Attendees (around 2000), exhibitors and organizers have all proclaimed this past weekend’s (3-4 May 2008) Northwest Dive and Trave Expoin Tacoma, WA a grand success. With around 130 exhibitors, the exhibit floor was the heart of the show. The show coordinator, Rick Stratton of Northwest Dive News (NWDN) succeeded in booking a purposeful and pleasant balance of dive equipment manufactures, local dive shops, dive clubs, destination vendors and an amazing Jacques Cousteau museum (more on this in future article).
Cynthia Kline of NWDN said the 75 exhibitors have already signed up for next years show. She also indicated that they are planning to use twice the space in the Tacoma Convention Center for next year.
The show also included a treasure hunt on Saturday morning at Owens Beach. The organizer’s said that there will be change next year regarding the prize procedures for this event. There was apparently a bit of a problem determining a fair distribution plan for who got which prize.
The Deep Ambitions Program was moderately will attended with 41 students. This program provides middle and high school students (12-18) an opportunity for students to learn about and experience scuba diving and aquatic-related careers.
Next year organizers hope to be more aggressive in marketing the show to non-divers with more seminars and pool sessions to introduce diving to those of all ages that are wanting to try scuba.
THERE IS MUCH MORE: I spent a fulfilling day Saturday at the Expo interviewing exhibitors and I will post many more articles on what I learned in the coming week. Check back often. (all related articles with have “NW Expo” in the headline)