With almost 60,000 people coming to its event last year, the Radiological Society of North America tops the list of largest U.S. medical meetings held in 2011, according to data from the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association. The second place slot went to the Greater New York Dental Meeting, which had a total reported attendance at 53,789, and the FIME (formerly the Florida International Medical Exposition) Show came in a close third with 52,723 total attendees. Also in the top five were the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Society for Neuroscience with 31,800 and 31,500 total reported attendees, respectively. These top five meetings were so big that they represent almost a quarter of all the attendance reported for the HCEA top 50.

While the top players remain the same, the order changes a bit when HCEA slices its data to represent total professional attendance, rather than also including exhibitors, spouses, and media along with the healthcare professionals. The Greater New York Dental Meeting takes the top spot for professional attendees, followed by FIME Show, RSNA, the Society for Neuroscience, and ASCO.

The list, which reflects just those who provided data to HCEA and so may not include all U.S. medical meetings, showed an average reported professional attendance increase of 3.2 percent over the previous year. Average reported total attendance increased 2.2 percent.

The full lists are available at the HCEA Web site.

Discussion Points:

  • Overall, do you think healthcare-related exhibitions are growing, stagnating, or shrinking? Why?
  • What do large tradeshows offer both exhibitors and attendees that smaller shows can't? What unique benefits do smaller shows bring to buyers and sellers?
  • What do you do to keep your exhibitors happy (and returning year after year)?

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Background: The HCEA Begins Listing Top 100 Medical Meetings List in 2007