The Tradeshow and Live Event Industry should be at the top of any list showcasing workers and companies badly hurt by the Pandemic. In a story posted to 11Alive.com David Walens, the CEO of Exploring Inc. shared that the trade show industry supports about $850 billion to $1 trillion a year in GDP. Walens said, “you’re talking about thousands of companies and millions of jobs – in the trade show world – you’re talking about 10 million jobs lost because they’re totally shut down.”
Some of the industries which have been affected by major job losses are:
Will bringing back tradeshows fix all the above? NO. Will it help? YES. Sadly, unlike many of the restaurants, airlines and hotels whose businesses have been drastically hurt by Covid-19, we need the media to help us tell politicians that our industry hasn’t just been hurt – it has been completely shut down and our people are hurting.
Politicians are so focused on their personal re-elections it is hard to both get their attention let alone focus them on our Forgotten Industry. Our company, along with dozens of our industry colleagues and competitors, along with many industry organizations such as EDPA and EACA, stands in support of efforts by Go Live Together and Live for Life whose efforts are aimed at influencing legislative support for our industry and its people.
Ellen Hoffman is Controller at Skyline Exhibits & Design in Greenville, SC. Ellen handles all financial and human resources matters at Skyline. When Ellen is asked about business lessons learned, she will quickly tell you that success is more than worrying about the bottom line – it’s about customer service. Ellen is instrumental in sharing and nurturing that philosophy at Skyline.
Cover Photo Credit: Martin Meissner