A total of 12 new and returning conventions and tradeshows consisting of more than 10,000 delegates each are scheduled to be held in Las Vegas in 2015, nine of which to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC). Combined, the shows will draw an estimated 242,000 attendees generating nearly $315 million in local non-gaming economic impact.
Scheduled to take place in Las Vegas for the first time this year, Magic: The Gathering Tournament on May 28-31 and American Academy of Ophthalmology’s annual conference on Nov. 14-17 together are expected to bring an estimated 35,000 attendees, to generate $46 million in local non-gaming economic impact.
“Whether this is a show’s first time here or it’s been a while, Las Vegas is always an excellent choice for group business,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA.) “Over the past few years, we’ve seen exciting developments in Las Vegas with new resorts, attractions and restaurants opening. Add in top-notch customer service and nearly 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space and it’s easy to see why Las Vegas continues to be a global leader for business travel.”
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) returns Nov. 17-19 with an expected 25,000 attendees and a non-gaming economic impact of $33 million. NBAA is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make their business more efficient, productive and successful.
Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) also rotates its Pack Expo back to Las Vegas Sept. 28-30, bringing an estimated 43,000 attendees and a non-gaming economic impact of $56.5 million dollars. NBAA and PMMI were both last in Las Vegas in 2013.
The other rotating shows include:
- Redken Laboratories: January 25-27, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
- Ace Hardware Corporation: March 18-20, LVCC
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: March 23-28, Venetian/Sands EXPO
- International Sign Association: April 8-11, Mandalay Bay Convention Center
- Waste Expo: June 2-4, LVCC
- Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers: July 22-25, LVCC
- International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA): October 21-23, LVCC
- Power-Gen International: December- 8-10, LVCC
With more than 22,000 meetings and conventions held annually in Las Vegas, the convention industry is crucial to Southern Nevada’s economy, supporting more than 61,000 jobs in the area and contributing more than $7.4 billion to the local economy.
For a full list of meetings conventions and tradeshows, visit www.VegasMeansBusiness.com.