Tradeshow Week has announced its list of the largest 200 trade shows in the US based on the 2008 shows, and both CHA shows made the list.
Out of the 14,000 shows held last year in the US, CHA-Winter 2008 ranked 82nd in size, and CHA-Summer 2008 ranked 197th in size. The largest annual show held in the U.S. this year was the massive triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction equipment manufacturer’s expo that was held in Las Vegas, and which was the largest trade show ever held in North America, with over 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space. (By comparison, CHA-Summer is planning 130,000 square feet of exhibit space.)
“Despite the troubled economy it is encouraging to see that the craft and hobby industry continues to understand and value both CHA tradeshows,” said Steve Berger, CEO, CHA. “More importantly it’s a testament to the caliber of exhibitors, buyers, top-tier educators, and attendees that contribute to the successful craft and hobby marketplace we call the CHA Shows.”
Here’s an interesting note on the show location rankings: for 2008 shows, Chicago was the second most popular destination, hosting 20 of the top 200 shows. Orlando was the 3rd most popular destination, hosting 19 of the top 200 shows. Since the rankings were so close, CHA-Summer’s move from Chicago to Orlando in 2009 will be enough to flip-flop those standings next year and make Orlando #2 and Chicago #3 (assuming no other changes, of course).
The number one destination for shows in the US was (no surprise) Las Vegas, where the CHA-Winter show was last held in 2006. CHA-Winter is committed to the Anaheim Convention Center one more year, through 2010.
I’d love to hear opinions from Winter show attendees via comments or email about whether they would rather see that show stay in Anaheim after 2010 or return to Vegas or try another venue.