Lightfair Intl.  will return to Philadelphia for its 2013 trade show, the show’s manager, AMC Inc. , announced on Nov. 14. The architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference will take place April 23-25, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center .
The annual show traditionally alternates between New York City and Las Vegas, but moved to Philadelphia in 2011 due to renovations at New York’s Javits Center. Following the 2012 show in Las Vegas, Lightfair will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center as its new East Coast location.
According to Lightfair Intl., the May 2011 show not only had a record-breaking 23,700 attendees, but also the highest attendee satisfaction scores in the show’s 22-year history.
“With customer satisfaction levels reaching historic highs in the record-breaking 2011 showing, Lightfair’s 2013 return to Philadelphia sets a new stage for continuing growth,” Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., President and Chief Operating Officer of AMC Inc., said in statement. “It’s a natural response to preferences clearly voiced by LFI attendees and offers LFI exhibitors a staging venue unmatched in size, scale and potential.”
According to a study done by an independent research firm, the show received top scores in product, educational and network offerings, as well as the overall event experience. Part of this was based on the show’s location, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center received high marks for ease of access, convenience and food services in or close to the center.
“The Pennsylvania Convention Center’s contiguous, single-level exhibit hall, together with easily accessible, affordable hotels and a large variety of on-site and nearby food options were huge factors in Lightfair’s 2011 success,” William Hanley, Executive Vice President of the Illuminating Engineering Society  (IES), which co-sponsors Lightfair along with the Intl. Association of Lighting Designers  (IALD), said in a statement.
The study also showed that Lightfair exhibitors said they would be interested in returning to Philadelphia in 2013.
“Lightfair in Philadelphia set the new bar for performance excellence,” Marsha Turner, Executive Vice President of IALD, said in statement. “Our return in 2013 will hold us to that new higher standard and promises attendees and exhibitors what we believe will be an incomparable show experience.”
Planning for next year’s Lightfair, which will take place May 7-11, 2012, at the Las Vegas Convention Center , is already underway. As of Nov. 3, the show was already 99 percent sold out, according to statement from Lightfair Intl. Also in the works for the 2012 show – a new pavilion for new exhibitors, in addition to the four existing pavilions – Building Integration, Daylighting, Design and Global Light + Design. Registration for Lightfair 2012 will open in February.