Registration is now open for GIE+EXPO 2017, and with the combination of education, many new exhibitors and travel discounts, it’s shaping up to be even bigger than the last two record-setting years. The annual tradeshow is set for October 18-20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and online registration is available at www.gie-expo.com.
According to Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), exhibit space sales are already running ahead of this time last year, and organizers anticipate topping 2017’s record-breaking numbers. Attendees can expect to see more new products than ever as the number of new exhibitors increases each year. In 2016, 813 companies exhibited at GIE+EXPO and the co-located Hardscape North America, and 180 were new exhibitors. In addition, the Outdoor Demonstration Area, which offers the opportunity to test new products from both shows, is expected to meet or exceed last years’ record-breaking 20 acres.
“This year’s show is a must-attend event for industry members who are looking to move their businesses to the next level,” said Kiser. “The opportunity to see new products, network with colleagues and benefit from educational opportunities makes it an extremely valuable business investment for exhibitors and attendees alike.”
Features for landscape pros
After moving into the North Wing last year to accommodate growth, Hardscape North America expects to continue its upward trajectory. Admission to the hardscape exhibits – both indoors and out – is included with GIE+EXPO registration. This co-location gives landscape professionals the opportunity to see a wide range of related new products and explore ways to tap into the growing hardscape market. In addition, a $50 upgrade will give landscape pros access to live hardscape demos in the HNA Demo Arena tent, where experts will demonstrate techniques in a continuous build format.
Back by popular demand, the GIE+EXPO Workshops will feature 10 sessions to help landscape pros grow their businesses. This year’s lineup will include two hardscape sessions with insights and tips for contractors interesting in tapping into that market. Other workshops, which are sponsored by the National Association of Landscape Professionals, include topics such as marketing strategies; hiring and retaining top-notch employees; training your staff for a safe, competent and effective workforce and sustainable winter management. For a complete schedule, visit www.gie-expo.com and see Education.
Travel discounts & prizes
Louisville has been touted as an affordable place to visit, and pre-arranged travel discounts will make it even more affordable.
Two airlines are currently offering discounts for GIE+EXPO travel.
- Delta Airlines is offering up to 10% discount on flights. Search flights at www.delta.com/meetings, select ‘Book Your Flight’ and use Meeting Code: NMQ4P. For groups of 10 or more, call (800)-328-2216.
- United Airlines is offering up to 10% discount on flights. Search flights at www.united.com and use code: ZYC7218034. Or call United Reservations Meetings at (800) 426-1122.
In addition, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau provides attendees with the lowest available room rates at event hotels. A list of pre-arranged hotel rates is available at www.gie-expo.com. Click on “Hotels & Travel.” Attendees who book a hotel online will automatically be entered for a chance to win a travel prize package, including one complimentary hotel suite, two personalized bourbon bottles for you and a guest, two restaurant gift cards and more!
Attendees who prefer to make hotel reservations by phone can call the Louisville Housing Bureau at 800-743-3100 Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EDT.
GIE+EXPO’s 2017 dates are Wednesday, Oct. 18, Dealer Day and Oct. 19-20 for all industry participants. The annual event is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). HNA is sponsored by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI).