GATS attendance up slightly

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The management of the Great American Trucking Show announced that despite industry conditions, the exhibition experienced a slight increase in overall attendance over 2008.

Show management reported overall visitor registrations grew from 44,669 in 2008 to 45,987, an increase of 2.9 percent. The largest registration increases were reported in the company driver (26.2 percent), executive management/owner (59.9 percent) and transportation operations/safety (37.3 percent) areas. New events included the 2010 Engine Super Session and expanded educational opportunities offered through a reformatted educational track, called the TruckSmart Summit.

“We are very pleased with the results of this year’s GATS, as well as the attendee turnout,” says Mike Reilly, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Randall-Reilly, which owns GATS. “To attract so many highly qualified visitors, in such a challenging environment, is a testament to our commitment to deliver the attendees our customers are looking for.”