—More Than 27,000 Visitors Will Attend Industry’s
Most Comprehensive Trade Show, Generating 16,500 Hotel Room-
Nights and $21 Million in Economic Impact for New York City—

—Theme of This Year’s Convention to Focus on What’s “Next” for
Retail Industry—

New York City (January 11, 2013) — NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today welcomed the National Retail Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention & Expo to New York City. Beginning Sunday, January 13, and running through Wednesday, January 16, the four-day convention, being held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is expected to bring in more than 27,000 people to the City and generate 16,500 hotel room-nights and $21 million in economic impact. Boasting 167,000 net square feet, the Expo floor will feature more than 492 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest in retail technology.

“We are pleased to welcome back the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention to New York City for the 102nd time,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “The show generates a meaningful boost to the City’s economy during a typically softer travel period for the City.”

Recognized as “Retail’s BIG Show,” the industry’s most comprehensive educational forum is an annual event for retailers and visitors from more than 85 countries.

“Next” is the theme this year’s BIG Show, which will feature nearly 100 educational breakout sessions with topics ranging from what’s next in digital and mobile retailing to economic trends in 2013. Retail’s BIG Show will also unveil the next big step in NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign through marketing collateral and educational content.

“We are extremely excited that this year’s annual convention in New York City sets yet another high bar for continued success, with more exhibitors and attendees than ever before,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “With thousands of retailers representing millions of jobs from cities large and small, we will use this opportunity to highlight the value of retail innovation, job creation and the role our industry plays in the global marketplace. We can’t think of a better place than New York City for us to tell that story.”

The National Retail Federation’s 102nd Annual Convention & Expo is open to retail, business and economic press, as well as industry trade publications. To register as an accredited member of the press, please bring a valid business card with an appropriate press title, at least two bylined articles and a government-issued ID to the Press Registration booth at the Javits Center. For more information, visit To keep up to date on the latest activity on the convention floor, follow NRF on Twitter @RetailsBigShow and @NRFnews; the NRF hashtag is #NRF13.

About NYC & Company:
NYC & Company is the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for the City of New York, dedicated to maximizing travel and tourism opportunities throughout the five boroughs, building economic prosperity and spreading the positive image of New York City worldwide. For more information, visit

About National Retail Federation:
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million US establishments that support one-in-four US jobs—42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. To learn more, go to

About Javits Center:
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York is New York City’s primary venue for large conventions, exhibitions and major trade shows. Home to many of the top 200 trade shows, Javits hosts nearly 150 events with an average attendance of 2.5 million per year These events are key contributors to the city and state economies, stimulating direct and indirect employment, economic activity, tax revenues and strongly supporting the city’s hotel, restaurant, tourism and entertainment industries. For more information log onto  



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