posted on February 12, 2008 23:35
SHOT Show Shatters Records in 30th Year
SHOT Show smashed all-time records in its 30th year, posting new highs in attendance, exhibition space, exhibiting companies and media turnout. With a total registered attendance of 58,769, the show shattered last year's attendance record of 42,216. The show attracted 30,686 buyers, 1,725 members of the press, 25,854 exhibiting personnel and 504 guests. Its 715,000 square feet of exhibit space, was nearly 60,000 more than last year, with 1,950 exhibiting companies, up from last year's 1,870. Full Story.
Buzz on the Show Floor
"I've been coming to the SHOT Show since 1982 and this is the busiest one I've ever worked. We didn't even lose booth traffic during the Super Bowl," said Randell Pence, Sturm, Ruger & Co.'s executive director of sales and marketing.
"I have been to all of the large European shows, but they can't compare to the SHOT Show. This is the best. Everything is here. I have found five or six companies for which I will be their exclusive dealer in Spain," said Rico Cabezas Roca, a dealer specializing in law enforcement from Madrid.
"When it comes to media, there is nothing like SHOT where nearly 2,000 members of the press are in one place," said Tom Taylor, Smith & Wesson vice president of marketing. "This year was great. Press attendance was up, and, since our company has expanded, we were able to meet with many other publications that we hadn't in the past."
The 2009 SHOT Show Moves to Orlando Jan. 15-18
SHOT Show, owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), is the world's largest showcase of firearms, hunting and outdoor products. It provides a forum like no other for the industry to show off its newest products that will adorn the shelves of gun and sporting goods shops in the coming year. Experience another great SHOT Show at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., Jan. 15 - 18, 2009!