Las Vegas Convention Center: What New Exhibitors Need to Know
February 18th, 2015 by Interex Exhibits
Las Vegas is one of the biggest trade show destinations in America with 10.8 million square feet of meeting, exhibit and trade show space. In 2014, almost 5.2 million visitors attended a convention, trade show or meeting there. That figure is the highest since 2008 and represents a 1.2 percent increase over 2013. Some of the world’s largest shows are held there, including International CES and the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. So, if you’re considering exhibiting at a Las Vegas show, what do you need to know?
First, trade shows in Las Vegas boast some encouraging attendance figures as compared to other cities. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), average show attendance increased an average of eight percent when shows rotated into Vegas and decreased three percent when shows rotated out. In addition, visitors spend an average of 11 hours on Vegas show floors as opposed to 8.3 hours in other cities.
According to the 2013 installment of Trade Show Executive’s World’s Top Convention Centers, the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is the third largest in the U.S. with 1,940,631 square feet of exhibit space. The only larger facilities are McCormick Place in Chicago and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
The LVCC has 16 exhibit halls and 144 meeting rooms that can hold anywhere from 20-2,500 people. The registration area is massive—more than 225,000 square feet, and the facility has the capacity to host several shows at once. It’s also known to be modern and technologically advanced.
And now, it’s expanding. Richard N. Velotta and Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the LVCVA is working on plans to acquire the Riviera Hotel & Casino, a Vegas staple, for $182.5 million. The plans call for the destruction of the facility as part of a larger, $2.3 billion expansion project, the Las Vegas Global Business District. This mammoth project will add to and upgrade the LVCC to create an entire convention district.
Exhibitors should be aware of rules and regulations at LVCC. Luckily, EXHIBITOR magazine published a few tricks of the trade, including these highlights:
- Union laborers must be used for freight handling and electrical work.
- Exhibitors can handle their own install and dismantle, but the work must be performed by full-time company employees.
- Halogen bulbs more than 75 watts are restricted.
- A FedEx Business Center is available inside LVCC for last-minute printing needs.
Any potential exhibitors should also become familiar with the information on the LVCC website.
As a hot trade show destination, Las Vegas also has many hotels and restaurants conveniently located near LVCC, including the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. Transportation options abound as well—buses and a monorail make the bright lights of the strip just a quick ride away from LVCC.
Exhibiting in Las Vegas might seem intimidating, but for those armed with the right information, it can also be very worthwhile and beneficial.
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