TOP STORY — February 2017
MANTS welcomes more than 11,300 buyers, sellers
The Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show brought some springtime to Baltimore for the 47th annual horticulture show Jan. 11-13.
Covering more than 300,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space at the Baltimore Convention Center, the region’s green industry marketplace for businesses had over 11,300 total registrants including exhibitors.
This includes a record-breaking 10,000-plus people who registered by the end of the first day of the show alone.
There were 952 exhibiting companies spread out over 1,536 booths. In addition to exhibitors, another 3,600 non-exhibiting/buying companies were represented on the show floor.
This year, attendees traveling to the show booked over 4,800 room nights at 11 Baltimore area hotels.
“Everyone here at MANTS would like to thank our partners, hosts, sponsors, attendees and exhibitors for making 2017 another wonderful year on the MANTS floor,” said Vanessa Finney, executive vice president of MANTS. “This year’s show recorded the highest attendance in eight years and had an exhibitor retention rate of 93 percent; to me, these are indicators of the health of our country’s horticulture industry, from the source of input to final product sale.
“It also means that MANTS is achieving our mission to connect buyers with sellers to facilitate business. We felt a positive and enthusiastic flow of energy throughout this year’s show and hope this sets the tone for the industry in the remainder of 2017.”
In 2017, MANTS attracted attendees and exhibitors from 45 different states and representatives from 16 various countries and the territory of Micronesia.
“For my business, I want to develop new contacts throughout the world and learned about MANTS through some of our customers,” said Raymond Evison of Guernsey Clematis Nursery, on traveling from England annually for the trade show. “I’ve been to MANTS many times, at least the last 10 years. It is very convenient, some of our customers have booths here so I can meet with them and plan for the future. While we have the opportunity to communicate in various ways today, I think the best is to meet people physically, there’s nothing better than that, and MANTS gives us that opportunity.”
“It is always very interesting to see what new products are being developed but what I learned more about at this year’s show is how to develop the right social media contact with the consumer…the consumer base has changed.” Evison added, “being at the beginning of the year, I’ve always found its pulse to be a very good indicator of how the industry is feeling, and it is great to see and hear the buzz at this year’s show.”
In 2018, MANTS will take place from Jan. 10-12 at the Baltimore Convention Center.