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More than 2,500 stores from 49 states and 59 countries infuse Surf Expo September 2010 with a deep sense of optimism and excitement
September 17, 2010 — Offering the best brands, best buying opportunities, and best venue for business, Surf Expo once again enabled industry leaders to connect face to face•all in one place, all at one time.
Over its three-day, September 10-12 run at the mammoth Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Surf Expo hosted more than 5,400 buyers from 49 states and 59 countries.
They were greeted by more than 1,700 booths of new product from the best surf, skate, wake, swim, boutique, SUP, gift and souvenir brands.
"As trade show director at Surf Expo I'm pleased to leave our event with a sense of newfound optimism and excitement," says Roy Turner. "Our September event again delivered a 10% increase in stores over the previous year."
According to Tommy Phillips, owner of Tommy’s Slalom Shop in Denver, Colorado, “If you missed this show, you blew it.” Rich Wilson, sales manager of Lost, said they were busy: “apparel, boards•we were rocking!”
Richard Sanders, vice president and national sales manager for Billabong, said this show offered the busiest third day in recent memory. Dave Rosenberger, vice president and national sales manager for Quiksilver said, “We’re happy. It was busier than expected.”
Dick Brunning from first-time exhibitor Rock Eagle stated, “The vibe here is amazing. So many great buyers and everyone is so happy!”
As the largest and longest-running boardsports and beach lifestyl trade show in the world, Surf Expo is enormous.
But attendees had a new and powerful ally to help them negotiate the show and never miss an important meeting. Surf Expo's new mobile app offered on-the-fly navigation of the trade show floor•both in strategically placed kiosks on the show floor and on mobile devices.
"Surf Expo continues to drive the surfing industry, while providing a professional and exciting venue for manufactures and dealers to meet and do business face to face with their clients," says Scott Guinto, shaper and owner of Scott Guinto Surfboards LLC.
"Surf Expo continually raises the bar in assisting everyone in the business process. Specifically, I found the new mobile access to 'My Agenda' and touchpoint kiosks very useful. It also is a great way of reducing my carbon footprint. I feel truly honored and blessed every time I walk on the show floor. The contacts I've made and accounts created with companies are priceless."
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