Show-consolidation speculation peaked Monday when backers of the East Coast
Cable (former Atlantic) Show and the Eastern Show announced that they would hold
a press conference Tuesday.
Officials would not comment Monday, but the two trade shows have been the
topic of merger talks on and off for years, triggered by complaints from
exhibitors about the cost of participating in the industry's myriad shows in an
era when, due to consolidation, there are fewer operators to which they can
In 2000, the Eastern Show tried to reinvent itself as a spring show, having
missed all of 1999. The last show, held in Atlanta, was down by 40
If the groups merge, the resulting show would attempt to draw operators from
12 Eastern and Southern states.