The worst year for the exhibition industry in recent history—2009—ended with an overall decline of 12.5 percent, representing declines in attendance, number of exhibiting companies, net square footage of exhibit space booked, and revenues, according to the CEIR Index, published by the Center for Exhibition Industry Research. The decline of 12.5 percent is four times greater than the previous worst year ever, 2008, when the industry fell 3 percent. There was no avoiding the negative ...

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