NORWALK, Conn. (August 18, 2019) - Racquet sports professionals and others in the racquet/paddle sports industry can now register, free of charge, for the 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show, Jan. 21-24, in Orlando, Fla., at RacquetPaddleSportsShow.com.
The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show is a future-focused B2B event, bringing together racquet sports professionals, industry leaders, facility suppliers, and wide-ranging product manufacturers from around the world for four days of merchandise sourcing, product testing, education and professional networking in the beautiful climate of Orlando, Jan. 21-24. The industry gathering will begin with a curated ONE2ONE buying summit, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, and Demo Day: Lake Nona Experience, at the USTA National Campus, on Jan. 21. The Show Floor, co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center, will feature more than 200 comprehensive exhibits, multiple demonstration courts, two industry presentation stages and an extensive education conference, Jan. 22-24.
"After a tremendous response to the inaugural event in 2019, we are excited to renew our collaboration with industry stakeholders to build the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show to grow all aspects of racquet sports," said Senior Director of Industry Development for Reed Exhibitions and Event Director for the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show Elizabeth Reed. "In 2020, we are expanding in multiple areas to address industry trends and market needs."
"We are adding new sport demonstration courts, two industry presentation stages and a ‘Pop-Up Retail Talks’ area. A new focus on fitness, performance and nutritional products will be present on the Show Floor and we are creating additional exhibit, demonstration and educational space to address the growing demands for racquet facility construction and court renovations," Reed continued. "We are excited with this opportunity to maximize growth segments for the industry, facilitate connections and help to grow business and participation in racquet sports."
"ONE2ONE" Buying Summit
The multi-faceted tennis, racquet and paddle sports industry event will begin with a curated "ONE2ONE" buying summit, matching invited key buyers with emerging, new and existing tennis, racquet and paddle industry vendors, and general managers and owner operators with court construction and maintenance vendors, Jan. 21, at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, next door to the OCCC.
Demo Day: Lake Nona Experience
Following the summit, Demo Day: Lake Nona Experience, an evening hands-on product demo experience and opening welcome party, will be held at the state-of-the-art USTA National Campus in Lake Nona. The demo event will be open exclusively to racquet industry professionals, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m., and then welcome consumers until 7:30 p.m. During the event, the USTA and Tennis Channel will conduct complimentary media/interview training for tennis coaches and teachers.
Racquet & Paddle Sports Show
On Jan. 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center, the Racquet and Paddle Sports Show will showcase more than 200 emerging and market-leading racquet, paddle and tennis vendors, presenting the newest innovations, products and services to drive industry retail in 2020. Multiple demonstration courts, including a full-size USTA Tennis Court, Padel, table tennis and a multi-use short court, will offer full schedules for demonstrations and feature Pickleball, POP Tennis, Platform Tennis and Badminton. Additionally, two presentation stages and a "Pop-Up Retail Talks" area will provide manufacturers and allied racquet, paddle and tennis organizations with opportunities to present the latest education driving sport retail, club and industry trends. Also, new exhibit, demonstration and education space will focus on facility construction and court renovations and on fitness, performance and nutritional products.
Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference
The 2020 Racquet & Paddle Sports Show will include the Tennis Industry Association's annual Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference, featuring industry presenters on topics that include Facility Operations, Event Management and Hospitality, Marketing/Promotions, Innovation and Technology, Administrative and Professional Services, and more. The TOM Conference sessions also are eligible for continuing education credits for members of the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and Professional Tennis Registry. Separate to complimentary event registration, TOM Conference registration is open simultaneously at RacquetPaddleSportsShow.com, offering early pricing incentives for the comprehensive education program. The TIA's Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, a "Shark Tank"-like competition to find the most innovative tennis products and services, will be held during the TOM Conference, with retail solutions as the 2020 focus.
About the Racquet & Paddle Sports Show
The Racquet & Paddle Sports Show is organized by Reed Exhibitions, with support of the Tennis Industry Association, and co-located with the PGA Merchandise Show. For more information, visit RacquetPaddleSportsShow.com.