Macworld Expo Tokyo 2002 attracted 173,385 visitors, show organizers have announced.

The exhibition, which ran from March 21-23, opened on a Japanese public holiday and attracted 53,766 people on the first day, beating the first day attendance of the two previous Macworld Tokyo events, but coming in behind 1999.

The 1999 event was the first time Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered a keynote speech. A total of 6,000 people attended Jobs' keynote this year.

The organizers had been hoping for 180,000 visitors over the three days. Day two saw 46,516 attend, while a further 56,351 visited the show on the final day. A lack of new products may have contributed to lower overall attendance.

The schedule also influenced the number of press that attended on the first day, she said. Because it was a public holiday, around 425 journalists came to cover the exhibition, compared to 700 last year, Niwa said.

The three-day total of 173,385 visitors was 4.1 per cent down on last year's event, which attracted180,810 visitors, Niwa said. The number of people attending on more than one day was 16,752.