,105 net square feet of exhibit and special events space — also a show record.
“The AV industry’s commitment to advancing technology and showcasing it at InfoComm has never been stronger,” said Jason McGraw, senior vice president of Expositions, InfoComm International.
He added, “The market is constantly changing and we’ve been pleased to introduce new features at InfoComm, such as drones, the Internet of Things, and content creation and streaming, which reflect the dynamic nature of commercial AV. In all, 91 percent of space was rebooked for next year, demonstrating exhibitors’ strong commitment to the show.”
Attendees registered for more than 12,000 seats at InfoComm University sessions throughout the week, which was more than double the number engaged in training and education in 2015.
InfoComm 2016 also welcomed 38,833-plus visitors, a 4.8-percent increase from the last time the show was held in Las Vegas, with more than 35 percent of attendees were visiting InfoComm for the first time.
As part of a special social media promotion, InfoComm encouraged everyone to take selfies and hashtag them #AVselfie – afterward they out together a VIDEO parodying three popular songs and incorporating all of the photos taken.
“This is a thriving, growing, busy industry — especially this time of year — and the fact that so many professionals continue to gather in one place, including new faces and dedicated InfoComm attendees, underscores the important role that the show plays in the success of their businesses and their careers,” said David Labuskes, executive director and CEO, InfoComm International.
In addition, a record 252 attendees registered to take a Certified Technology Specialist exam during InfoComm 2016 and 186 received their certification. Certified professionals earned more than 30,000 renewal units toward maintaining their CTS credentials through continuing education.
Many of InfoComm’s growing member councils also met at the show. Year-to-date, InfoComm International has welcomed more than 750 new members in North America — double the rate of a year ago.
Membership renewals in the first half of 2016 are up almost 40 percent compared to the same time in 2015. InfoComm membership in Europe has climbed 17 percent year-over-year, and overall membership outside the United States has grown 12 percent year-to-date. Up to 20 percent of InfoComm show attendees travel from outside North America to take part.
InfoComm 2017 will be held June 10-16, 2017, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.