Restaurant/foodservice attendance rose 8 percent from last year, while dealer/distributor attendance grew 6 percent. Retail attendance rose 21 percent, and media attendance grew 7 percent. As a result of greater attendance, the number of hotel-room nights sold increased 5 percent from last year.
More than 1,900 companies exhibited innovations in technology, franchising, equipment, food and beverages, décor and design, as human resources, marketing, payment processing and other services. Of them, 500 were new exhibitors. The number of IWSB exhibitors spiked 40 percent from 2011.
The NRA Show will return to McCormick Place May 18 through 21, 2013.