Article by PatrickD    (08-13-18 01:41 PM)
Washington, D.C. (August 12, 2018)​ - The official attendance for Otakon 2018 has bounced back up from a slower year, Otakorp Inc. has announced. The final number, including all departments, is 29,293.

The number is up roughly 5,000 from the 2017 final number of 24,894. The final attendance number includes total memberships/attendees, both pre-registered and at door, as well as staff, dealers, artists, industry, contractors, guests, and members of the registered press.

Significantly, the total number of paid registrations -- 26,590 -- exceeds last year's total attendance numbers, according to convention president Andrew Zerrlaut.

Zerrlaut said, "Thank you to everyone who attended or supported Otakon 2018! We are thrilled to be back in Washington, D.C. and are looking forward to next year. We are already hard at work planning the next, best Otakon yet. Please save the dates for July 26-28, 2019."

This was the second year the convention was held in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2019 will be held from July 26 to 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-sixth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Historically, Otakon has drawn up to 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff - we are run by fans, for fans.

For more information about Otakorp, Inc., see: http://www.otakorp.org/
For more information and the latest news on Otakon 2019, see http://www.otakon.com/

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