In 2012, more than 4.9 million convention and trade show delegates traveled to Las Vegas, generating $6.7 billion in non-gaming revenue. Las Vegas hosts nearly 22,000 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 eighteenth consecutive year in 2011. Las Vegas hosted 53 of the 250 shows, more than the next two competitors combined (Orlando with 27 shows and Chicago with 20).
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 10.6 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 Venetian Congress facility.
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 nearly 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 International Consumer Electronics Show (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 Mandalay Bay Convention Center opened its doors as the fifth-largest convention facility in the United States. The center features the largest pillar less hotel ballroom in the country at 100,000 square feet. The center has booked numerous large shows, including portions of the World Shoe Association (WSA) show and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).
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 1.8 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.