ICS Magazine

Connections Convention Off and Running

September 10, 2009
The 2009 Connections Convention and Trade Show opened its doors Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nev. In a year where attendance at industry events has been all over the map, everyone was more than a little interested in how the show would unfold.



LAS VEGAS -- The 2009 Connections Convention and Trade Show opened its doors Wednesday, Sept. 9 at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nev. 

Steve Toburen and Mike West

In a year where attendance at industry events has been all over the map, everyone was more than a little interested in how the show would unfold.

“We’re pleasantly surprised,” Connections Events President Craig Kersemeier said. “We saw the numbers really picking up, and it’s not typical of how it went. Typically we have a lot of people on the front side, a month, month and a half out, that are there.

“Now we’ve got people right up to the very end getting registered here, so I think maybe they’re starting to feel a little bit of a turn to the economy, a little more confidence that we’re seeing here, and we’re happy,” he said. “There are people up and down the aisles, the keynotes this morning were full, so we’re pleasantly surprised. People want to see people, and they’re seeing them at Connections.”