Overall, 22,312 attendees were at the 2011 NACS Show in Chicago, a 1.5% increase over last year’s attendance.
Retailer registration and housing opens, today, on Monday, April 2, for the NACS Show.
This year’s NACS Show will take place Oct. 7-10 in Las Vegas.
NACS Show retailer attendees, as well as wholesalers and distributors, can register for the event and secure housing at nacsshow.com.
Full registration, which includes admission to the general sessions, workshops, expo and the welcome reception, is $295 for NACS retailer members and $495 for other retailer attendees. One-day registration also is available ($195 for NACS retailer members and $295 for other retailers). These super-saver rates are available until Aug. 1. Other rates apply for non-exhibiting manufacturers, service providers, brokers and consultants. Exhibitor registration will be available in June.
NACS has negotiated room rates for more than 20 hotels in proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and attendees can request hotel preferences online beginning April 2. Early submission of housing requests will increase the likelihood that attendees will be able to stay at the hotel of their choice within the NACS Show housing block. Equally important, these hotels have access to the shuttles for transport to and from the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Overall, 22,312 attendees were at the 2011 NACS Show in Chicago, a 1.5% increase over last year’s attendance. Attendees came from a record 58 countries and international attendance was a record 1,913 delegates. The NACS Show featured a 387,000-plus net-square-foot exposition floor with 1,333 exhibiting companies—of which 324 companies were new to the NACS Show. Extending the value of the expo to both retailers and exhibitors, the Cool New Products Preview Room featured a record number of products.
In addition, the 2011 NACS Show featured three days of standing-room-only general sessions, 53 educational workshops, four training sessions and a Category Management Seminar. The workshops alone drew a cumulative 6,750 attendees, averaging out to approximately 120 attendees per workshop. Reflecting the growing international scope of the NACS Show, select workshops were translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese.
NACS has held an annual meeting every year since its founding in 1961, but it wasn’t until 1976 that the meeting included a full-scale expo, which was part of the meeting every two or three years. The annual meeting became the annual NACS Show in 1993. The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002.
Today, the NACS Show is rotated between three cities: Chicago, Las Vegas and Atlanta.
In addition to online registration, the NACS Show Website www.nacsshow.com features the latest information about exhibitors, speakers, workshops and networking events.