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Major New York Trade Shows

February 20, 2017

Bob Watson, President, Skyline New York
New York. It’s one of the world’s most iconic cities. Just the mentioning of its name many things come to mind. Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, the Empire State building. The list goes on and on.
An equally important part of the Big Apple most people don’t think of is that it’s one of the finest trade show venues in the country. The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is located in the center of Manhattan’s West Side and plays host to 20 of the top 200 trade shows in the U.S. This sprawling and versatile facility boasts 840,000 square feet of exhibition space that can accommodate any event. The 15-story Crystal Palace is an eye-catching entrance that sets the stage for event attendees. In addition, the glass enclosure of the 45,000 square foot River Pavilion allows attendees to gaze out over the Hudson River. The special events hall can host a banquet reception of any size with 30,000 carpeted square feet of floor space. The advanced floor plans, impressive architecture, and ideal location of the Javits Center make it a popular destination.
Here is a summary of ten of the most prominent trade shows, conventions, and conferences that take place in New York City.


Every year ReedPOP puts on New York Comic-Con, the largest and most exciting popular culture convention on the East Coast.  In 2016 alone, 185,000 fans attended, easily making it the highest attended pop-culture gathering in the country. Over 850 companies exhibit at the event and over 3,000 members of the press cover the event each year.

This event regularly ranks second in the country for top comic book conventions.

The event is not just limited to comic books, however. Fans of graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movie, and television can also be seen enjoying the various offerings of the convention. Panels and autograph sessions provide the opportunity for fans to meet some of their favorite creators and screening rooms let fans enjoy sneak peeks of their favorite shows and movies before they are released. Hundreds of professionals from the comic, literary and entertainment world also attend the event.

2017 Date: October 5-8 2017 Javits Center- New York, New York

Learn More: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/




A tradition 110 years in the making, the New York City Boat Show is the premier boat show in the northeast United States. In 2016, more than 35,757 boating and fishing enthusiasts attended the event. Direct purchasing at the event is common. In fact, of the attendees in 2016, 57% either made or arranged to make a purchase while at the show.
The show features a wide array of watercraft from yachts and cruisers to canoes and kayaks and everything in between. The event is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association whose member companies account for $39.5 billion dollars in sales each year and produce 80% of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the United States.
2017 Date: January 25-29 Javits Center- New York, New York
Learn More: http://www.nyboatshow.com/



This year the 14th Annual New York Times Travel Show will be taking place at the Javits Center. Over 29,000 traveling enthusiasts attended the event last year and that number is likely to rise in 2017. At this three-day event, consumers get to learn from over 250 travel industry experts that will speak. They are also provided the chance to view over 500 exhibitors from 150 different countries spread out over 16 pavilions. The Skyline New York office designs and produces an outstanding exhibition for the Turkish office of travel and tourism, which won the Best of Show Award in 2016.

The Skyline New York office designs and produces an outstanding exhibition for the Turkish office of travel and tourism, which has won the Best of Show Award.

Travelers get to plan and book their next dream vacation while travel professionals can attend a comprehensive education program to continue honing their craft.

2017 Date: January 27th-29th Javits Center- New York, New York

Learn more: http://nyttravelshow.com/



Thousands of global play professionals come to New York each year for the American International Toy Fair, hoping to learn about the freshest ideas and hottest trends in the industry. Together they form the largest youth entertainment marketplace in the Western Hemisphere. 415,000 square feet of exhibit space allow attendees to view thousands of the industry’s newest products.

This year over 1,100 exhibitors—including manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents— will be attending the event and showcase more than 150,000 toy and youth entertainment products.

The event is sponsored by the Toy Industry Association. TIA’s over 900 members make up for roughly 90% of the sales in the $25 billion toy industry.

2017 Date: February 18-21 Javits Center- New York, New York

Learn More: http://www.toyfairny.com/



According to their website, “ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners, each of whom has a role in the protection of assets – people, property, and/or information.”

Each year the NYC Security Conference and Expo promotes this mission by bringing together security and law enforcement professionals from the northeast United States together. In 2016 alone 2,500 professionals attended. Attendees come to view the latest technologies, systems, and services from top solution providers in the industry, and 84% of the attendees in 2016 were directly involved in purchasing decisions. Hundreds of Fortune 500 companies have buyers present at the event and over 100 exhibitors were present in 2016 to showcase their products.

2017 Date: June 7-8 Javits Center- New York, New York

Learn More: https://www.asisonline.org/Education-Events/Global-Conferences/New-York-Expo/Pages/default.aspx



Each year the Global Association of Risk Professionals conference brings the world’s most influential risk management supervisors and regulators to Manhattan. Attendees have the chance to hear presentations from industry experts and partake in four collaborative learning sessions to better understand the most important risk issues facing organizations in this ever-changing world. The topics vary widely from Counterparty Credit Risk to Operational Risk among many others

The diversity of the topics covered makes this event relevant and valuable for a large audience. In the past, the event has attracted 650 high-ranking management professionals from all market segments representing 43 different countries.

2017 Date: March 7-8 New York Marriott Marquis- New York, New York

Learn More: http://www.garp.org/#!/risk-convention



It is no secret that online streaming is becoming a major force in the entertainment industry. At the Streaming Media East expo, the now and future of online video and streaming is discussed. Here the streaming industry and business world are brought together as attendees are educated on strategies for better utilizing streaming media for innovative business solutions.
Former speakers and attendees at the event have included high-profile companies such as Google, YouTube, Netflix and Facebook among others. This year there will be over 100 speakers and more than 50 new, cutting-edge devices and platforms for content streaming that will be on display.
2017 Date: May 16-17 New York Hilton Midtown- New York, New York
Learn More: http://www.streamingmedia.com/conferences/East2017/


In 2016, 16,405 professionals from the global eye care community came to the International Vision Expo and Conference East. Optometrists, opticians, frame buyers and other like-minded professionals network and learn about some of the most recent innovations that have been occurring in the industry.
In total, the event entails more than 320 hours of education for attendees. Additionally, the event has an exhibit space the size of five football fields to display products that feature the latest visionary designs, technology, and medical advances.
2017 Date: March 30- April 2 Javits Center- New York, New York
Learn More: http://east.visionexpo.com/


As the ‘Jewelry Capital of the World’, it is only fitting that New York City plays host to the JA New York Jewelry Shows; the only leading jewelry trade events that call New York home.  JA New York hosts several shows throughout the year. This tradition has been taking place for over 110 years and attracts people from across the industry that wants to partake in buying trend spotting, treasure hunting, and business building interaction.

725 of the world’s most prestigious jewelry brands can be seen at the shows and this year JA New York is aiming to bring over 5,500 of the best jewelry buyers in the world to the events.

2017 Dates: March 12-14, July 23-25, October 29-31- Javits Center- New York, New York

Learn more:  http://www.ja-newyork.com/show/about.shtml



This major conference for the medical manufacturing field is the largest and most comprehensive medical manufacturing event on the East Coast. In 2016, there were 10,508 attendees present to learn more about every aspect of the end to end medical device development process. This resulted in more than 46,000 buyer and supplier meetings over a three-day span.

Each year attendees hear speakers and exchange ideas related to design, engineering, prototyping, and manufacturing challenges. On the exhibit floor, there are seven expos with more than 900 suppliers displaying products that feature the latest groundbreaking medical technology.

2017 Date: June 13-15 2017- Javits Center- New York, New York

Learn More: http://mdmeast.mddionline.com/

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