NADA convention remains on track

Plans for the National Automobile Dealers Association's 2002 convention and exhibition Jan. 26-29 in New Orleans are humming despite terrorism, recession and an unprecedented date change to accommodate the Super Bowl.

Based on registrations and sold exhibit space, dealers and vendors seem to be getting over travel jitters and economic worries.

While a few exhibits were canceled after the convention was moved from February, NADA still sold about 300,000 square feet of exhibit space as of last week and is nearing its goal of 310,000 square feet.

"As far as attendance goes, there have been very few cancellations to date - less than 5 percent," said NADA spokesman Jeff Beddow. "Most of those are internationals - people didn't want to fly (overseas)."

Beddow said it is too early to estimate convention attendance until after Dec. 10, the deadline for advance registration.

Because the date was moved to allow the Super Bowl to take place Feb. 3, NADA is waiving advance registration fees for dealers and managers who are members and discounting all other registrations by 50 percent.

NADA will refund registrations paid before Dec. 10 for dealers and managers who are members. Nonmembers and affiliate members will receive 50 percent refunds on paid registration fees. On-site registrations for all attendees will be discounted 50 percent.

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