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Digital Discovery: ISA Expo 2013

(March 2013) posted on Thu Feb 28, 2013

Nine highlights to prepare you for the upcoming show in Vegas.


By Adrienne Palmer

“Man, I really like Vegas,” said Elvis, and the International Sign Association (ISA) apparently agrees with that sentiment. For the 16th time, it’s back to Sin City for the International Sign Expo – held April 3-6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas – where members of the sign industry will come together to network, create new business opps, and check out the latest technology.

With an estimated 19,000 attendees, more than 500 exhibitors, and more than 300 product categories, the International Sign Expo continues to be the largest show in the world serving the on-premise sign industry, the organization reports.

“The show is near a total sell out for exhibit space,” says Brandon Hensley, vice president of ISA’s tradeshow and marketing departments. “We currently have 194,000 net square feet of sold space to 531 companies. This places us up 6 percent in exhibit space over last year at this time and up over 9 percent in the number of participating suppliers and distributors.”

Networking, education, and the newest products will flourish on the exhibit hall floor as they do each year. In addition to the expo itself, there’s Dynamic Digital Signage Day, a whole new floor design, and 20 added learning opportunities.

With the International Sign Expo 2013 just around the bend, we have provided nine highlights to look forward to now and discover soon.

 

SET YOUR WATCHES, AHEM, SMARTPHONES
Show dates:
Education and networking: April 3-6
Trade show: April 4-6

Expo show hours:
Thursday, April 4: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, April 5: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 6: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“Registration is up and running and we are trending 6 percent to 14 percent ahead in registrations week over week,” says Hensley.

Early Bird registration must have been completed by February 20, 2013, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late! Register for one of the eight education packages available (prices vary) that best suits your business needs, or choose the a la carte option and pick individual education sessions. Entrance to the trade show is $40 ($25 for ISA members).

For flight, car, and hotel information, the official International Sign Expo Hotel Program offers discounted rates, no booking or service fees, and protection from scammers through Travel Planners at signexpo.org/travel.

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