2011 Detroit Auto Show attendance up 3 percent from 2010

The 2011 Detroit Auto Show was probably one of the best things that happened to the city in the past couple of years. According to the final numbers released yesterday by the event’s organizers, attendance at the 2011 show totaled 735,3670 visitors, a 3 percent gain over 2010’s show.

This year’s show also included the breaking of the single-day record for a Friday when 75,327 people attended the show. The previous Friday record took place in 1993 when 74,900 visitors attended.

“The 2011 NAIAS validated all promises made by exhibitors in 2009 and 2010 as the product pipeline is full and vibrant,” Barron Meade, chairman of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show said in a statement. “The ability to rise up from the difficult economic times of the recent past in glowing fashion indicates a positive ripple effect for our local, national and global economies.

Southeast Michigan received an estimated $350 million to $375 million boost to the economy. The numbers came from visitors in the form of hotels, transportation, catering and entertainment.

– By: Zain Haq

Source: Automotive News