The 57,000 people who attended the 2013 FIME medical tradeshow in Miami put it at the top of the Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association 50 most highly attended U.S.held in 2013.
The Greater New York Dental Meeting (54,629) and the Radiological Society of North America (54,008)—which came in second and third places, respectively, for 2013—had been trading the top spot until being unseated by FIME in 2012. Rounding out the top five were HIMSS: Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society and American Society of Clinical Oncology, with 36,535 and 35,074 total reported attendees respectively.
The dentists still rule overall, though, being the sector with the largest number of top 50 shows: seven dental meetings ranked in the top 50, six of which are in the top 20. These rankings are based on total attendance, which includes exhibitors, spouses, and media in addition to healthcare professionals.
The list of top 50 2013 medical events by professional attendance is available only to HCEA members, though professional attendance is noted on the total attendance list as well. FIME’s 52,000-plus professional attendance also would appear to put it at the top of that list as well, besting GNYDM’s 46,284 professional attendees by several thousand. RSNA also had a high density of professional attendees, with more than 32,000 of its total 54,008 being healthcare professionals.
While total attendance is up just half a percentage point, professional attendance continues to increase at a faster pace, having risen more than 3.5 percent in 2013 over 2012. According to HCEA, a decrease in nonprofessional attendees—mainly due to exhibitors bringing fewer staff to shows—is balancing the rise in professionals, resulting in the relatively flat total attendance.
The Top 50 total attendance report is available on the HCEA Web site.