The Irrigation Australia Exhibition ends with a flood of enthusiasm!
The Irrigation Australia Exhibition closed its doors last Thursday 5 June to an event that has since been described as ‘the best irrigation event in years’.
The partnership between Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) and Irrigation Australia (IAL) brought together a diverse range of industry professionals to network, learn and do business. A total of 1, 581 visitors were recorded at the show over the 2 days, representing 14 countries from around the world.
Duane Findley, CEO Irrigation Australia was overwhelmed with the success of the event, “One of IAL’s primary objectives for the IAL 2014 Gold Coast exhibition and conference was to rebuild IAL’s reputation for delivering excellent events. With a new IAL CEO in place from mid-2013 being given a mandate of rebuilding IAL, the success of the 2014 event was of critical importance to place IAL at the centre of the irrigation industry again and to give confidence to our members that IAL could deliver on its promise.
From the start, ETF adopted a true partnership approach with IAL to build confidence and excitement in the exhibition, attract new exhibitors as well as retain many of our existing exhibitors, and to offer insightful feedback to IAL. ETF’s efforts in meeting with industry stakeholders, listening to their suggestions for improving the exhibition, and then acting on those suggestions, made ETF invaluable in linking IAL with the industry, and delivering an event that really reflected the needs of the irrigation industry.
There was a real “buzz” evident throughout the event and our Board members and I certainly received a lot of comments that participants had noticed this as well. A number of people are already talking about 2016 and some people even 2018, so I think we have achieved the objectives we set for this one.”
Exhibitors were delighted with the show, Bryan Ward, General Manager of Think Water said “On behalf of Think Water I just wanted to congratulate you all on a very well run event last week. The Trade Show was the best for many years and we found it thoroughly worthwhile and day one of the Trade Show in particular was extremely busy. The attention to detail, planning and hard work that you all put into this has certainly paid off and we look forward to many more successful IAL events in the future.”
The Irrigation Australia Conference and Exhibition will return in 2016 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 23 – 27 May.