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02/03/2009

IRTA Looks Forward After Banner Year 2008

International Reciprocal Trade Association president, David Wallach, believes the current worldwide economic downturn has presented the modern trade and barter industry with a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the business community how excess business capacities and underperforming assets can be transformed into capitalization and bottom line profits.

�The members of IRTA are uniquely positioned to lead the industry into a new and unprecedented level of recognition and achievement,� Wallach pointed out. �Applying modern trade and barter is one of the solutions towards a path of worldwide economic recovery and job creation.�

IRTA members are reporting an increase in transactions in the 15% to 35% range; new membership sign-ups appear to track the same percentages of increases. Moreover, barter is attracting an enormous amount of attention from the media. As a result, the benefits of commercial barter are quickly spreading globally.

2008 was a year of growth for IRTA, with a 35% increase in membership. The 29th Annual International IRTA Convention at the Westgate River Ranch was a smashing success attended by industry members from all over the world.       

IRTA�s goals for 2009 are in keeping with the industry�s increased international awareness. Key goals include:

           Increase membership with 25 new members.

           Completely re-design and update the IRTA web site.

           Provide monthly IRTA & UC newsletters.

         Initiate new and creative programs that add value for IRTA and UC members.

         Celebrate the 30th anniversary of IRTA with a hugely successful annual convention in the fall of 2009.

The International Reciprocal Trade Association (www.irta.com), is a non-profit organization that self-regulates and provides standards for member companies in the trade and barter industry.



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