Nearly 88,000 Mac fans from 100 countries attended Macworld Expo last week, show organizer IDG World Expo has announced.

The show ran from January 7-11, 2002. Organizers admit to being "thrilled" with the results, given the tough economic climate. Even so, attendance was down from last-year's record 93,000 attendance. The Expo attracted 85,179 visitors in 2000.

"The industry was watching Macworld Expo closely for indicators of the business coming back," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. He added: "By all accounts, Macworld San Francisco was a home run this year. It’s a good sign to see so many exhibitors doing business, and a show floor packed with eager buyers."

"The enthusiasm at Macworld for the new iMac, our incredible iPhoto software, and Mac OS X was fantastic," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s vice president of worldwide product marketing. “Tens of thousands of great customers packed into Apple and third-party booths to see all the latest innovations – it was a great show,” he added.

Macworld’s conference program attracted thousands of attendees looking for training. The all-new Power Tools Conferences on Adobe Photoshop and Apple's Final Cut Pro were sold out, and many more conference sessions were filled to capacity. Mac OS X training proved popular too.

"Macworld conference sessions continue to be the authoritative Mac education and training programs, and conference attendees were very positive about the range of session topics," added Greco.

Macworld Expo, New York will be held from July 16-19, 2002 at New York’s Javits Center.