LAS VEGAS — Adding more hands-on training may be part of the success of the Las Vegas Connections Convention and Trade Show last week, according to show management.
“We are up about 20 percent over last year,” reported Larry Cooper of Meetings and Events, the management company for Connections. “We had about 3,000 total registrants, including exhibitors, with 25 more booths than last year.”
The show, held September 29-October 1, featured 266 inside booths and 20 outside for equipment demonstrations. In addition, Cooper reported that attendance at various training functions as part of Connections seemed to double in many of the meeting rooms.
Craig Kersemeier, president of Connections, echoed Cooper’s comments. “This show is our best yet. We had record attendance for the convention and for booths in the trade show.”
Dan Taylor, Connections treasurer, felt it was a successful group effort. “The collaborative effort of the 13 state and regional trade associations have worked hard on continually bringing the best education to the attendees,” he said.
The success of this show has changed the approach to the East Coast event in Clearwater Beach, FL. That event, due to attendee demand, is morphing from a technical conference to a “hands-on experience”, much like the Las Vegas venue.
“The ‘hands on experience’ has taken conventions in our industry to a whole new level.” Kersemeier said.
Connections plans to exhibit at Surfaces in Las Vegas from January 25-27, 2011.
Surfaces, to be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, will play host to 28 booths that Connections is organizing and selling to industry suppliers and manufacturers, Cooper said. That section of the Surfaces event will be called the “Connections Cleaning and Restoration Pavilion”.
There are still some booth spaces available. Call (888)881-1001, extension 104, for more information.