Big Changes Ahead at ICSC’s RECon in Vegas

We just saw a memo sent out to International of Council Shopping Centers members describing changes at its RECon convention next year. There are a few big highlights.

The show will have no events in the Las Vegas Hilton or the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center next year. All leasing mall, trade show and educational-session events will now get consolidated into the South and Central halls of the convention center.

Additionally, the show is getting shorter. The leasing mall will only operate from Sunday through Tuesday in 2010 and will not be open on Wednesday.

ICSC says leasing mall space will stay at $8.25 per square foot, unchanged from last year. And it is negotiating cheaper rental rates and other fare reductions. You can get full details about next year’s show here.

So what do you think? Will these changes get more people to attend?


9 Responses to “Big Changes Ahead at ICSC’s RECon in Vegas”

  1. 1 Bob Priscoe August 13, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Great Idea!!!!!!

  2. 2 ES August 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Maybe they should consider lowering the member registration fee. With hotel and fligh discounts it’s now the most expensive part of the trip.

  3. 3 Retail Lou August 13, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Aww.. i liked all the miles I walked getting from the Hilton to the North Hall back to the Central and all over the South.. oh well.. i’ll just have to get up earlier to go running next year..

  4. 4 ChrisAnn Richards August 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I think lowering the registration fee is a great idea!

  5. 5 James August 14, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Hopefully less is more, hopefully less glitze and more business, hopefully less DuBai, and more Mainstreet, hopefully more deals, and less BS, hopefully more comraderie and less ego, hopefully less cost, and more benefits. Hopefully alot less “Vegasness”

  6. 7 Red Soxs Fan August 14, 2009 at 8:59 am

    The trade show and leasing mall have been separate for I think 30+ years, why merge them. They are different markets. I think this is a huge mistake.

    What about going back to the old standby – trade show in the north hall and leasing displays fill the halls north to south.

    Management didn’t respond last year to the loss of exhibitors, they needed to consolidate the show into 1 less hall, the traffic would have been heavier and the show would have felt busy.

    There was 20K areas of empty booth space spread out through the trade show, it was horrible.

  7. 8 Mira D. Bergen August 18, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Lowering the REGISTRATION FEE should be the priority: AT LEAST $100.00 in this economy.

  8. 9 Jim August 19, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Wow, things are a’changin, I think it is the first time I’ve agreed with a Red Sox fan!! Yes, and when you look at all the programs offered by the ICSC, you would think they would lower the fee. You don’t have to cut back when it’s OPM. But that’s OK, it’s allot like the current Leader of the free world???

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