Clean Show Execs to Poll Exhibitors, Attendees on Three-Day “Experiment”

Bruce Beggs |

NEW ORLEANS — This year’s three-day Clean Show format is an “experiment,” according to Clean ’13 Chairman David Cotter, and the Clean Executive Committee will be polling exhibitors and attendees about it “very soon” to help determine if the next event will remain three days or revert to four.

This announcement came during a Friday afternoon press conference featuring Cookie Scalf, director of convention services for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Atlanta will host Clean in 2015, the first time it has been held there since 1987, and Scalf took a few moments to describe her city’s convention district and some of the attractions awaiting Clean’s attendees.

Convention Center signage here indicates the Atlanta show is slated for April 2015. Brian Wallace, Coin Laundry Association CEO and chairman of the 2015 show, confirmed the show will indeed occur in April and that the show has booked convention space for either a three-day or four-day show.

Cotter also announced that the Executive Committee has signed a letter of intent to bring the Clean Show back to New Orleans in June 2019. Las Vegas will host Clean in 2017.

Clean 2013 has featured a few changes—additional educational sessions on the show floor in the afternoons, a new app for mobile device users, and an active social media presence (screens on the show floor are displaying live Twitter feeds that mention the show).

Cotter couldn’t provide exact attendance figures but described it as being “very strong.” Attendance is expected to exceed 10,000 once the final registrations are counted.

About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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