For everyone that doesn’t know the annual PGA Merchandise Show that takes place in Orlando, FL every January is a “Mecca” for everything in the golf industry.
Buyers, Exhibitors, Media, Industry and PGA Professionals from all over the globe invade the Orange County Convention Center (and Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge). The show is dubbed as the “Major of Golf Business” and it truly is. If you’re involved in the golf industry you almost need to attend. know that the case for me. It gives me a chance to network and arrange for articles and reviews for you my viewers.
Reed Worldwide Exhibitions is the organizing body that puts on the annual show. The logistics of the PGA Show is hard to fathom. I’ve attended the show over the last several years as I treat it as a sort of “pilgrimage”. Without it… I have no doubt that my blog and website doesn’t exist. Have I seen changes during the last several years at the show? Yes.. I have. Other attendees have seen it saying that it’s “shell of its former self”. Many feel that there is a lot less equipment and way too much apparel. I’ve personally seen changes at the show and definitely trends in the industry. The latter being a big reason why I attend. Yes, there is the coming and going of big names.
A couple of years ago everyone that attended the show saw that Nike Golf was a no show. When that happened I reported that something had (in all likelihood) gone “wrong”. It just felt like they were going out of the golf equipment business (which we now know was the case). A little quieter we saw the likes of Bridgestone Golf and Mizuno Golf disappear from the show’s landscape. Why?
Well, when these things happen there’s always a lot of speculation. From soaring costs for space on the floor or a shift in the direction of a company… it happens. Honestly, the cost of having a booth on the floor (or a slot at Demo Day) is the largest complaint that I’ve heard from exhibitors. While I’ve never been told exact figures the show isn’t cheap for them to attend. I heard a rumor about how much it cost TaylorMade Golf to have their lavish set-up a few years ago but I never confirmed it.
It’s no secret that the aforementioned TaylorMade Golf is not attending the show this year. A story that I covered yesterday. While it’s unfortunate that they will not be in attendance this year and some view this as a “black eye” I am WAY more excited about who is attending. Bridgestone Golf is returning (last seen in 2015… their booth was really good then). Also returning to the show in 2019 is Mizuno Golf. Mizuno Golf will be on the floor for the first time since 2005. They were in attendance at one of the first show’s that I attended but they just had a tiny set-up in a meeting room in the OCCC’s concourse.
For those that think the quality of the PGA Merchandise Show has slipped there are others that don’t view it the same way. 2018 saw record numbers of attendees and was named “the “Greatest Show of 2017″ at the 2018 Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards Gala, Oct. 11, 2018”. Below is the full press release from Sherry Major who takes care of PR for PGA Shows Media.
PGA Merchandise Show Wins Trade Show Executive (TSE)
Gold 100 “Greatest Show of 2017” Award
|NORWALK, Conn. (October 18, 2018) — The PGA Merchandise Show was named the “Greatest Show of 2017” at the 2018 Trade Show Executive (TSE) Gold 100 Awards Gala, Oct. 11, 2018, at Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif.
The TSE Gold 100 Awards & Summit annually salutes the largest and most accomplished trade shows of the previous year, and the 2018 event drew a large crowd of show organizers for the celebration and a full schedule of educational sessions and networking opportunities, Oct. 10-12.
“The PGA Merchandise Show has evolved to serve the industry through the ups and downs of the golf market,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions Event Vice President Marc Simon. “Through this period, the PGA Show team has stayed even closer to its customers, and worked side-by-side with the PGA of America to anticipate market changes, adapt to industry developments and create new resources to help PGA Professionals, exhibitors and the golf industry prosper.”
“We are very honored, humbled and excited to be named the ‘Greatest Show of 2017’ by Trade Show Executive and will continue to work diligently to improve the PGA Merchandise Show each year.”
The PGA Merchandise Show, first established in 1954, is organized in partnership with the PGA of America.
“We are pleased with this important industry recognition for the PGA Merchandise Show and are proud of the strong partnership between the PGA of America and Reed Exhibitions,” said PGA of America Chief Commercial Officer Jeff Price. “Each year the PGA Merchandise Show is the largest gathering of PGA Professionals and an important opportunity for the global golf industry to connect face-to-face. Together, we strive to deliver tremendous value to PGA Professionals, manufacturers and industry leaders to drive the business of the game and to help the sport evolve.”
Full details of all award winners are available at TSEGold100.com.
Plans are well underway for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show, held Jan. 22-25, in Orlando. The 66th edition of the event will welcome some 1,000 top golf companies and brands and more than 40,000 industry professionals from around the world to the industry’s annual global summit for the business of golf. The PGA Show Demo Day, the world’s largest professional golf testing event, will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at the Orange County National Golf Center. During PGA Show days, Jan. 23-25, at the Orange County Convention Center, PGA Professionals, retailers and industry leaders will uncover the latest trends, source the newest golf merchandise, test the latest equipment, learn proven business best practices, network among peers and move forward the business of the game. The PGA Merchandise Show, “the MAJOR of Golf Business,” is a trade-only event, not open to the public. Additional details are available at www.PGAShow.com.
I felt that 2017 was a good show and 2018 for me personally was even better. All that I know is that I cannot wait for January 2019.
Until The Next Tee!!