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Bullseye: Archery convention expected to bring $7M to Louisville

Louisville, Ky. – The Archery Trade Association (ATA) is bringing the industry’s largest trade show back to Louisville. The 2016 show is expected to draw more than 10,000 retailers, buyers and exhibitors with an estimated economic impact of $6.9 million.

The trade show is scheduled for Jan. 5 – 7, 2016, at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

With an exhibitor sell-out for January’s show, they have announced their decision to return again in 2019.

The trade-show, last held in Louisville in 2013, is a member-only, business event to promote commerce within the archery and bowhunting industry. For more information on the ATA Trade Show, visit www.archerytrade.org.

“Louisville is a vibrant, accessible city that’s well suited to handle our national and international companies and their staff,” said Jay McAninch, ATA president and CEO.  “The Kentucky Exposition Center offers abundant floor space and, for us, that’s invaluable. Our show is growing and this show floor will allow for that growth.”  McAninch also attributed the city’s selection to Louisville’s people and hospitality adding, “Every city has buildings, hotels, and restaurants and all can roll out the red carpet. Few cities have the warm, inviting nature of a town like Louisville.”

Over 620 exhibitors have signed on for  ATA’s largest Trade Show yet.   Retailers will experience over 229,000 square feet of booth space for the three-day show where 76 shooting lanes will also allow participants to evaluate products.  This year, the ATA expanded into two additional areas for over 510,000 total square feet, a testament to Louisville’s ability to accommodate growth.

“In the next couple of years, this city will see tremendous growth with new restaurants, attractions and hotels,” said Karen Williams, president and CEO of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We believe Louisville is positioned to maximize the benefits of this show and each year will only be better for this group and others to conduct business.”