RCA Dome: International Flair, Vehicle Displays

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This is the last year for the RCA Dome — it's going to be taken down and a new convention hall will be built in its place — but it's going out with a bang. This year the Dome is home to a new International Exhibit Hall featuring individual pavilions for nearly 160 companies from China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Canada and Europe.

Exhibits for the 2009 show will be held in the Convention Center, the Marriott and Westin Hotels, and the new Lucas Oil Stadium that is under construction.

The pavilions in the Dome surround a central pavilion dedicated to new vehicles presented by distributors, importers and manufacturers. Each of the 39 exhibitors in this pavilion has a U.S. office, making it easy for dealers to begin a business relationship.

"Dealers can search for brands and do comparison shopping similar to the way they shop in an auto mall," says Trevor Trumbo, show manager.

The Dome also is home to a café, where free breakfasts for dealers are provided on Saturday, Sunday and Monday courtesy of Dealernews. Lunch also is served at the café.

Italy is the only country that has its pavilion outside the Dome. The Italian contingent — with its 24 companies — is located again on the main floor where it has been for many years.

There are more than 200 foreign vendors located throughout the show, up from 171 last year.

China has the largest presence in the Dome with 45 companies, taking up 15,500 feet of booth space, followed by Pakistan with 31 vendors. Most of the Pakistani exhibitors are showing leather and textile goods. Last year, 41 Chinese companies exhibited at the show. Europe has 23 exhibitors in addition to the Italian representatives.

"This is the one opportunity where you go and see the world market," points out Trumbo, "and see what's offered all under one roof and in one central location." — Joe Delmont