“A trade fair (trade show, trade exhibition or expo) is an exhibition organized so that companies in a specific industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products, service, study activities of rivals and examine recent market trends and opportunities.” Wikipedia
Thanks to his “connections”, Agent KF-US acquired a 4-day Trade Pass AND purchased a Public ticket to the Singapore Airshow (14 – 17 February 2011). His mission: to compare how the experiences of the Trade Show and Public Show versions of the Singapore Airshow 2012 differed.
Indeed, the differences were vast…
Conclusion: You get what you pay for.
For aviation enthusiasts and those who desire a more professional exhibition experience without the crowd, the Trade Show is definitely the place to be. In addition, exhibitors tend to display their “official” merchandise at the Trade Show.
However, one drawback is that Trade Shows are held on weekdays, so some “creative” timetabling needs to be done. Although it was a challenge rushing off to Changi Exhibition Centre after class, the experience was worth it.
Next in Part 2: Exclusive interviews with a Bombardier Aircraft Salesman, US Military personnel; and system designers whose products contribute greatly to the aviation industry every day. Stay tuned…