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RECon 2012 registration outpaces 2011

RECon registration is up this year over last year, reflecting a business climate that is improving steadily, if not as quickly as everyone might like. The number of registrants approached 26,000 by week’s end; there were fewer than 25,000 by this time last year. Expectations are that several thousand more will register at the show itself, which takes place May 20–23, in Las Vegas. A total of 29,060 attended last year, but this year’s total is expected to exceed 30,000. “We are in a period of exceptional opportunity in the economic cycle, and people know they cannot afford to be absent,” said ICSC President and CEO Michael P. Kercheval. “Last year there was a tangible buzz in the air at RECon, and this year you will find that attendees are even more upbeat and energized.”

Some new and expanded offerings at the show are a response to the busier business environment. The Finance Pavilion, for one, which is on the upper level of the South Hall, is twice the size it was last year. “For anyone in need of speaking with someone in need of financing, it’s a one-stop shop,” said Noelle Nicula, office administrator of Boise, Idaho–based A10 Capital, which returns to the pavilion this year to promote its bridge-loan program. “It’s the most important global retail real estate event in the calendar,” said Kercheval. “More people will be there, and they’ll be a lot busier.”

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