RECon attendance hits post-recession high
Publish Date: May 09, 2013
In another sign of continuing economic recovery, RECon attendance this year is set to be the highest it has been since before the recession. Nearly 28,000 delegates are signed up now, and several thousand more are expected to register on-site when the convention kicks off on May 19. Last year about 32,000 attended, some 4,000 of whom registered at the convention’s start. Attendance is expected to exceed 33,000 this year.
In another indication of better times, some 1,000 companies will be exhibiting at the Las Vegas Convention Center. “The Leasing Mall is completely sold out,” said Malachy Kavanagh, ICSC’s senior staff vice president, communications. “In fact, there are 127 more companies exhibiting in the Leasing Mall this year than last year.”
Among the retailers with RECon booths for the first time this year is fast-growing frozen-yogurt franchise Menchie’s Group Inc., which was operating some 250 stores as of year-end 2012 and had roughly the same number of stores under development globally.
As always, there will be a wide range of activities during the four-day event. Several will revolve around the issue of environmental sustainability.
There will be a Sustainability Special Industry Group session on opening day, with panelists from General Growth Properties, JLL and Kohl’s, among others. The Green Zone will again be located in the Marketplace Mall this year, showcasing energy-saving green-building products, technology and services.
A number of other industry issues will be hashed out in panel discussions throughout the convention, as may be expected. And the Viva Awards competition continues to honor the world’s best shopping center designs. “All in all,” said Kavanagh, “it is shaping up to be a great conference."