This year’s International Council of Shopping Centers RECon convention later this month is coming at an interesting time. According to a Newsweek article, gaming revenues are down, room rates have dropped and the number of conventions has fallen by 10.4%.Additionally, Tropicana Entertainment just filed for bankruptcy, and Wynn and Las Vegas Sands both had rough quarters.So how will this year’s ICSC be different?We’ve heard that some firms are cutting back and many hotel-casinos that are usually sold out by this time have availability. Will we see less deals and extravagance at this year’s convention, or is an event like this too necessary and therefore immune to problems in the economy?

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