ISE 2023 sets new records in Barcelona

Integrated Systems Events reports that ISE 2023 attracted 58,107 unique attendees from 155 countries, alongside record-breaking occupation in the city’s hotels, bars and entertainment venues. It also stated that exhibitors reported unparalleled footfall on their stands on what was the largest ever ISE show floor.

“It’s been an extraordinary week and it’s hugely gratifying for us to look back and realise we’ve delivered an exceptional show for our industry and the wonderful city of Barcelona,” said Mike Blackman, Managing Director of Integrated Systems Events. “We’ve had unprecedented visitor levels to the show, so much inspiring content and features on display, and ground-breaking visits from the King of Spain on Tuesday and the President of Catalonia on Thursday to add both a royal and a political seal of approval to the show. This week at ISE 2023 confirms that we can safely say the global AV and systems integration industry is back with an impressive bang!”

The first day of the show recorded the highest number of opening day visitors ever for an ISE show, who then set-foot across the largest ever ISE show floor (56,870sqm) incorporating 6 halls and the Audio Demo Rooms, where music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre unveiled his latest album. In total, 58,107 attendees came to ISE 2023 across the four days, making 133,606 visits to the show floor. On the first day, King Felipe VI of Spain took a tour of the show floor; the Royal Party was accompanied by Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Núria Marín, Mayor of L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, and Laia Bonet, 3rd Deputy Mayor of Barcelona. Pere Aragones, President of the Government of Catalonia visited ISE on the third day and took time to visit some of the 70 Catalan-based companies exhibiting at the Gran Via, Fira Barcelona last week.

TPi Magazine, along with the wider Mondiale Media team were all on the show floor for the duration of the week. Along with catching up with all the various exhibitors and learning about all the latest products coming to market, TPi’s Stew Hume was also back hosting the Live Events Conference. This was the second time TPi had organised this off-the-show floor conference with the goal of exploring the future of the live events industry and welcoming a number of the sector’s experts to the stage. This year welcomed a number of live event practitioners such as Lighting Designer’s Roland Greil and Rebeca Sánchez and Audio Engineer Valerie Gard. Also joining Hume on stage were WICREATIONS Koen Peeters, Factory International’s Paul Moore, Naostage’s Paul Cales, Barco’s Alexis Skatchkoff, Holoplot’s Ryan Penny, Stage Precisions Michael Giegerich, Ayrton’s Markus Kowalewsky and Neutral Human’s Sarah Cox.

A full write-up of the conference will appear in the next issue of TPi Magazine.