Cryptocurrency conferences are still a massive business, even if bitcoin’s price has plunged this year. When it kicks off this week, one ticket to CoinDesk’s Consensus three-day conference in New York City can cost roughly $2,000.

Well over 4,000 are expected to attend, up from 2,700 attendees last year. So at a minimum, the conference is likely bringing in $8 million.

More than 20 other events, some with similarly high entrance fees, are also scheduled during the days around Consensus. The bitcoin conference that began with 400 attendees three years ago is now the centerpiece of a full-blown “Blockchain Week NYC,” an event run in partnership with the New York Economic Development Corporation.

Consensus conference attendance growth over the years Last year’s conferences helped drive the surge of attention on cryptocurrencies. Around Consensus 2017 last May, Bitcoin accelerated its gains above $2,000, and was bolstered by the first TokenSummit and Ethereal Summit.

Prices then skyrocketed over the rest of the year, drawing Wall Street’s interest and topping $10,000 for the first time after the “Consensus Invest” conference in November. Since then, however, Bitcoin has lost more than half its value since topping $19,000 in December, but it remains more than 4 times above where it was last May. Read more from…

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