10 April 2018 : Graphics of the Americas (GOA) is postponing its 2019 exposition and conference until February 2020. The GOA leadership made the decision this week because acceptable dates and space for 2019 at the Miami Beach Convention Center were not available.
GOA is a unique event, attracting exhibitors and attendees from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. For international participants, holding GOA in any location other than Miami is less than ideal. For the past two years, Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, served as an alternative location for GOA while the Miami Beach Convention Center was under construction. Participation and post-show reviews from those events revealed that a return to Miami is key to increase exhibitor participation and attendance.
Additionally, the date of the event is crucially important. The first quarter of the calendar year is most attractive because it allows GOA to be the first graphic communications show of the year, it positions GOA in a new budget year for exhibitors and attendees, and of course, it coincides with beautiful weather conditions in Miami. To hold the show at any other time would be less than desirable for all involved.
The combination of these two factors forced the decision to delay GOA until 2020. A significant decision since Graphics of the Americas has been held every year since 1975. That impressive streak made this a very challenging decision for GOA leadership. While keeping the streak intact was important, it was more important to deliver the right product at the right time for all parties involved.
GOA is looking forward to hosting its exhibitors, attendees, partners and friends in 2020 at the completely remodeled and BEAUTIFUL Miami Beach Convention Center.