What: Annual trade show and conference for eye care professionals, showcasing fashion and technology
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Date: April 10ñ13
Date next year: March 26ñ29
Floor space: 260,020 net sq. ft.
Floor space last year: 249,359 net sq. ft.
No. of attendees: 15,791
No. of attendees last year: 15,374
No. of exhibitors: 512
No. of exhibitors last year: 542
Producer comment: "The conference program has increased in size, scope and reputation," said Tom Loughran, event director of International Vision Expo East. "And we created the medical and science pavilion. They have complemented each other."
Exhibitor comment: "It's a great forum to launch brands," said Andrea Gluck, president of longtime exhibitor Eyewear Designs. "They put a lot of effort into driving traffic to the show."
Breakdown: Consolidation in the industry has seen the number of exhibitors drop slightly, but the show continues to grow in both attendance and square footage. About 80 new exhibitors participated in the show this year, showcasing their offerings at an event that has broadened its fashion focus to include a medical and science pavilion and a strengthened conference program geared toward optometrists. Loughran attributes growth to ongoing initiatives such as these. Organizers this year announced plans to restructure the show floor and take other measures to improve navigation of the 2009 event.