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January 20, 2016

CEIR: Exhibitions Up 3.5 Percent Over Five Years

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released the 2015 CEIR Exhibition Industry Census revealing that the total number of business-to-business and business-to-consumer exhibitions held in the U.S., Canada and Mexico is 13,447, accounting for just over 107 million attendees and 1.9 million exhibitors.

ceir 2015 censusThe Census also lists U.S. states with a five year performance change and the top 50 cities with a five year percentage change. California continues as the top state for exhibitions and Las Vegas continues as the top destination. 

Several leading industry companies contributed their databases to the 2015 Census, which were then reviewed to eliminate duplication and ensure complete representation of the North American exhibition industry, including the U.S., Canada and Mexico. All events with less than 3,000 net square feet of exhibition space were eliminated. Additionally, through the use of "intelligent" computer matching and human review, duplicate events were eliminated. While approximately 75 percent of key data points were populated from the source databases, missing data points were extrapolated, when possible, to complete the 2015 Census database. After an extensive review of the data, a final 2015 Census database was approved. From this point, the final analysis of rankings, breakdowns, subtotals and totals was performed.

The 2015 Census data was compiled by trade show research consultancy Vault Consulting, Inc.

The 2015 CEIR Census can be purchased at www.ceir.org

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