Geneva is more than the city of peace; it’s a major European economic center and important exhibition destination. American companies looking to expand market share should consider participating in trade shows and events held in Geneva. Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations and International Red Cross, major multinational organizations are also based in Geneva. Exhibition management companies and professional societies have hosted successful trade shows and events in Geneva for decades.
Exhibitor Magazine reports 72% of U.S. companies are exhibiting overseas to increase market share. There are options for exhibit managers at smaller companies can also “test the waters” in a cost effective way. This article will outline some the options for purchasing shell scheme space, exhibiting in a U.S. pavilion, or possibly shipping a pop-up. Company branding opportunities may be reduced but can still be possible to introduce your company to new markets.
Shipping Pop-Up or Banner Stand
Exhibit managers make decisions daily that directly impact a corporate trade show program. Before starting on the exhibit design, be mindful of the implementation- should the booth be purchase or rental? There are several criteria to consider when deciding between renting or purchasing an exhibit (or stand*) before making a final decision.
In part three of this series, you will learn about different type exhibits available for your international trade show program. It is more common for American exhibitors to own properties for trade shows in the U.S. but may need to rethink this practice when exhibiting overseas. Several options are available from custom fabrication, modular, system or “build and burn”, renting or owning should be considered when planning an international exhibit program.
“Size matters” is no joke when it applies to the height of your exhibit. Safety first is important to every exhibiting company and convention facilities. Trade show managements, professional/industry associations as well as venues across Europe are changing height restrictions, sometimes after the exhibitor service kit has been published. Exhibit managers and builders may not be advised of the change until they have submitted the exhibit designs for approval. In some cases the association is not aware of a venue height rule change when the exhibitor manual is published.
December 2013 marks the end of an era when the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre at Darling Harbor closes to make way for a new International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). The existing facility will be torn down and a new facility built on the same site with a target completion of December 2016. In the interim, the Sydney Exhibition Centre at Glebe Island, with 20,000+ square metres of exhibition space, is available with temporary expansion areas for larger shows. City hotels throughout continue to host exhibitions and conferences.