Expectations Surpassed At ISE 2023
New records set with show visitor numbers & visits from political dignitaries & royalty.
Integrated Systems Events has announced that ISE 2023 attracted 58,107 unique attendees from 155 countries, alongside record-breaking occupation in the city’s hotels, bars and entertainment venues. It also stated that exhibitors reported unparalleled footfall on their stands on what was the largest ever ISE show floor.
“It’s been an extraordinary week and it’s hugely gratifying for us to look back and realise we’ve delivered an exceptional show for our industry and the wonderful city of Barcelona,” said Mike Blackman, managing director of Integrated Systems Events. “We’ve had unprecedented visitor levels to the show, so much inspiring content and features on display, and ground-breaking visits from the King of Spain on Tuesday and the President of Catalonia on Thursday to add both a royal and a political seal of approval to the show. This week at ISE 2023 confirms that we can safely say the global AV and systems integration industry is back with an impressive bang!”
The first day of the show recorded the highest number of opening day visitors ever for an ISE show, who then set-foot across the largest ever ISE show floor (56,870sqm) incorporating 6 halls and the Audio Demo Rooms, where music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre unveiled his latest album. In total, 58,107 attendees came to ISE 2023 across the four days, making 133,606 visits to the show floor. On the first day, King Felipe VI of Spain took a tour of the show floor; the Royal Party was accompanied by Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Núria Marín, Mayor of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, and Laia Bonet, 3rd Deputy Mayor of Barcelona. Pere Aragones, President of the Government of Catalonia visited ISE on the third day and took time to visit some of the 70 Catalan-based companies exhibiting at the Gran Via, Fira Barcelona last week.
The feedback from the show floor has been flooding in, with show organisers revealing that exhibitors were united in their praise for ISE 2023. Christine Schyvinck, CEO, Shure, told ISE: “It’s been a few incredible days at ISE! Lots of inspiring conversations with partners and old friends. We were honoured to welcome His Majesty the King at our booth, and we won the Inavation Award for Audio Technology! We had a very successful week, and we look forward to continue all our conversations.”
Luis Garrido, executive director of Alfalite, said, “We are delighted to have been part of ISE 2023. The show reinforced Alfalite’s strategic agreements with international partners and allowed us to showcase our products to regional and overseas potential distributors,” Garrido said about the visit of His Majesty, King Felipe VI. “We are a Spanish company and the only European LED Screen manufacturer with the latest technology, so we felt honoured by the King’s visit to our company stand.”