Moline, Ill.-based American Rental Association last week announced that The Rental Show increased its ranking for the fifth consecutive year on the Tradeshow Week 200 annual list of top U.S. trade shows, with the 2007 show moving up to No. 61. The 2006 ranking was No. 63. The Rental Show 2007 was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
More than 11,500 rental industry professionals attended the show in Atlanta: 5,613 rental personnel from the U.S., Canada and nearly 30 countries, plus 5,955 exhibitor personnel. Exhibit space, which totaled 347,200 net square feet, was sold out for the fourth straight year. There were 719 exhibiting companies.
“As the rental industry has continued to grow the past several years, The Rental Show has reflected that growth with an increased interest from attendees and exhibitors alike, especially for new products,” said Allison Box, American Rental Association vice president of association services. “That interest has helped create the continued success of The Rental Show.”
The Rental Show’s ranking has increased on the Tradeshow Week 200 each year since 2003. That year’s show in Anaheim, Calif., was No. 81, the 2004 show in Atlanta was No. 77, the 2005 show in Las Vegas was No. 75 and the 2006 show in Orlando, Fla., was No. 63.
Tradeshow Week magazine tracks a variety of statistics on industry shows in the U.S. and Canada, with the yearlong process culminating in the final rankings. These rankings are based on total net square footage of paid exhibit space, total number of contracted exhibitors and total professional attendance.
Next year, The Rental Show returns to Atlanta and the Georgia World Congress Center March 2-5. More information is available on the show’s website, http://www.therentalshow.com/.