Industry News 5/15/2014

B$Z: Surf Expo Honored With Awards by Trade Show News Network

Surf Expo Honored With Awards by Trade Show News Network
Surf Expo’s 2013 Shows Awarded For Growth Across Categories, Named Fastest 50 by Trade Show Executive

Press Release from Surf Expo

Atlanta, GA (May 15, 2014) — Surf Expo sweeps awards in three categories with honors for growth in attendance, number of exhibitors and net square footage by Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50.

Each year Trade Show Executive (TSE) recognizes the top 50 performing shows in the categories of net square feet of exhibit space (NSF), number of exhibiting companies and total attendance as part of its annual Fastest 50 Awards. Based on the percentage of growth from 2012 to 2013, Surf Expo’s January show has been distinguished by TSE across all three categories in addition to the September show’s award for total attendance growth.

“The benchmark growth for the average trade show in 2013 was 2.2% in NSF, 2.0% in exhibitors and 0.7% in attendance,” explains Darlene Gudea, President of Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Summit. “The Fastest 50 Class of 2014 beat that by a long shot, growing 14.9% in NSF, 15.1% in exhibitors and 22.1% in attendance.”

Surf Expo Show Director, Roy Turner will be attending the Fastest 50 Awards Ceremony in Chicago, where the overall rankings will be announced on May 21.

“For the past 4 years Surf Expo has been ranked among the fastest growing trade shows in the U.S. for attendance and exhibitor growth. We appreciate the recognition, but more so, appreciate the fact that buyers find both Surf Expo shows a great marketplace” says Turner. “I think all in the boardsports industry deserve the recognition; our growth is a testament to the strength of the lifestyle markets we represent."

News of Surf Expo’s prominent position among The Fastest 50 Class of 2014 is one of many accolades received by the show this season. Surf Expo also won the Fastest-Growing Attendance Award in the for-profit tradeshow category, and overall Fastest-Growing Show at the annual Trade Show News Network (TSNN) Awards held in Reno, NV.

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About Surf Expo
Surf Expo is the longest running and largest boardsports and beach/resort lifestyle trade show in the world. Produced in January and September, the shows draw buyers from specialty stores, major resorts, cruise lines and beach rental companies from across the U.S., and 71 countries.  Surf Expo features approximately 2,500 booths of apparel and hard goods and a full line-up of special events, demos, fashion shows, and annual award ceremonies. For more information or to register to attend visit All shows are open to trade only.

About Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Awards
TSE’s Fastest 50 is an annual awards ceremony saluting the leaders of the fastest-growing trade shows worldwide and other high-level networking events and surprises. This year, the awards will be presented in Chicago on May 21.