The benefits of attending a trade show, sponsored by vendors or industry associations far outweigh any reason not to attend. AISTech is designed to give industry representatives the opportunity to meet existing suppliers, conduct business meetings, network with others in the iron and steel industry and investigate new products.
To get the most from attending a trade show, you should have a strategy.
Top 10 Reasons to Attend:
- Location, location, location … Indianapolis is located within one day’s drive of more than half of the nation’s population. We’re an easy place to get to, and an easy place to get around once you have arrived. The favored mode of transportation? Shoes.
- Convenience … Nine hotels containing more than 4,000 rooms are attached to the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome via climate-controlled skywalks. All told, there are more than 6,000 hotel rooms in downtown Indy, meeting all price points. HOUSING
- Oh, and speaking of convenience, if you arrive by air, Indianapolis International Airport is less than 15 minutes from downtown.
- Attractions abound, and most are within walking distance or, at most, a short drive from downtown, which features more than 50 major attractions. Prominent among those is White River State Park, home to the Indianapolis Zoo, the NCAA National Headquarters and its Hall of Champions, two museums and the portal to the Central Canal, an ideal place to walk, jog or take a paddle boat ride. Not far from downtown are The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, which is the world’s largest (and a place where adults go to feel like kids again), and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which houses one of the nation’s largest general collections.
- Get your motor running … the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its Hall of Fame Museum are must-see attractions anytime you come to Indy, but especially in May. Depending on the practice schedule for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, tours around the track are available. Or, if you have golf clubs, play a round at the Brickyard Crossing, a championship layout designed by renowned architect Pete Dye. It includes four holes inside the 2-1/2 mile oval
- You won’t go hungry … there are more than 200 restaurants in downtown Indy, including unique originals and well-known national chains.
- Skywalks also connect the Indiana Convention Center and RCA Dome to Circle Centre mall, a four-story shopping, dining and entertainment mecca in the heart of downtown, anchored by Nordstrom’s and Parisian department stores.
- Those of you in the steel and iron industry can get a first-hand look at the massive steel construction that is forming the frame for the retractable roof atop Lucas Oil Stadium. The stadium, which will seat 63,000 for football and 70,000 for basketball, opens in 2008.
- Indianapolis has six distinct Cultural Districts, each with its own unique collection of shops, restaurants and clubs. Four of those are downtown and one – the Wholesale District – is just steps from the downtown hotels.
- Indianapolis is warm, secure and downright hospitable. From the staff at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association to the hotel desk clerks to the taxi drivers, people in Indy will let you know they’re glad you’re hear and will be eager to assist you.