2015 NACS Show Breaks Attendance Records with Nearly 25,000 in Las Vegas
The 2015 NACS Show attracted a record 24,392 registered attendees, of which 9,038 were classified as buyers (retailers, convenience distributors).
The total number of registered attendees, which includes Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, was 3.3-percent higher than last year and topped the previous attendance record set in 2004.
The 2015 NACS Show also attracted a record 2,490 international attendees representing 73 countries, which was another record, showcasing the event’s importance to the success of the global convenience and fuel retailing industry.
The 2015 NACS Show, which took place October 11–14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, is one of the top 40 largest trade shows in the United States.
The size of the NACS Show expo increased 2 percent, compared with 2014, and had 1,264 exhibiting companies.
The record-setting 412,600 net square foot expo also featured 228 companies new to the NACS Show, of which 154 were part of the expo’s New Exhibitor Area.
The NACS Show featured four days of general sessions with leadership experts and the NACS Ideas 2 Go program, a fast-paced video program of emerging concepts that redefine convenience.
The NACS Show also offered 62 educational sessions that drew a total of 12,309 attendees, averaging 198 attendees per session.
Reflecting the growing international opportunities offered at the NACS Show, the general sessions were translated into Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and select educational sessions were translated into Portuguese and Spanish.
At the conclusion of the NACS Show, approximately 42 tons of leftover product from exhibitors was donated to the Three Square Food Bank, which provides food to southern Nevada residents in need.
“The NACS Show is truly the event of the year for the convenience store industry,” said 2015–16 NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali. “Our industry is full of entrepreneurs and innovators who come to the NACS Show year after year to find that one idea that can change their business, turn a profit and make their customers excited to shop their stores. No other event provides knowledge, education, networking and new products like the NACS Show.”
The 2016 NACS Show will take place Oct. 18–21 in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center.