International LCT Show 2020 Can Be Declared A Success

Jim Luff
Posted on February 26, 2020
A familiar scene with plenty of new faces. Attendees stream onto the ILCT Show floor, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. (LCT photo)

A familiar scene with plenty of new faces. Attendees stream onto the ILCT Show floor, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas. (LCT photo)

Those pesky rumors never seemed to stop. I was amused when I heard from people who chose not to attend our International LCT Show last week that there were only 100 at the show. It was a laughable number. The truth is, we were well over the number we had projected and quite surprised by the number of walk-ups who registered at the show. Many of our educational sessions saw standing room only. I kept hearing attendees like the “less is more” approach.

In a surprising move, we saw more “first-timers” than we have in recent history and our breakfast meeting was full. There were too many people in the room for our staff to speak to each person despite our best efforts. This was a good problem and a bad one.

As for the show floor, we saw plenty of attendees and exhibitors alike. Despite my effort to visit every single booth on the show floor, I wasn’t able to accomplish the mission. Of the vendors that I did speak with, all were upbeat. Our friends at Limo Anywhere were quick to point out they had a fantastic show and considered it very successful. Our newest show sponsor, Green Payment Solutions, reported adding many new clients at their very first show and said they will definitely be back to our next one.

Kristen Carroll from The LMC Groups dropped me a note that said, “Everyone on my team said the ILCT 2020 Show was the most productive event we have participated in ever.” Considering the number of events LMC is involved in each year, I will take that comment as a badge of honor. Jess Sandhu, owner of A & A Limousine & Bus Service echoed Kristen’s thought with a simple comment, “My best LCT Show I ever attended.” Neil Davies, owner of Secure Ground Transportation in London, shared his sentiments: “The LCT Team did a great job. Thank you for the hard work you have put in to make sure the operators and vendors benefitted.”

I am humbled by these positive comments along with hundreds more I saw on social media. It was a difficult year for us with another show held one week later. It was a burden for our exhibitors and attendees alike. Ultimately, having a smaller show ended up being a very positive situation. Our exhibitors reported more time to engage with attendees, more deals sold or closed, and more personal relationships built. The vibe of the show was positive and I am proud to say I have not heard one single negative comment from anyone.

We were so proud to have the support of companies like Ford/Lincoln, Cadillac, Prevost, Volvo, and many others who really made this show happen. Of course, we had a ton of staff who worked on this show. While Martin, Lexi, and myself get much applause and attention for the success of our show, I want to give a special shout-out to members of our events and marketing departments who really made this show pop. There are too many of them to name, and I’m afraid of missing one single name as it truly takes the entire team to make a successful show like this happen. Most of all, I thank our exhibitors and attendees for attending the 36th annual convention. I hope to see all of you at our inaugural ABC Expo in Philadelphia November 15-17. We aim to make it the biggest mega-show ever held in the history of the luxury and motorcoach ground transportation industry.

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Comments ( 1 )

     | about 5 months ago

    I have a negative comment: I could not attend the show this year and missed what everyone is describing as a terrific experience. So there. Now you have a negative complaint! See you at the next event!

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