If you were lucky enough to be one of the more than 10,000 attendees at The 2012 Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) Expo, you know first-hand that the event was an overwhelming success. During the five-day show, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, over 100,000 new products were introduced to thousands of excited and curious distributors.
According to Promotional Products Business (PPB) magazine, "With a total of more than 18,350 participants, the overall non-gaming economic impact of The PPAI Expo 2012 is estimated at $19,500,000 by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority." That astounding number highlights the importance of the PPAI Expo to the promotional products industry.
In fact, the PPAI Expo has been dubbed "the industry's show;" it's the only event that brings eager suppliers and well-qualified distributors together in one place. Paul Bellantone, CAE, president and CEO of PPAI, told PPB magazine that on a global scale, "The PPAI Expo is the best show for the promotional products industry to bring its products and services to market every year." And this year's event was no exception; in fact, according to Bellantone, its success proves that the promotional items industry will only continue to grow.