Atlanta in Top Three Cities in U.S. for Total Number of Events Held
According to The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) 2015 CEIR Exhibition Industry Census, Atlanta ranked third in total number of exhibitions in 2014 with 378. Atlanta’s exhibitions increased 7 percent from the previous census in 2010.
“Atlanta is one of the most appealing and dynamic destinations for events,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Logistically speaking, we’re unrivaled when you couple the fourth-largest convention center in the country with the world’s busiest airport. Our four compact meeting districts also create attractive packages for event planners.”
Atlanta scored the No. 1 ranking in two segments for total number of events: discretionary consumer services and education events. These verticals accounted for 47 and 41 events last year, respectively. Discretionary consumer exhibitions included Dragon Con, MomoCon Anime & Gaming Convention and the Bronner Bros. International Hair Shows. Educational exhibitions include the Organization of American Historians annual meeting.
Exhibitions counted by CEIR must have a minimum of 10 different exhibiting companies that utilize more than 3,000 square feet of exhibition space during their exhibition.
Established in 1913, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, nonprofit organization created to favorably impact the Atlanta economy through conventions and tourism.