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PGA Of America Sees Jump In Attendance For Annual Merchandise Show

The PGA of America reported a 3.5% increase in overall attendance and a 7% increase in PGA professional attendance at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. The show ran from Thursday through the weekend and drew a total crowd of 41,824, up from last year’s attendance of 40,410. Outside of the U.S., the top five countries represented were Canada, the U.K., Japan, Korea and Germany. Close to 1,000 vendors participated in the show. During the weekend, the PGA also announced new shows in China for March and October. Of the nearly 1,000 vendors, 246 were new in '11. Exhibitor space was up as well, growing from 906,340 square feet of the convention center in '10 to 921,340 square feet this year.
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