Retailers are planning to bring more people per organization. The number of retailer organizations pre-registered for the show is up around 30%, from 251 at this time last year to 328 this month. Hotel pick-up is also up over 30%.
While the final growth of the show may not match these numbers exactly (because, for example, more stores could be registering earlier in the past), they're a strong indication that attendance will be up substantially this year.
The show also grew last year, leading GAMA Executive Director John Ward to call it “…the best GAMA Trade Show in the Last 10 Years” (see “Attendance Up at GAMA Trade Show”).