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CEIR Predict 2017 Examines the Future of Exhibitions

Predict: CEIR’s Annual Exhibition Industry Outlook Conference drew more than 125 top level executives who gathered on 14-15 September 2017 in Washington, D.C. to learn about the disruptors to the traditional exhibitions model and how to remain relevant to their audiences. Leading experts presented on various industry considerations that have the potential for impacting economic performance as well as provided insight into perspectives that attendees can use in forming their strategies for the near future.

CEIR Announces 2017 First Quarter Index Results

CEIR Announces 2016 Fourth Quarter Index Results

The Center for Industry Research (CEIR) reports that growth of the exhibition industry during the fourth quarter of 2016 declined. The performance of the industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a first modest year-on-year decline of 0.4% (see Figure 1), after 25 consecutive quarters of year-on-year growth. The industry has underperformed the macroeconomy (see Figure 2).

Figure 1: Quarterly CEIR Total Index for the Overall Exhibition Industry, Year-on-Year Growth, 2011Q1-2016Q4

CEIR Index Results Released for the Third Quarter of 2016

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) has released the CEIR Index results for this year’s third quarter. The growth of trade shows in 2016Q3 slightly increased, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posting a moderate year-on-year gain of 1.9% in the third quarter (see Figure 1), compared to 1.6% in the second quarter of 2016. Faster growth was primarily attributable to a rebound in attendees. It marked the twenty-fifth consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth.

CEIR Index Results Reflect Strong Finish in 2015

According to the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), the business-to-business exhibition industry ended 2015 with a big splash. The performance of the industry, as measured by the CEIR Total Index, posted a strong year-on-year gain of 3.7% in the fourth quarter (see Figure 1). This growth is the second highest rate since the second quarter of 2012. It also marked the 22nd consecutive quarter of year-on-year growth. Over the three years, 2012 through 2014, the exhibition industry growth generally lagged the pace of GDP, but the industry has now outperformed the macro economy for four quarters straight, and by a wide margin (see Figure 2).