Dallas—Trade shows' overall performance increased 1.3% in the first quarter compared with the year-earlier period, according to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research's quarterly index.
The first quarter's growth rate marked a modest acceleration from the 0.9% growth tracked in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The CEIR Index measures year-over-year changes in four metrics to determine overall trade show performance: net square feet of exhibit space sold; professional attendance; number of exhibiting companies; and gross revenue.
The highest gains were seen in net square feet, which grew 2.3% in the first quarter compared with the year-earlier period, followed closely by the number of exhibitors, up 2.2%. Revenues increased by 1.0% compared with the first quarter of 2012, but the number of attendees declined by 0.2%.