Oklahoma River, future convention center draw new trade showPublished: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 By: Steve Lackmeyer Source: NewsOK
The combination of the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River and upcoming construction of a new convention center are being credited for landing an annual trade show that will start next year with an expected $2.5 million annual impact for Oklahoma City.
Paddlesport Retailer, the official trade show for paddlers, is set to start a five-year stint in Oklahoma City that is expected to start with more than 1,000 vendors and 600 buyers.
Paddlesport Retailer is a spinoff from Outdoor Retailer, which ended a 20-year run in Salt Lake City this year in response to a decision by Utah lawmakers and the governor to seek an end to protection of some public lands in the state.
The paddlesport group held its first trade show in Madison, Wisconsin, but then chose Oklahoma City after a site visit in July.
“There are two primary reasons that we're moving to Oklahoma City,” show manager Marcus Shoffner said. “First, we are simply out of space in Madison. We were overwhelmed by the response from both retailers and vendors at our inaugural show. Oklahoma City gives us room to expand with a new 200,000-square-foot convention center slated to open in 2020. But most importantly, Oklahoma City offers the country's premier paddlesports venue, which will be the centerpiece of our event.”