MacExpo attendance was 5.6 per cent up on last years show, event co-owner Bob Denton told Macworld this morning. 22,286 Mac users attended the show, which ran 21-23 November.

Denton says: "This happened at a time of a global IT slump – we had bad weather and a transport-affecting strike."

Saturday's attendance saw the biggest rise, he confirmed. Attendance for the day rose eight per cent. He claims: "Show-goers were high-quality, too. Visitors came to the show and found fantastic deals and reasons to buy."

Next time LaCie, DreamTek, Sony, Xerox and QMS-Minolta have signed up for next year's show. MacExpo 2002 was a buyer's show, says Denton. He claims: "One vendor had a sales target across three days, which they more than doubled in the first two days." In excess of 40 per cent of exhibitors have already signed up for next year, Denton adds.

Summing up, Denton says: "It went very well. Exhibitors worked hard to create a high-quality event, and several new features went particularly well – games and audio, for instance." Denton confesses to being "surprised" at the success of the masterclass seminar programme, attendance to which exceeded expectations.

The organizer's have already re-booked Islington's Business Design Centre – the provisional dates are November 20-22. They promise more improvements in next year's show.

"We will be distributing a questionnaire to exhibitors and show-goers to collect reaction to the show, and impressions of the venue," says Denton.