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Registration Now Open For NACS Show In Atlanta


Retailer registration and housing is now open for the NACS Show, which will take place Oct. 12-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The NACS Show is ranked as one of the 50 largest annual trade shows in the U.S. 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, educational sessions, expo and the welcome reception, is $295 for NACS retailer members and $495 for other retailer attendees. One-day registration also is available ($195 per day for NACS retailer members and $295 per day for other retailers). These super-saver rates are available until July 31. Other rates apply for non-exhibiting manufacturers, service providers, brokers and consultants. Exhibitor registration also is now open.

NACS has negotiated competitive room rates for approximately 30 hotels in proximity to the Georgia World Congress Center. Attendees can now request hotel preferences online. 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, most of these hotels have access to the shuttles for transport to and from the Georgia World Congress Center.

At the 2012 NACS Show, a record number of buyers fueled a 7.2 percent surge in attendance, which hit 24,056—the second highest ever and only 309 short of the record set in 2004. The number of buyers (retailers, wholesalers and distributors) was up 17.1 percent to reach 9,764. There were a record 8,057 NACS buyer registrants at the 2012 NACS Show—nearly 3 percent more than the previous record set in 2004. PEI buyer registration was 1,707, the third-highest total ever. Attendees came from a record 65 countries and international attendance was a record 2,482 delegates.

Exhibition space for the 2013 NACS Show is nearly sold out, which is unprecedented so far in advance of the event.

The 2013 NACS Show will feature a 381,050-plus net s.f. exposition with 1,176 exhibiting companies, of which 100-plus companies are new to the NACS Show. In addition, the NACS Show will feature three days of general sessions and 53 educational sessions. The educational sessions in 2012 drew a cumulative 9,889 attendees, averaging nearly 190 attendees per session, the most ever recorded.

Reflecting the growing international scope of the NACS Show, the general sessions will once again be translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and select educational sessions will be translated into Portuguese and Spanish.

In addition to online registration, the NACS Show website features the latest information about exhibitors, speakers, workshops and networking events.

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