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Survey finds Trump tariffs hurting revenue at some trade shows

Executives see impact on attendance, participation by exhibitors since 2018

Sept. 27, 2019
By Walt Williams

A new survey suggests that the Trump administration’s tariffs on goods from China and other countries have taken a bite out of U.S. trade show profits, although three groups contacted by CEO Update said the impacts have been non-existent to mixed for them.

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research contacted 129 trade show executives in August for a short “pulse poll” about the impact of tariffs on their U.S.-based shows in 2018 and the first half of 2019. The sample included an even mix of executives from association-run and independently run trade shows.