For the first time in the 75-year history of the AHR Expo the show was held in Orlando, FL, and as anticipated, it attracted a large number of industry professionals from around the globe. According to show management, the 2005 AHR Expo set a new record for number of exhibiting companies with 1,871 exhibitors taking up 372,955 square feet of exhibit space. The show was also one of the biggest shows in the Southeast in total attendance with more than 45,000 total attendees (over 27,000 visitors and 18,000 exhibitor personnel).
In 2005, the AHR Expo continued its trend of attracting a growing number of international exhibitors and attendees. A total of 311 international companies from 31 countries, including exhibitors in several country-specific pavilions, showcased their products at the event. Solid representation from around the globe included more than 34 companies from Europe, 86 from Pacific Rim countries, and 123 Canadian companies.