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February 7, 2014

Las Vegas Expects New Conventions and Return Shows to Boost Economy

Following the U.S. Travel report on the long-term impact of conferences and trade shows--especially the most recent IPW in Las Vegas--the host city is sharing its own numbers: New convention business and the return of rotating shows are expected have a major impact on Las Vegas' economy this year. The American Library Association’s annual conference and exhibition, American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER and Solar Power International are all scheduled to take place in Las Vegas in 2014 for the first time. Combined, these three new shows are expected to bring an estimated 50,000 attendees generating nearly $63 million in local non-gaming economic impact.

The destination will also see 70 new conventions of at least 500 attendees each during 2014, bringing an estimated 100,000 additional delegates to Las Vegas.

"We are always seeking new business," Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales for the LVCVA, said in a statement, adding that Las Vegas has been the top trade show destination in North America for 19 consecutive years. 

In addition to the new business, nine rotating shows return to the destination this year attracting more than 320,000 delegates for a non-gaming economic impact of $404 million. The rotating shows include the return of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG construction show, one of the largest shows held at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Convention and trade show delegates represent approximately 12.7 percent of all visitors to the Southern Nevada region, or approximately 5.1 million business travelers a year.  Las Vegas’ meetings and convention industry employs approximately 58,000 people and generates as much as $6.8 billion in local non-gaming economic impact.

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