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It’s not too early for an early Clean Show
It may seem a bit early to be making plans for the next Clean Show, but it could be later than you
Unlike recent Clean Shows that took place in summer months, the industry’s next biennial gathering will
be in the spring. April 16-19 to be exact. The Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta will be the
It has been over 20 years since the Clean Show last took place in the spring and longer than that since
it visited Atlanta, the one and only previous show in that venue coming in 1987. Those who attended that
show will find that Atlanta has undergone many changes.
Clean 2015 booth sales are well underway and are off to a good start, according to Riddle & Associates,
the show manager.  Exhibitors from the 2013 show in New Orleans had first crack at claiming booth space
beginning in April. Booth sales were opened to other exhibitors in late June.
The 2013 show had 422 exhibiting companies in 195,140 square feet of exhibit space. The Trade Show
News Network ranked Clean ’13 111th among the top 250 trade shows in the United States based on net
square footage of the exhibit.
Attendance in 2013 totaled 10,300, about the same as other recent Clean Shows and, if that holds true
for next year, that’s around 10,000 people who will need a place to hang there hats.
To accommodate the hat-hangers — and also those who don’t wear hats — discounted rates at a dozen
hotels near the convention center have been announced and the reservations can be made now on the
Clean Show web site,
Clean Show rates at the hotels range from $155 to $189 a night for single or double occupancy.
As in the past, the show’s five co-sponsoring associations have designated headquarters hotels.
For attendees who want to stay at the hotel where others from the same industry segment are likely to
be, the lineup is as follows:
The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute will headquarter at the Hilton Atlanta.
The Textile Care Allied Trades Association and the Textile Rental Services Association will be at the
Omni Hotel at CNN Center.
The Coin Laundry Association will make its home at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.
The Association of Linen Management will be found at the Sheraton Atlanta.
For all of those hotels shuttle bus service to and from the convention center will be provided. Shuttle
buses will also provide transportation from the convention center to within at least two blocks of the other
nine hotels in the package.
In making hotel arrangements, attendees should remember that the Atlanta show is returning to a four-
day format after a one-time experiment with a three-day run. Clean ’15 will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday,
April 16 and run through 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, a three- or four-night stay for those who want to be
on hand for the entire run of the show.
Registering through the Clean Show housing bureau is not required. Individuals can make their own
arrangements at any area hotel including those in the official package. However, show management
points to several advantages of using the housing bureau.
First, the show’s contract with the hotels often stipulates that Clean Show attendees receive additional
“You may be able to find lower rates at official Clean Show hotels by booking through other services,
but you may not get the same product in return,” the show’s web site explains.
Also, booking though the housing bureau provides a history of room usage that helps in negotiating low
rates for future Clean Shows. 
Show management has also warned attendees to beware of false and fraudulent housing claims.
“Clean 2015 has designated EventSphere as the only housing provider for Clean 2015. There are
fraudulent companies and organizations that will try to present themselves as official partners of Clean
and offer you a potential room that might not be guaranteed or available,” the web site said.
Anyone contacted by someone other than EventSphere is asked to notify Clean Show management by
emailing cleanshow@eventsphere.com.
The next step in making Clean Show arrangements is to register as an attendee. That will have to wait.
Attendee registration won’t open until October.
In other Clean show news, the Clean Executive Committee has selected Shepard Exposition Services to
serve as General Contractor for the show.
“Shepard did a wonderful job working with us on Clean 2011 in Las Vegas.  We were pleased with their
unique concierge program that gave individual attention to the needs of each exhibitor, and we look
forward to repeating this success for Clean 2015,” said John Riddle, president of Riddle & Associates.