ICSC 2013 New York conference attendance spikes

New York — Nearly 7,600 attendees packed into the International Council of Shopping Centers New York National Conference and Deal Making, a 9.6% spike over last year and the largest year-on-year increase since 2009.

“The New York Conference acts as a strong bellwether for industry growth in the year to come,” said Michael P. Kercheval, president and CEO of ICSC. “When the conference sees an increase in attendance, the industry grows the following year; if attendance contracts, so too does the industry.”

David J. LaRue, president and CEO, Forrest City Enterprises and Chairman of ICSC echoed that positive outlook noting that “consumer confidence, spending and unemployment figures are all moving in a positive direction, despite some political uncertainty in Washington.”

Starting in 2014, the New York national Conference and Deal Making show will move to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on the west side of Manhattan. The consistent show growth of the past several years highlights the necessity for this move.  At the Javits Center, the deal making will now be on one contiguous show floor, and will be under the same roof as the general sessions, meeting rooms and registration.

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