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Expo! Expo! Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2006

Owner/producer: International Association of Exhibitions and Events [formerly IAEM]

What: Annual show for the exhibitions and events industry

Where: San Diego Convention Center

Date 2006: Nov. 28-30

Date 2007: Dec. 10-12, Las Vegas

Floor space: 37,700 net sq. ft.

2005 floor space: 40,000 net sq. ft.

No. of attendees: 1,991 (unaudited)

No. of attendees in 2005: 2,143

No. of exhibitors: 261 (unaudited)

No. of exhibitors in 2005: 279

Producer comment: "Based on anecdotal reports, the exhibitors seemed to be very pleased," said Steven Hacker, president of IAEE.

"One of the other anecdotal things we kept hearing from exhibitors was that there were so many new faces in terms of attendees. We've been focused on raising the level of attendance among buyers. We've created programs to attract organizers who haven't attended heretofore. That seems to be working."

Exhibitor comment: It's always a good show for us," said Donna Sanford, publisher of Ascend Media's EXPO Magazine.

"We're a little different than your average exhibitor. Many of the exhibitors are destinations [for events and conferences]. It's a good event for planning meetings with people. As with any trade show, if you work the show right, you save a lot of travel for the rest of the year."

Breakdown: Expo! Expo! has roughly maintained its attendance levels and number of exhibitors, and IAEE said it continues to try to evolve the show in ways that suit constituents, trying new ideas and tossing what doesn't work.

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