NEW YEAR BRINGS CONVENTION SEASON, OPTIMISM
CES Kicks Off Busy 2010 Trade Show Calendar
LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas launches into 2010 quickly, kicking off the year with a very busy convention calendar. In the first quarter alone, the destination will host 11 conventions with more than 25,000 attendees, the top six of which will attract nearly 400,000 visitors and provide an economic boost of more than $620 million.
"December featured numerous special events and America's Party on New Year's Eve, and we are excited to carry that momentum into 2010 with some of the world's largest trade shows," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president/CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
The convention season gets under way with approximately 110,000 delegates of the International Consumer Electronics Show on January 7.
Following CES, the Shooting, Hunting & Outdoor Trade Show (45,000 delegates), the National Association of Homebuilders (55,000 delegates), World Market Center Las Vegas Market (50,000 delegates), World of Concrete (65,000 delegates), and MAGIC International (70,000 delegates) come to the destination.
Las Vegas has been the leading trade show destination, according to the Tradeshow Week 200 list of largest shows, for the past 15 years, and looks to continue that trend. With more than 148,000 guest rooms and 10 million square feet of meeting and convention space, no other destination can offer the facilities, amenities and service that clients find in Las Vegas.
Conventions and tradeshow delegates represent approximately 15 percent of the overall visitation. The industry segment employs approximately 45,000 people and generates as much as $8.5 billion for the Southern Nevada economy.
ABOUT THE LVCVAThe Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 140,500 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 9.8 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.VisitLasVegas.com.
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