In 2011, more than 4.8 million convention and trade show delegates traveled to Las Vegas, generating $6.3 billion in non-gaming revenue. Las Vegas hosts approximately 19,000 meetings and conventions annually.
Las Vegas continues its reign as the No. 1 trade show destination in North America, hosting the most Trade Show News Network largest shows for the 18th consecutive year in 2011. Las Vegas hosted 55 of the 250 shows, more than the next two competitors combined (Orlando with 26 shows and Chicago with 21).
Las Vegas hosted seven of the top 10 shows on the list, led by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' triennial CONEXPO-CON/AGG, followed by the Consumer Electronics annual International CES. The shows are ranked by the amount of floor space used.
Currently, Las Vegas has more than 10.6 million square feet of convention and meeting space, including the Las Vegas Convention Center's 3.2 million square feet of exhibit and meeting space, Mandalay Bay's 1.7 million gross square feet of meeting space, and more than 1.8 million square feet of combined meeting and event space at the Sands Expo and Convention Center and The Venetian Congress facility.
To access the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's (LVCVA) meetings and facilities guide, visit 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 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The LVCC features the services of Smart City Networks, 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 Mandalay Bay Convention Center opened its doors as the fifth-largest convention facility in the United States. The center features the largest pillarless hotel ballroom in the country at 100,000 square feet. The center has booked numerous large shows, including Licensing Expo, which hosts attendees from more than 90 countries; and JCK Las Vegas, a premier jewelry show and one of the largest conventions in the U.S. Mandalay Bay recently added Hospitality Design Expo and Interbike Expo to the impressive list of conventions.
Sands Expo and Convention Center and The Venetian Congress Facility
The Sands Expo and Convention Center and The Venetian Congress Facility form the ultimate meeting, incentive-travel, convention or exposition destination. It begins with over 1.8 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.