The National Automobile Dealers Association, ending a practice of more than four decades, said that beginning in 2015 it will hold its annual convention and expo Thursday to Sunday instead of Friday to Monday.
"After surveying the membership and exhibitors, the consensus was to end the convention on Sunday instead of Monday," Desmond Roberts, chairman of NADA's convention committee and a Chevrolet dealer in Hodgkins, Ill., said Thursday in a statement. "The Thursday-to-Sunday time frame will allow convention attendees to be back at work earlier the following week."
The convention has been held from Friday to Monday for more than 40 years.
Saturday and Sunday have historically been the busiest days at the convention, but the NADA expects Friday and Saturday to become the busiest days when the schedule shifts in 2015, an NADA spokesman said.
The 2013 convention in February in Orlando and drew more than 21,000 attendees, including manufacturer and allied executives, new-car and new-truck dealers and their managers, exhibitors and the media.
The 2014 NADA and American Truck Dealers conventions will be Friday, Jan. 24, to Monday, Jan. 27, in New Orleans.
Dates and locations of upcoming NADA and American Truck Dealers conventions:
2015: Jan. 22-25 in San Francisco.
2016: March 31-April 3 in Las Vegas.
2017: Jan. 26-29 in New Orleans.
2018: March 22-25 in Las Vegas.