DEMA Thanks the Diving Industry for Their Participation in DEMA Show 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Posted by: Rachelle Reimers
** Thousands of Industry Professionals from Every Segment of the Diving Industry Come Together at Trade-Only Show to Buy, Learn and Collaborate **
DEMA is pleased to say THANK YOU to the more than 9,000 pre-qualified dive professionals who registered for DEMA Show 2015, and more than 630 exhibiting companies who made DEMA Show successful. The trade-only Show was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL from November 4th to 7th.
DEMA Show 2015 provided many opportunities for Attendees and Exhibitors to do great business together by providing hundreds of exhibits, products, services, educational sessions and more. Verified attendance figures, which are obtained from electronic scans of Attendee and Exhibitor badges, confirm that over 8,000 Industry Professionals entered and participated in the Show during its four days. The Show’s long-standing credentialing process established by the Board of Directors, helped confirm that the Show maintained a trade-only atmosphere, welcoming highly qualified Buyers and Influencers.
During the four days of DEMA Show 2015, Exhibitors hosted hundreds of Attendees in their booths to showcase their latest products, programs and services. DEMA’s video production partner, 506 Studio, has captured the excitement of the action-packed days of DEMA Show 2015 in a series of videos highlighting the Show. In addition, as a prelude to DEMA’s 40th annual DEMA Show in November of 2016, DEMA asked attendees and exhibitors to “Share Your Story,” including their first job in the industry, how they got started in recreational diving, and who was their mentor. More than 130 dive industry stories were recorded at DEMA Show 2015 by Attendees and Exhibitors while at the Show.
An exciting announcement made at the Show happened during the Annual Member Meeting, in which Executive Director, Tom Ingram, shared that DEMA Show would be returning to New Orleans, LA in 2020. Attendees also learned about the activities of the Association during 2015 and the goals being set for 2016. Industry Professionals are encouraged to stay informed about the latest research and other benefits from the association via DEMAIL and the DEMA website and social media pages.
DEMA extends its THANKS to the entire Industry for the continuing success of DEMA Show! Looking toward the future, DEMA Show will be returning to Las Vegas, NV from November 16-19 in 2016. DEMA continues to look at additional venues for future shows, using key factors of Exhibitor and Attendee cost and venue availability. A complete overview of how DEMA Show venues are selected is available here.
Funds raised through DEMA Show (and all events produced by DEMA) are used to help the industry, including monitoring legislation, advocating for environmental issues, promoting recreational diving, keeping dive sites open and accessible to divers, providing DEMA-Member access to benefit programs such as health insurance and worker’s compensation insurance, and conducting research on behalf of the Industry. With this year’s strong DEMA Show participation, DEMA can continue its mission of bringing businesses together to grow the diving industry worldwide.