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Attendance down 9% from 2008 meeting but 82% of exhibitors report generating new business at show

The Midwinter Meeting, the Chicago Dental Society's annual dental conference and tradeshow, consistently ranks amongst the country's top conventions, even earning the distinction as one of the top four medical tradeshows in the US last year, according to Expo magazine.

Held February 26-March 1, this year's meeting once again attracted dental professionals from around the world, including about 7,000 dentists. Total attendance for the meeting was 31,333, representing a 9 percent drop over the 2008 figures, which were an all-time high in the meeting's 144-year history.

"I think we all went into this meeting holding our breath a little," Dr. David Kumamoto, CDS president, said, "But the feedback from exhibitors and the number of sold-out courses reveal just how strong our meeting is."

Nearly one-quarter of the conference's 240+ courses were sold out, and the vast majority of courses were near capacity.

The exhibit floor, which showcased 570 companies, was completely sold out months in advance. The Midwinter Meeting was recently chosen as offering the best cost-to-value benefit of any dental tradeshow in the U.S., according to 66 percent of exhibitors responding to a post-show survey.

Read the full press release.


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Thanks for the feedback. According to tickets sales, 24 percent of the classes were sold out, and the majority of classes had at least 70 percent of available tickets sold.

Posted by: Keri Kramer ( on 05/16/2011

what courses did you attend ? two of the classes i attended had less than 30% of the room filled. these were paid courses. most people i talked to also stated the their classes were low in attendence

Posted by: Anonymous ( on 05/16/2011