The Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition has been recognized as the fastest-growing conference in the United States and Canada from 2005 to 2007 by Trade Show Week, the leading source of trade show industry news. Trade Show Week recognizes the fastest growing trade show, association show and consumer show. Internet Retailer was named the fastest growing trade show and the fastest growing show overall.
“This recognition is really a reflection of how vibrant the e-commerce market is compared to other industries. When you consider that there are more than 13,000 trade shows in the U.S. each year, it’s an absolutely stunning achievement for IRCE to be named the country’s fastest growing conference and exhibition,” says Jack Love, publisher of Internet Retailer, which operates the Internet Retailer Conference.
Trade Show Week based its recognition on growth of exhibition space from 2005 to 2007. Internet Retailer held its first conference in 2005 with 1,144 total attendees and 45 exhibitors occupying 4,500 rentable square feet in a 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The 2007 show, in the San Jose Convention Center, hosted 4,001 attendees and featured 245 exhibitors in 345 10-by-10-foot equivalent booths occupying 35,700 rentable square feet in a 93,000-square-foot exhibit hall.
The 2008 Internet Retailer Conference at Chicago’s McCormick Place, which will be part of next year’s judging, attracted 5,066 attendees, and 328 exhibitors in 457 10-by-10-foot equivalent booths in a 130,000-square-foot hall.
“This award is a tribute to our editorial staff, whose excellent coverage of the e-retailing industry puts us in a position to assemble such an expert faculty of speakers each year,” Love says. “And it’s a tribute to the hard work of our conference team, particularly Eileen O’Neill, our conference operations director, and Steve Rogers, our exhibitions director. Of course, the ultimate tribute goes to the e-retailing professionals and solutions providers who have supported this show from the very beginning.”
1.2 million conferences, seminars and corporate and professional meetings are held in the U.S. each year. Of those, just over 13,000 are trade shows that include exhibitions. The meetings business in the U.S. generates $100 billion annually.
The 2009 Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition will be held June 15-18, 2009, in Boston.