This article was in one of my news feeds:
The News: RECon Veterans Head to Vegas with Modest Hopes
Signs of the times will be inescapable in Las Vegas next week, when the International Council of Shopping Centers raises the curtain on the 2009 edition of RECon. After astounding growth brought attendance to 50,000 two years ago, ICSC is expecting a considerably smaller crowd of 30,000 during this year's show, which runs from Sunday through Wednesday. Smaller staffs, fewer exhibitors and even the conspicuous absence of a few giants will also mark the show.
When I attended ICSC last year, the tone was "cautiously optimistic" about what would happen for the following year. From the number of people registered to date; it is obvious, that was just plain denial!
The good news from the drop in attendance: 1) to setup a meeting with prospective clients/tenants--everyone had time to meet and 2) the people that plan to attend I am sure will be more productive in their meetings.
I will be reporting back next week after the conference. If you have any questions, or would like to meet up at the conference, let me know!