Washington, D.C. - As a kick-off to Cable 2002, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association today announced that exhibition floor "Executive Suites" will be available as an exhibitor option for the first time.

The turn-key suites, designed specifically for NCTA, feature reception space, furnished conference rooms, fully functional 12-seat screening rooms and customized signage. The suites will be located on the main exhibition floor, immediately adjacent to the traditional exhibits, and should eliminate the need for exhibitors to secure hospitality suites in hotels.

"We’ve listened to our members and exhibitors, and we know the NCTA National Show must evolve. Offering exhibitors a lower-cost, no hassle way to maintain an exhibition floor presence is a positive step that responds to NCTA Associate and Program Network Member input," said Maggie Wilderotter, Chair of Cable 2002 and President and CEO, Wink Communications. "We will be announcing other exciting new initiatives to further enhance the value of the National Show in the coming weeks."

With Executive Suites located on the exhibition floor, exhibitors will benefit from normal convention foot traffic as well as expanded hours. Access to the Executive Suites will be available from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., providing ample time and space for meetings and entertaining. The Suites are available in three sizes: 30’ x 30’; 40’ x 40’; and 50’ x 50’, with options including as many as four built-in conference rooms.

"A tough economy and uncertain times have created a new environment for all trade shows," said Robert Sachs, NCTA President & CEO. "We recognize that while many of our traditional exhibitors face financial constraints - they want to continue their involvement in the National Show. We are seeking to meet their needs."

NCTA also announced that the Cable 2002 web site, www.cable2002.com will launch on November 1st. The site will feature complete information for exhibitors, delegates and the media.

NCTA’s 51st Annual Convention & International Exposition runs May 5-8, 2002, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA.

For more information about the Executive Suites or other exhibition opportunities, please contact NCTA Convention/Exposition Headquarters at 202/775-3606.

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