ISA International Sign Expo 2013 has closed as one for the record books. For the first time ever, the exhibit hall floor topped 202,000 square feet and was a total sell-out. Education attendance was significantly higher than in previous years, with many courses standing-room only. Overall attendance surpassed 2011 and 2012 figures and approached the all-time record with over 19,500 attendees.
The event, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Convention Center in Las Vegas April 3-6, drew 593 exhibitors, a 7 percent increase over 2012. Nineteen companies comprised the new Dynamic Digital Sign Park, an area devoted to showcasing the latest in the rapidly expanding field of dynamic digital signage.
“No doubt about it: ISA International Sign Expo 2013 was a rousing success,” said Lori Anderson, ISA president and CEO. “The energy was extremely high and our industry is clearly on a path for growth. New opportunities and new ideas for business were literally at every turn.”
Sign Expo kicked off with a day-long dynamic digital signage workshop, with top educators helping sign companies understand more about the opportunities in the field. In addition, dozens of leading architects and designers attended a dedicated educational track. Other new features for 2013 included peer roundtables, more networking events and tours to help first-timers make the most of the massive Expo floor.
“One of our slogans this year was ‘Signs Mean Business,’” Anderson said. “Sign Expo has proven that to our sign companies, end users and influencers with a variety of educational events and networking opportunities. Each year, we hear about business deals begun at Sign Expo, and new alliances forged that successfully impact sign companies throughout the year. I have every reason to believe that Sign Expo 2013 will lead to greater opportunities for our members and attendees.”
ISA International Sign Expo 2014 is scheduled for April 23-26, 2014 in Orlando.