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April and May 2017 Trade Shows

Posted by Justin Bates on March 14, 2017 - 8:05 AM
April and May trade show list

April and May 2017 trade shows happening in the U.S.

From hardware shows and technology summits to medical and environmental symposiums, spring is a busy time for trade shows. If you plan to attend or exhibit at a meeting in April or May this year, review this list of upcoming conferences to find one that suits you and your business. You’ll find all the information you need — from meeting details to how to arrange your hotel and travel reservations — to help you to begin planning your trip. 

Top April trade shows 

2017 ACC Mid-Year MeetingIn-house lawyers in the financial sector, those in employment law and others who practice corporate law are making plans to attend the Association of Corporate Counsel 2017 mid-year meeting, scheduled for April 2-4 in New York City. Attorneys will attend educational seminars and will have networking opportunities.

Accommodations: Discounted room rates have been secured at the host hotel, the New York Marriott Marquis. Registration is underway online.

Pipeline Energy Expo: Those in the energy sector and others who work in the pipeline construction field will want to attend the 2017 Pipeline Energy Expo, slated for April 4-6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attendees will discover new products and tips that will enhance the services they provide to customers.

Accommodations: The Cox Business Center in Tulsa is hosting the proceedings, and registration is in progress. For questions, call 918-831-9598.

OAH 2017 Annual MeetingThe Organization of American Historians will conduct its annual workshop April 6-9 in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the event, historians from across the country will participate in classes and other educational forums.

Accommodations: Registration has begun. Patrons are encouraged to book flights and hotel reservations early to avoid a sellout. Special room rates have been secured at the New Orleans Marriott, the host hotel.

Imaging & Technology Education Exposition (ITEX)Office technology and business solutions providers will want to attend this year’s Imaging & Technology Education Exposition, scheduled for April 18-20 in Las Vegas. The expo will offer providers a chance to meet customers, and for buyers to test new products.

Accommodations: Discounted room rates have been secured at the Mandalay Bay & Casino. Reservations may be made online or by calling 702-632-7777.

SCA Annual MeetingThe Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists will hold its annual meeting April 22-26 in Orlando, Florida. Physicians and anesthesiologists will gather to learn of new practices, technology and medical advancements and will meet to discuss other issues that relate to the field.

Accommodations: Event officials have secured cheaper room rates at the host hotel, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Register now to avoid a sellout. For questions, call 855-658-2828.

ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2017Scientists and exhibitors who specialize in the development of medicine and pharmaceutical sciences should make plans to attend the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics seminar. It will take place April 22-26 in Chicago and will feature speakers who will provide insight on new developments. Registered guests will meet with others in the field to discuss individual research and other related topics. 

Accommodations: Reduced hotel room rates are in place for attendees at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, the headquarter hotel. Reservations are underway, and the discounted rate will be available until March 31.

Reliable Plant 2017 Conference & ExhibitionMachinery lubrication professionals, factory maintenance engineers, hydraulic analysts or those in the oil analysis industry need to register for the Reliable Plant 2017 Conference & Exhibition. It is scheduled for April 25-27 in Columbus, Ohio. Patrons will be offered seminars and training courses and have a chance to speak with colleagues and other experts in the field. 

Accommodations: Special block rates have been secured for the conference at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. Reservations may be made online or by contacting the hotel at 800-HILTONS (445-8667).

AAAA Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit 2017Those in the Army aviation community are making plans to attend this year’s Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit, to be held April 26-28 at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Officers, pilots and other participants will network and learn of new equipment and technology.

Accommodations: Decreased room rates are in place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, and those planning to attend are encouraged to register online soon, to avoid a sellout. Similar rates have been secured at official overflow hotels in the area. For information, call 203-269-2450.

AOAO 57th Annual Postgraduate Seminar: The American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Postgraduate Seminar will be held April 28-30 at the Omni Nashville resort in Nashville. Networking opportunities and educational seminars designed to provide knowledge of new products, procedures and medical advancements will be available to those who attend.

Accommodations: Rates at the hotel have been reduced for seminar guests. Make reservations now to receive the special hotel rate, or call the hotel directly at 855-516-1090.

American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses 2017 National Conference: PeriAnesthesia nursing professionals are preparing for this year’s ASPAN national caucus, scheduled for April 30 through May 4 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Educational round tables and training sessions will be available for professionals to learn of new developments in the fields of pre- and post-anesthesia care.

Accommodations: Lowered room rates have been secured at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, the host hotel, for a limited time. Reservations may be made on the conference website, or by calling 866-704-6162.

Top May trade shows

Offshore Technology Conference: Oil and gas industry officials should sign up for the annual Offshore Technology Conference, scheduled for May 1-4 at NRG Park in Houston, Texas. It will feature more than 2,300 exhibitors and will host attendees from across the globe. Those who attend can take part in educational seminars, learn of advancements in the industry and network with others in the field.

Accommodations: Special room rates have been secured for attendees at area hotels. Visitors may reserve accommodations online. 

BIOMEDevice 2017: Medical suppliers, pharmaceutical executives and physicians are making plans to attend the annual BIOMEDevice, scheduled for May 3-4 in Boston, Massachusetts. The forum provides attendees access to medical instrument manufacturing experts and offers opportunities to learn of new products and industry advancements.

Accommodations: Discounted rates have been reserved at area hotels on a limited basis. Travel arrangements and hotel reservations may be made online.

HD Expo 2017Those in the hospitality industry looking to increase their knowledge in the field and to enhance the services they provide won’t want to miss the HD Expo from May 3-5 in Las Vegas. The expo offers hospitality design professionals the opportunity to learn from other experts in the field, discover new products and make contacts with others in the industry.

Accommodations: To receive the group room rate, make reservations through onPeak, the official housing provider of the conference, by calling 1-855-742-9168, or by email at

American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & Expo: This year’s American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & Expo will be held May 7-10 in St. Louis. Those who attend will engage with other museum professionals and will have an opportunity to attend educational seminars.

Accommodations: Discounted room rates are in place at a number of local St. Louis hotels. Rooms must be booked through CMR Housing, the official conference housing partner, by April 10. Reservations may be made online.

Siemens PLM Connections 2017The Siemens PLM Connections convention will be held May 8-11 in Indianapolis. Software product managers, engineers and designers in attendance will learn of new technology, talk with others and attend educational seminars.

Accommodations: Reduced rates for convention guests are in place at a variety of local hotels. Hotel reservations must be made before April 12 to receive the group rate.

XPONENTIAL 2017Owners and business professionals who operate drones and unmanned aircrafts are preparing for XPONENTIAL 2017, set for May 8-11 in Dallas, Texas. Visitors are given a chance to sample new products, discuss best practices and network with others.

Accommodations: XPONENTIAL officials have secured reduced hotel rates for the occasion. If you’re attending, book reservations online through Experient, the official housing provider of the conference, by email at, or by phone at 800-967-8852.

National Hardware ShowBuyers, vendors and crafters in the hardware industry are preparing for the National Hardware Show, slated for May 9-11 in Las Vegas. Exhibitors will display new products, and vendors will have an opportunity to meet customers.

Accommodations: Special room rates are in place for the National Hardware Show at area hotels. Reservations may be made online or by email. Make reservations early to avoid a sellout.  

LIGHTFAIR International 2017: Architects and professional lighting officials are preparing for LIGHTFAIR International, scheduled for May 9-11 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Guests will take part in educational seminars, meet with others in the field and discover new products.

Accommodations: Special room rates are available at area hotels for those who attend. Book your reservations through LIGHTFAIR International's official housing provider, onPeak, to get the discounted rates. Accommodations may be booked online, or by contacting onPeak by email at, or by phone at 888-325-9373.

International Oil Spill ConferencePetroleum professionals, researchers, environmentalists and others tasked with responding to emergencies will gather in Long Beach, California, on May 15-18 for the International Oil Spill Conference. Participants will attend training sessions to discover how to better work together and to review new industry standards. 

Accommodations: Reserved room blocks and decreased rates have been secured at three area hotels for attendees. Reservations may be made online.

NRA Show (National Restaurant Association) 2017Restaurateurs, food distributors and those in hospitality management are making plans to attend this year’s NRA Show, scheduled for May 20-23 in Chicago. The program will feature educational seminars, cooking and culinary demonstrations, and keynote speakers.

Accommodations: Premium rates are in place for those who plan to attend. Early registration is encouraged to avoid a sellout. Guests planning to attend may make travel and housing reservations online, or by calling 800-283-5543.

National Stationery Show 2017: Retailers and wholesalers in the stationery and crafting industry should plan to attend the National Stationery Show, scheduled for May 21-24 in New York City. Attendees will have a chance to learn of new products — from bridal accessories and scrapbooking materials to letterhead and luxury leather goods — and will get to mingle with others. 

Accommodations: Travel and hotel discounts have been secured, but availability is limited. Book accommodations online or contact onPeak, the official housing provider for the conference, directly.

ICFF 2017: Luxury furniture buyers, sellers and collectors will gather in New York City from May 21-24 for ICFF. The event provides a platform for sellers to display goods and for people to learn of new trends and merchandise.

Accommodations: Group block rates are reserved for the convention at area hotels. Rooms will be available on a limited basis, so attendees are encouraged to make reservations early. Reservations may be made online or by email

AWEA Windpower Conference & Exhibition 2017: The AWEA Windpower Conference & Exhibition is one of the world’s largest wind energy symposiums, and it hosts thousands of attendees annually. It will take place May 22-25 in Anaheim, California, and will provide patrons a chance to speak with other energy professionals, attend training sessions and take part in other exercises that will offer industry insight.

Accommodations: The Windpower Conference & Exhibition has secured discounted room rates at area hotels. Make reservations online, or contact the conference at 202-383-2500.

2017 Sweets & Snacks ExpoSnack and food manufacturers are planning to attend the annual Sweets & Snacks Expo, held this year from May 23-25 in Chicago. Attendees will learn of new product and marketing trends and strategies, retailer technology and other important factors that can enhance sales strategies.

Accommodations: Cheaper accommodations have been arranged for the conference at area hotels. Reservations may be made online.

BookExpo and BookConBook publishers, authors, collectors and readers are preparing for the 2017 BookExpo and BookCon, scheduled for May 31 through June 2 in New York City. The convention offers guests an opportunity to meet with others and will provide insight on budding artists and the next big titles in the industry.

Accommodations: Reduced travel discounts and room rates at several hotels are in place for guests. Rooms may be booked online now.   

Ship your booth with ArcBest

If you choose ArcBest® to move your booth and marketing materials, we’ll pick up and deliver to or from any location — making sure it arrives on time and intact. We offer online tracking services and, if we’re the official carrier of a trade show, can provide an experienced trade show coordinator who will manage your shipment for you, from start to finish. For questions about trade show shipping, call 844-560-2527.

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