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US Convention Center Business Further Bounces Back From Pandemic

  • Index of activity in 2Q down 25.5% from 2019, vs 38% in 1Q
  • Group forecasts 2023 activity will be down about 10% from 2019
Attendees ride an escalator inside an exhibition hall in San Francisco.

Attendees ride an escalator inside an exhibition hall in San Francisco.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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The US convention business recovered further in the second quarter after getting hit during the pandemic, according to a report from a research group.

The Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s CEIR Total Index, a measure of convention business activity, was in the second quarter about 25.5% below 2019 levels, according to a forthcoming report the group shared with Bloomberg. In the first quarter, it was 37.9% below pre-pandemic levels, and in the second quarter of 2020, it was 100% below.