For the 23rd consecutive year, Las Vegas is the number one destination for trade shows according to the Trade Show News Network (TSNN) list of the top 250 trade shows in the United States. In 2016, Las Vegas hosted 57 of the largest shows held in the country.
“Las Vegas is committed to providing the best possible venues, service and experience for trade shows and meetings, and being named the country’s number one destination for the 23rd year in a row is an honour,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
“We are determined to maintain this distinction through our commitment to always staying ahead of the competition and listening to our customers. To continue to provide the best possible experience for our customers and potential new clients, the LVCVA is expanding and renovating the Las Vegas Convention Center to meet those needs. Vegas means business, and this investment in our future is crucial to remaining the number one business destination,” he stated.
According to TSNN’s rankings, the Consumer Technology Association’s CES 2016 show again secured the top spot with more than 2.47 million square feet of exhibit space across several Las Vegas convention facilities. It brought 3,800 exhibitors and more than 177,000 attendees to the city.
“It’s no surprise that so many shows choose Las Vegas as their host city, with all the amazing convention facilities, restaurants, hotels and entertainment possibilities, along with much, much more, it has to offer,” said TSNN president Rachel Wimberly.
According the the LVCVA, in 2016 the city hosted nearly 22,000 meetings and a record-breaking 6.3 million delegate (up 7.1 percent over 2015). In 2015, meetings delivered $9.3 billion in economic impact; $2.7 billion in local salaries and wages; and supported 66,500 jobs.
In October 2016, the Nevada State Legislature approved legislation to help fund the expansion and renovation of the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to renovating the whole property, the project will add 600,000 square feet of exhibit space, new meeting rooms and other amenities.