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American Coatings Show (ACS), the leading North American coatings industry event, broke all previous attendance and exhibitor records during its first show in Atlanta, held April 7-10, at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC).

Welcoming more than 8,700 attendees and 480 exhibitors from 70 countries, the fourth edition of the ACS generated an attendance increase of 16 percentfrom the 2013 show held in Indianapolis.

“Nearly 25 percent of ACS attendees are international, so Atlanta was the optimal choice in terms of accessibility,” said Andy Doyle, president of the American Coatings Association. “With the world’s busiest passenger airport in our host city, attendees from around the world could travel to the show with ease, which resulted in the most attended ACS in its history.”

As one of the most accessible destinations in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 70 international destinations in more than 45 countries. Eighty percent of the U.S. population is within a two-hour direct flight of the city.

“Thanks to Atlanta’s robust infrastructure and collaborative hospitality community, major events like the ACS can enjoy seamless success,” said William Pate, president and CEO of Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Atlanta has more to offer in terms of ease of access, places to meet and things to do than ever before.”

The American Coatings Association, a voluntary, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the needs of the paint and coatings industry, hosts ACS in partnership with Vincentz Network, a publishing company based in Germany.

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