October 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts October 2003 Current Issue
August 2002
Short Cuts:BETTER YET

Cutting Exhibit Costs

image To help participating exhibitors control costs at its annual meeting and ToxExpo trade show this year, the Reston, Va.-based Society of Toxicology (www.toxicology.org) offered the following cost-saving tips.

BRING YOUR OWN. Extension cords cost $6 to $7 at discount hardware stores but $12 to $15 on the show floor. Other comparisons: Power strips valued at $5 to $10 go for $20 to $25 on site; and trash cans retailing for $8 are $30 at the show.

GO FOR STAYING POWER. Decorate booths with durable silk flowers, which can be shipped and used again. Or, if fresh flowers are a must, chose a hardy variety, such as mums, which will bloom all week if fresh.

ARRIVE BOOTH-READY. Prewiring exhibits can save on-site labor requirements and costs.

CUT CLEANING COSTS. Order cleaning services every other day, and supplement by bringing along your own Dustbuster.

BORROW LOCALLY. If you have a local office in the show city, see if you can borrow furniture for the booth, rather than rent.

C.A.S.

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