Attendance at RECon, which will launch on May 19 in Las Vegas, is expected to be the highest it has been since before the recession, at 33,000. Also, some 1,000 companies will be exhibiting at the conference.
ICSC is expecting 33,000 attendees at this year's RECon, May 18-20 in Las Vegas, with nearly 1,100 companies exhibiting -- 4.4% more than last year -- and more than 803,600 square feet of space leased, an 8% increase over the level in 2013. Attendees report having packed their schedules with meetings. "RECon is one of the premier deal-making opportunities," says Kevin Maggiacomo, president and CEO of Sperry Van Ness. "It sets the tone for the industry for the rest of the year."
RECon, ICSC's annual convention in Las Vegas, will serve as an important networking event for job seekers this year, in addition to providing deal-making opportunities. About 20,000 people have registered for the event.
Zheng Wan He, chairman of the China Chain Store and Franchise Association, spoke to executives attending RECon, ICSC's annual convention, in Las Vegas Tuesday, saying China achieved 11% growth in GDP last year. "China has entered a new era of consumption behavior," he said.