In 2013, more than 5.1 million convention and trade show delegates traveled to Las Vegas, generating $7.4 billion in non-gaming revenue. Las Vegas hosts more than 22,000 meetings and conventions annually.
Las Vegas continues its reign as the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for a historic 20 consecutive years. The coveted list by Trade Show News Network represents the top 250 trade shows held in the country last year, ranked by net square footage. The 53 shows in Las Vegas encompassed 20,113,046 net square feet, or 31.2% percent of the total space for all 250 shows. The largest single show was International CES®, held in Las Vegas, at more than 1.9 million square feet.
Las Vegas hosted four of the top 10 shows on the list, led by the Consumer Electronics annual International CES , followed by the Specialty Equipment Market Association annual SEMA Show.. The shows are ranked by the amount of floor space used.
Currently, Las Vegas has more than 10.8 million square feet of convention and meeting space, including the Las Vegas Convention Center's 2.2 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space, Mandalay Bay's 1.7 million gross square feet of meeting space and more than 1.7 million square feet of combined meeting and event space at the Sands Expo and Convention Center (includes 500,000 sq. ft. of The Venetian/Palazzo meeting space.)
To access the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's (LVCVA) meetings and facilities guide, visit http://www.vegasmeansbusiness.com/.
The Las Vegas Convention Center
Centrally located in the Las Vegas Valley, with convenient access to more than 150,000 hotel rooms and in close proximity to McCarran International Airport, the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is one of the largest convention centers in America.
The Las Vegas Convention Center is host to some of the largest conventions and trade shows each year, including the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the NAB Show and International CES. The LVCC features the services of Cox Business Advanced Convention Services, which provides all electronic and data services as well as the maintenance of a fully functional business center for clients, vendors and attendees.
Mandalay Bay Convention Center
The 1.7 million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center plans to add more than 350,000 square feet of space for a total of more than 2 million total square feet and 1.1 million square feet of exhibit space. This elevates its ranking in North America from No. 7 to No. 5 in total square feet and from No. 11 to No. 5 in square feet of exhibit space. Construction is scheduled to begin in late fall 2014 with new exhibit space available in August 2015 and anticipated completion of all spaces in January 2016. The expansion will be built to LEED Gold standards or better. Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center hold coveted Five Key ratings from the Green Key Eco-Rating and Meetings Programs. The expanded Convention Center at Mandalay Bay also will incorporate a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array making it the largest convention center array in the world.
Sands Expo and Convention Center and Venetian Congress Facility
The Sands Expo and Convention Center and Venetian Congress Facility form the ultimate meeting, incentive-travel, convention, or exposition destination. It begins with over 1.7 million square feet of combined meeting and event space - more than the cities of San Francisco, San Diego and Phoenix combined. With all facilities consolidated into one area, convention planners find more interaction between attendees, making for a uniquely productive working environment.