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The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is site of the Greater New York Dental Meeting. (Photo: NYC and Company)
Nov 22, 2017 | News USA

Greater New York Dental Meeting: Just the beginning

by Robert Selleck, DTA

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Welcome to the city that never sleeps and the dental conference exhibit hall that never seems to even slow down. At the outset of the Greater New York Dental Meeting, taking place Nov. 26 to 29, the opportunities for visiting with exhibitors at might feel as endless as the aisles are long. But in the same way that attendees ultimately arrive at the end of an aisle, 5 p.m. Wednesday will likely arrive before you know it.

That’s why the Crystal Palace of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the opening day of exhibits (Sunday) will fill with attendees shoulder to shoulder at the exhibit hall entrances in anticipation of the 9:30 a.m. opening. If New York City is the center of the universe, then certainly for four days this November, the GNYDM is at the center of dentistry.

Exhibit hall space was sold out long before the opening, enabling attendees for the next four days to explore more than 1,600 booths occupied by more than 700 companies from across the globe.

Exhibitors are ready to provide straight-from-the-source insights on some of the industry’s most innovative advancements in patient care and dental-practice efficiency and success. Reflecting recent-years’ attendance trends, this year’s final attendance roster is expecting to show more than 150 countries represented.

In acknowledgement of this international pull, the GNYDM participates in the U.S. Dept. of Commerce International Buyer Program, which supports international purchasing of products exported from the United States. Among the benefits of this arrangement is that onsite multilingual personnel are available to help simplify and expedite international purchases of dental products and equipment.

This, in turn, has translated into an increase in exhibitors who specialize in overseas shipping and international sales.

Of course, the international flavor of the meeting isn’t limited to the exhibit hall. Many of the meeting’s workshops, seminars, panel discussions and other sessions are being offered in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Korean or Chinese.

Continuing the global focus, returning to the meeting this year is the World Implant Expo, which is presented in partnership with the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the International Congress of Implantologists and the European Academy of Osseonintergration. Also returning is the Global Orthodontic Conference as well as the Dental Laboratory Technician four-day event.

New additions to the meeting’s sector-focused offerings include a full-day Pediatric Dentistry Summit, an Airway Health Summit and the Dental “Healthcare” Conference.

It all adds up to a gathering of some of the world’s most knowledgeable and forward-thinking dental professionals coming together to share ideas and innovations against the backdrop of one of the world’s most dynamic and awe-inspiring cities. And, for today anyway, it’s still just the beginning.

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