At a press conference wrapping up the 2011 International Autobody Congress & Exposition (NACE) held Oct. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla., organizers said the show was a resounding success and soundly beat last year’s show in terms of attendance. Here are some of the numbers that offer a glimpse at the size and scope of the 2011 event:
2011 attendance 15 percent higher than 2010
40 percent of audience from Southeastern U.S.
40 percent of attendees were first-time attendee
50,000 square feet of total booth space (75,000 square feet total floor space)
1,000 conference (education) attendees
20,021 total tickets sold
89 conference sessions
300 collision repairers and 125 service professionals attended industry forums
130 body shop owners attended MSO Symposium
800 attendees at General Session
500 attendees at Welcome Reception
According to ASA President Ron Pyle, the MSO Symposium was such a huge hit that they’re going to make it a "permanent feature" of future NACE shows.
The 2012 show will be held in New Orleans, but Pyle said NACE eventually will return to Las Vegas on a rotational basis. "However, the show will not be the same (as previous years) when it is in Las Vegas," he said.