Attendance increased at The Rental Show last month for the fifth consecutive year, according to a statement last week by the American Rental Association. The trade show included more than 675 exhibitors, a 10 percent hike compared to 2013, with more than 80 companies exhibiting at the show for the first time.

Attendees from rental companies increased almost 5 percent compared to 2013, with attendees coming from 43 countries.

“It’s been a tremendous event for the industry in every facet,” said Christine Wehrman, ARA’s CEO. “The attitude, the economic outlook and the optimism only can mean another great year of growth for the equipment rental industry. The ARA is very pleased to see a positive outlook for the future.”

Next year, The Rental Show returns to New Orleans from Feb. 22-25 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Since the 2012 New Orleans Rental Show, renovations totaling $52 million have been completed at the convention center including a brand-new entrance, The Great Hall, a new pedestrian plaza and an outdoor terrace.