Top 10 Trade Shows in FebruaryPosted January 5, 2011 | Promotions by Industry, Promotions by Theme or Event, Tips and Trends from the Experts
Nearly every technology blog I read is abuzz with excitement for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which opens to the public tomorrow, January 6. Speculation abounds about what will be unveiled at the show, but most experts expect to see more tablet computers, more Internet-enabled devices, and the latest innovations from video game makers Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Talk about a tech fanboy’s fantasy!
Speaking of trade shows, it’s time for this month’s trade show calendar, which covers the top 10 (by attendance) expos and conventions occurring in February. Note that although some shows covered in last month’s trade show calendar run into February, they will not be featured again.
National Farm Machinery Show
When? February 16-19
Where? Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, KY
What? This year’s 46th National Farm Machinery Show is the nation’s largest indoor farm show. Including new products exhibits and demostrations, free informational seminars, and Syngenta-sponsored Championship Tractor Pull, the show is bound to generate loads of excited in the 750,000 square-foot Kentucky Exposition Center. Learn more about NFMS at their website, accessible at http://www.farmmachineryshow.org.
Miami International Boat Show
When? February 17-21
Where? Miami Bean Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
What? In addition to a showcase of the latest and greatest boats available commercially, this year’s Miami International Boat Show will also feature the Discover Boating Resource Center, a series of seminars that will provide both hands-on and theoretical education on boating with sessions on navigation, close quarter boat handling, and first mate fundamentals. The show takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center with satellite venues at the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center and Strictly Sail Miami at Miamarina at Bayside. You can read more about the Miami International Boat Show at http://www.miamiboatshow.com.
World AG Expo
When? February 8-10
Where? International Agri-Center, Tulare, CA
What? The World AG Expo, one of the world’s largest agriculture expositions, will host over 100,000 attendees and 1,600 exhibitors at Tulare’s spacious International Agri-Center next month. Featuring concerts from country music star Blake Shelton and contests sponsored by Toyota, the show is bound to have something for almost everyone in the family. There is even a separate pavilion designated the World Ag Women Pavilion with cooking and fashion exhibits! Interested in the World AG Expo? See http://www.worldagexpo.com for more information.
MAGIC Marketplace – February
When? February 15-17
Where? Las Vegas & Mandalay Bay Convention Centers, Las Vegas, NV
What? Dubbing itself “the foremost global gathering of fashion brands and industry insiders,” MAGIC is one of the world’s largest apparel expositions. Show organizers expects to see roughly 57,000 attendees and over 3,000 exhibitors at this February’s exposition. With exhibitors like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and XOXO, the MAGIC Marketplace is bound to be an exciting affair. If you are interested in attending the MAGIC Marketplace, see http://www.magiconline.com for ticketing information.
New England Boat Show
When? February 26-March 6
Where? Boston Convention & Exposition Center, Boston, MA
What? The 55th annual New England Boat Show will feature an Affordability Pavilion for attendees interested in boat ownership, a Green Boating Zone where people can learn about eco-friendly boating products and practices, and a series of seminars on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from coastal navigation to getting a pilot’s license. If you plan to be in the Boston area at the end of February, then consider visiting the New England Boat Show. You can learn more about the exposition at http://www.newenglandboatshow.com.
When? February 8-10
Where? Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA
What? MD&M West seeks to provide the medical industry with “immediate, hands-on access to the newest technologies, products, equipment, and services for every aspect of medical design and development.” By collecting the best suppliers in a single place, MD&M is one conference that professionals in the medical industry should seriously consider attending. Exposition overseers expect to see about 50,000 attendees and over 2,000 vendors. If you are thinking about attending or exhibiting at MD&M West, see http://www.canontradeshows.com/expo/west11 for more information.
ASD Las Vegas
When? February 27-March 2
Where? Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
What? ASD connects buyers from retail stores with merchandise suppliers from all over the world, offering products in a diverse swath of categories, ranging from value apparel to high-end jewelry. With 45,000 planned to attend and 3,000 vendors on board, ASD Las Vegas looks to be one event retail buyers will not want to miss. Go to http://www.asdonline.com/march for more information if you are considering attending the ASD Show in Las Vegas.
When? January 21-February 2
Where? Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV
What? The 63rd Annual AHR (Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigerating) Expo is the biggest HVACR (Heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration) event in the world—not just in size but also in importance to individuals in the HVACR industry. Drawing together over 45,000 professionals and nearly 2,000 vendors, the AHR Expo will feature thousands of products on display, product demonstrations, and seminars. If you are in the HVACR industry, think strongly about attending the AHR Expo. Read more about the show at http://www.ahrexpo.com.
When? February 7-9
Where? The Venetian and Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, NV
What? Since 1948, the WSA (World Shoes and Accessories) Show has been the most comprehensive showcase for footwear, handbags, and accessories in the industry. The expo will see about 40,000 visitors and 1,500 vendors from all over the world. The show will feature retailer seminars as well as sponsored events occurring in Las Vegas during the show’s run.
The Bottom Line
Trade shows are a great chance for you to connect with new clients, schmooze with fellow industry insiders, and have fun! If you are thinking about exhibiting at one of the shows mentioned (or any upcoming trade show), then consider ordering a promotional product from the InkHead. With over 15,000 items in the catalog, you are sure to find a product that will connect you with your clients like never before.
On the subject of trade shows, representatives from InkHead will be at the 2011 PPAI Expo in Las Vegas next week, January 10-14! Every year, we promise to come up with three fresh marketing ideas that you can implement in your own business, and the PPAI Expo is where such ideas first germinate. If you are planning to attend PPAI, let us know! We’d love to see you there.
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