Everyone here at DB Systems was absolutely thrilled to learn of the positive results being recorded in the events industry sector this year – and March has only just kicked off! The latest news, courtesy of the Exhibition News website, reveals that one of the major shows of the year – the 2015 Event Production Show – has happily recorded a huge surge in exhibitor re-bookings and a rise in visitor numbers.
The show itself took place at the Olympia, London in mid-February alongside International Confex and benefitted from the presence of 4,500 events professionals. There were seminars, keynote speakers and plenty of stalls, making the event the perfect networking opportunity. Such features are what helped the 2015 Event Production Show to secure 22% more visitors than the 2014 offering.
According to Liz Agostini, the event director for the show: "Feedback from the show has been exceptional. [...] These preliminary figures only serve to endorse this and we will be very excited to see the return of so many familiar faces to the 2016 Show, as well as welcome new companies, including several that were so impressed when visiting this year, they immediately booked to become an exhibitor."
With networking one of the key focusses of the show, such fantastic figures prove that it certainly delivered on this point; the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) and the National Organisation of Women In Events (NOWIE) both worked together to encourage this notion and it was clear that it worked. Both NOEA and NOWIE – as well as Fest Factor, a competition that took place at the event – are due to return.
The Event Production Show will return in 2016 at the same location in early March. What do you think of the impressive figures recorded for this year's Event Production Show? Do you think it marks the start of a positive year for the events industry?
We'd love to know your thoughts if you were present, particularly regarding the technology in use by exhibitors and organisers.