NYC & COMPANY WELCOMES NATION'S TOP RETAILERS TO THE 103RD ANNUAL NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION CONVENTION & EXPO

More Than 29,000 Visitors Expected to Attend Industry’s
Most Comprehensive Trade Show

21,000 Hotel Room-Nights and $26.7 Million in
Economic Impact to be Generated

New York City (January 10, 2014) — NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, welcomes back the 103rd annual National Retail Federation Convention & Expo to New York City.  Starting Sunday, January 12, and running through Wednesday, January 15, the four-day convention, which will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, is expected to bring in 29,000 people to the City and generate more than 21,000 hotel room-nights and $26.7 million in economic impact. This year, more than 500 companies from around the world are expected to attend the convention.

“New York City holds the title as one of the most renowned retail destinations in the world. We are pleased to welcome the NRF Convention & Expo, the one-stop shop for industry professionals, to New York City,” said Fred Dixon, interim president and CEO of NYC & Company. “A convention and expo like this bringing more than 29,000 retailers and suppliers significantly impacts the tourism industry and New York City’s economic growth.”

Recognized as “Retail's BIG Show,” the industry’s most comprehensive educational forum is an annual event for retailers and visitors from more than 80 countries. Retail’s BIG Show has frequently been ranked as one of the top 200 events in North America.

“We are eager to kick off our 103rd convention in the capital of retail, New York City,” said Matthew Shay, NRF president and CEO. “Our show will welcome thought leaders, visionaries and executives from around the world who are coming to learn from each other and explore the latest and greatest technologies that will help propel their businesses. As the biggest retail industry event of the year, we’re looking forward to exploring what lies ahead in 2014 and beyond to best serve valued customers.”  

The NRF’s 103rd Annual Convention & Expo is open to retail, business and economic press, as well as industry trade publications (the show is not open to the general public). 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 http://bigshow14.nrf.com. To keep up to date on the latest activity on the convention floor, follow NRF on Twitter @RetailsBigShow and @NRFnews; the NRFhashtag is #NRF14.

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 nycgo.com.

About National Retail Federation:
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting 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 This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for lifelong careers, how retailers strengthen communities and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. For more information, visit nrf.com.

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, visit javitscenter.com

 

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