Collective Voice Forum Offers Input on OR Move

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For the third time in its history OR is on the move. Summer Market has outgrown the current facility at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah and Winter Market is on track for the same fate.

To help guide the decision making in moving the show's location Nielsen and OIA are attempting to evaluate all options with input from industry members. This input will be compiled on the Collective Voice website.

The site will only be available and visible to show attendees and exhibitors, email invitations will be sent out to over 40,000 interested parties. Participation will take the form of extra surveys, questions, and opportunities to blog thoughts.

This type of collective thinking can hopefully solve the large and complex question of where to move the industry's important show. Keeping in mind that Summer and Winter market shows have grown at an average of 6-8% respectively over the last year, this decision becomes all the more important.

Though this is the third time the show has moved it will be the first time there is such an ideal opportunity to share an industry-wide conversation about the pros and cons. With the help of modern digital tools we can share information and opinions like never before.

To get the discussion going, look at this list of potential venues. And when you receive your invitation, chime in at outdoorretailer.com/collective-voice.

Venue: The Colorado Convention Center

Location: Denver, CO.

Gross Meeting Space: 584,000 sq ft

Pros: Strong outdoor history, proposed train from airport

Cons: Limited space, distant from airport, no winter availability

 

Venue: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Gross Meeting Space: 1,035,600 sq ft

Pros: Reasonably priced, strong logistics

Cons: Lack of outdoor fit, room requirements in the Sands

 

Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Gross Meeting Space: 1,032,135 sq ft

Pros: Ease of travel, room to grow

Cons: Lack of cultural fit, distant from hotels


Venue: Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Gross Meeting Space: 936,306 sq ft

Pros: Ease of travel, strong logistics

Cons: Layout challenges, lack of outdoor culture

 

Venue: Anaheim Convention Center

Location: Anaheim, CA

Gross Meeting Space: 813,607 sq ft

Pros: Renovated space and expansions

Cons: Urban, fragmented floorspace

 

Venue: Orange County Convention Center

Location: Orlando, FL

Gross Meeting Space: 987,840 sq ft

Pros: Ease of travel, good meeting space

Cons: East coast location for west coast dominated show

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