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The fourth annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, to be held June 9-12 at the new McCormick Place West in Chicago, is on track to sell out its greatly expanded Exhibit Hall by late January, according to Steve Rogers, exhibitions director.
The fourth annual Internet Retailer 2008 Conference & Exhibition, which will be held June 9-12 at the new McCormick Place West in Chicago, is on track to sell out its greatly expanded Exhibit Hall by late January, according to Steve Rogers, exhibitions director of IRCE. Through yesterday, Rogers reported, a total of 195 companies had purchased the equivalent of 312 10’x10’ booths, about 25% more than had been purchased at the same time a year ago.
“Exhibitors were very pleased with the booth traffic and leads they got at the IRCE 2007 Show last June, and many are renewing with a larger commitment for 2008,” Rogers says. “Plus, the good news about this show continues to spread in the trade and we are signing up many first-time exhibitors.” Rogers says he expects to sell all 437 booths before the end of January, the fourth time in a row that the IRCE Exhibit Hall will have reached sold-out status more than four months before the show. With the sell-out IRCE will achieve a 27% expansion of the number of exhibits from the prior year’s show.
The IRCE 2008 Exhibit Hall contains 130,000 square feet, 44% more space than was occupied by the Exhibit Hall at IRCE 2007, which was held at the San Jose Convention Center. In addition to housing more booths, the 2008 Exhibit Hall will also contain two 16-terminal Cyber Cafes instead of one as well as additional seating around all food and beverage stations. The Hall will be located directly across the concourse from the 100,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, where all IRCE 2008 conference sessions will be held, making it easy for attendees to move between the sessions and exhibits.