NBAA Convention Sets Attendance Record
If the convention floor, static display, press conferences and seminars seemed more crowded than ever, that is because by noon today, the show's eight-year-old attendance record fell, as organizers counted 32,883 registered visitors to the Orlando Convention Center. The association set the previous record of 31,665 in Las Vegas in 1998. This year's tally comfortably beat the figure of 28,796 visitors recorded at last year’s show, originally scheduled for New Orleans but relocated to Orlando after Hurricane Katrina. This year's show also saw last year's exhibitor and static display records topple. About 115 airplanes filled the static display area at Orlando Executive Airport and close to 1,150 exhibitors packed the convention halls, where stand keepers almost invariably commented positively on the volume and quality of the contacts made this week. Next year's gathering will be held in Atlanta, from September 25 to 27.