Top golf equipment manufacturers such as Bridgestone Golf, Callaway Golf, MacGregor Golf, Nike Golf, Tour Edge, Wilson Golf and Yonex are among more than 300 exhibitors presenting their latest product lines at the 2006 PGA Fall Expo, 13-14 September, at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Convention Center (MBRC) in Las Vegas.
The apparel category also is robust with industry leaders Antigua, Bette & Court, Cutter & Buck, Dockers Tour, Fila, J. Lindeberg, Jack Nicklaus Sportswear, LIJA and Lilly Pulitzer topping the list. Club Car, Datrek-Miller, Easy Picker, E-Z-Go Textron, Full Swing Golf, Wittek and Yamaha are among leading exhibitors in the product and services category.
“We are working in partnership with our industry’s top manufacturers to provide PGA professionals and retailers with an exclusive national pre-booking event that will reach across multiple product categories and include the very best in our business,” said PGA Golf Exhibitions vice president and show manager Ed Several. “With top names in golf, the new product testing tournament, new programs and a spectacular new host facility, the 2006 PGA Fall Expo is the place to be on the West Coast to get the edge needed to stay ahead.”
PGA Fall Expo activities begin on 12th September when the inaugural PGA Fall Expo Golf Outing & Testing Day tees off with a morning and afternoon shot gun tournament at the renowned Bali Hai Golf Club, the only course on the Las Vegas Strip and located next to the MBRC. Players will be able to test top products at each hole, vie for several prizes throughout the outing, including a hole-in-one contest for a car and a chance to win $10,000.
The inaugural ‘PGA Fall Expo Trend Seminar’ on 13th September presents emerging equipment and apparel trends along with ways to profit from them. The seminar is free to all attendees. This new addition will feature ‘On & Off Course Retail Product Sales Trends from Golf Datatech,’ presented by Tom Stine; ‘Today’s Apparel Trends,’ by Haysun Hahn of Futuremode; and ‘PGA Tools to Measure and Enhance Your Performance’ by Paul Metzler of The PGA of America. The forum will include both presentations and open discussions providing interactive opportunities to ask questions and learn how to turn trends into profit.
The PGA Fall Expo’s professional education program has been reorganized to offer high-quality presentations by recognized industry experts in a more compact timeframe and affordable price. Industry professionals can experience up to 10 seminars for a one-time fee of $50. Seminars will be held in MBRC meeting rooms throughout the days of Sept. 13 (9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., PDT) and Sept. 14 (9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., PDT).
The MBRC exhibition hall will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 13th September and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on 14th September. It will feature an indoor golf range, a new equipment stage for in-depth equipment education presentations from leading equipment companies and the New Product Centre where visitors can discover a diverse selection of new products in one setting.
To enhance networking, a cocktail reception will conclude the day on 13th September at The House of Blues. PGA professionals, manufacturers, industry leaders and media will enjoy the opportunity to network with peers in a fun and relaxing setting while establishing the pulse of the industry for the new season ahead.
Buyers and media can register, make travel arrangements and hotel reservations for the 2006 PGA Fall Expo online at www.pgaexpo.com
The PGA Fall Expo, organized in partnership with The PGA of America, is one of four leading golf trade shows in PGA Worldwide Golf Exhibitions’ global golf portfolio including the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando; the Ontario PGA Golf Merchandise Show in Toronto, Canada; and the PGA Merchandise Show of Australia in Queensland.
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