Dates: March 20-22, 2017
Location: Westgate, Las Vegas
More Information: photoboothexpo.com
Photo Booth Expo Show Producer Rob Savickis, of Niagara Falls, NY, has been involved in the event industry for over 25 years. As a recognized leader in the industry, he was encouraged by his suppliers to create a trade show for photo booth professionals. After extensive market research, due diligence and planning, he was ready to move forward. Having been involved with numerous trade shows previously, he selected Las Vegas knowing that this would attract people from all over the world—making his the first International Photo Booth Expo.
When the doors opened for the inaugural event at South Point in the spring of 2015, over 1300 DJs, Photographers, rental companies and other photo booth professionals flooded the show floor. Last year, attendance grew to well over 2000, and for the upcoming 2017 show, a crowd in excess of 2500 is anticipated.
An International audience
The global aspect of the show is also growing with 24 countries represented the first year, 38 countries in 2016, and 40+ countries on the list for this year’s event.
So, who comes to the PhotoBoothExpo? According to Rob Savickis, “Primarily, it’s entrepreneurs with established photo booth businesses—but also people looking to get into the business. Many are DJs and Photographers who already have ties to the special events. Others are manufacturers and distributors looking for an effective way to reach core buyers in the professional photo booth market.”
Speaking of which, in addition to the phenomenal growth in attendance, the exhibition floor has also exploded—from 137 booth spaces the first year, to 344 spaces (140+ exhibitors) booked for the upcoming event.
So what is it that is driving this growth?
“Photo booths combine technological advancements with entertainment and props'” says Savickis, “They are just plain fun. Recent reports suggest that more than half of all weddings now have a photo booth or some type of self-photo station—Photo booths also very popular at corporate events. Booths with attendants are big at weddings and corporate events while unmanned booths that are coin operated or free for promotional reasons, are popular at amusement parks, casinos and shopping malls.”
The big question for anyone hoping to profit from the photo booth phenomenon is “What does it cost and how much can I make?” Rob Savickis estimates the start up costs to be anywhere between $4,000 and $20,000. As far as the ROI, just like any business, the sky is the limit but the market is becoming more and more competitive—Savickis cautions anyone new coming into the business that they be good with the product and with the marketing. To help those new to the business have the best chances for success, Savickis has placed a huge emphasis on business education at the Photo Booth Expo. “Every region is different,” he says, “And because the Photo Booth Expo is International, most every region and culture in represented. Many people are making very good livings with photo booths but as with any business there are never any guarantees.”
In total, this year’s Photo Booth Expo will present over 30 business based seminars presented by top industry leaders. Considering all that the Photo Booth Expo has to offer, it’s a real bargain at just $249 for a key pass—which includes all show sponsored seminars (3rd parties will be offering further independent education for additional cost), show parties and the admittance to the extensive show floor.
For additional information and images, contact robert@News2Umedia.com –