AWFS® Vegas Proves To Be a Winner

The numbers are in: AWFS®Vegas had a total registration of 30,323 including a record 19,866 attendees. Verified total attendance (a de-duped count recorded onsite by electronic scanners at registration and badge-holder pickup) of 24,289 for the Wednesday-through-Saturday show days, July 27 to July 30, 2005, was up 37 percent from 2003. Verified attendee numbers increased 22 percent, for a total of 17,045-the largest attendee crowd in the history of the show.

In addition, AWFS®Vegas had the largest exhibit space of any show in its history with 418,435 net square feet of exhibit space, filled with 898 exhibiting companies, nearly a 20 percent increase in both exhibit space and number of exhibitors from 2003.

The demographics for the inaugural Las Vegas event were markedly different from past Anaheim fairs. While California still represented the largest group of attendees, attendance from every other state increased dramatically, with 44 of 50 states experiencing triple-digit percentage increases. International attendance more than doubled, with a 134 percent increase.

"We have achieved our two main goals, of increasing our attendance by 20 percent without sacrificing quality, and of making this truly a national, indeed, an international event," notes Dale Silverman, executive director of the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®). "In addition, exhibitors are telling us they've seen more qualified buyers this year than at any other previous AWFS®Fair."

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