By Mary Tucker
CEIR Blog Manager
On 11 September, CEIR will hold its fourth annual exhibition industry outlook conference: Predict at the Intercontinental Hotel Chicago. Predict has established itself as a key event for C-level executives who want to have a very reliable idea of what the next three years hold in terms of the economy, the industry, and how they interact, and formulate their strategic plans around that forecast. The focus point will be the CEIR Index and, in particular, the 2014 CEIR Index Report: 2013 Results,which provides an objective measure of the annual performance of the exhibition industry by measuring year-over-year changes in four key metrics: NSF of exhibit space sold, professional attendance, number of exhibiting companies and total event gross revenue. It details performance for 14 industry sectors and the overall industry using data from 2000 through 2013, with a predictive forecast through 2016.
What makes this year’s Predict different is the energized, fast-paced format it will take on – that of an action-packed, financial news show featuring lively interviews, substantive conversations and provocative discussions, providing economic insights and new perspectives about the exhibition industry. This year’s host is Ron Insana, senior analyst at CNBC and financial industry expert, who will apply his journalistic perspective to how Wall Street, Main Street and Washington shape what the new “normal” means for all of us. He is a financial journalist who stands alone among his peers in having the experience of working for and running his own hedge fund, which allows him to offer clear, unvarnished insights on the ever-changing status of the economy.
More details are available at the Predict website at www.ceir.org/predict. Registration is now open with early bird registration ending 31 July.