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ARA Moves 2007 Rental Show From New Orleans to Atlanta

Wed February 22, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Rental Show, one of the world’s largest rental equipment trade shows, is changing its 2007 venue from New Orleans to Atlanta. The new dates for the show are Feb. 7 to 10, 2007, at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Following extensive deliberation at a special meeting via conference call on Jan. 6, the American Rental Association (ARA) board of directors determined that New Orleans was not a viable option and voted to change venues.

“The decision to change venues was difficult for ARA,” ARA CEO/Executive Vice President Chris Wehrman said. “New Orleans has hosted six of ARA’s 50 conventions, so the association has a history and identity with the city. Certainly our members and the rental industry are important pieces of the city’s rebuilding,” she said.

“For 2007, however, ARA reluctantly was forced to relocate The Rental Show given the current status of New Orleans as well as the other priorities facing the people and facilities in New Orleans.”

“Delivering an all-around quality event that meets the expectations of our attendees and exhibitors is the association’s primary concern when it comes to The Rental Show,” she said. “It’s a major event that is greatly anticipated by the rental industry. Due to the significant size and scale of The Rental Show, to accomplish an event of this magnitude ARA has the responsibility to plan for the event from every angle of the participant,” she said.

The decision to locate The Rental Show 2007 in Atlanta was based on the success of The Rental Show 2004 in Atlanta. The favorable response of attendees, along with its geographic location within proximity of the majority of ARA members, plus easy access by air and surface transportation, all went into the decision-making process.

The Rental Show annually ranks among the top 100 shows compiled by Tradeshow Week magazine and typically brings more than 11,000 attendees and exhibitor personnel to the host city. On average, more than 14,000 hotel rooms are attributed to The Rental Show.

The 50th anniversary of The Rental Show will be celebrated in Orlando, Feb. 6 to 9.

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