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Solid Lineup of 2021 Q4 Trade Shows


We think we can speak for everyone in the industry when we say it is refreshing to see so many trade shows and live events holding their dates and hosting successful in-person events. With the 2021 quarter 4 already around the corner, this list of large trade shows will get you excited for the future comeback of trade shows going in the new year as well. (Note: some shows listed are subject to postponement or cancellation; please check back often for updates).


NACS Show 2021

Taking place October 5-8 in Chicago, the National Association of Convenience Stores is hopeful for the future.

Their website states, “After over a year of lockdowns, merch shortages, and supply chain disruptions, we’ve never stopped running. We adapted to whatever the world threw at us. And continued to meet the evolving needs of our customers and communities. Now, it’s time to look ahead. The 2021 NACS Show is where we can come together to share innovative ideas, solve problems, and seize new opportunities, side by side.” Attendees can look forward to over 300 new products being displayed, 40 plus education sessions, and over 1200 industry exhibitors ready to get the ball rolling again.

NCS Safety Congress & Expo

This event will safely bring together health, safety and environmental professionals October 11-13 in Orlando, Florida.

The National Safety Council Congress & Expo states on their website, “The 2021 NSC Safety Congress & Expo team is excited to welcome our attendees and exhibitors back to Orlando for an in-person event to forge new relationships and celebrate old ones. NSC is committed to creating an event experience where our participants, partners and employees can safely and effectively conduct business, network, and learn.” Having missed the many opportunities that come with being together in person, this industry is excited to come together to share and take in the latest technology and innovations for safety and health.


The National Business Aviation Association is being held on October 12-14 in Las Vegas and is showing lots of excitement.

The home page states, “It’s on! Engines are roaring, the skies are clearing and we are firing up for the most epic event in NBAA history. The 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) is guaranteed to be a transformational event that provides you an unmatched opportunity to get connected and power your business forward. Join us as we bring our industry together in one of the world’s greatest venues in a brand new space – at what will be a most extraordinary moment in time.” With high expectations of being a transformative week, this event will be a can’t-miss for the aviation industry.


The show that brings together a part of the automotive community is being held November 2-5 in Las Vegas!

The show home page states, “SEMA is 100% committed to delivering a great Show in November!” Being the only place in the world that brings together every segment of the automotive industry, the SEMA Show is excited to reconnect the people, products, vehicles and ideas that drive the passion in the industry.

IMEX 2021

The show that brings the business events community together is taking place November 9-11 in Las Vegas. IMEX America Las Vegas Exhibitors can expect to meet over 4,200 global decision-makers, and attendees can expect to be offered supplier options from over 3,500 exhibitors.

The show shares on its website, “IMEX America is getting closer, which means it’s time to start getting excited. MGM Resorts share just a small flavor of the spectacular entertainment and fabulous dining that awaits you. Jaw-dropping, mouth-watering and mind-blowing, Las Vegas always lives up to the hype.” With the world getting back to business, there is a lot to be excited about, especially this November in Las Vegas for IMEX 2021!

AAO 2021

The American Academy of Ophthalmology will take place November 12-15 in New Orleans.

Maria M. Aaron, MD, the Academy’s Secretary for Annual Meeting, gave a video update on the show’s ability to safely gather in New Orleans, “It is time for us to connect, and we’re going to do it safely… I look forward to seeing you there and being together as colleagues and friends,” was a part of her statement preceding AAO 2021. The show is looking forward to bringing the ophthalmology community together!


The International Sanitary Supply Association Show is returning to Las Vegas, November 15-18. ISSA is committed to changing the way the world views cleaning, so there’s no better time for the industry to reunite.

The show website states, “We are excited to announce that the ISSA Show will be returning to Las Vegas, November 15 – 18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. As the city continues to ease restrictions, we are looking forward to a very normal and safe event, with all the elements our customers have come to expect such as in-person education sessions, a growing number of exhibitors on the expo floor, networking events, parties, and receptions. We welcome you to join us during this action-packed week!

We are re-energized by so much hope and excitement being shared by these upcoming shows, and this only scratches the surface of what’s to come (back) for the trade show industry. We hope you are just as thrilled as we are to see more and more events returning safely and conducting business in-person once again.

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In her experience at Skyline's corporate office in St. Paul, Minnesota, Briquelle Neyens immersed herself in trade show research and the ins and outs of exhibit sales firsthand. She also engaged with Skyline's wide-array of products and services from an insider's perspective. Her blogs portray her expertise on what it takes to be a successful trade show marketer. She enjoys generating information that will help all trade show marketers in their decisions to become successful on the trade show floor.

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