The outer halls of the Georgia World Congress Center were packed with thousands
waiting for the opening bell of Clean ’15 on Thursday, April 16, and a steady stream of incoming
attendees throughout the day and into Friday quickly pushed this year’s show past the
attendance of the 2013 edition held in New Orleans.
By mid-afternoon on Friday, show organizers were beaming.
“With all the work that goes into it, it’s nice to throw a party and have everyone attend,” Clean
Show Chairman Brian Wallace told the assembled media at a Friday afternoon press
“We are very pleased with everything we’ve come across in terms of attendance at our sessions
and traffic in the hall.”
Looking at the numbers, the Clean Show organizers had reason to be pleased.
attendance figures weren’t available, they will likely top the past three shows which had suffered
during the recession years. Wallace said the Day Two attendance count had
the New Orleans show of 10,300 by five percent. The number of exhibiting
companies — 441 —
was also more than any Clean Show since 2007. Wallace said total exhibit space
exceeded the amount of Clean ’13. While the sun didn’t break through the clouds during the
four days in Atlanta, there was plenty of sunshine inside the Georgia World
The success of Clean ’15 has put Atlanta back in the Clean Show rotation. In returning to
Atlanta for the first time since 1987, Clean Show organizers had set performance
would trigger a return of the show in something less than 28 years.
“We’re very happy to announce that we have reached those performance expectations
and it is
our intent to return to Atlanta in the year 2021,” Wallace said. Those dates are tentatively set
for June 10-13 of 2021. Las Vegas will host the next Clean Show in June 2017 and
will play host in June 2019. Even before leaders of the five trade associations
that sponsor the
Clean Show gathered for the formal ribbon cutting that opened the exhibit hall
there were signs
that attendance would be strong.
The association-sponsored seminars that began two hours before the show opened
standing-room-only. The Drycleaning and Laundry Institute led off on Thursday
presentation by Carolyn Nankervis on how to provide great customer service, the
first of four
DLI programs that covered a range of issues. More…