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CEIR reports 11.6% decline in exhibition business in first quarter

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Dallas—The exhibition industry experienced an 11.6% decline in the first quarter compared with the year-earlier period, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research.

The overall figure includes four measures of industry performance: revenue (down 19.7%); net square feet (down 14.8%); number of exhibiting companies (down 10.4%); and professional attendance (down 1.5%).

CEIR said further declines in the exhibition industry are likely throughout the first half of the year.

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