The dot-com bubble may have burst on Wall Street, but it is only leaking in Las Vegas.
At this year's National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando, dealers were faced with a plethora of Internet services, from selling cars to ordering parts to finding sales leads. Don't look for much difference at next year's convention in Las Vegas, despite the industry shakeout.
Yes, the number of exhibitors with dot-com connections is down - but only by three. Twenty-six dot-coms will exhibit Feb. 3-6, said Steve Pitt, NADA's executive director of conventions and expositions.
Dealers might not notice, however. That's because the number of companies with booths is down as well, from about 500 in 2000 to 430 in 2001.
But the decrease is not because of lack of interest, NADA says. The organization, which charges $23 a square foot for booth space, has 2,000 more square feet of exhibition space next year for a total of 314,000 square feet.
Said Pitt: 'We have (fewer) companies, but they're taking larger booths.'