ATLANTA, Ga. – Cobb Galleria Centre hosted its three largest and most successful trade shows of the past year with the recent return of the Atlanta Shoe Market, the Atlanta Jewelry Show, and the Southeast Flooring Market.
The largest of the three was the Atlanta Shoe Market, held Feb. 20-22. In conjunction with the Cobb Galleria Centre’s Safety First protocols, market organizers instituted temperature check kiosks at each entrance, colored wristbands to reflect the day, hand sanitizer stations, redesigned floor plans to allow for social distancing, and monitors to check for face mask compliance. Cobb Galleria Centre’s Safety First protocols focus on six main categories of cleanliness, ventilation, employee hygiene and wellness, physical distancing, food and beverage, and event planner and contractor guidelines.
The show was attended by 1,100 buyers, an attendance rate roughly 30 percent below the show’s average. Exhibitor participation was near normal, with the show using approximately 170,000 square feet of exhibit space in the convention center.
Laura Conwell-O’Brien, executive director of the Atlanta Shoe Market, said she was extremely pleased with the event.
“First and foremost, the success of the show was based on safety first,” she said. “I believe that we achieved that from the very first step in the door. It’s very important in the months leading up to the event to advertise the safety features of the show to build the trust for all attendees.”