Are there any
discussions about locating future TNNA trade shows in different cities? What
about future dates?
Right now, there are no specific discussions on future
locations as we are hard at work producing the best events possible for the remainder
of 2014 and into 2015.
But, be assured, future locations and dates beyond 2015 are
definitely up for discussion, including east coast and south.
Something to understand about site selection is the nature
of the convention center industry and hotel industry. Facilities, like the
Columbus Convention Center for example, work many years in advance to book
their properties. They market themselves to hundreds of organizations around
the world - many that are much larger than TNNA. The convention center’s
objective is to book the biggest group for the longest period of time and for
the most money. They have no allegiances with local organizations.
TNNA works diligently to find the best locations possible
for our events. It is simply the nature of the industry that sometimes we may
be unable to land the exact location we want or the exact dates we want.
NOTE: In March, the largest
trade show in the U.S., CONEXPO-CON/AGG, will be held in Las Vegas. CECA, as
it’s known to planners, will encompass over 2.5 MILLION net square feet of
space (25X the size of TNNA San Diego!), have 2,400 exhibitors, and 125,000
attendees. Not only does CECA have little influence on the specific dates of
their show, this year Las Vegas actually moved their dates several weeks earlier
AFTER the contract was signed.