Trade Shows Worldwide (TSW)

Trade Shows Worldwide (TSW) provides listings for trade shows, their sponsoring organizations, and facilities, services and information sources on trade shows and exhibitions held in the United States and around the globe.

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Section 1: Scope

Intent on keeping pace with the growing trade show industry, Trade Shows Worldwide (TSW) contains the vital information needed by every segment of the trade show industry. Its comprehensive coverage of shows, their sponsors and organizers, convention facilities, service providers, and sources of industry information provides the most accurate and current data available about the industry. The global perspective of TSW and its comprehensive data allows industry professionals, city planners, information professionals, and business executives quick access to the information vital for successful and timely decision-making.

Entries in TSW are organized into the following groups:

Section 2: Method of Compilation

Information presented in TSW is compiled through direct contact (whenever possible) by mail or telephone with exhibition planners and management companies, show sponsors, associations, publishers, and other organizations related to the trade show industry. Additional information is obtained from other directories published by Gale. Although every effort has been made to provide the most current information available, some details may have changed in the time between receipt of material from respondents and publication of this directory. It is recommended, therefore, that appropriate organizations be contacted directly before making travel plans or other arrangements.

Section 3: What You'll Find in a TSW Entry and Searchable Fields

Trade Shows Worldwide (TSW) is an international directory of events, facilities, and suppliers. The main method used to store entries is by event/organization/resource name; however, there many ways to find entries, including by Keyword, or by some other specific field of data using Advanced Search (refer to the Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column in the table below).

When you search for entries, your search results will show the main fields of data, enough to give you a brief view of the entity profiled. The full entry can be viewed on the entry display page by selecting the entry name from your results list.

Tip: The table below lists the kinds of information you will find in the entries in this eDirectory. Note that not all fields are present in every entry.

The Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es) column lists which Advanced Search index to use to search that field.

Show/Event Listings

Field of Information Description Corresponding Advanced Search Index(es)
Show/Event Name Includes the trade show name in English and in the event’s native language, when available, for international shows. Will display the name's acronym, if used. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Exhibition Company The organization that supervises the trade show or exhibition.  
Address, City, State/Province, Zip/Postal Code, Country Complete address of the exhibition management company. City (cc)
State (sc)
Zip (zc)
Country (cn)
Phone Telephone number of the exhibition management company. The area code portion of the phone number can be searched using Advanced Search. Area Code (ar)
Toll-Free Toll-free telephone number of the exhibition management company.  
Fax Facsimile number of the exhibition management company.  
E-mail General E-mail address for inquiries to the exhibition management company.  
URL Website address for the exhibition management company.  
Contact Contact person at the exhibition management company.  
Worldwide Agent Complete contact information for the agency that is the international contact for the event. Refer to the address, phone, toll-free, fax, e-mail, URL and contact fields listed above.
U.S. Contact Complete contact information for the international event’s North American representative. Refer to the address, phone, toll-free, fax, e-mail, URL and contact fields listed above.  
Sponsor Complete contact information for the organization sponsoring the event. Refer to the address, phone, toll-free, fax, e-mail, URL and contact fields listed above.  
Co-Sponsor Complete contact information for the organization sponsoring the event. Refer to the address, phone, toll-free, fax, e-mail, URL and contact fields listed above.  
Frequency Frequency of event. Events Frequency (ef)
Founded The year in which the show was first held. Year Founded (fd)
Audience Description of those expected to attend the show.  
Visitors Number of attendees expected. Figures listed without the qualifier ’professionals’ or ’general public’ are a combination of both types of visitors. Attendance (ha)
Space Rental Price for exhibition or display space, by square feet or square meters.  
Main Exhibits Description of products displayed by exhibitors.  
Exhibitors Number and types of companies displaying goods at the event. Number Exhibitors (ne)
Meeting Location Information Shows where the event/trade show is held. Meeting Location Information (mi)
Registration Fees Registration or admission charges for the event.  
Programs Includes seminars, workshops, conferences, and educational sessions, as well as fees for participation.  
Social Events Includes banquets, meals, and receptions, and their respective participation charges.  
Exhibition Space Net exhibition space, provided in square feet or meters. Exhibition Floor Space (fs)
Meeting Rooms Meeting rooms needed.  
Hotel Rooms Number of hotel rooms needed and the average length of stay.  
Publications Lists any publications containing information about the exhibition. Product/Publication Title (pt)
Formerly Former name of show. Name (ti)
Keyword (ke)
Held in Conjunction With Names of other trade shows held concurrently.  
Incorporating Names of shows held as part of this larger event.  
Dates and locations Year, month, dates, city, state, country, and venue for upcoming events, if known, otherwise will display: "Dates and Locations Not Reported."  
Subject(s) Lists subject matter terms associated with the show or event. Keyword (ke)
Source Citation Bibliographic information, along with a How to Cite link.  
Gale Document Number Displays the document's unique identifying number.  

Trade Show Organizer/Sponsor Listings

TSW profiles exhibition management companies, worldwide agents, sponsors, and co-sponsors. Included are the addresses; phone, fax, and toll-free numbers; email addresses and Internet sites (URLs); contact personnel; as well as a list of the shows associated with each organization.

Facilities, Services, and Information Sources Listings

TSW presents information for and about various segments of the trade show industry in recognition of their growing importance to an exhibition’s success. Included are:

Included in these listings are the addresses; phone, fax, and toll-free numbers; email addresses and Internet sites (URLs); contact personnel; and possibly a description of the organization. Entries for publications (which are mainly directories) will often include as part of the description an indication of when published (frequency), the publication's price, ISBN, coverage, and the specific types of information listed (what the entries include).

Section 4: Comments and Suggestions Welcome

Matters pertaining to specific listings in TSW, as well as suggestions for new listings, should be directed to Matthew Miskelly, Content Project Editor, Trade Shows Worldwide. Please write or call:

Content Project Editor
Trade Shows Worldwide
Gale, Cengage Learning
27500 Drake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48331-3535

Phone: (248) 699-4253
Toll-free: 800-877-GALE
Fax: (248) 699-8075

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  • Acknowledgments
  • Advanced Search Indexes Based on the Publication(s) You Choose