In my profession, I’ve been to many exhibitions/ conventions local & abroad, I have to say that our local conventions tend to lack system for crowd control and or human traffic flow. What I’ve noticed, its just gotten from bad to worse (in-lieu of the Suntec façade renovations)
To make good sense, the width of the passages/aisles between exhibitors is regulated to facilitate human traffic flow, ease congestion, especially for emergency as well. Somehow, the hordes of exhibition promoters breach their own exhibition boundaries, camp themselves on the passages, tout & shout as though its forex floor trading.
Unlike tradeshows & conventions abroad, fundamental courtesy & professionalism is adhered, the designs of their exhibition booths & kiosks are already designed smart; with intent to facilitate visitors & promoters to interact, without causing obstruction to others passing through.
In fact, some conventions I’ve been to- feature aisles between exhibitors wide enough for golf buggies to patrol & provide assistance for distressed visitors, regardless suffering from fatigue or claustrophobia, or even just hitch a joy ride to access another exhibitor located in another hall, and or remote corner.
Not to mention, there are usually accessible refreshment kiosks around, so visitors need not vacate the venue to find beverage and/or bites.
Seriously, Singapore’s population is already getting denser, visitors these days are not merely Singaporeans only. There are tourists, visitors from neighboring countries, there are FTs, and I’ve noticed hordes of tech-savvy foreign workers & domestic helpers patronizing too.
Another horrific thing I’ve noticed is that some folks even bring their infants & young children in strollers when visiting such crowded events. They have little or no regard for their children’s safety, and lack of oxygen in the air they breathe while seated in the strollers.
No doubt, the whole idea of our local IT/PC shows are primarily driven by the concept; to allow distributors & retailers rid their incumbent and old inventory, in order for them to carry new indents of stock for the next quarter. All of which being transactional, it is understood that visitors are likely to be consumers or bargain hunters.
What I find most irritable is that the small exhibitors actually occupy a portion of the exhibition hall. I mean, if they were strategically positioned outside the halls, and or leading towards the venue, I’m quite sure there will be less congestion.
Sometimes I really hope the organizers would apply better design sense towards space planning, especially when the crowd capacity is creeping close to threshold.