From: Rich RyczekELITeXPO Account Executive
So‚Ä¶I attended the Together Again Expo in Orlando, FL on Fri 7/24 at the Orange County Convention Center.
What a RUSH !!! Felt So good being back on Show Floor even if not doing what I usually do. I was there as an Attendee.
4700 guests were registered with 3600 organizations represented. Show floor was buzzing.
Event was a vision by Mark Yuska from Alliance Nationwide Expo with the help of many partners.¬† Spoke to him on show floor, said there will be more events like this very soon. Discussing one at the end of Summer and another early Fall in different Cities but most likely at smaller venues, i.e. hotel ballrooms.
Hope the Associations and Event Managers out there took note of this event to see that an event CAN run safely and successfully !!!
Event was well thought out and very organized. Had my temperature taken before I entered OCCC by a Florida Medic.¬† Temperature spot checks were done on show floor. Registration was fast and seamless. Floor aisles were a bit wider than usually.¬† Exhibitor booth spaces were the same 10×10 right next to each other with quite a few larger spaces occupied.¬†Aisles were labeled ‚Äúone way‚ÄĚ. ¬†They had separate Entry and Exit points from show floor.¬† Seating for Speakers on Show Floor were spaced 6‚Äô apart.¬† Depth of seating was increased.¬† Had several large screens around seating area.¬† Hand sanitizers were everywhere.¬† Cleaning Service personal were staged on show floor wiping down regularly touched areas.¬† Even had a bathroom attendant in each to wipe down.¬† Everyone had masks on and was very conscious for each other‚Äôs safety.¬† A lot of elbow bumping.¬† Some hugs visible but most hello‚Äôs were non-contact.
Various Food Vendors were set up along the back wall of the OCCC with a couple Bar stations placed on show floor.
(I certainly missed paying $12 for 4 small pieces of chicken, 2 broccoli pieces, and 3 spoons of rice and $8 for a beer..‚Ä¶LOL).
A LOT of information was provided at this event.¬† The Panel discussions were quite interesting.¬† After all, it does take quite a bit of effort for all involved to put on an event.¬† Main thing being a venue must be accredited to allow a show to run.¬† Currently, only 5 venues at the moment have that ability (Orange County Convention Center, ¬†Jacob Javits, San Diego CC are 3).
Walked the floor and did find a couple of interesting products being developed due the COVID19.¬† ¬†The Innovation of our Industry is amazing !!!
Mark at Alliance noted that future 10×10 spaces again will most likely be complimentary.¬† I‚Äôd be happy to man our booth at the next show.
Again, it was information overload. If you have any questions/concerns, please ask.
Best part of this event based on my experience and opinion‚Ä¶
*** Honestly, I felt more SAFE on this show floor than going to a local Store, Restaurant, Bank, Gas Station, Bar, etc etc‚Ä¶.. in my area !!!
I have the feeling it’s because our Industry is very professional, and we look out for each other.¬† The Tradeshow Industry is a large Family‚Ä¶and Family usually takes care of one another.¬†This is certainly what I experienced from ALL involved in this show.¬† ¬†(The Association, General Contractor, Crews, Partners, Exhibitors, Attendees, Cleaning Crew, Security, Food Vendors, etc etc).
Take care and stay safe‚Ä¶