Trade Show Industry Calls On NY Convention Center To Reverse Decision Displacing Major Exhibitions


Aug 08, 2013, 14:47 ET from Friends of Javits

NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Friends of Javits, an organization representing trade show exhibitors, called on the New York Convention Center, known as the Javits Center, to reverse its arbitrary decision that will displace six major trade shows at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The decision violates a longstanding policy of the Javits Center to schedule exhibitions that maximize their economic impact on the City and State of New York.

This move gives unprecedented preferential treatment to the New York Boat Show, which has been a declining exhibition, dropping 30 percent in attendance over the past three years. No reason was given for this decision and we are aware of no economic impact study that was conducted regarding its effects. It will have a negative economic impact on tax revenue, jobs, as well as a number of industries, including hotels, restaurants and transportation. Friends of Javits has retained Randy Mastro of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher to explore legal options.

"Members of the trade show industry were disappointed to learn that the New York Convention Center's exhibition schedule was altered without notice and in violation of longstanding policy to favor the New York Boat Show," said Charles McCurdy, Chairman of the Friends of Javits. "This unilateral action threatens to displace six trade shows that support substantial economic activity and job creation for the City and State. Arbitrarily altering the schedule threatens the Convention Center's reputation related to future business commitments. It also impacts business for local hotels, restaurants and other related services.

"By favoring the New York Boat Show, an event that has been declining, other shows could opt to take their business to competitor cities.

"Over the coming days and weeks, we intend to work cooperatively with the Javits Center and the Governor's office to address this matter. We remain confident that we will be able to reach a solution that benefits all involved, and we urge the Javits Center to reconsider an unprecedented decision that violates years of policy."

On Wednesday, the operators of more than four dozen trade shows at the Javits Center, joined together as the Friends of Javits sent a letter (copied below) to Henry Silverman, Jacob Javits CCDC Chairman, upon learning of this decision. The show organizers requested a meeting to come to a compromise that would benefit all parties and maximize the economic benefits to New York City and State. That letter was not acknowledged and is attached.

By arbitrarily giving preferred treatment to a single exhibition that violates the Javits Center's own policies, those businesses and associations interested in conducting exhibitions at the Center will think twice before scheduling an event there – damaging the Jacob Javits brand as well as negatively impacting future revenues.




August 8, 2013


Mr. Henry Silverman

Jacob Javits CCDC Chairman

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

655 West 34th Street

New York, NY 10001


Dear Mr. Silverman:

The Friends of Javits were surprised and deeply disappointed this week to learn of the Convention Center's plan to displace five prominent and one of the longest standing trade shows in favor of the New York Boat Show.

The fact that agreed upon dates, facility access and space were unilaterally modified is disconcerting. This is an abrupt change of course that would harm our industry and the City and State economy. It is a clear violation of your longstanding booking policy and has shaken the confidence in your services within the business community. If this action is not overturned it would also lead to job loses, decreased wages, and possible unemployment for the Tradeshow and Tourism industry.

The five impacted trade shows - the New York International Gift Fair (now known as NY NOW), Business Journal's MRket Show, Texworld Show, the National Retail Federation Show, and the Action Sports Wear and Street Wear Show-Agenda – bring significantly more dollars to New York than the New York Boat Show, which has been declining over the years. The affected shows also drive considerably more economic benefit to related industries such as retail stores, restaurants and hotels than the New York Boat Show - in keeping with the primary mission of the Convention Center.

Your actions directly threaten the legitimacy of any agreement made between a member of the trade show industry and the Javits Center, jeopardizing current and future events at a time when it is critical for New York to attract business and visitors.

Until now, two clear factors have driven the evaluation of trade shows at the Convention Center: the estimated economic impact of the show to the New York area, including tax revenue generated from hotels, meals and tourism; and the estimated financial benefits to the Javits Center itself. In addition, our industry relies heavily on the certainty provided by your policy of moving events only if they are in decline.

Such arbitrary changes to dates and established space agreements hurt the Convention Center's important relationship with the trade show industry – a relationship that brings huge economic benefits to New York instead of other competitor cities - by introducing unconscionable risk and uncertainty. Put simply, you have eroded any confidence in your operations by arbitrarily displacing multiple, highly-successful trade shows in favor of a less successful show.

The Friends of Javits respectfully request a meeting of interested parties, including yourself and appropriate representatives of Governor Cuomo's office, to discuss this decision so that we can work together and bring this matter to resolution.

Representatives from our industry have made attempts to meet and further discuss this issue, but those overtures have been dismissed. The trade show industry has had a long history of partnership with the Convention Center and we make this request in that spirit.

We look forward to your response. Javits, our industry, and key related industries rely on us to make sound decisions based on economic data that benefit all involved and improve New York's economic outlook. We look forward to bringing this to a mutually-beneficial resolution.


Friends of Javits

cc: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Director of New York State Operations Howard Glaser, Javits Center Board of Directors Carl H. Loewenson, Jr., President & CEO Javits Center Alan Steel, All Operating Board Members JKJCC, Randy Mastro, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher



AccessoriesTheShow – 5 x annually

International Security Conference and Show

Accessories Circuit

Interop NY

Agenda – Action Sports Apparel Show

Internet Retailer Focus

AHR Expo


American International Toy Fair

LIGHTFAIR International

Apparel Sourcing Expo

JA Summer

ASIS New York Security Conference & Expo

JA Special Delivery

Atlantic Design & Mfg.

JA Winter

ATX Automation Technology Expo

Medical Design & Mfg. East

Book Expo America

Moda Manhattan 5 x annually

Buildings NY

MRket – 2 x annually

Business Journals Inc.

National Retail Federation – Retail's BIG Show

Chem Show

National Stationery Show

Children's Club

New York ComicCon


New York International Motorcycle Show

Content & Communications World

New York Restaurant

Customer Engagement Technology Word

NY NOW (formally NY Intl. Gift Fair) Winter

Creative & Lifestyle Arts

NY NOW Summer



ENK Apparel Shows

Plastec East

FAME – 5 x annually


Fancy Food Show


Greater New York Dental Meeting

Texworld USA

HBA Global Expo

The 21st Original GLBT Expo

Home Textiles Sourcing Expo

The 2013 Holiday Buying Show for Bars, Restaurants and Retail


Value & Variety

International Beauty Show New York

Vision Expo

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

International Esthetics, Cosmetic and Spa Conference New York



Errol Cockfield


Chris Bastardi




SOURCE Friends of Javits