InfoComm 2018 Sets New Records for Size, Attendance in Las Vegas

The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association lowered the curtain on its first InfoComm show in North America as AVIXA. The event kicked off with a record-setting TIDE conference and concluded with a trade show exhibition that attracted nearly 43,000 registered attendees, 10 percent more than the last time InfoComm was held in Las Vegas, in 2016. But, that was down about 4 percent from InfoComm 2017’s record in Orlando of over 44,000.

“It was another fantastic week for a show and an industry that never stops innovating,” said Jason McGraw, CTS, CAE, senior vice president of expositions, AVIXA. “We continue to develop new offerings that celebrate and explore in-depth the many facets of technology experiences. Our exhibitors took the lead with solutions that continue to push the envelope of what AV can deliver, and our many subject-matter experts and thought leaders contributed to a program that gave all attendees the opportunity to think differently about the role audiovisual technology plays in people’s lives.”

InfoComm 2018 visitors hailed from all 50 United States and 108 countries; 20 percent of attendees were from outside the U.S. The show’s 964 exhibitors anchored a massive expo that spanned 550,000 net square feet of exhibits, demo rooms and special events space, making it the biggest InfoComm ever. And in a sign of enthusiastic support from InfoComm exhibitors, 94 percent of this year’s exhibit space was rebooked for InfoComm 2019, a new record.

“In its third edition, TIDE [Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.] drew its largest crowd to consider ways of applying human-centered design to AV solutions,” McGraw said. “New programs such as Design Thinking for AV and Integrated Life Day were well received, and the C2 Experience on our show floor had participants collaborating in ways they’d never imagined.”

Emerging Trends Day, held in association with the IMCCA, attracted more than 600 attendees before the InfoComm show opened to explore everything from the digital workplace and smart buildings to global brands in the pro-AV market, the latter session presented by Steve Koenig, Vice President of Research at the Consumer Technology Association.

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“The engagement of InfoComm attendees in our new and evolving content offerings has been very gratifying,” said AVIXA CEO David Labuskes, CTS, CAE, RCDD. “Technology moves so quickly, it’s important to try and think differently and innovate in new ways, namely by focusing on the experiences of AV customers.”

Other notable news from InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas:

  • 540 attendees took part in AVIXA’s three-day training sessions before the show opened – a new InfoComm record.
  • 188 professionals passed a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) exam at InfoComm 2018, bringing the total number of CTS holders to 11,901.
  • 3,114 attendees registered for AVIXA’s Seminar & Workshop Package at InfoComm 2018, nearly 20 percent more than the last time the show was held in Las Vegas.

“AVIXA thanks all the exhibitors, attendees, and media who made InfoComm 2018 a success,” Labuskes said. “I hope that nothing that happened this week in Vegas stays in Vegas. I encourage all our attendees to take home what they learned and experienced and share it with their colleagues and customers. It’s a great and important time to be in AV, connecting people and changing the way they experience the world around them.”

InfoComm ranked No. 30 in the 2017 Trade Show News Network list of Top Trade Shows, and was recently named one of the fastest growing trade shows by Trade Show Executive based on attendance.

InfoComm 2019 will be held June 8-14, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..