June 11, 2009, 12:00 AM

Despite the economy, IRCE 2009 registration remains strong

Internet Retailer 2009 Conference & Exhibition, which begins Monday in Boston, expects more than 4,500 attendees, only about 10% down from last year. “It is amazing given the economy and what’s happening at other conferences,” says publisher Jack Love.

Paul Demery

Managing Editor, B2B E-commerce

Registrations for the four-day Internet Retailer 2009 Conference & Exhibition, which begins Monday June 15 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, have come in strong and the conference is now expecting more than 4,500 attendees. Total attendance will probably be off only about 10% from last year, says Jack Love, publisher of Internet Retailer, the conference organizer.

“It is amazing given the economy and what’s happening at other conferences,” Love says. “I know other conferences in our market that are getting only a third to half of what they got last year.”

The conference features 91 sessions, up 18% from last year, and 178 speakers, up 24% from last year, including four day-long workshops and two days of main conference sessions. Keynoting this year’s conference is Patrick Byrne, Chairman and CEO of Overstock.com. Having survived the last recession, Byrne has unique insight into how to turn the tough times of recession into success when the economy recovers.

The show will also feature the largest display of e-commerce solutions in history with 360 exhibiting companies covering every type of e-retailing solution. A highlight of this year’s conference will be the Barbecue Dinner & Party at the Boston World Trade Center, only a short walk from the convention center.

E-retailers and others can still sign up for the conference online at IRCE.com and pay pre-conference registration rates that apply until midnight Friday, June 12. Thereafter, on-site rates, which are $100 higher, will be charged. Late registrants unable to make the cutoff can sign up online and in person at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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